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Spring has arrived, accompanied by deer ticks and other assorted perils.

Well, I don’t know what happened, but I lost the entire post I’d just typed. Poof. Gone. Maybe it was too long, too wordy. Maybe it was too iffy. I’ll recap here, in short version. (I ought to have heeded my son’s advice: always type in word first, in case it disappears.) I’ll be right …

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This one is benign ~ that’s three (though not in a row.)

Happy to say that the dermatologist’s assistant called me Monday to say that the biopsy on my “Mark of Zorro” emerging mole is just that, a mole, and benign.  Happy to have good news to share, she was. And happy to receive it, I was. Now I get to have FOUR months free of dermatology …

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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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Into The New Season

When Rob was a little boy and riding with me every morning, he to day care and I to school, we would watch the changing seasons together. We rode on a beautiful road with many trees and handsome homes, traveling from our town through two others before reaching the town where we would both spend …

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An Update on the New Treatment

The dermatologist, whom I’ll call Dr. Williams in my new book, recommended a new treatment for the Actinic Keratosis on my forehead (commonly called AK, and considered a pre-cursor of cancer.)  Normally, he would use cryosurgery: squirts of liquid nitrogen that freeze the skin cells, resulting in their falling off after blistering and scabbing over. …

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New Treatment, Old News

I did hear from the dermatologist’s office today regarding the visit I made to his office this past week. He had looked at my black toenails and immediately commented: “What did you do to them? Traumatized them?” Of course, he was right, and I told him of the five mile walk the week before the …

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A Very Strange Trophy, Unexpected

It’s been a month since Rick and I walked the second Five Mile MS Walk this Spring. Within six weeks, we succeeded in walking nearly ten miles, and were very proud to complete the second walk successfully, even though we were the last to cross the start/finish line. But a few days after the walk, …

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Heat Wave

I do not like the heat. When my younger sisters would invite me to go to the sunny beach on the coast of New Hampshire, I would decline, finding any excuse available to avoid the sun, the heat, the crowds and the traffic in the parking lots. They thought of the beach as Heaven, and …

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What About Genetic Testing?

Have you ever thought of the complexities that have been added to our lives in the past few decades? Are you mystified at the grocery store when the cashier asks “Paper or Plastic?” Does the number of alternative choices on a restaurant menu’s “choice of sides” boggle your mind? Are you able to answer when …

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Walking to Beat the Monster

Each year since diagnosis in 2007, Rick and I have walked five miles with the MS Walk fundraiser. The first year we walked through Marblehead Neck, a beautiful area alongside the Atlantic Ocean on a peninsula, with a gentle hill through an attractive neighborhood and then along the ocean wall. We began that walk with …

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