Don’t Believe the Gripe

March 13, 2020 – It’s appropriate that today is Friday the 13th. It’s now been two (2) weeks since I had a silver-dollar sized (see picture below) chunk from my lower right calf removed. It’s a procedure called a wide local excision. The diagnosis was melanoma in situ – which means the tumor was “situated” and had not yet spread. Another term used is Stage 0. We caught it early. That was the good news.

Unfortunately, it was another skin melanoma. That makes nine (9). So, I’m…

…Not a Happy Camper

Yeah, I’m not a happy camper. I didn’t put much out on Facebook about this latest melanoma diagnosis. In fact, I bundled my recent diagnosis together with a post about my family and the Leap Year Weekend. We had so many fun, neat things happen that week and weekend that I didn’t want to dampen it with my sad situation.

But, in general, I’m just pissed right now, and I need to vent – gripe. If there’s a silver lining to this it’s that I decided to have that mole checked earlier than my scheduled dermatology appointment. If I had waited until later in March, I may have delayed the visit. That wouldn’t have been good. I’m lucky and, right now, I’m okay.

And I’ll Get Over It

I think with everything going on here at home and around the world (see upcoming post titled Corona Blues) – we’re all overwhelmed. And I’m no exception. I try to remain positive, but it’s difficult right now.

Strange days ahead. So, one suggestion for everyone is – Don’t Believe the Hype!

Note – For those of you scoring from home, the photo on the right shows a quarter, a Liberty half dollar, and a Liberty “silver” dollar (Ike’s profile on one side). For those of you under the age of forty-five, yes, the half-dollar and “silver” dollar were actual coins minted by the US Treasury. My lovely excision is about the size of the Liberty “silver” dollar.

Thanks, as always, for listening.

Apparently Flava Flav hasn’t had a good March either.

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