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  • Blog Melanoma

    Last rites

    I was at a memorial service last week in a seaside town. At the gathering afterwards (what is one supposed to call it? It’s not a wake, and just a lunch or tea sounds…

    April 12, 2015
  • Beauty bits Blog Melanoma

    Is it just me?

    OK, can you read on, please, and tell me if this ever happens to you: 1. I decided I HAD to have a new waterproof mascara to take to hospital. As you do. I…

    February 22, 2015
  • Blog Melanoma

    Ten things I found out in hospital …..

    1. Nurses are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Well, of course we all know that – but it probably takes seeing them working 12 hour shifts with a bunch of difficult customers to appreciate fully just…

    February 10, 2015
  • Blog Melanoma

    The good things about cancer ….

    In the spirit of Being Positive, I bring you my top five advantages of having cancer: 1. I didn’t have to send any Christmas cards. Just in case you’re on my list, and are…

    January 4, 2015
  • Blog Melanoma

    Thank you

    Thanks so much to everyone who’s been reading and ringing and wishing and commenting. It’s lovely to feel the support. In a way I shall feel I have let you all down if I…

    December 1, 2014
  • Blog Melanoma

    Wishing well

    Up to St Thomas Hospital today to have my pre-op assessment – where they basically check that you are healthy enough to survive surgery. Of course I am. I’m hardly ever ill, and I’m…

    November 4, 2014
  • Blog Melanoma

    …and good news?

    The scans were clear! Which is a huge relief. And, judging from the expressions of the doctors, a bit of a surprise. So we go on to the next stage … another operation. A…

    October 31, 2014
  • Blog Melanoma

    The Pathway

    One minute I was slumped, bored, in the waiting room. The next I was bolt upright, shocked, with the doctor and nurse, being told I was now on a cancer pathway. There would be…

    October 22, 2014
  • Blog Melanoma

    Bad news

    As soon as the doctor called me in from the waiting room, I knew there was something wrong. She’d been quite smiley when she first examined me three weeks before. Now she was grim-faced.…

    October 21, 2014
  • Blog Melanoma

    Small world

    Slightly more than a week ago I had a minor operation to remove a mole which had gone a bit odd. Well, it had been odd for a while, and then it seemed odder…

    October 3, 2014