Posts in category "Skin Cancer"

Guest Blog...I'm walking on sunshine and it doesn't feel good

Have to apologize for the lack of info on my page and my blog this month. This month of ALL months…Melanoma Awareness Month. I’ve kind of been down in the dumps, but that’s really no excuse. Second half of the month will be better! I’m starting with a guest blog from a fellow ChicagoNow blogger.... Read more »

What does melanoma look like?

The pictures are not pretty, and many are not similar, hence the sneaky nature of melanoma. But they’re all melanoma. And to be honest, I hope they scare you into taking this “skin cancer” seriously. Far too many people don’t. As you can see, in spite of the fact that the melanoma community calls melanoma... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »