Update: Tina has suffered many side effects from the chemo. On a good note the last CT scan was the best one to date, but the chemo has shut down her adrenal glands and she was diagnosed with Addisons Disease. This week, Tina found out her pituitary gland collapsed due to the inflammation the chemo caused. For the Addison’s and the Adrenal Glands, she will have to be on steroids for the rest of her life. As for the Pituitary gland, they are still trying to figure out what to do. Her Endocrinologist along with her Oncologist will be finding the best treatment for her in the near future.
Our friend Tina enjoyed her youth in tanning beds and soaking up the California sun, but at a high cost. She has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. Today, we wear black for Tina as she fights for her life.
Spending time outside in the sunshine without sunscreen protection can have risky effects. 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can be attributed to these statistics.
Tina Marie Shelton’s mother had melanoma, and warned her about the dangers of tanning and sunbathing. Tina recalls feeling invincible against the cancer as a teen. Unfortunately, after a fight with a serious mole, it was discovered that Tina had Stage 4 melanoma cancer.
During a period of remission, Tina discovered an inspirational young woman named Chloe Thompson who fought her melanoma diagnoses at 19 years old fiercely. Thompson was an outgoing member of the United States Air Force. Chloe’s mother, Michelle Thompson, remembers everyone’s shock when Chloe passed away at 22 because she fought the cancer so incredibly well and with such bravery. The diagnoses never stopped Chloe Thompson from living life to the fullest, and she is remembered as a Warrior who continues to inspire.
It is important to be aware of the warning signs of melanoma.
–Fair skinned people with red or blonde hair and blue eyes are at higher risk.
–Warning signs include large, irregular and fast growing moles.
–More than 9000 Americans will die this year.
–Survival rate is very good with early detection.
Learn more about Tina and Chloe’s inspiring stories in the segment below.