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, December 4, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

The sad truth is that for way too many inmates at the Hotel Melanoma, it’s not. Some are in the midst of harsh chemotherapy or radiation treatments that will, to say the least, put a damper on their holiday festivities. Others are playing the nerve-wracking game of waiting as patiently as possible for scan results, pathology reports, or a health insurer’s verdict on pre-approving an expensive course of treatment. And for too many, “the Holidays” this year are a time of coming to grips with their own impending mortality or caring for a loved one who’s run out of treatment options and is now under hospice care.

But while it may not be the most wonderful time of the year for some of us, it’s nevertheless a time when the selfless best in the human spirit seems to shine the brightest. It’s the season of giving at the Hotel Melanoma, not of material bling, but rather of our selves and our love, our compassion, our support and our prayers. For others. And isn’t that just a bit wonderful?

So today I’ll take another shot at giving you a smile when you may not have much to smile about. To the tune of Andy Williams’ “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”…

It’s the most ‘wonderful’ time of the year
With cell phone jingle belling
And hoping doc’s telling you "CT’s are clear"
It's the most ‘wonderful’ time of the year

It's the ‘hap-happiest’ season of all
With those bill co-pay greetings
And gay happy meetings with doctors on call
It's the ‘hap-happiest’ season of all

There'll be tan beds for toasting
Mercola beds roasting
And medical bunk on Oz show
There'll be fairy tale stories
And sales of tan glory
Of skin masses long, long a-grow

It's the most ‘wonderful’ time of the year
There'll be much skin for showing
And hearts will be slowing when gloved ones are near
It's the most ‘wonderful’ time of the year

There'll be IV’s we’re hosting
Harsh protons for toasting
And tumor things all in a glow
There'll be scary doc stories
And tales of the gories
Of thick masses long, long ago

It's the most ‘wonderful’ time of the year
There'll be drug PICC lines flowing
And our hearts won’t be glowing when tanned ones are near
It's the most ‘wonderful’ time
It's the most ‘wonderful’ time
It's the most ‘wonderful’ time
It's the most ‘wonderful’ time of the year


  1. Rich a wonderful post, and so true! so true!
    And you are for sure giving a lot of people a much needed smile.
    Good wishes.