At 18, Kassidy Pierson observed changes to a mole on her inner thigh that she had her entire life. Its shape, color, and size shifted around, and the mole was extremely dry, itchy, and sometimes bleed. All these are symptoms of Melanoma, but Kassidy wasn’t aware of them.
Kassidy Pierson’s terminal illness (Melanoma) has made her appreciate everything about life.
America Cancer Society explained that Melanoma occurred when melanocytes, referred to as the cells that give skin a darker color, grow out of control. It’s a lot less common than other types of skin cancer but more dangerous due to its spread to other body parts. At the age (18) mentioned above, Kassidy didn’t have health insurance and was pregnant with her son; hence, a skin check wasn’t a priority.
Recently, the 27-Year-Old took to the internet to educate people about the silent dangers of Melanoma.
The disease can go undetected for years while spreading through your body.
But finally, at age 21, she got insurance to get it checked, and that was when they took the biopsy. After two weeks, Kassidy, according to BuzzFeed, was called by a dermatologist on the phone and told it was, unfortunately, skin cancer; it was melanoma. “I then asked him what that meant as I did not know. He told me that there were a few different types of skin cancer. Melanoma was the deadly one, and I had it.” Kassidy said.
Melanoma is less common than other types of skin cancer but more dangerous.
And it occurs when melanocytes referred to as the cells that give skin a tan or darker color grow out of control.
Taking to TikTok, the now 27-Year-Old shared an image of what the mole on her thigh looked like and even captioned it: “Go Get Your Skin Checked.” Mainly, Kassidy’s first diagnosis was stage 3 melanoma, which implies cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. The oncologist she had the first year was a disappointment, and a year later, a scan showed that melanoma had spread everywhere in her body, changing her diagnosis to stage 4.
Kassidy’s first diagnosis was stage 3 melanoma. At this time, cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.
A year later a scan showed the melanoma had spread everywhere, changing her diagnosis to stage 4.
Her new oncologist was informed and equipped, yet a brutal battle was required. At age 22, Kassidy had surgery for a partial hip replacement one month after having part of their lungs removed. She underwent different treatments, including chemo, immunotherapy, studies, radiation, clinical trials, and targeted therapies. After six years of fighting cancer, a heartbreaking discovery emerged, resulting in a decision that it was high time Kassidy go on hospice.
She has undergone different kinds of treatments, including immunotherapy, and even targeted therapies.
None of Kassidy’s treatments are working anymore, and the Medics have nothing medically they can do.
She told BuzzFeed: “As the Melanoma has spread throughout my whole body, it has entered my brain with at least seven new tumors, if not more. Meaning that none of my treatments are working anymore, and unfortunately, at this point, they have nothing medically they can do. There are no treatments available for me.” So far, Kassidy claims being in hospice is a beautiful experience even though she doesn’t know how long it will take her to die.
She’s presently hospice and doesn’t know long it will take her to die. So saddening!
“I feel good now, and so spending as much time with the ones I love is what I’ve been doing with my days.”
“It could be a couple of days, weeks, months, or years! It just depends on cancer and how fast or slow it moves throughout my body. But I feel good now, and so spending as much time with the ones I love is what I’ve been doing with my days.” While she’s planning her funeral, a critical thing to Kassidy is making sure her son; Hunter, will be prepared as possible for life without her.
One thing that’s vital to Kassidy is making sure her son, Hunter is prepared as possible for life without her.
She’s now writing letters, making videos, and getting gifts to prepare for the moments.
Kassidy’s support systems have been her fiancé Chris, her son Hunter, friends, family, and all of her followers on TikTok. The newfound support from TikTok has been a fantastic experience, the mom-of-one. However, this story aims to educate people on the silent dangers of melanoma, which can go undetected for years while spreading through one’s body, and importantly, to help make the subject of death less taboo.
Kassidy also hopes to make the subject of death less taboo in our today’s society.