On April 1st, Marcus Stanley lost his battle with melanoma. His wife, Mindy, entered my life while I was in the middle of chemo. Dr. Lavalais suggested that I meet them since our stories were so similar. Marcus was diagnosed as Stage III and was about to start the treatments and we both had two little girls. I met Mindy and we immediately clicked. Our girls played at the park as we talked about melanoma and what Marcus could expect with his treatments. I know Mindy was so thankful to be able to connect with someone who was experiencing the same thing, but it felt so good for me to be able to reach out and help someone else.
Marcus had a rough time with the treatments and eventually the melanoma spread to his lungs. Despite the statistics, Mindy kept her faith in God that he would answer her prayers to heal Marcus. I have never witnessed that kind of faith that Mindy has. She was so strong and so graceful, taking care of Marcus and their two daughters with every bit of the kind of faith I long for. Even though God chose to heal Marcus by taking him from this world, Mindy has accepted that and her faith has only become stronger! Wow - she is an amazing woman!!!
So, please wear your sunscreen, don't go to tanning beds and be sun safe. Don't let Marcus' death be in vain. Learn from this tragic loss that melanoma can be prevented. For more on the Stanley family, visit Mindy's blog at www.melanomawife.blogspot.com .