Friday, November 09, 2012

Not real chatty. Or not as chatty as usual, at least.

For those of you not on Facebook, you lucky souls, you, the doc called yesterday morning before lunch and told me that the thingy on my nose is indeed basal cell carcinoma which, if you have to get cancer, is probably the way to get it. Hell, it's barely even cancer; it's more like cancer's farm team.

(Although I could have done without it being on the nose. I am not going to wind up disfigured from this. The Henry Waxman look just isn't for me, and neither is Tycho Brahe's.)

So that's why there wasn't exactly much posting or commenting here from me yesterday afternoon. I took Bobbi to work and then me to the freshly-reopened Aristocrat pub for a bowl of French-onion-soup-flavored comfort food. and then practiced my moping for most of the afternoon.

French onion soup from the Artistocrat pub. Good for what ails ya. (Unless what ails ya is atherosclerosis, in which case it's probably not.)
Anyhow, a bunch of people have been very kind and generous and caused me to experience all kinds of emotions I don't process real well. I'm really good at things like "pique" or "schadenfreude" from diligent skills drills and years of practice, but I don't have a lot of experience with "gratitude" or "whatever this weird feeling is that makes my vision get all blurry and my nose runny", so bear with me.
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130 comments:

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

It's probably a good thing they don't tell us about all this tsuris before we're born. We'd probably never come out of the womb if we had an informed choice.

Hang in there. We're here for you.

Borepatch said...

Well, a bunch of us are pretty grateful for what you've done in our little corner of the Internet.

I'm glad it's the "good kind of cancer", but cancer sucks. Let us know if we can do anything.

Hammerbach said...

Wish I had the right words to comfort you - I know from all I see here that you've got good friends to help you through these experiences. Thank you for the window I see them through.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Tam,

Very glad to hear it was the "good" kind of cancer (now there's an oxymoron)

I had a similar spot on my face about 15yrs ago.. after a little scrapping and digging by the doC it healed up and i never had another recurrence, but I do go every year now for a full body check.... AND DON't FORGET THE SUNSCREEN

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Yay! Tam isn't gonna die yet. This pleases me.

bluesun said...

My grandpa had the same thing on his nose this past spring; it took three procedures but he's right as rain now. I don't want to say "don't worry about it," but here's hoping you don't have to!

Greg in Allston said...

My Dad, during times that were difficult, would sometimes say to me that; "God never throws you a pitch that you can't handle, it's just hard knowing that He has so much faith in you." Life's tuition is rarely inexpensive, but sometimes the lessons learned and the experience gained are truly priceless, often in ways that aren't always immediately clear. You'll come out of this stronger and wiser, which will really be something considering the massive amounts of strength and wisdom currently in your possession. Which could be a little frightening, really, when you think about it. ;>) Everybody that knows you is pulling for you. Take heart. Bonne chance et bonne courage.

Anonymous said...

Be a tough guy up to a rational point, mademoiselle.

Don't be afraid to shout out for help - material, emotional, spiritual.

There's a lot of folks to whom you have brought (snarky) sunshine.

Payback's a bitch.

:-)

ca
wrsa

Anonymous said...

You mean a great deal to a great many people.

SADShooter

Joanna said...

Boo on cancer. You have my number. :-)

Balloon Goes Up said...

Farm team or not, no body likes to hear the term followed by the words "you have."

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitt's Lymphoma (and was give less than a 1:3 chance) the day after Thanksgiving in 1996 and wasn't able to even smell turkey or cranberries for a decade.

My father also just had the same cancer removed earlier this year. If you need to chat, shoot me a note and we'll hop on a call.

Chris said...

Good luck! I have known two friends that had those, and in both cases the treatment was successful. Although one took a few more tries than the other. Here's hoping you doctor hits the first pitch out of the park.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Finally! Good News this week! Glad to hear you're better!

Now you can stand in line with the rest of us at the Fun Show, watching all the Fudds wheeling out pallets of 5.56 Nato (at a Buck a Round) that the Cletii sold them because "OBAMA STARTS GUN CONTROL NEXT TERM! BUY AMMO NOW!"

