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A Story of Melanoma Survival – Eric Croswhite

A Story of Melanoma Survival – Eric Croswhite


Eric Crosswhite is a husband and a proud father of two young girls. But in 1999 he wondered whether he would ever have a family. That’s when the Spring, Texas resident was diagnosed with melanoma, a serious skin cancer. I noticed that I had a little mole on my upper left chest area that had been bleeding a little bit, and you know I thought it was the seat belt that was cutting across my chest causing the irritation. And so and I noticed a little bump starting to form underneath the underneath the mole, and so that’s when I thought it was time to go see my primary care physician. So you know, needless to say, I was pretty shocked and you know certainly wasn’t prepared for for what followed. I think I was 34 years old. I was just hitting the stride in my career, I was newly married we just purchased a home, we were starting a family. We were trying to start our family, so this you know, this came as pretty much as a shock. Crosswhite didn’t waste any time. He was treated at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic where he underwent surgery and then infusion therapy followed by self-injection interferon treatments. During that time, there was you know emotionally, it was tough. There were some times where you’re afraid. I mean he’s always been so healthy. The whole thing was just a big shock, we never dreamed that anything like this would happen. But it makes you realize that it could happen to anyone. Dr. Gilcrest Jackson was Cross white’s surgeon. Everybody that comes in to me has some some anxiety in there and also has some misunderstandings that I try to, I try to explain the disease and the operation and the process of getting through the through the surgery and recovering from surgery and getting back to normal. Since his treatment, Crosswhite hasn’t had a reoccurrence of the disease. He continues to follow up with his physicians at Kelsey-Seybold’s Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center. And he’s grateful for the care he’s received from the oncologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals at Kelsey-Seybold. Certainly I was scared and despite my fear, I always felt very comfortable with the care that I was getting from the doctors and healthcare professionals at Kelsey-Seybold. They removed the melanoma and did a wide area excision of my of my chest. The lymph nodes were clear during the biopsies, so there’s no indication that I haven’t been cured of the disease. Life has been back to normal for Eric Crosswhite. He’s thankful for beating the disease and for his chance to get on with his career and family life. I think I appreciate things more, you know we have been, we have been able to start a family after I was treated and after we started the diagnosis, so I’m very fulfilled in my family and you know that’s a blessing. For a long time there, you know I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to have a family. We’ve been blessed with two beautiful girls, I mean I feel like we’re past this… we’ve closed history books. I’m raising my children differently, I mean my children have sunscreen on all the time when they go outside and were cautious of the sun. You know again, it goes back to trust. I was really, once I felt confident that I had the right treatment program, I had the right health care professionals, the right doctors, and I had the right, the right approach. It was, I had complete faith I was doing the right thing.

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