Author: Taylor Tomko

  Toronto, ON Just before the summer of 2015, I noticed a dark mole on my left calf. At first, I thought that something was stuck to my leg and tried to remove it in the shower. However, I realized it was actually a mole. I was almost...

Montreal, QC I am 52 years old and I have had a lot of luck; having not met the right people at the right time, I would not be alive to tell you my story. I am proud to say that I have survived two recurrences of...

Kamloops, B.C. In 2009, I had a mole removed from my back with a wide excision surgery. Though the mole was cancerous, it had been removed completely, so I stopped thinking about it. I was out hiking in May 2015, when I began to feel surprisingly short...

Montréal, QC I was 19 years old when I had my first contact with melanoma. I had a beauty mark on my back and it began to grow bigger and had a reddish hue. A dermatologist did a biopsy and I had the diagnosis on December 28...

Meaford, ON In the spring of 2014, at 37 years old, I was diagnosed with Stage IIIB nodular melanoma. Over the course of six to eight months, a lifelong mole on my hip had grown, changed in colour, and become itchy. Being a busy working mother...

White Rock, B.C. When I was entering the navy in 2002, a barber pointed out a mole that I had never noticed on the top of my head. The same mole made itself known twelve years later, when it began to bleed on a sailing trip....

Vancouver, B.C. In November 2010, I was spending a day with my grandson; when I stood up to go to him, I noticed that my right leg and right arm felt abnormally weak, but these symptoms vanished quickly. The next day, my friend was driving us home from a movie, when...

North Vancouver, B.C. I discovered something on top of my head in the summer of 2012; I thought it was an insect bite. It got larger over the next few months, and then began to bleed. I saw a dermatologist who, after telling me it was nothing to...

White Rock, B.C. Growing up in South Africa, I paid little attention to my skin, often resulting in sunburns; I usually looked like a tomato! I didn’t consider the possible sun damage until 2012, when I developed a mole on my back that itched, but I...

Abbotsford, B.C. Since being diagnosed with melanoma in 2005, I have had ten melanoma related surgeries, three systemic treatments, four separate radiation treatments, countless scans, and numerous blood transfusions and iron infusions. My initial lesion was on my upper right arm, and considered lower risk as it...

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