April 2007 diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma. I continued working as long as I could but the affects of the chemotherapy hindered my work and I was forced to go on disability. Battling cancer, I have had 12 surgeries, four years of chemotherapy along with a study drug. Entered the testing in phase 1 and completed through stage 3 and into FDA new drug approval in 2011. I am the only remaining survivor from phase 1 along with only a handful of people from phase 2 and 3. The new drug has shown promising results with increasing the survival rates for one to three years and five to ten year totals.