Teddi Mellencamp is counting her blessings. In a March 22 update on her melanoma biopsy, the fitness coach and reality star wrote, “Got my results back and it’s good news: melanoma in situ which means the cancer cells were contained in that area of my skin and have not spread any deeper!” Per. “melanoma in situ” is also known as stage 0 melanoma, or sometimes “pre-cancer,” as the cancer cells have stopped growing past our top layer of skin (i.e. the epidermis).
Teddi continued, “I feel blessed and relieved but also grateful to have diligent friends and doctors to watch out for me. I’ll now need to have 3-month checkups, while always making sure to wear sunscreen (a given, I know!) and protective clothing.” The former Bravo star, beaming in the post’s accompanying selfie, also hoped that her early action in detecting the melanoma would inspire others to check themselves. “Our skin is something a lot of us take for granted but not me anymore— and I hope not you either,” she concluded.
Current “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Crystal Kung Minkoff cheered on the good news, writing an emphatic, “Yeah!!!!!!!!” Meanwhile, aesthetician-to-the-stars Candace Marino praised Teddi’s candor about her experience, writing, “So happy to hear you got good news with your diagnosis! And thank you for spreading this info to your following! So important.”