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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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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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“have” vs. “had”

Someone at the melanoma bulletin board suggested that people who have had melanoma removed ought not say “I have melanoma” but say “I had melanoma.”  The same would go for basal, squamous, and actinic keratosis (the pre-cancers seen in older skin.). Their reasoning is that if you’ve done the right thing and had the site surgically …

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Wait … and Weight

You know, six years ago I changed my menu and shed many pounds, dropped many clothing sizes, and began feeling better. But that year, the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis took the wind out of my new-found sails. I persevered, though, with the nasty injections for four years, thinking it was the right thing to do. …

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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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To Begin Again

In a few days I’ll be back in the city visiting the dermatologist who biopsied my skin in May and June and located five skin cancer sites. I’m going to begin the next round of the searching and, if found, surgical removal of basal carcinoma, squamous carcinoma, or malignant melanoma. I wasn’t nervous at all …

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Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk

I read a lot of posts about depression, and multiple sclerosis, and now melanoma. In most online medical blogs, the commentary begins with a description of the condition. In posts about multiple sclerosis, the verbiage rarely wanders from the standard description: an incurable, unpredictable, debilitating, degenerative neurological condition involving the central nervous system that can …

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