Category Archives: melanoma

To Exeter

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Wednesday 25th November

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To Exeter! To Exeter!

To dermatology

The removal of a dodgy mole

Cut it out of me

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A two week wait! A two week wait!

For histopathology

Let’s hope it’s just simply benign

And all is right with me

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Thinking of you

Precious Angel son

xxxxx

An early morning drive to Exeter

On the A30

Hawks Tor, China clay pit

“The nearly there” trees, Cookworthy Knapp, near the Devon/Cornwall border

A ‘sundog’

Seven years now

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Tuesday 3rd November

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Seven years now

I’ve been on a trial

Adjuvant treatment

It’s been so worthwhile

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It’s not just skin cancer

Melanoma is vile

Spreading to the lymph nodes

Surgery changed my lifestyle

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So, vigilance is key

Can’t be in denial

Up at five this morning

Hospital arrival

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Scan then dermatology

Service with a smile

Found a small alienblob

Removal is vital

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Excision in two weeks

Health to reconcile

I’ll be left looking like

Been bitten by a crocodile

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Always thinking of you

My darling Angel son

xxxxx

A trip to Exeter

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Thursday 30th July

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A trip to Exeter

For dermatology

Seven years of stripping off

Checking over my body

A melanoma exam

Suspicious moles, anything dodgy

Just seborrhoeic keratoses

I truly think they’re ugly

So relax, all is good

Really, nothing to worry

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Thinking of you

Beloved Angel son

xxxxx

Wall to wall sunshine

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Sunday 31st May

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Wall to wall sunshine

Bodies on the beach

Cooking away nicely

Sunscreen! I beseech

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Vitamin D is necessary

Please don’t get me wrong

But frying like a lobster

Damage could be life long

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So many burnt shoulders

Peeling, unsightly skin

D’you know what you’ve done?

What’s going on, within?

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Melanoma; skin cancer

Might not happen today

But a few years down the line

It’ll be nothing to downplay

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You can’t just cut it out

For it’s a sneaky beast

Lying dormant, then

Like a devil, released

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Taking over your life

Biopsies, skin grafts

Scans and appointments

Normality’s in the past

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Just always worrying

Asking when it will return

Scanxiety, melanoia

A real cause for concern

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So slap on some sunscreen

And wear a big hat

Seek shade when it’s hot

Prevention’s where it’s at

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Melanoma awareness

Throughout the month of May

But it mustn’t stop here

Care for your skin everyday

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Love you forever

Beloved Angel son

xxxxx

Seven years ago today

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Saturday 2nd May

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Seven years ago today

Alien blob was cut away

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Melanoma diagnosis

Quite a fair prognosis

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More surgery to lymph nodes

And that really hurt loads

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Biposies, skin graft and scars

All added to my memoirs

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Started on a clinical trial

Bloods, obs, scans and checks worthwhile

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Lymphoedema a side effect

A small price to pay, I suspect

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Sunglasses, big hats and sunscreen

Now preventing the unforeseen

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Living with vigilance

To reduce the incidence

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Thinking of you my darling

Precious Angel son

xxxxx

Broom from the garden

Porthmeor, West End

Looking towards the Island

Quiet in the harbour

No waves at all

More hospital visits

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Thursday 14th November

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More hospital visits

My twice yearly check-up

Dermatology, oncology

Blood pressure could ease up

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But currently

“N E D”

So very happy

All’s good, you see

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“No

Evidence

Of

Disease”

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Scans and biopsies

Show all’s well

See you in a year

Fears to dispel

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Six years post surgery

Life takes on a different persona

Melanoia and scanxiety

With metastatic melanoma

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Thinking of you always

My darling Angel son

xxxxx

Snow on the sides of the road in Oakhampton

Golden, autumnal colours in Exeter

Six years ago

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Thursday 2nd May

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Six years ago today

On the second of May

Surgery began

Because I liked to tan

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A mole upon my toe

Started to grow and grow

It was melanoma

Changing my persona

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It’s not just skin cancer

Deadly, I found out after

Spreading to my lymph nodes

Anxiety overloads

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But six years down the line

I sort of feel quite fine

No Evidence of Disease

I’m here; the day to seize

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Feeling thankful

Living with vigilance

Wearing sunscreen

Melanoma Awareness

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A post from six years ago

A chilly Porthmeor Beach

Grey skies over the harbour

In need of colour!

Melanoma

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Wednesday 1st May

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Sunshine makes you smile

But can also kill

Put your sunscreen on

To enjoy life’s thrill

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Melanoma Awareness

The month of May

Not just skin cancer

Keep those rays at bay

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New solar powered robin for my Angel

Pretty blues in the harbour

Quite a few on the beach in the corner

Lifeguards patrolling Porthmeor Beach

Sixty months of trial

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Thursday 15th November

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It’s been five years since my surgery

Five years of visits to oncology

CT scans and dermatology

Clinical trial and epidemiology

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A melanoma on my toe

Found to be malignant, though

Cancer spread as it did grow

In my lymph system it did flow

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A skin graft, biopsies and excisions

Left with making difficult decisions

Change in circumstances and conditions

Conversations with surgical physicians

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Up my leg, to the top of my thigh

A lymphadenectomy made me cry

But five years on, I can’t deny

Happily giving cancer the ‘evil eye’

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I leave the hospital feeling relieved

For the positive news I’ve received

There is ‘no evidence of disease’

A great big outward sigh is breathed

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I wished the same for you

But that was not to be

Your life cut short too soon

Angel son, my sweetie

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xxxxxx

Appointments

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Tuesday 15th May

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To Exeter hospital

Matching underwear day

The clinical drugs trial

Appointments underway

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Dermatology for skin

Blood and obs with my nurse

Then it’s time for a break

From the medical universe

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Then upstairs to x-ray

CT scan with contrast

Back and forth through the tunnel

It’s all over at long last

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And the final stop will be

With my oncologist

Scanxiety sets in

Have to be an optimist

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Now a long two week wait

For the consultant’s report

Just hoping all will be well

The days don’t turn out too fraught

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Thinking of you my darling

Wishing you were with me

Wishing things had been different

That you, a survivor would be

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Sweetheart Angel son

xxxxxx