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, December 9, 2013

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Now here’s an idea for solving that Christmas conundrum of figuring out what to give a loved one who is fortunate enough to have no needs or wants. Give them an appointment with your favorite dermatologist to get a thorough skin check. It just might be the gift that keeps on giving: early detection before melanoma has cut loose. Can’t you just imagine the surprise and joy you’ll see on their face on Christmas morning when they open up that gift envelope and find, instead of a crisp large denomination bill or gift card, your dermatologist’s business card with an appointment date on the back!?

To the tune of The Eagles’ “Please Come Home For Christmas”…

Bells will be ringing this glad, glad news,
Oh, what a Christmas to have pale hues,
My Ray C’s gone, I have mole friends,
To wish C screenings once again,

Choirs will be singing frying’s fright,
Reverend Carol’s my chaplain bright,
Please check moles for Christmas,
Please check moles for Christmas,
If not for Christmas, by New Year's night,

Friends in Mole Nation send pals to fav ones,
Sure as their scars hide from sun,
Yes this is Christmas,
Yes, Christmas, my dear,
It's the time of year to screen with the ones you love,

So won't you tell me you’ll check all your moles?
Skin mass and new fears won’t find a home,
There'll be no more sorrow, no grief and pain,
And I'll be happy, happy once again,

Ooh, there'll be no more sorrow, no grief and pain,
And I'll be happy, Christmas once again.

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