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France's Story

Québec City, QC

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My journey began with a biopsy of a mole on my left thigh in 2005, with the presence of atypical cells at that time. A repeat biopsy in early 2006 came back negative. In 2010, a lymph node appeared in the left groin, and two weeks later, a nodule appeared on the left thigh in the same spot as the biopsy in 2005-2006.

In March 2010, I underwent surgery for the mass on the left thigh (melanoma) with a fairly large excision of the lymph node chain in the left groin, one of which was positive. Following this, from May 2010 to May 2011, I received immunotherapy treatment (interferon), with one month intravenously and 11 months subcutaneously three times a week.

Since then, I have regular check-ups with a PET scan once a year, visits every 6 months with the surgeon, and once a year with my dermatologist, Dr. Joël Claveau.

My motto is: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, which is why it's called the "PRESENT".

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