My blog has been bugging me. Sometimes I feel its too negative. I want to share stories of melanoma…..but I don’t want to scare. Well, I kind of do. Sadly I don’t see any other way to drive the point home. The majority of people I meet just don’t understand how serious this type of skin cancer is (I was one of these people one year ago). Even some people with melanoma don’t understand the seriousness. But for all of the horrible stories about melanoma, there are as many good ones. So in an attempt to get the right balance, I have updated the blog and separated the pages into two sections – the stories of devastation and the stories of survival... which include those who are surviving with Stage 3/4 melanoma.
For me, it’s really great to chat with those who understand… my “melanoma friends”. Our friend Christina recently moved to Stage IV, which was devastating, but she is such resourceful person and went into major research mode. After talking with the top docs and other survivors, she picked a very tough therapy (biochemo) and stood by it even though some people said not to do it. This week she sent me a note from the hospital (where you stay for 5 days in intensive care while they administer the drugs): her tumors are shrinking after just one round! I am so happy for her.
Last night we watched the newest episode of the Big C and I cried and laughed through the entire thing. Its so great to have a show we can relate to.
And this week it was so cool to Sykpe with Andrea – aka “Melanoma Girl“. She is a stage IIIa survivor just like Mike and she is starting a non profit organization. She had just gotten her scan results and they were all clear. So happy for her also! We are trying to organize a charity event and she has some great ideas… so stayed tuned. How cute are her t-shirts? I am going to get one for myself: