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…


“You Must…For Others!”

My mind is still spinning from yesterday’s Miles for Melanoma walk in honor of Amanda & Corey.  I can not describe exactly what this day stirred in me (too deep, too complex for words…at this point), but Herman Melville summed it up for me when he said, “We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us…


Came to Believe: Confessions of a Tanorexic Tanning Addict

People come into our lives for reasons we may not even know or understand when we first meet them.  I relish in the discovery of these serendipitous, sometimes ironic moments when I get to see these connections unfold.  I’ve recently had this type of experience, and would like to share…. I have a new friend, for whom…


The Apple Cutter

I have a very vivid memory related to the scar I have on my right arm from my second melanoma.  I’m almost ashamed to tell it, because my thoughts seemed so twisted, vane, and insane, but it’s the truth, honest and open, without holding back.  And maybe, the reason I am so willing to share…

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