My name is Jolene and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 malignant melanoma on the 29th September 2010 at the age of 23. Initially I had a 1.5mm mole removed from my neck when I was 18 years old and I have been living with cancer ever since.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer everything felt very out of my control and almost overnight I felt I had all my independence taken away from me. Over the years cancer has undoubtedly knocked my confidence, however I’ve now been living with a terminal diagnosis for the past seven years and in some ways I am stronger than ever. I decided to start the blog to share my story and raise awareness. I’ve never been a sun seeker but it goes to show melanoma does not discriminate, if it makes a difference to just one person it will be worth it.

The story of my cancer journey so far can be found in my first blog post, 11 years. I have now been writing this blog for over almost three years and hope to continue sharing my story with others.