Day 13 update:
2 weeks ago I finished 37th in the world in the CrossFit Open (M40-44)... 3 days later I am in surgery being told I have cancer. It's has been just 13 days since I was first diagnosed with malignant melanoma in axillary lymph nodes under my left arm and just 4 days since surgery to remove a 1" brain tumor in my occipital lobe.
This comes as a complete shock since I really had no external warning signs and have always been checked by dermatologists annually without issue. But now it is loose in my body. This is exactly what my sister has been fighting for 18 months now. Genetics are a bitch and we were exposed to a lot of sun in the -SPF days.
My next step is to WAIT to heal more before my next Gamma Knife procedure on May 23rd and radiation under my left arm sometime. I also have to pick a primary Medical Oncologist to get a plan of attack. This is a time sensitive matter to get going to stop any other spread. I still have at least a year of chemo/immune therapy.
Know I am a positive person and have hope but still may need a shoulder here and there coping with all the life changes since fitness and CrossFit has been such an important part of my life. Stay strong! I was released from the hospital in a record 23 hours after brain surgery due to my great health.
I will fight this war, we are strong and never give up.
Thank you for ALL the community support, food, donations, dedication workouts, visits, texts, pictures, phone calls and best...love.
Jason & Erin Fine