The Rules that Rule

RAAAAAAAAAAWR!  Yea, that’s me roaring.  Like a lion.  Like a mother lioness, actually.  Ya know…that fierce, protective outpouring of instinctual need to safeguard our young?  That’s how I feel when it comes to the sun and my children. I daydream about knowing they will use sunscreen daily (and reapply, of course), seek shade, wear hats…


A “Cancer Club”? NO!

Last week I received an inbox message on Facebook from a Respect the Rays reader which sparked a thought….and with that thought comes this blog.  I think the reason ideas were generated from this correspondence is because it was not the first time I had gotten something along these lines. Speaking of lines….Lines.  Dividers.  One side or…


Cracking: The Process of Coming Undone…Again.

Do you ever feel yourself start to come undone?  Like pieces of yourself start to fall away, and you are left with just one fragment of who you are?  Here’s what I’m talking about… This week I’ve noticed myself becoming less and less myself, and more and more solely my melanoma diagnosis.  It became obvious…


Experience, Strength & Hope: A Guest Blog Post By Christie

We all need hope! Here is Christie’s inspirational story…   Q: When were you first diagnosed with melanoma? How was it discovered? A: The melanoma was first discovered in July of 2004. I had an irregular spot on my neck that I had checked out with the dermatologist and I subsequently was diagnosed with melanoma….


Cancer Should Not Have Shades of Grey

One of the many things I hate (YES, HATE…that strong word!) about this disease, is what my doctor mentioned earlier this week… “that grey area”. NO!  I can’t hear about grey areas when it comes to diagnosing melanoma. I find it unacceptable. I’m fine with it as a literary theme of sorts, pop lit and…


University of Melanoma

Today, the story about the research findings regarding tanning facilities on or near U.S. college campuses, is swirling around social media outlets…as it should! The study revealed some startling facts. The researchers stated this: “The presence of indoor tanning facilities on and near college campuses may passively reinforce indoor tanning in college students, thereby facilitating behavior…


Tanning on College Campuses WCHL Interview

Listen to the 6 minute interview on WCHL and read the full article published by Chapelboro below!   From Chapelboro.com: A study recently published in the journal JAMA Dermatology found that 12 percent of U.S. News’ top 125 colleges have indoor tanning facilities on campus, despite the associated risk of skin cancer – and 42 percent have indoor tanning…


POPPY: One Year Later

A year ago, I introduced you to a new friend I had made, named Poppy.  She suffers from a behavioral addiction, specifically the addiction to tanning, as well as tanorexia (click here to read Poppy’s story).   This morning I accompanied Poppy to her every-six-months full body skin check…….except it was not 6 months from…


A Day In The Life….

The alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m… I pop up, knowing what today is….a day of melanoma life.  I mean, everyday is that, but today I have two melanoma related appointments to jack up the anxiety of living with this diagnosis- 1) My every-9-months check up with my eye tumor specialist (the doctor who performed…

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