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, May 18, 2015

Eye Patch Day 2015

My melahomies of the ocular persuasion receive way too little attention from the media and general public during this Melanoma Awareness Month of May, and almost none during the rest of the year. According to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, ocular melanoma (a/k/a uveal melanoma) is diagnosed in about 2,500 adults in the United States every year and it fatally metastasizes (most often to the liver) in about half of all cases. OM is the second most common type of melanoma after cutaneous melanoma and represents about 5% of all melanomas.

The Ocular Melanoma Foundation, in collaboration with A Cure In Sight , have designated this Wednesday, May 20 as Eye Patch Day 2015, when OM warriors around the globe will wear eye patches to raise ocular melanoma awareness. I hope everyone living at The Hotel Melanoma will join together in showing some love and support for our OM mates by recognizing Eye Patch Day 2015.

Just in case I’m unable to find a couple of eye patches for the pup and me, plus a selfie stick to take a photo of us, here’s an unaltered song for my OM friends from The Flamingos-- because on Eye Patch Day 2015 “I Only Have Eyes For You”…

My love must be a kind of blind love
I can't see anyone but you

Are the stars out tonight?
I don't know if it's cloudy or bright
I only have eyes for you, dear

The moon may be high
But I can't see a thing in the sky
I only have eyes for you

I don't know if we're in a garden
Or on a crowded avenue

You are here and so am I
Maybe millions of people go by
But they all disappear from view
And I only have eyes for you