MY NAME IS CHANTELLE DELPORT
In 2016 I had a mole removed, I was at work when my dermatologist phoned me and said she got my results, I have Melanoma.
After surgery and SLNB it was confirmed to be Stage 1b Melanoma.
Fast forward to 2019, I was 23 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. I went to see my oncologist because my skin looked bruised around my ear and I developed tiny bumps under my skin. The next day I had a biopsy and that afternoon, 15 Nov 2019, she phoned me to say the cancer is in my lymph node.
It was very difficult to process the news and to decide what the next steps would be going forward, as I was pregnant, so I didn't have treatment options at the time.
We decided I would carry my little girl until 32 weeks. Monday, 20 Jan 2020 she was born. She was admitted to ICU. The day after her birth, I had a CT scan done and the next day an MRI.
Friday, I went to see her where she confirmed that I had Stage IV Melanoma. The results showed cancer tumors in my ear, neck, arm, abdomen wall, back, breasts and liver.
I found out I'm BRAF positive, so I started Taf/Mek targeted therapy, a week later.
Currently 6 months down and have 24% shrinkage of my tumors.
God has been good to me and I have so much faith that I will be healed.
I have recently launched my own merchandise line in support of melanoma awareness.
FAITH OVER FEAR