This Brave Mom Documented Her Skin Cancer Recovery Online

Bethany Gambardella-Greenway
Bethany Gambardella-Greenway/Facebook

Bethany Greenway, a 39-year-old mother of two who lives in Texas, has become an inspiration to us all by using Facebook to document her battle with melanoma

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and according to Today, Greenway wants to warn others of the possible risks of tanning. 

  • In the fall of 2014, Greenway noticed a liver spot above her left eye had grown a mole and started to ache.

    When she went in for a skin check, her dermatologist thought the spot was nonthreatening.

    A biopsy eventually revealed that the spot was melanoma.

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  • Last August, Greenway had two surgeries to remove the skin and muscle around the spot.

    As Today reports: "The desmoplastic melanoma was nearing the bone, which explained why she felt an aching sensation. Doctors also removed the lymph node near her left ear, which contained melanoma cells."

  • Still, her positive spirit and sense of humor radiated.

    The surgeries resulted in a large wound on her forehead. A yellow compression sponge was sewn onto it to hold everything together while her body accepted a new patch of skin, which was transferred from her thigh. 

    She wrote on Facebook: "Everyone welcome into the world Sponge Bob Square Pants' asshole sewn to my forehead. Actually it's a medicated compression bandage to help the skin graft adhere to my head. I dare say general anesthetic is very pleasant. I genuinely enjoyed my nap. The discomfort of having to pee in order to avoid having a catheter put in my body was not the greatest ever, but it is surgery it's not a nap party."

  • She told Today it makes her "ill" watching others tan: "Please stop frying your skin."

  • The skin graft has healed well and she said it was all worth it to be able to be there for her family.

    "For me, it's worth it to go through this year of suffering for another 50 or 60 years of watching my children grow up and being present for my kids and my husband," she told Today