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Proud of My Wife

I don’t suppose this is a terribly unique feeling/perspective I’m enjoying at the moment.

My wife has an unfortunate history with Melanoma. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word history – that implies it’s over or done. She’s still fighting stage 4 and has run out of approved drugs at this point. There’s still hope. God is providing relief from pain, stability for our kids, plenty of love from friends and family, and after a scare with tumors in her brain in January, she finally started a promising new clinical trial two weeks ago.

So, yeah, there’s the typical, «My wife’s fighting a horrible disease and I’m proud of her». But more than that, my wife is an incredible researcher. She’ll latch onto a topic and become remarkably educated in a short amount of time. It should come as no surprise that for the past few years, she’s read about, bought, and tested lots of different varieties of sunscreen. She’s decided to start blogging about her favorites and what you and I should be looking for when we buy and apply it.

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Team ¡Mela-NO-MAS!

My kids: “We walk to remind people to stay sun safe!”

Melanoma Walk 2011

It was exciting to hear that all the teams together raised over $29,000 for local research and treatment.

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Martha’s history with Melanoma

My wife decided to write up a timeline of her journey with melanoma. It’s been a bumpy ride, but I’m glad to be riding with her.

My history with Melanoma.

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Join Team ¡Mela-no-mas!

My wife and I are participating in the Melanoma Walk 2011. We’d love for you to join us!

Join Team Mela-no-mas!

Here’s Martha’s story:
I was diagnosed with Stage 3b Melanoma in September of 2009. I have been through 4 surgeries, a year of interferon therapy (an immune system treatment with side effects similar to bad flu) and am now participating in a clinical trial. I have had two recurrences of Melanoma which showed up as tumors in my back. I am currently cancer free, but there is no guarantee I will stay that way. I am walking for myself, and my husband’s cousin, Clint Smith, who lost his battle with Melanoma in 2008. I also walk for my children, who now have melanoma in their medical histories on both sides of the family.

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Skin Cancer Detection? There’s an app for that

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/06/15/6868777-skin-cancer-diagnosis-theres-an-app-for-that

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New Therapies Offer Much-Needed Options for Patients with Melanoma

http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/061411

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Tough

Today is my first day back at work since my wife had her second surgery post discovery of melanoma. Thankfully, reports are showing that the melanoma should be gone, but …  it’s been tough today. It was tough leaving her behind at home, alone. It was tough leaving the kids at preschool. And it was tough driving away from all of them and toward ‘work’.