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, October 25, 2011

Amidst The Pink

I don’t know about you, but I’m really, really ready for “Pinktober” to end, and I just may have to watch the NFL this weekend in black and white. An upcoming checkup at my cancer center on Thursday could be the end of me-- so if I get there and find the place swathed in pink, I’m turning around and leaving and will reschedule the appointment for next month. I was last there in May and found no mention whatsoever of Melanoma Awareness Month.

I’ll end this rant with a new version of Bob Seger’s “Against The Wind”…

Bob Seger - Against The Wind from Lyubove Dze on Vimeo.

It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago
Tanning was lovely, it was the start of my plight
There in the brightness with my baby oil brazing slow
And the sunscreen that I spared
The bronze look that I grooved
Started a wildfire out of control
Till there was nothing left to burn and tumors left to move

And I remember what docs said to me
How they swore that this never would end
I remember how they drugged me oh so right
Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then

Amidst the pink
We are livin' amidst the pink
We are tough and strong, we are livin'
amidst the pink

And the years rolled slowly past
And I found I’m not alone
Surrounded by warriors that now are my friends
I find myself further and further from pink’s throne
And I guess I found my way
There were oh so many roads
I am blogging for fun and hoping to give
Never worry about paying this Hotel how much I owe
Writing eight lines a minute for hours at a time
Stealing all of the songs I can bend
I began to find myself searchin'
Searching for shelter again and again
Amidst the pink
A little something amidst the pink
I found myself seeking shelter amidst the pink

With those pinker days near past me now
I've got so much more to write about
Blogging ‘bout awareness
What to leave in, what to leave out

Amidst the pink
I'm still livin' amidst the pink
Well I'm older now and still livin’
Amidst the pink
Amidst the pink
Amidst the pink

Still livin'
I'm still livin’ amidst the pink
I'm still livin’
I'm still livin' amidst the pink
Still livin'
Livin' amidst the pink
Livin' amidst the pink
See this old man live
Watch this old man live
Watch this old man livin'
He'll be livin' amidst the pink
Let the warriors ride
Let the warriors ride
They'll be ridin' amidst the pink
Amidst the pink ...


  1. If you need to be bailed out of jail after your appointment on Thursday, let Carol & I know. I'm sure we can arrange something. ;-) Good luck on Thursday. Prayers, love, and good juju heading your way.

  2. Thank you. I'm going to try not to "go postal". And prayers for you on your upcoming scans and treatment. I'm curious about the retinal swelling-- I've had "leaky" blood vessels in my left retina causing swelling and vision distortion, and the docs say they don't have a clue about the cause.

  3. Since we are probably not going to get celebrities and huge yogurt corporations to sponsor melanoma awareness, it is going to have to be a boots on the ground grass roots effort in each of our cities. I am going for our local AAA Baseball team to see if they will partner in a fundraiser. If that works, maybe I'll try for a walk in the fall (2012).

  4. Cristy, good for you! I think you're right, Yoplait etc. don't care and we're gonna have to do it ourselves. Best of luck.