Skin Cancer--Very Real Results of a Very Real Cancer

Skin cancer. Many people hear those words and think it’s no big deal. They just cut it out and you go on with your life, right? Maybe. Maybe not. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The majority of skin cancer cases are Basal Cell carcinoma. It has an extremely low risk of... Read more »

Melanoma Takes a Life...Every Hour of Every Day

Actually, it’s every 57 minutes; and that number is going down. Why? Because while the incidence of many types of cancers is going down, the incidence of skin cancers, including melanoma, is going up.  And now, for the first time in the 143 year history of the office, the United States Surgeon General is speaking... Read more »

10 Things you NEED to Know About Melanoma

Three years ago today I began a journey that would change my life, and the lives of my family–forever. It was three years ago that I learned that the mole on my back was melanoma. Three days later I was meeting a surgeon, and two days after that I was in surgery. He removed the... Read more »

Love and Support on the Melanoma Road

One of my fave kids ever!
The trouble with the least common “skin” cancer, melanoma, is that it causes by FAR the most deaths. BIG problem. Especially since it seems like there are SO many people who still don’t understand the dangers of tanning beds, or unprotected sun exposure. There is much that the melanoma community is doing to raise awareness.... Read more »

There goes Melanoma Awareness Month....

May, 2014 is in the books. Melanoma awareness month has come and gone again. I’ll be honest, I’d rather forget this May happened. Well, almost. Because there was a LOT of good this month. My melahomies did an AMAZING job of spreading the word about this scourge called Melanoma. They went and spoke to kids... Read more »

That sunburn? It CAN kill you.

Spring is FINALLY here in Chi-town, and boy do we deserve a nice one after the Winter we had! The weather Gods are cooperating and providing us with no shortage of sunshine and warmth this weekend.  I’m sure you’re all just as happy about that as I am.  BUT, that big beautiful blue sky abundant... Read more »

Guy Fieri's sister's death...from melanoma

I’m laying in bed and trying hard to sleep, and I just can’t. My family has had a long week. My brain surgery because of melanoma this past Tuesday wasn’t on anyone’s bucket list, guaranteed. As is my norm sometimes when I can’t sleep, I scroll through posts from my melahomies, amazing folks who are... Read more »

It's May, but more importantly, it's Melanoma Awareness Month!

It’s the first of the month! That day that I remind everyone to check their skin for anything new or changing. But this time, it’s MAY 1st, and May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness month. OUR 31 days! No pink, no orange, no blue…JUST BLACK. I’m really loving Melanoma Research Foundation’s Get Naked Campaign,... Read more »

Melanoma patient has airlines miles...will travel!

The first trip to LA is in the books. Our time in LA was wildly successful. Fabulous as a wife and BFF of the best guy in the world, because we really needed a getaway, but even more so as a Melanoma patient who has been in wait and watch mode for FAR too long.... Read more »

My metastatic melanoma brain tumor and me-Year 1

So, if you pay attention to statistics, I shouldn’t be here. Depending on which stats you read, the metastatic brain tumor I have should already have done me in anywhere between 4 and 9 months after they found it. I don’t mean that to sound trite. It’s very serious shit. One year ago today, I... Read more »
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    As a Stage IV Melanoma patient, it is my goal to teach you ways that you can avoid Melanoma because I'd love to keep you out of my shoes. I am a happily married mother of 2, and grandmother of 3 grandmonsters, and 1 grandpuppy. Yay Jax! I'm also an avid Blackhawks fan, but love the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs too (in that order). If you'd like to chat about my posts or are in need of information on melanoma, you can contact me at Thanks very much for reading!

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