Erin Prey went in for a skin test every year because she and other members of her family have a lot of moles. She had a very small mole about the size of a pencil eraser on the outside of her lower left leg that got darker and was turning colors.
“I don’t think most people would have noticed it,” Prey said.
It was six months after her now 4-year-old son, Maddin, was born July 8, 2012. Prey and her husband, Mike, are also parents to a daughter, Saylor, 1.
When Prey showed her mother, Diane Schultz, Schultz told her to get it checked and said she would make the appointment if necessary, giving her daughter a little push.
A doctor in Green Bay removed the mole, but still neither Prey nor the doctor were concerned.
Then she got a phone call that it was melanoma, cancer of the skin.
“That word is life altering,” said Prey, a school psychologist at Hillcrest Primary School in Shawano.