Posted by: cg00n | September 21, 2009

A Very Short Story

I have to tell you this even though the story comes to me via at least three intermediaries.

Apparently a friend of a friend of ours was “feeling a bit off” a few weeks ago so she made an appointment with her doctor.  After some poking around he found a suspicious looking mole (I know not where) and sent her off post haste to a specialist.  Presumably the thing was excised, biopsied and various other tests and scans done.  The upshot of all this was that her specialist reckoned she had a bad case of melanoma and about three weeks to live.  She didn’t quite make it.  Apparently she was not in any pain at any time during this process which might have been a little comfort under the circumstances.

Three weeks! It boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

The good news (if anything good can be gleaned from this) is that she was highly functional and in no pain until the axe fell.  From what I can tell melanoma, in general, is a relatively pain-free cancer for which I am profoundly grateful, wuss that I am.

On the home front I have been in a much better mood for the last few days, resorting to only token doses of clonazepam to keep me on an even keel.  Today was lovely:  the weather here has been fairly warm, dry and sunny with just a hint of autumn in the air.  I spent the afternoon sitting on our back deck reading a book on Buddhism, listening to the breeze in the trees and watching the occasional deer picking its way through the woods.  Life doesn’t get much better.



  1. My sympathies on the passing of your friend. Three weeks is very sudden. I am grateful that you are still with us and that we have every reason to believe you’ll be with us for quite a few years to come.

  2. My sympathies aboutyour friend.

    Also my thanks. Cath got concerned about a mole/spot on my back last April – when it was snipped out it was melanoma. So the first of this month I had the rest cut out and a couple of lymph nodes under eacharmpit checked out. Results this past wednenday – nothing in the nodes. So I am at a very low risk at the moment. Of course Cath started being concerned because she started reading your blog. If she hadn’t been reading your blog who knows how long it would have been before I noticed it.

    Bill H

  3. Hi,

    See Bill’s story above for a happier ending. I believe that you saved his life by blogging about your experience. If I hadn’t been reading here, I would not have thought to urge him to get that mole checked.

    And I find your notes helpful for my own mood management. When I’m down it feels like it will go on forever; your journal reminds me that the good days can come back. Hope you’re still having some now.



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