Bram said...

All right! Enjoy your extended life.

My mother-in-law had something similar on her nose, but the test came back as Merkel cell - eesh. Look it up if you want to feel relieved.

Michael said...

Just had another scrape myself and waiting on the results. Waiting sucks and knowing can be worse. If they have to cut again it will be a facial surgeon cause I don't need another divot! I recommend a good steak and IPA to help alleviate the effects of lifes' attempt to pull a vacuum.

NAVIGATOR said...

TAM

WE ALL ARE KEEPING YOU IN OUR HEARTS HOPES PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES FOR A FULL AND SPEEDY RECOVERY MAY YOU GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH !

John Richardson said...

You'll never look like Henry Waxman regardless of the nose. You're not short and you have good teeth. Now don't you feel better already.

Seriously, whine all you want. Purge all those "evil humors" as the barbers/doctors used to say. And then start working on a combative attitude. Make cancer your enemy. Every time you go to the range imagine that the bullseye is cancer and obliterate it.

agirlandhergun said...

What Borepatch said.

BobG said...

You've got our support and best wishes.

Micki Mahoney said...

Well, the prognosis is good and we're all rooting for you, so what can possibly go wrong? You'll be fine.

As for gratitude, just think of it as an emotional transaction. You give us snark, laughter and information; we give you donations and support. It's a fair trade, I'd say.

(Actually, we totally get the better deal out of this, so feel free to hate us.)

Keads said...

All my prayers and well wishes Tam. Call if I can do anything for ya!

TXGunGeek said...

Sorry you got the cancer,glad it is this kind. Had a Basil cell removed from side of my nose back in '97. can't even tell. stride on! I had to stop and laugh my ass off that you still bring the snark even when it is cancers farm team.

Patrick B said...

My dad has had two bouts of basal cell so far. They had to cut the cells out, my dad asked the doc if he would leave a "Z" scar on on his cheek. The doc declined :(

Jennifer said...

We're with you for whatever, Tam. This ragtag bunch of invisible friends loves you.

Old NFO said...

Good news in a way... At least it's treatable. THoughts and prayers for a quick recovery.

Tango Juliet said...

I am stunned that CA had the temerity to take on The Tam. Doesn't it know who it's messin' with?

You'll beat this. I know it.

John said...

Sorry to hear, Tam. And you're right: if you have to get it, then this is the one. Let the world know if you need anything and it'll find a way.

Scott J said...

Look on the bright side: You're facing this before Obamacare has completely turned our healthcare system into that of a third world country.

Bruce H. said...

Just remember my all time favorite Ronald Reagan joke:

If Reagan is telling the truth, why do they have to keep cutting off parts of his nose?

Cormac said...

I'm not much more than a collection of pixels that happen to form letters and words...

But you, through your blog, have meant a lot to me over the last few years.

You're gonna be just fine, and we're all gonna be along for the pixels-into-words ride...

og said...

I feel for you and as always you are in all our thoughts and prayers.

I worked with a gentleman who had a similar issue and had his nose removed. He had a prostheseis which was indistinguishable from the real deal, because his doctor had the good foresignt to make a proper cast of his actual schnoz prior to his surgery. It was a work of art, and he loved taking it off to terrorize small children.

He later had reconstructive surgery which was also a thing of beauty, and this was in 1984. So I will pray for your complete recovery secure in the knowledge that it can and will be as good as it can get.

meanwhile, BIONIC NOSE!

Sherm said...

Considering the way Tycho Brahe is reputed to have died a picture of food is an interesting choice for this post. However, you'll soon be able to chalk this health episode to experience and go on living happily ever after.

armedlaughing said...

Borepatch +100

gfa

Brad K. said...

Blessed be.

Anonymous said...

One of the more close friends to our dear Tam needs to set up a paypal acct for those willing to help. I would gladly pitch in and so would many others. Tam we are praying to Favorite Deity (or is that invisible friend this week) for your health and sanity.

John B said...

