Ocular Melanoma

July 26, 2015
Sharon Marston

ocular melanoma 2

Greetings Jack’s Fund: I have been running the 5K in October for many years. While I did not know Jack, the race is important to me for I have had three melanomas and one basal cell carcinoma…and I am not yet 40 years of age.

It is a wonderfully organized race, and I look forward to it every year.

The reason I am writing today is not because of skin melanoma, but because of ocular melanoma.

In 2009, a growth was discovered in my eye and it has been watched and monitored ever since.

On Nov. 6th, the growth started bleeding. Soon after, I was referred to a specialist in Chicago who diagnosed it as an ocular melanoma.

As I write this email, it is being treated.

Last Tuesday, a radiation plaque was sewn to my eye – they will take it off tomorrow.

From there, we watch to see the radiation do its job of destruction.

Ocular melanoma is a rare disease – around 2,000 cases in the US per year. But, here I am one of them. I do believe I have a genetic factor leading to all of these melanomas and so perhaps I am unique in that nature.

As you continue to grow your organization, I just wanted to share my story with you.

In your mission to educate, please include that melanomas can happen anywhere, including in the eye!

The next time one is getting a routine eyeglasses exam, have them dilate the eyes and take a look.

My growth was discovered at a routine eye exam at Target – but it was this eye exam that got me on the right path early!

Please help spread the word – thank you.

Katie