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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Saturday, June 22, 2013


Thunderstruck. What a fitting adjective to describe the mental state of a newly-diagnosed cancer patient. You’re shocked, confused, scared, angered, and frustrated-- but first and foremost just plain astonished that this could be happening to you and now. Out of the blue and in an instant, your life track is derailed and the arrogant and foolish illusion that you’re in control is shattered. Over time, perhaps slowly but always surely, you come to realize that nothing will ever be just like it was before you checked into the Hotel Carcinoma. And, at least for some of us, that just might prove to be an unexpected blessing of our check-in?

To the tune of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”…

I was caught
In the middle of a crazed mole track (Thunder)
I booked rounds,
And I knew there was no turning back (Thunder)
My mind raced
And I thought what could I do? (Thunder)
And I knew
There was no help, no help ‘til through (Thunder)
Sound of the drugs
Beatin' in my heart
The thunder of drugs!
Tore me apart
You've been - thunderstruck!
Blown down C highway
Broke the limit, we paid a ton
Went up to clinics, yeah clinics
And we had some ‘fun’
We met some cures,
Some doctors who gave a ‘good time’
Broke all the rules, played all the tools
Yeah, yeah, they, they, they blew our minds
And I was shakin' at the knees
Could I come again please.
Yeah the M.D.’s were too kind
You've been - thunderstruck, thunderstruck
Yeah yeah yeah, thunderstruck
Oh, thunderstruck, yeah
Now we're shaking at the knees
Could I come again please.
Thunderstruck, thunderstruck
Yeah yeah yeah, thunderstruck
Thunderstruck, yeah, yeah, yeah
Said yeah, it's alright
We're! Doing fine
Yeah, it's alright
We're! Doing fine
No whine
Thunderstruck, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Thunderstruck, thunderstruck, thunderstruck
Whoa baby, baby, thunderstruck
You've been thunderstruck, thunderstruck
Thunderstruck, thunderstruck, thunderstruck
You've been thunderstruck

1 comment:

  1. great intro Rich.... those feelings of "OH SHIT, NOT ME" are real when being diagnosed with cancer...and it is SO SCARY. We need to keep sharing our messages of HOPE!