Why I chose a clinical trial

I was diagnosed with melanoma in October 2014, at the age of 26. It all started with a bump on my scalp, which nobody could really see because my hair is normally so thick. Sometimes, the bump would catch on a hairbrush, or my headset would rub it uncomfortably at work. I didn’t know exactly what it was, but when I touched that spot, it just felt like a scab. It never crossed my mind that it might be cancer. One day, my husband was playing with my hair and he felt the bump, too. He said it looked like an infected mole and that I should get it examined. By this time, I had a gut feeling that something was wrong, but I didn’t want to face it just yet, so I hid the bump for a few more months. Finally, I went to my sister’s dermatologist in San Antonio. He looked at the bump and performed a biopsy. The results showed it was melanoma. Melanoma diagnosis leads to MD Anderson I don’t even know if there’s a word to describe how terrified I was when I found out. The news came on a Friday, a week before my son turned 5, and just five months after losing my father to colorectal cancer at age 56. I will never forget the fear and hurt I felt. But I was determined to show my children that with faith and courage, you can conquer anything. So I went to a local oncologist. He wasn’t very encouraging. He also didn’t offer any new treatments or mention clinical trials. My husband and...