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

Monday, June 18, 2012


A Facebook status update from AIM at Melanoma: 
The tanning industry is a minimum $2.6 billion industry. Can you imagine if that money was instead spent on melanoma research?

Today is just one more day when I’d like to send melanoma to the dustbin of medical history and close this establishment, but feel quite powerless and ineffective. There are (still) way too many kids checking in who are way too many years away from getting deluged with AARP junk mail, and the indoor tanning industry is dead set on keeping our youth occupancy rates “fry high”. Oy.

For all who are working to shut this place down for good, The Hotel Melanoma version of U2’s “Bad”…

If you wish to spurn the stay
If you’d bear Big C into dust bin
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would
Let you go
Cure render

If I could throw thin
Strife-less lifeline to C kin
Leave this Hotel way
See you walk, walk away
Into the light
Through the pain
Out of the scan lights
And through the game

If I could through myself
Get you cancer-free
I'd bleed my heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light
And to new day

Oooh oooh, oooh oooh, oooh oooh oooh...

To end its show! And so make new day
To end its show!
And so make new day
Don’t hide your rage
Don’t hide your rage
Take the stage
It’s not cheap thing, oh no, no, no

If you should ask then maybe they'd
Tell you what I would say
True colors fly in hue of black
Blue sulking guy and blogging nag
Quack’s quick cash resides in blood shot fries

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would
End C’s show

This desperation
Skin sensation
Big C Nation
Ray ablation
Sun temptation
Fry your bacon
Fry your bacon

End its show
And so make new day
To end its show, oh yeah
And so make new day
To make it go, oh go
And so make new day
I’m hide awake
I'm hide awake
Hide awake
I'm not sleeping oh no no

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