Sometimes, a regular visit to the barber shop could turn out to be a life-changing situation.
A man was diagnosed with stage four melanoma skin cancer, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer, after his barber noticed something strange on the back of his head. On top of that, the man suffers from a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system called Crohn’s disease.
The man named Elliot has revealed his arduous journey, including his efforts to raise thousands of pounds in order to get the life-saving treatment he so desperately needs for melanoma.
Elliot was notified about his mole for the first time when he was 24 years old. He claims that he continued to take images of it in order to track its progress, and he forwarded the pictures to his doctor.
He saw a difference and subsequently sent more photos.
When Elliot returned to the doctors three months after his first consultation, they informed him that he may have the mole removed if it was something that was bothering him.
After a few months, he made the decision to have the mole removed and went to a clinic for the relatively quick and painless treatment. The doctors informed him that the mole was actually a cancer and that additional tests were required to find out what stage the cancer was at.
The mole on Elliot’s head was surgically removed, leaving him with a big scar on the back of his head.
The tests indicated that the cancer had spread to his liver and was in stage four. This made things much more difficult for Elliot with his Crohn’s illness since he was unable to get the standard dosage of immunotherapy.
“Because of my illness I had to start on a lower dosage. If I didn’t have Crohn’s I would have had combined immunotherapy. The weaker dose made my Crohn’s flare up and I had a bowel obstruction and ended up in a lot of pain,” Elliot said.
The treatment continued to aggravate his Crohn’s disease, so Elliot had to go to the hospital to have a stoma bag placed.
Although it has been challenging for Elliot to get used to the bag, he claims that it has assisted in relieving some of the pain that he has as a result of his Crohn’s disease. During his treatment, Elliot has had several setbacks in the form of infections.
“I’m basically having to learn to walk again,” Elliot added.