Tuesday, August 31, 2004


We just found out last night that one of my daughter's best friend's Dad died of malignant melanoma over the weekend. Yes, folks, even in the foggy rainy Pacific Northwest, people die of skin cancer. He was 54.

I just had a full body check at the dermatologist two weeks ago before I even knew this person was sick. I have several weird spots of different colors on my back and I just wanted them checked because I am fair skinned and blue eyed. My spots, though ugly, are benign but I had them burned off a week ago anyway.

As I type this with itchy oozy spots on my back, I urge all of you to get checked regularly and get checked for anything that looks different to you. It may save your life and WEAR SUNBLOCK if you must go out in the sun.