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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…


Preoccupations: Porn VS Protection

I came across a story the other day, that has me thinking about how we (not me…and not most who are reading this), as a nation, seem to focus our attention on such strange things, when there are actually important issues, issues of monumental importance, that need our dedication.What am I talking about?  Why the word porn…


Sleuthing In and Around the Tanning Salon

A quick blog post about what I learned today during my sleuthing session at the tanning salon…. On the way to my hair color appointment, I had a thought (well, probably many), about popping into the tanning salon next door to my hair place.  My thought was this: I’m going to waltz in there, and straight…


Serendipity & Such

There are times in my life that feel like a colossal webbing of convergent threads which form a wildly serendipitous occurrence.  These threads vary in their origin.  Whether it be a common interest of something extracurricular, or the diagnosis of a disease…there is always an incredible piece of sparkle that I can find when this happens….


The End Of The Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, there was an anxious girl, with a spinning head, who had just been diagnosed with a second melanoma, and felt it was time to leave the private practice dermatology scene in search of “theperson”, who only deals with melanoma, is thespecialist, the expert in the field.  Yeah, we all know that…


More Than Meets The Eye

A few days ago I was contacted by a woman, asking me if I’d like to be added to an ocular melanoma(also known as OM)Facebook group.  When I first read the message, I thought, “How sweet of someone to reach out to me like that!” But within seconds my thoughts took a detour to the…


Boys Do It Too!

Most people think that, for the most part,  tanning salon goers are females.  Well, guess what?  That’s not true! Males do it too.  I have a friend, a former frequent tanner, who is now reeling from the consequences of years of tanning.  In order to shed some light on the fact that men do tan,…


Guest Blog By Heather H.

My journey with melanoma started in June of 2005 with the removal of a mole. The words that would change my life!!! I had to have a skin graph on my hand to get it all.  Then a day after my 21st bday I had my second surgery of my life. More lymph nodes… The…

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