Seven years doesn't mean JACK!

Meet our family. Bryce, Tammy and baby Danika. Bryce and I met 5 1/2 years ago, as both of us had just gone through terrible situations--a divorce for me, and a year of melanoma biotherapy for Bryce. We were both broken hearted and broken spirited, and we found each other through a series of coincidences. We became best friends, got married a year later, and our beautiful daughter Dani was born six months ago. Life was blissful.

Bryce went in for his annual cancer checkup three weeks ago, and everything looked good. He was told, "You're seven years out now! You're clean! You don't even need a CT scan this time!" Bryce mentioned that his lungs have been feeling a little congested and he has been a little short of breath, so the doctor ran a blood test. The test was a little concerning, so she ordered a chest x-ray.

The following posts will detail the ongoing saga...

3 Comments So Far!

On Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 9:44 PM
amber said:

Bryce, Tammy, and baby Dani-
I just wanted to send my support your way. I can't even imagine what this must be like for your family. I got my LiveStrong band from you a few years back and I will wear it again for Bryce. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Amber Keller

On Friday, September 21, 2007 at 10:49 AM
Yvonne Wirig said:

Tammy...we have known and followed your life since you were born. I want you to know how much I am touched by your incredible story and the strength and love you show by sharing it. I wish we could take this away from you, maybe just knowing we are praying for your sweet husband and family will help. Your parents, our dearest friends, are such wonderful caring generous people. Know that we thinking of you constantly....Yvonne (and Jay)

On Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 11:25 AM
Cindy said:


I've been so touched by your strength and tenacity as I've now been a constant reader of your blog. I'm looking for any hope I can get from your story. My husband, Troy, was diagnosed with melanoma on Oct. 4 -- that day will be forever imprinted in my brain. He had an ugly mole and went to the dermatologist in February. He thought he was seeing the dermatologist 10 months later we found out it was his PA. he told Troy not to worry about it, it didn't look like anything serious. He said he'd freeze it and because it was so big and dark, it would probably take a few "freezes" to get rid of it. We felt very relieved and happy that it wasn't anything serious because it didn't look good. The mole was on his upper back. Stupid us, we believed him. Troy talked to his primary care doc and he said if Dr. "Bob" (dermatologist) feels it isn't anything to worry about, then he would trust his judgment because he is the expert and always errs on the side of caution. At that time we still thought Troy was seeing Dr. "Bob". Well over the next few months it looked worse (due to the freezing). Troy couldn't see it because it was on his back, but I kept telling him how bad it looked and he said it bothered him. The top layer started peeling off and cracking. We were naive and thought it was normal. When it started bleeding we knew that wasn't normal and Troy made another appt. to go in. By the time he could get in, 10 months had gone by. The person he saw was still the PA (Troy still thought it was Dr. "Bob". He told Troy he still didn't feel it was anything to worry about, but would go ahead and biopsy it and get back to him in 7-10 days. Well the next day they kept leaving messages on our answering machine telling us to call immeditely. It was a person by the name of Craig leaving the frantic message. Troy called at 8:30 that night and Craig told him he had bad news, we needed to come to the office the next day and meet with Dr. "Bob". the rest is history. Troy has now had two surgeries -- one to take out the mole and the margins around, and the removal of 7 lymphnodes in which they found small amounts of cancer in 4 of them. They went back in and took out the remaining lymphnodes under his arm. He's been recovering and will start interferon Monday (26th). His cancer went down very deep 6.2 mm. I've read your story over and over again to see if there's any similarities. I'm wondering how large Bryce's mole was and how deep it went. any advice you could give a "desperate" wife would be appreciated. I'm sorry this is so long, but very grateful for your time in creating this blog. Thanks from all of us. You're in my thoughts and prayers, Love Cindy