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Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave Confirms Stage 2 Melanoma Diagnosis (UPDATED)
The RHOBH alum opened up about the next steps following the diagnosis.
UPDATED (January 24, 10:54 A.M.): Teddi successfully had 11 melanomas and three lymph nodes surgically removed in December, making her cancer-free. But as the RHOBH alum revealed on January 20, she recently had to have more spots biopsied and tested for melanoma. Not only that, but she also discovered a bump on her neck that an ultrasound ultimately deemed irregular. "As someone who is a controlled person, I’m dealing as best I can with something out of my control," Teddi wrote on Instagram of the new developments. "Things I can control: staying on top of my appointments, self-checks, and asking my doctors questions. I’m trying my best to stay positive and will fill you in when I get the results. If this saves even one person from going through what I’m going through, it’s worth it."
UPDATED (November 28, 11:03 A.M.): During her Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen appearance on November 27, Teddi revealed that her next surgery is set for November 30. As for how she's holding up, "I'm doing pretty good. I would say there's highs and lows, and the biggest thing for me is being able to be vulnerable and talk about it with other people." Hear more from Teddi on WWHL here.
UPDATED (October 19, 9:54 A.M.): Teddi also shared a "Post PET scan update" to Instagram on Tuesday and she also thanked everyone for their support during her health journey: "Thank you for the outpouring of love and support. Please go get checked." You can read her full update here.
UPDATED (October 18, 1:19 P.M.): Teddi offered an update on her diagnosis on Instagram on October 18. She wrote, "Melanoma Update. I have faith and lots of support from friends, family, doctors and surgeons that all will be ok. Something in me is making me want to continue to share this personal information because I want to continue to reiterate the importance of getting your skin checks. Sending love all your way."
The original story continues below.
Following a health scare earlier this year, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave told fans this week that after going in for her “[three]-month skin check,” it was confirmed that she has stage 2 melanoma. She shared the news on Instagram and offered an update on how she’s feeling as well as the next steps.
“Melanoma awareness update. Despite my anxiety, I listened to the doctors and went in for my [three]-month skin check last week since my previous melanoma. They said I had another abnormal spot near my last one so they did a biopsy. I got the call this morning: Stage 2 melanoma. Now, next Wednesday I go to an oncologist to have it cut out and come up with a game plan on next steps. Of course, this is all pending some additional testing and biopsies of other spots nearby that were taken today,” The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum wrote.
Her post continued: “Moral of this story: if a doctor says, ‘come in every [three] months’ please go in every [three] months. I so badly wanted to blow this off. ‘What could happen in [three] months?’ I thought. Apparently a lot. I continue to share this journey because I was a ’90s teen, putting baby oil and iodine on my skin to tan it. Never wearing sunscreen or getting my moles checked until I was 40 years old. This has been such a wakeup call for me, and I hope to all of you, to love and protect the skin you’re in.”
Teddi received support from The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Tamra Judge, who has also dealt with skin cancer in the past. “I’m so sorry, friend,” she wrote in the comments. “I’ve been there and it’s not fun. I’m sorry you’re going through this and happy you’re bringing awareness. You got this!!!!!”
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