Tag Archives: opinion

Why I include chai tea in my total nutrition plan

***Sometime in early 2009, I discovered a wonderful beverage – chai tea.***  Well, some might be thinking something like, “What took you so long?”  I admit that although I have consumed a tremendous amount of iced tea over my life … Continue reading

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True Grit: Sisu

My thanks to a not too distant cousin Clair McReynolds for a new word that seems to fit what I have been going through.  I really love learning new words and concepts.  I think anyone living with cancer or any other … Continue reading

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Monitor New Treatment Options Such As BRAF Gene Targeted Therapy

***It is important even after diagnosis to keep abreast of new developments in the fight to significantly increase the survival rate of advanced stage melanoma.  Even if you are now cancer free but have been previously diagnosed with either Stage … Continue reading

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Vaccine Misinformation Kills

The map above shows the rate of suffering around the world caused by the anti-vaccine movement’s impact on vaccination rates.  As a result, many children unnecessarily die every year.  I think this is a real shame.  It is not based … Continue reading

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I Have a FACEBOOK PAGE too!

I thought I would put a link to my Facebook page on my blog as well.  I am told that some people who only see my blog may not know about what I post on Facebook.  The Facebook page includes … Continue reading

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Heart Attack? But I Have Melanoma!

After the cancer had come back and I knew that I had Stage IV melanoma, it was a stressful time.  However, I was determined to continue to fight the disease. ***My oncologist and I had started looking at clinical trials … Continue reading

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The Cancer is Back

It was March 2009.  My son and I had completed renovating one of the bedrooms upstairs into a nursery for my first grandchild.  On March 11th, my grandson was born.  I was feeling really good.  A recent PET scan had … Continue reading

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Understanding How Melanoma Is Staged

***The stage of a melanoma is a description of how widespread it is.  It has a lot to do about predicting survival and how treatment should be planned.*** Staging includes such factors as the melanoma’s thickness in the skin, whether it … Continue reading

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My Experience With Interferon Therapy for Melanoma

Almost immediately after recovering from the serious infection that I incurred in my surgical wound post dissection of the lymph nodes in my left groin, I started interferon therapy.  Since about 1995, high dose interferon alpha-2b has been the recommended adjuvant treatment … Continue reading

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They Say You’re Looking Good – But You Sure Don’t Feel Very Good!

Below is an image that I have borrowed from the Breast Cancer Awareness Page on Facebook: I think a lot of cancer patients will share my near disdain when I see one of my friends and they say something like … Continue reading

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