Artist Martha Johnson noticed a mole on her body, and quickly realized there was something about its appearance that seemed ‘off.’ With a family history of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, she scheduled an appointment with, Sarah Flick, physician assistant with Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Sarah, who works in the dermatology department, didn’t like the mole either and performed a biopsy.
“Two days later, I got the phone call from Sarah saying, ‘Yup, you were right. It is melanoma,’” remembers Martha. Martha hung up the phone, and after just 20 minutes, she received another phone call to schedule her next appointment.
After meeting with general surgeon Evan Gillespie, DO, who was hopeful that Sarah had removed everything with the biopsy, Martha underwent surgery to remove the margins, the area around where the mole had been. Soon after, more good news arrived – the margins were clear.
Martha describes that the kindness and compassion she felt from start to finish, calling her experience “first rate,” and “gold plated.”