Nowadays, many people have started being aware of the dangers of skin cancer. Many dermatologists are trying to make people aware of the consequences that a single unhealthy tan can have on the skin, and there are now more early diagnoses than ever before. For instance, there is an at-home chart that you can use to spot a developing skin cancer.
One Texas mom, however, was not so lucky as neither her nor her doctors were able to spot her developing cancer. She ignored a dark spot that appeared while she was pregnant. Later when the mole was removed, it was too late and the cancer had spread. Her story is teaching women a lesson of the realities of skin cancer, with the mother showing shocking photos to raise awareness.
Bethany Gambardella-Greenway, 39, from Austin, Texas, discovered a dark spot on her skin while she was pregnant with her youngest child in 2015.
However, she ignored this thinking it’s due to hormonal changes.
When she finally got it checked out, the dermatologist reassured her that it was nothing more than a liver spot.
She also shared a video with all the people who supported her…
18 months later, a painful mole appeared and a biopsy revealed that it was an aggressive form of skin cancer called desmoplastic melanoma.
Doctors removed the mole successfully.
Later on, however, they discovered that the cancer had spread to her bones and lymph nodes.
She started immunotherapy in October 2016.
“The radiation was absolutely the worst part. It was hell plain and simple,” she explained on Facebook.
“It fried the inside of my mouth. My throat was so sore. My skin was covered in sores, I lost my ability to taste.”
“It fried the inside of my mouth.”
“My throat was so sore.”
“My skin was covered in sores, I lost my ability to taste food, my voice was hoarse.”
“By the time I was done with treatment I had lost about forty pounds.”
“Now I am almost completely healed from the radiation which permanently damaged one saliva gland and altered my hairline.”
Bethany wasn’t surprised by her diagnosis as her mother had melanoma at the same age.
She is encouraging others to wear sunscreen so they don’t have to go suffer like she did.
“Please stop sun bathing and going to tanning salons,” she says. “A tan isn’t a healthy glow — it’s damaged skin.”