Ron Verhoff, 71, first heard of melanoma when doctors found an irregularly shaped mole on the back of his ear in 1991.
At the time, Ron’s melanoma didn’t seem to be cause for much alarm.
“They cut it out, did a skin graft, and sent me out the door,” remembered Ron. “I basically forgot about it after that.”
It wasn’t until 2013, more than 20 years later, that Ron felt a lump on the side of his neck while vacationing with his wife, Grace, in Florida.
When the couple returned to their Georgia home, Ron visited his Kaiser Permanente doctor, where he learned that after two decades of minimal health issues, Ron was facing down a second round of skin cancer.
With tears in his eyes, Ron recalled the day he got the news.
“I thought it was over,” he said, holding his wife’s hand. “And I don’t know what we’d do without each other.”
Battling Ron’s recurrence of melanoma wasn’t easy, but it also wasn’t “over.” Removing the cancer entirely meant undergoing surgery that left Ron with 29 staples in his neck.
After his staples were removed, Ron was eager to regain his health and was back on his feet within a month.