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.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The UV Blues

There are two things in particular that I enjoy about blogging. One is receiving comments about posts. I blog to blow off steam and turn a host of negative emotions about living at the Hotel Melanoma into something positive-- like doing some good for a molemate I’ll never meet by putting a smile on their face. Comments are the only way I have of knowing whether a “pageview” represents someone actually reading, much less enjoying, a post or is merely the result of a Google search query sending some unsuspecting ‘net surfer to this Hotel when they’re really looking for something completely different.

Which brings me to the second thing, which is looking at the Google search queries that direct traffic to this site. My favorite query of the week is “does melanoma tingle”, and I’d like to try to answer that question just in case this searcher ever returns. I’ve consulted the Hotel Melanoma panel of experts (comprised this morning of me and my geriatric golden retriever who’s yet to make it out of bed) and our answer is “directly, no, but indirectly, yes”. My primary melanoma tumor never tingled-- heck I didn’t even know I had a mole back there, which is why everyone should get a thorough skin check! But that call from my primary care doc with the bad biopsy news sure made me tingle. I also tingle every time I enter the “Name of Rich Oil Guy” Cancer Pavilion for a checkup or whatever. And dealing with my health insurance company, whose corporate motto seems to be “we can outlast our customers”, quite often makes me tingle.

With thanks to all of you who take the time to leave those very kind and encouraging comments, and wishing everyone a tingle-free day, here’s my version of KC & The Sunshine Band’s “Boogie Shoes”…

Oncs, to be with you is my fav'rite thing
Uh huh
And I can't wait ‘til I see you again
Yeah, yeah
I got to live with my my my my my
UV blues
Must go boogie with you, yeah
I got to live with my my my my my
Biopsy news, must go boogie with you, uh huh
I got to ‘screen it 'til the sun burns up
Uh huh, and I got to do that 'cause
I did get enough, yeah, yeah
I cannot put on my my my my my
Doc Oz hues.
Must go boogie with you, yeah
I got to live with my my my my my
UV blues, must go boogie with you
Uh huh, yeah yeah
I got to live with my my my my my
Biopsy news
Got to boogie, with you, yeah
I cannot put on my my my my my
Doc Oz hues, can’t go boogie with you, yeah


  1. Keep blogging. I check several times a week. Who else can know what I'm feeling or have gone through than another melanoma warrior.


  2. I just came across your blog this morning via another blog. AWESOME and so glad to have stumbled across a fellow survivor and blogger.