Five years


Wednesday 2nd May


Five years ago today

‘Twas on this date in May


The first of many operations

To oust the cancerous mutations


The journey of my left foot began

All because of that teenage suntan


An alien blob on my toe

What else can life, at me throw?


A lymphadenectomy

Biopsies sent to pathology


Malignant melanoma

Changed my very persona


Hats, long sleeves and sunscreen

Oncologists routinely seen


A five year clinical drugs trial

Has all of my details on file


Continuing to be sun-aware

Particularly with my skin care


So here’s to the next five years

I have my hopes, but also fears


Thinking of you as always

And all your innocent ways


Darling Angel baby

Missing you like crazy



Blue skies, but still a cool wind

Looking down on the harbour

My Left Foot – complete with Cinderella’s slipper, but without Daniel Day Lewis, and a lovely compression stocking on the right leg. (2.5.13)

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  1. It has been a very sad and trying five years for you Melanie and hopefully going forward, the next five years will be easier. Teenage sunbathing … our mothers warned us about it, my mom did anyway, and likely your mom as well. But, we did it anyway, because β€œwe knew what we were doing” … sigh. Got burnt a few times with the tanning lamp as well – silly goose that I was. I stay out of the sun now as do you.

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    • Thank you so much.
      (The picture of my leg was taken five years ago, at the start of my melanoma journey…… Now, after many further surgeries, I am NED (no evidence of disease), but still need to remain super vigilant as melanoma is a sneaky one.)


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