Sophie Schroeder Presnell English 1102 8 May 2012

Primary Research
1. I interviewed Sarah and Ross Schroeder aka my parents. Both of my parents have Melanoma, which makes them prime people to ask. I interviewed them both on the phone last Tuesday around 9:00 pm. 2. I hoped to find out mostly how life is with Melanoma and what are the struggles. Also their history with it and their experience especially when they found out they had this type of cancer. 3. Questions:  Had you ever heard of Melanoma before you were diagnosed? S-I knew what it was but I wasn’t sure about all the minor details. I also didn’t know how drastic and deadly it can be if it goes on for to long. But when I was young no one wore sunscreen and therefore even knew what it was. Plus we were never really informed how bad the sun was for us either. R- Yes, sadly I knew exactly what it was. My dad got it when he was around 40 years old. After that he became more aware of how bad it was and made sure that my siblings and I limited our time in the sun. But his persistence soon worn off quickly considering the fact that we lived on a lake.  Where were you when you found out you had Melanoma and what was your reaction? S- Ross and I were newly married and I had been noticing some random oversized moles on my lower thighs and lower back. I have to say I did not go in right when I found them but eventually which was probably a year later I went. I kick myself every time I tell people that because it would have helped my situation out a lot better if I would have “found time” to go to the doctor. After I came back from the doctor, since things and technology was a lot slower back then, I am pretty sure I found out about a day later. I was at work when they called and told me that I had Melanoma. They explained to me what it was and I was kind of in a state of shock. But honestly I kind of brushed it off and thought of it as no big deal. R- It was about ten years or so after Sarah found out about hers, when she started to notice darker freckles and parts of my skin that weren’t right. We were both praying that I wouldn’t have the same fate as her, but after the doctor visit they told me then and there that I had it. It was

all kind of ironic to me because I don’t know anyone with Melanoma besides my wife and now I got it.  How far along where you when they found it? S- Like I said earlier on, I waited to go to the doctor after I found the spots. I was in stage 2 which you can never recover from. The only thing that made me feel a little bit better was that they said if I waited even a month later I would have been in stage 3 which would have devastated me. R- Luckily for me I was still in the middle of stage 0 and stage1. They caught it just in time before it was in full stage 1. I am just very thankful that my wife was able to spot it out before it got too far along unlike her.  Did you go through any kind of treatment? S- Immediately after they found my Melanoma I got called in the next day for treatment. They cut so many spots out of my thighs and lower back I had to stay in the hospital for a day or two. I had strict orders to stay out of the sun and I had a special cream that I had to rub on my now sores. I now have to go back every two weeks for check ups and mostly to check my sores and get more skin removed. Its painful and quite annoying to deal with. I have to take off work a lot because the doctors say that causing more stress to my skin will not help it heal. R- I had to go in about 5 days later and get a re check up. I had lots of skin cut out of my back which I still have scars from. But in the past 4 years or so my Melanoma has been coming back with a fight. It has been reappearing more and more to the point where some months I have to go in once a week to be looked at. Doctors say this is very common for Melanoma patients in my stage.  Any other comments or feelings you have? S- Melanoma is a huge burden to carry around. I get nervous every time my son or daughter goes in the sun. Especially my daughter you specifically like to get tan and who doesn’t mind getting burned as long as it turns to tan. I am scared for them because I have no idea if Melanoma can be a genetics thing especially since both my husband and I have it. I want to tell young people that I know being tan looks good and you want to look good but please don’t destroy your body doing so. Its not worth it unless your dying to me in my place or my husbands. R- Following with what my wife said, I get scared that its genetic. My dad had it and I got it, so what is stopping it from going to my son or daughter. I tell them that being tan is not worth the many hard struggles to come, but unfortunately its hard to get that through both their heads. I understand because I didn’t listen to my dad but I wish I did. 4. I think my findings support what a lot of my articles say but even more. I got to talk to two people who are living with Melanoma right now. I got to learn about them and how they deal with it and feel about it. I guess the

limitations can be that I only have two interviews with Melanoma patients. I have not talked to a doctor or specialist on Melanoma who could maybe tell me facts or interesting things about it. I am definitely going to tie in these personal stories also maybe tie in my journey a little. I think it is important to learn about people you actually have to cancer instead of just a doctor who can tell you about it. 5. Citation: Schroeder, Ross. Telephone Interview. 13 March 2012. Schroeder, Sarah. Telephone Interview. 13 March 2012. 6. Reflection 1. I would say the hardest part about gathering my primary research was that both my parents like to talk a lot so I had to tell them to condense what the had to say. If I didn’t each question they answered would have been a page or so long. But over all writing what they had to say was easy and since I know them on a very personal level it was easy to talk to them 2. The thing I like most would be that I got to interview two people that I am very close to. I think it adds a different style to my paper since the people I interviewed know Melanoma on a very personal level because both of them have had it for over 10 years or more. It gives readers something else to look at other than just facts and more fact about a certain topic. 3. My group helped by just basically reading it and telling people some grammar errors. They gave their input and told me how much they liked that I interviewed my parents and how personal it was. I think I helped them by giving some pointers on how to form their interviews more and what sounded better.

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