We had the pleasure of speaking with Donna M Piunt, melanoma survivor, warrior and founder of the blog, The Cancer SPOT.
"Prior to my diagnosis of Stage 3b Nodular Melanoma I never imagined that the itchy brownish/black round mole on my upper left thigh would forever change my life. After hearing that I had cancer I felt I was living in a bad dream of which I couldn't wake up from! In order to understand my melanoma diagnosis I jumped on the web to get a better understanding about my diagnosis. The more I read about melanoma through credible medical websites the more scared and defenseless I felt. What continued to ring loud and clear in my mind was the fact that melanoma oncologist's referred to melanoma as sneaky and nasty black beast! My fear motivated my desire to be armed and ready by becoming my own advocate and take on a warrior mindset to battle the beast. My fear continued to motivate my passion to raise melanoma awareness through every means possible.
My hope was that by sharing my story I may save someone from having to walk on my melanoma journey.Therefore, while undergoing 4 surgeries and 10 months of Interferon alpha 2b treatment I began recording my journey on YouTube but then after finding many pages and blogs online I decided to create The Cancer SPOT in October 2012. The Cancer SPOT is a page to learn about melanoma awareness, read inspiring stories about fellow melanoma warriors, be encouraged, and find humor. I have found sharing my story through my page has provided many wonderful opportunities to raise awareness and have gained incredible support from my fellow warriors/caregivers within our melanoma community. I believe every struggle we go through is a learning experience and a way to help others.
Thorough, my journey I have taken part in many opportunities within various organizations one of which was with the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia I am currently serving as Melanoma patient representative for Advisory Council for Cancer Experience Registry: Melanoma, and had the privilege to be a guest speaker on Frankly Speaking About Cancer on a online radio show. Through my melanoma journey I have learned my ways to love and protect my skin and I continue to share daily to anyone that will listen. I tell everyone never to use tanning beds!! Love your skin by applying sunscreen, wear a hat, and sunglasses. Please get your skin checked by a dermatologist.
Six months prior to my diagnosis I learned that one of high school classmate/friend had started Stevestrong team for Relay For Life to support her son in law battle with cancer. Therefore, when I was diagnosed, I decided to join Stevestrong team to walk and raise funds for cancer research and find a cure for cancer. Each team member has to walk an hour around the track for their team, take part in team's fundraisers, and sign up to volunteer to help out during and or after the event weekend. This year I am so blessed to be serving as the Grand Marshal and will be sharing my story to raise melanoma awareness. Anyone get involved by coming out to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Join us for Relay For Life of Pottstown on June 4-5 from 10 AM-10AM at Pottsgrove High School located at 1345 Kauffman Road, Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464."