Teddi Mellencamp gives a positive update on her health
It’s been a long month for former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp, who was diagnosed with skin cancer in October 2022. However, according to Mellencamp’s latest investigation, things are looking more positive.
“It’s been a while but I realized I had just put an update in my stories, and as many of you are asking – the biopsy of the lymph node in my neck was benign. That’s the news you get, and the relief is so great that all you can do is cry,” says Mellencamp captioned an Instagram photo on February 28, 2023.
“After months of being pulled, pricked and cut at my skin – to consider the possibility of spreading to my lymph nodes… and it wasn’t just my fear, the ultrasound came back as ‘suspicious’. But luckily we’re safe,” she added.
Warning: graphic below.
Mellencamp had previously been diagnosed with skin cancer, but had a few additional sites biopsied, which subsequently required surgery. Despite concerns about some new areas, Mellencamp is relieved she didn’t need additional treatment.
Mellencamp, who appeared on seasons 8-10 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is a mother of three.
Here’s what you need to know:
Teddi Mellencamp had an area on her neck that needed checking
The main location for Mellencamp’s skin cancer was the upper right part of her back, above her shoulder blade.
However, she also noticed a “bump” on her neck that doctors wanted to take a closer look at.
“Of course my fear outweighed it. I touched it at least 303 times. However, on the day of the appointment I assumed it was nothing. And then the ultrasound came back irregularly. I had a choice of needle biopsy or complete removal; The doctor recommended starting with the biopsy, but there’s a small chance it will come back and we’ll have to remove it,” she says divided on January 19, 2023.
However, after she ran tests, it was determined that the lump she found was not cancerous. She shared an update on her Instagram Stories a short time later, letting fans know that her latest round of testing was complete.
A few days later, Mellencamp shared a screenshot of a message she believed to have received from her doctor.
“Skin biopsies are all benign. Nothing more needs to be done with them. Let me know if you have any issues with the sites,” read a text the former reality star posted to her Instagram Stories on Jan. 23, 2023. She was advised to return for another skin exam in three months – or sooner if she had any concerns.
Fans have supported Teddi Mellencamp’s journey and her decision to share what she’s been through
Most fans have supported Mellencamp’s cancer journey and appreciated her decision to share her story and encourage others to get their skin checked by a dermatologist regularly.
“I really appreciate all the support that has been given to me. All of this really pushed me to do a kind of “reset” of my health — from my personal goals to listening to my body to being more proactive overall,” Mellencamp wrote in her Instagram caption dated February 28, 2023.
“I will continue to be as open and share as much as I can with all of you because I hope to be able to help as many people as possible. I’m going back for the next checkup in a few weeks but I’m feeling fine and strong. If you have any questions please ask them below and I will answer as many as I can,” she added.
Many fans went to the comments section to reply.
“I have no questions – just loads of admiration for your honest and informative approach to sharing a VERY personal experience. Sending you loads of support from afar.” read a comment.
“Because of you I got my very first skin check.” someone else added.
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