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Reading the MS Headlines, from the Inside Out…

Just some rambling thoughts on a day that has seen some productivity and yet continuing lethargy… Sometimes … often … I feel like I’m reading about someone else’s disease … not mine … I feel like the odd man out … cognitive issues instead of physical issues … a teacher with no short term memory, …

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Summer is gone, thankfully. Fall is here, and the beat goes on.

I did have an appointment with my dermatologist last month – and again this past week … At my September three month checkup/skin scan, he decided to re-biopsy my left forearm melanoma scar, which has been producing new brown spots very similar to the original innocent-looking tea-stains that turned out to be malignant melanoma. This …

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Back to the Dermatologist

This week was another three month skin check with the dermatologist.  And as much as I’d like to say all was well, I can’t, yet. When I was in Bethesda in November, the doctor there (a neurologist who is running the Parkinson’s Disease study group looking for early biomarkers) did a quick physical, and commented …

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Is it? It Isn’t … Not Yet, Anyway.

The dermatologist called me Friday to let me know that the biopsy results show  the brown spots re-appearing on my forearm are not necessarily true melanoma; he called them atypical nevi. He suggests two choices: return to his office in two weeks for a follow-up biopsy to see whether the new spots are still expanding …

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Next?

So, what do you think people who “look like they have cancer” actually look like?  I’ve known a lot of people with cancer … early stages, treatment stages, later stages… In my mind’s eye, I think I can recognize a person with cancer. Most of the people I know who have had cancer were either …

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Back to the Basics

Tomorrow will find Rick and I driving to see the dermatologist – a week earlier than scheduled. I called and asked them to move the appointment up because I’ve been watching a new brown spot on my back since Christmas Eve. It is right beside, almost touching, the large Z scar of my earlier malignant …

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Another Anniversary Month

Spring was the season that delivered my diagnosis of MS, and Summer the season of diagnosed depression and anxiety. Another Spring brought me the diagnosis of malignant melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. But Fall seems to be the season of memories … quieter, less busy days allow thoughts to ramble, and …

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Being Not Lost

Today we went into Boston for another visit with the doctor who helps me with meds for depression. My appointment was at 9:00 am, and so we were in the midst of the early morning commuter traffic. It took just under 90 minutes to drive the 33 miles from home. Once again, I was grateful …

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Update for today

September has begun, and school friends are busy with classrooms full of new students and all the emotions that come with them. But I’m not there. It’s not easy to be away from all that hustle and bustle, for within the chaos, there was order. There were rosters full of names to learn, and schedules …

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