Member of the Committee and Member of MelaNoMore Buddies
Gina Freeman Bio
Around early 2019, I noticed the freckle above my knee was getting larger. Initially going to my GP and asked if I can be referred to a Dermatologist, my GP looked with his Dermoscopy and said, “no it is fine”. Six months later after I decided to see a different GP, who did refer me – so, in late September a biopsy was taken from my leg, and was told, I think it might be Melanoma and was sure it was in its early stage. I am optimistic, so I wasn’t worried. Results showed it was Melanoma, and its only stage 2.
January 2020, my surgeon Mr Pakzad performed the operation successfully. In March, I was extremely worried, as my leg wouldn’t bend – it felt like a block of wood was stopping it. So, I called one of Mr Pakzad’s nurses in St Luke’s asking if I could tail onto the end of their clinic and they said yes. My surgeon put my mind at rest and said that I just need some physiotherapy. The relief was cathartic, as I didn’t think I was going to be able to walk properly again, which frightened me enormously. Sadly, the wait for the NHS was one month, so I went privately asap, and after two one-hour sessions, I was practically walking normally again. I kept up my physiotherapy for four further weeks, which made all the difference. We are all looked after well and should be grateful for the wonderful Royal Surrey, as I feel with all departments, it is a good hospital with great staff.
I was back playing tennis after six months, (gently of course) AND, to put a smile on your faces; I jumped on my friend’s son’s skateboard, (not been on one for 37 yrs). Now at 52, I could still do it, riding fast down the road (I felt like I was 15 again) and I didn’t want to get off the board. My friend’s son said I was Cool. So, when things seem like they aren’t going to get better and it’s never-ending and exhausting being on crutches, they do get better.
If things aren’t right and you are frightened, always speak to your nurse, she may be able to help or she will get a message to your Consultant if need be. They are there to help, don’t feel you are being a burden.
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