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

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Black Cancer Posse

The guests of the Hotel Melanoma have formed a posse that is out to bring our black cancer to justice. We all seem to want to DO SOMETHING to increase melanoma awareness, encourage sun (and tanning bed) safety, and raise money for treatment research. We support and encourage our fellow melanoma warriors by sharing our stories and experiences, and through the simple act of listening with understanding ears. Many of us have participated in clinical trial research and taken the risks inherent in being lab rats. We blog, we facebook, we participate in discussion boards, we do whatever we can think of to spread the word that this deadly damn disease isn’t “just skin cancer”, all with an enormous amount of zeal and creativity. And we’d all love to see the day when “black is the new pink” and a universally recognized symbol of our cause.  And, yes, black's our color because the name "melanoma" comes from two Greek words, "melas" (black) and "oma" (tumor).

For all of you who are members of The Black Cancer Posse, here's the Hotel Melanoma rendition of  AC/DC’s “Back in Black”…

Back on black
We’re in a pack
It’s run too long, it’s bad to be black
Black cancer loose
In the news
Drugs keep us hanging about
We've been prayin’ to the Guy
'Cause He's gettin' us by
forget the hearse though we sometimes die
We want nine lives
New trials
Infusin' every one of us with stuff that’s wild

'Cause it’s black
Yes, it’s black
Well, we’re black
Yes, we’re black
Well, we’re black pack
(Well) this black is back
Yes, now black is back

Pack of the black
Needs no Cadillac
Wants a new magic bullet that’s a power pack
Yes, we’re in a gang
Make a bang
We’ve got to cause this melanoma to hang
Cause we’re hot on the track
And we’re beatin' the black
Nobody's gonna get us off this bastard’s back
Don't mess with us now
We’re just makin' our play
Don't try to change our luck, just get out of our way

Well, we’re black, Yes we’re black
Well, we’re black, Yes we’re black
Well, we’re black pack
Well the black is back
Yes now black is back

hooo yeah
Ohh yeah
Yes we are
Oooh yeah, yeah Oh yeah
Now in black
Well we’re black, on track
Black, we’re back
Black, we’re back
Black, we’re back
Black, we’re black
Back on black
Yes we’re back on black
Out of our sight!

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