The "Hotel Melanoma" moniker is a metaphor for living with my particular brand of cancer. Except for those lucky few of us deemed "cured", all we cancer survivors are guests of one of the many, many branded hotels in the "Hotel Carcinoma" chain. We can check out any time we like, but we can never leave. Meanwhile, let's be livin' it up; and please support cancer education, prevention, and treatment research.

Tutu Brothers

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good Company

Nobody, but nobody, chose to check into the Hotel Melanoma. The halls are ever buzzing with sad news about those approaching the end of their long, tough battles. But there really are a bunch of fine and inspirational folks living and dying here, and good company is the only thing that makes our stays the least bit tolerable. The tragedy is that ignorance and denial are filling up the place.

For all of you molemates, here’s tonight’s ‘Happy Hour’ anthem for the Hotel lounge, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Melanoma”…

One ... two ... three ...

Pale me up

UV’s keep on burnin'
Fillin’ this home with you my kin
Singin' songs about our fool tans
I hate melanoma once again and I think it’s a sin ... yes

Well I’ve heard foolish young laugh about her
Well I’ve heard some fools put her down
Well I hope them fools will remember
This Hotel man don't want them around anyhow

Sweet home melanoma
Where our fries are so through
Sweet home melanoma
Lord I've left my home for you

In cancer land they love pink cancer
Woo, hoo, hoo
But we all do what we can do
That Komen fame does not bother me
Does black silence bother you? ... tell our truth

Sweet home melanoma
Where our fries are so through
Sweet home melanoma ... oh, yes
Lord they’re leavin’ home for you ... here they come ... melanoma

Now Hotel M has got some bloggers
And they've been known to pick a fight or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feelin' blue ... now how about you

Sweet home melanoma
Where the meds are so few
Sweet home melanoma
Lord I'm makin’ friends at you

Sweet home melanoma
Oh sweet home
Where the fries are so through ... and the treatments few
Sweet home melanoma
Lord they’re lining up for you
Yeah, yeah
My ... interferon’s not the answer


  1. I just wanted to let you enjoy reading your blog. I found when I was diagnosed with stage IIc melanoma a little over a year ago. Thanks for doing what you do.


  2. Thanks, Scot. I hope you are well.