What Og said!
(cue Bionic sound effects)

Mick Havoc said...

I am praying to Jesus AND the Flying Spaghetti Monster for you. Chin up-you are tougher than this little scare!

Joseph said...

Everyone else has pretty much covered it, but good thoughts & prayers for you.

Bram said...

I wonder if there is a safe angle where somebody could shoot the damn cancer cells off?

mikee said...

Congrats on your diagnosis. As a fair skinned, freckled person myself I likely have similar things in my future, and hope I can cope with them as well as you are doing.

I commend your choice of comfort soup, and will keep it in mind for my next time of need.

Anonymous said...

It's more like the Babe Ruth league of cancers. You'll knock this out easily.

Besides, men always find small scars make a woman's face more interesting. You always wonder what the story behind them is.

Now if you had a scar and an eye patch, oh baby!


Gerry

Ry Jones said...

I had a DFSP removed when I was a teenager. Scared the shit out of me; now I spend my time looking at every skin defect wondering if it's going to kill my ass.

Looks like you haven't redeemed the Kindle gift book I sent; should I re-send the email?

Jon said...

Dropped a little in the tip jar. Use it to offset the required med costs, or buy yourself some stress relieving ammo, whichever. Thanks for the many years of enjoyment Tam. Keep up the Good Work.

Firehand said...

Damn good news; as you say, if you've got to have some kind of carcinoma, that's the one to get.

Except for one foray this morning, I haven't been on Facebook for a few days. Considering some of the crap I read, I won't for a few more even if I do have time to look.

Which I don't. Off to the races/coal min-oops, can't use that one, they're being closed- unicorn poop collection.

Erin Palette said...

Just for that, you're getting a care package.

HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Ehh, the rate at which they've been cutting basal cell hickies off me, I just call it a slow-motion weight loss program. No big deal.

Desert sun and genetics will do that stuff. I don't worry about it.

'Rat

rickn8or said...

Wow. It appears you have several friends and supporters. The kind that say things that make the room all dusty. I feel lucky to be among them.

Hang in there Tam, looks like cancer picked the wrong victim this time.

phigmeta said...

I dropped some in the bucket, your performance over the years has always raised my spirits in the crap days (most of my clients are hardcore liberals so i have plenty of crap days)

As a matter of fact, I claim this donation in the name of Dustin S, he is my most liberal client and hates guns.

So from his pocket to yours.

Anonymous said...

Good to hear it's not more serious, and glad the waiting is over to find out.

Some more prayers up on your behalf.


Malamute

Just My 2¢ said...

When you get your budget figgered out, here's a bit of my experience:
It all comes down to technique and you certainly want a doctor with lots of the right kind of "trigger time" under his/her belt.

My skin tumor (which is going to appear in the next edition of the textbook) was notorious for sneaking past plastic surgeons who frequently err on the side of minimizing cosmetic impact. Find somebody ruthless enough.



Eric said...

Hang in here, Tam. You've got this.

velcro8ball said...

Scan it, thoughts and prayers for you. velcro8ball

jetaz said...

I will be praying for you. My mom has had three or four basal cell spots that were treated with Mohs. They are all gone now, and not even a scar.

JustSomeGuy said...

Glad to hear it's the farm team but I'm confident you'd kick ass even in the Majors. Well wishes and luck and all of that, but...cancer fears snark, so aim the Zed Drei dead-center and run that bastard down...

JSG

Anonymous said...

Sent you some crowdsourced health insurance. Glad to know you're gonna be OK.

C.W. from Germany

Anonymous said...

That damn word is always a kick in the slats. Cancer, my wife had a uterine cancer removed and is doing wonderful.But term as i found out is terrifying. YOU WILL kick its parasitic ass and you can get misty if you need to.I have been lurking and reading your snark for a while and I love all of it. Call me guncozy

John Anderson said...

Fingers crossed and in my thoughts.

Dean in Az said...

Best news I have heard all week.

Treat it, follow up, and I am sure you will be right-as-rain.

Keep your chin up, and wear a broad-brimmed hat while you do that!

