Mother who mistook her skin cancer for hormonal changes

A mother who mistook her cancer for hormonal changes during pregnancy has kept a photo diary of her battle against the disease which has left her 'disfigured'.

Bethany Greenway, 39, from Austin, Texas, is celebrating having beaten desmoplastic melanoma - an aggressive, and rare, form of skin cancer.

It all started with a dark spot on her forehead that emerged while she was pregnant with her second child in 2014. 

Despite seeing a dermatologist, it was dismissed as something much less sinister and she noticed no other symptoms for 18 months.

But when a mole appeared and she began to experience pain in the same area, she sought medical help. Doctors were then able to make the diagnosis. 

The mole was removed and she underwent a grueling skin graft to cover the affected area, but the procedure left her with an unsightly scar.

Having just finished her final rounds of treatment, the former photographer has shared her story online with a series of photographs throughout her journey. 

Bethany Greenway, 39, is celebrating having beaten desmoplastic melanoma - an aggressive, form of skin cancer (pictured in hospital after undergoing a skin graft)

She had a mole removed and underwent a skin graft to cover the area, but the procedure left her with a scar (pictured when the stitches were taken out)

Bethany Greenway, 39, is celebrating having beaten desmoplastic melanoma - an aggressive, form of skin cancer. She had a mole removed and underwent a skin graft (left) to cover the area, but the procedure left her with a scar (pictured right when the stitches were taken out)

Ms Greenway, who is now encouraging others to wear suncream, said the battle was a 'small price to pay to see my girls grow up'. 

'Wasn't surprised' 

The mother-of-two, who covers her scar with make-up and a fake eyebrow, added: 'I wasn’t surprised by the diagnosis because my mother had melanoma at my age.

'I live in Texas where you have to put on sunscreen everyday, I try to be careful, but I also have fair skin and I am ginger.

'When I burn I turn into a lobster and I don’t know a summer where I’ve not burned once.

'I have been disfigured by this destructive cancer. I lost the muscle on half my forehead and my left eyebrow almost completely save for like two tiny stray hairs.

'It’s really rare - very destructive, usually only occurs with only men in their seventies. It’s very rare for a younger female to get this.' 

When the problem was first noticed 

Ms Greenway first noticed the abnormal patch above her left eye while pregnant with her daughter.

Doctors immediately dismissed it as a liver spot, while the stay-at-home mother assumed it was triggered by hormones.

When her daughter was approaching two, she noticed it grew into a mole. But she only became concerned when it started to ache.

It all started with a dark spot on her forehead that emerged while she was pregnant with her second child in 2014. Despite seeing a dermatologist, it was dismissed as something much less sinister and she noticed no other symptoms for 18 months

It all started with a dark spot on her forehead that emerged while she was pregnant with her second child in 2014. Despite seeing a dermatologist, it was dismissed as something much less sinister and she noticed no other symptoms for 18 months

Having just finished her final rounds of treatment, the former photographer, who covers her scar with make-up and a fake eyebrow, has shared her story online with a series of photographs throughout her journey

Having just finished her final rounds of treatment, the former photographer, who covers her scar with make-up and a fake eyebrow, has shared her story online with a series of photographs throughout her journey

Going back to a dermatologist, a biopsy was taken which showed she

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