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A new york woman, was candid when detailing her battle with a rare form of cancer, after spotting what they thought was a harmless ingrown hair in such a personal part of her body.
Marisa Strupp, 29, noticed a bump on her inner labia, in March of 2018. She was going to go to a dermatologist, who told her that the lump was probably nothing to worry about, as the skin around it looked healthy. However, the doctor recommended that Strupp is a gynecologist, however, and that’s what she did. In August, 2018, the lump was removed and sent for testing.
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Soon after, Strupp received news that would change her life. Some of them thought it was an ingrown hair was actually a stage 2 vulvar melanoma, a rare form of cancer that accounts for “no more than two percent of all melanomas among women, according to Cancer Network, which is a part of the medical journal Oncology.
“I thought it was just a little ingrown hair, and because they did not give me anything to worry about, I took my time to get it removed,” Strupp said, according to the Metro. “I wasn’t worried at the time, and it was very, very busy with work. It took me time to see my gynecologist to take care of it.”
Lean on your family, friends, and loved ones. You will have rough days, but the sun will shine the next day.It’s okay to be afraid, and to cry,” she advised. (MDWfeatures / @marisastrupp)
However, when she got the diagnosis, I was shocked, scared, and paralyzed with fear. Never in my life have I heard of vulvar melanoma patients.”
Strupp need surgery to remove the cancer, had spread to the surrounding lymph nodes — meaning it had been upgraded to a stage 3 vulvar melanoma, next to the Metro. After the surgery, the doctors advised that she undergo a 12 in immunotherapy, a treatment in the course of a year.
According to the Metro, and they suffered side-effects such as skin rashes, migraine headaches, and extreme fatigue.
Since the beginning of the treatment, Strupp took to Instagram to share updates. In a July 17th post, Strupp announced that her scans were clear, but noted she had two treatments left. In the Sept. 10, she told me that she was done with her immunotherapy treatment.
Strupp said, to connect with others with cancer through social media has helped her find and build a community of support.
Marisa Strupp and her parents. (MDWfeatures / @marisastrupp)
“I’ve been there and talked to people all over the world — Germany, Argentina and England and in the united states. Not everyone has my particular melanoma … or some of them are at the beginning of the immunotherapy, and want to know what it is,” she said. “Or maybe they just want someone to connect with, so that they will know when they are laying on their side, you understand.”
Strupp, it is necessary to consult a physician once every four to six months to ensure her cancer has not returned.
“Cancer took so much away from me, [but] I won’t let it get me down and change me. I am not a cancer victim, I am the one to defeat it,” she said.
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Her message to others diagnosed with cancer: “You’re not the only one.”
Lean on your family, friends, and loved ones. You will have rough days, but the sun will shine the next day. It’s OK to be afraid, and to cry,” she said. “Just to know that there are others out there just like you are there to support, love and help.”