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When Bethany Greenway noticed a dark spot on her forehead during her second pregnancy, she wasn’t too concerned. She thought it might be something to do with pregnancy hormones. Her doctor told her it was a liver spot.
About a year after the birth of Bethany’s daughter Arabella, a painful mole appeared in the centre of the spot.
The fair-skinned Greenway, whose mother was diagnosed with melanoma at the same age, had a biopsy performed on the mole. The news was not good. She was told she had “a nasty form of skin cancer called desmoplastic melanoma”. But there was more.
“I found out my entire liver spot is melanoma,” the Texas mum explained in a Facebook photo diary, which she began in August last year. “I thought it was crazy skin pigmentation from hormones that many women get.”
The mole was removed, and she was given a skin graft to cover the area.
“After a chat with the surgeon, I find out that he had to take the underlying muscle because those icky moles burrowed their way down past the skin,” she added. “Not only have I lost my left eyebrow, but I will never be able to raise its replacement. At this point it's a small price to pay to watch my girls grow up.”