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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Preparing For Death From Metastases Of Melanoma



Long story made short. I am SC for skin cancer. In 2012 a biopsy by va was benign, another in 2013 wae benign. The skin spot kept getting larger. I requested an outside consult and a biopsy then was malignant desmoplastic melanoma and the pathologist recommended immediate surgery to remove it. The VA went back and redid the old slides and the new report was changed to agree with the outside consult doctor.The VA waited for over a month to remove it and also did a lumpectomy (sp) to remove what they call sentinel nodes.

The pathology report on this is not back yet but I expect the worse.

I want to try to be as legally prepared as I can in advance, to leave my family in a little better shape.

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Basser, I live West Van Lear near Paintsville.

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I prefer the Huntington VA Med center over Lex!

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We live in Frankfort! Small world. My husband's face has been rearranged by the Lexington VA due to skin cancer, not because they didn't do a good job, they just had to remove so much it didn't leave a lot to work with. They've removed several other spots on his face. He always comes home with new holes. He was a flight-line machine in the Air Force but was never in Vietnam so they denied SC.

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Sorry to hear about what you are currently going through with the VA and your medical issues. If you don't have official results stating what you are hoping you don't have try not to wish it upon yourself. You never know what can happen and I must say it takes a strong person to confront the issues you are having but if it means anything to you we are wishing you the best of luck and please keep us posted.

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