The future is a scary place

It’s ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour…which means that all ChicagoNow bloggers have one hour to write about the same topic. I’m excited because I’m actually participating for once. Tonight we have been asked to pick any point of time in the future and write about what you hope/think/fear/expect your life will be like then. Holy moly. That’s a loaded... Read more »

Compassion for little ones with cancer

Kids with cancer. Did you know that a child is diagnosed with cancer EVERY THREE MINUTES? What a horrible number. The only thing worse is the number of kids dying of this wretched disease. Is there ANYTHING that could possibly tug at your heartstrings more than a child with cancer? If there is, I can’t... Read more »

Writing about cancer is HARD.

I haven’t blogged in so long that I’m not sure I even have the right to call myself a blogger. When I was diagnosed with Stage III melanoma 3 1/2 years ago, I decided that it would not have happened for nothing; that I would try to educate others so that they wouldn’t end up... Read more »

Melanoma in my heart? &*($@#%!!!!!!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat in a chair this week or lay in a bed…hospital or my own…and been incredibly grateful to feel my heart beat in my chest. Nor can I even count the number of times I’ve put my hand over my heart and just left it there to... Read more »

High tech treatment of that "skin" cancer, Melanoma

I can do this, I can do this, I can do this...
I spent a few tense hours in Radiation Oncology last Friday at my hospital of choice in preparation for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), which is happening on Wednesday to my latest brain metastasis. This tumor has actually been around for a couple of years. They thought it was benign, but now believe that it is melanoma,... Read more »

Tales from the ER. "Uh...we can't fix that."

Until this past Monday, I’d managed to stay out of the ER for anything related to my melanoma diagnosis over three years ago. And what a shame that streak had to end. Because what I learned is that there are some healthcare professionals out there who need a lesson or two in people skills and... Read more »

My perfect day without Melanoma

Welcome to Blogapalooz-hour, Vol. XIV. Tonight we are to write, in an hour, about our perfect day, whether in fantasy or reality. Maybe one day my idea of a perfect day will be reality, but for now it’s pure fantasy. Because I write about cancer. Melanoma specifically. And it isn’t going anywhere any time soon.... Read more »

My old tan is trying to kill me again.

That tan I used to have? It’s trying to kill me again. I’m so hoping that by now you know that melanoma is no joke. I was diagnosed Stage IIIb in July, 2011 and in November, 2012 progressed to Stage IV. There is no Stage V. Recent scans were not kind. I have a new brain tumor... Read more »

Can you handle the truth about Melanoma?

Haven’t written a word about melanoma in a month. I’ve been in a funk. Though I’m doing well physically right now (knock on wood), the emotional realities of melanoma are harsh. Melanoma kills people. Lots of people. Old, young, Black, Hispanic, White…it doesn’t distinguish. And the more I know, the less I want to know.... Read more »

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 »
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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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