Raven said...

I had one of those carved off my forehead last year. Truly, it wasn't that bad. (I called mine "dinky cancer", but I like your farm team framing too.) I didn't have a lot of pain even after the surgery, and they got it all on the first pass. A year later, and I have an interesting vertical scar above my eye... it's minor and most people don't notice it, but when someone does I tell them that it's because I was descended from pirates. They nod, and then you can see the "wait, what?" break across their face. [grin]

So, sympathy and support, and I have every faith in you.

CoolChange©© said...

Our prayers and best wishes to you. And what everyone else said.

Mark Alger said...

Yeah, you'd knock it out of the park if it was the A-Rod of cancers. Still and all, glad to hear it IS the farm team, albeit still worried sick for you and praying for your swift and complete recovery.

M

Ancient Woodsman said...

Your tip jar just got a bit heavier from the Granite State, but give the thanks to Jay G...I saw this at his place first. He's a trooper & so are you. You've got a lot of friends you've never met before.

Best of luck as always.

jetfxr69 said...

All has been said.

Tipjar hit. (Anon: the paypal account you suggested is up there on the page showing as "TipJar". Turn off adblock if you don't see it loaded...)

Joe in PNG said...

Why am I reminded of Chief Inspector Dreyfus...
Glad to hear its not worse, and hope you recover quickly.

instinct said...

I'll put it here. I'm putting up two sets of grip to the cause.

$5 donated to Tam's paypal gets you a ticket. Send me the receipt and I'll put your name in a hat.

So, for five bucks you can get a set of custom grips for either a Hi-Power or a 1911 - your choice of grips, wood and design.



TinCan Assassin said...

Tam, you are still in our prayers. You'll have your schnoz back in no time.

Kevin said...

Tossed some cash into the tipjar. Hope you got the book I sent when you got back from Blogorado.

This too shall pass...

And if not,

DIBS! ;-)

Joseph said...

Hope you will get over it quickly, Tam...at least you didn't wait long. Take care of yourself.

Anonymous said...

One of those unexpected speed bumps, that you catch some air on, and when you hit the ground again you'll be at full speed and still going forward.

You will be ok.

Don said...

Best wishes Tam. If you do wind up with a scar, I'd go with ninja wound.

DaddyBear said...

Tam, you may not be next door, but you're never alone. We're all keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

The Jack said...

Thoughts and prayers again.

You'll get through this.

And if you have to deal with a surplus of emotions you could do worse than kindness and generosity.

Ed Foster said...

What 'Rat said. And I'm sorry you have it, but glad it's the scrawny, easy to kill kind.

Just read about Brooke Burke's battle with C. Wierd. I watched her playing with my son when they were little kids, before her mom took off for points west.

And she's doing fine too, so bless both of you. And have a little bit of Guinness with the next bowl of onion soup. Maybe more than a little.

Crustyrusty said...

Prayers going up for you, Tam.

Anonymous said...

All of your friends that I read daily have been nagging me about you, so I chipped in a couple of bucks. So get better already!

PISSED said...

Good luck Tam,

I dealt with melanoma the side of my neck, luckily they got it early.

I saw Jay G's post so I put a little in the ammo fund.

blindshooter said...

Damn Woman! You got a lot of friends! If I went missing maybe two or three folks might call but you have tons of people wishing you well.
Here's another well wisher, I'll pray for your complete recovery and if I ever get over my latest financial set back I will hit the tip jar.

RKN said...

"Cancer's farm team." Funny. I liked that. And metaphorically correct I might add.

My colleague just had one removed from his ear, along with a hunk of the ear (rough margins). Then the ear was stitched against the side of his head to enable the part that was removed to regenerate.

I'm getting ready with my best ear jokes for when he recovers. As I'm sure you will too.

Joe Allen said...

Tip jar tapped, and hippy-dippy healing hoodoo thoughts headed your way.

Larry said...

Tip jar. I hitz it.

Already gave my opinion on this affliction, won't repeat it here.

Mr.B said...

Texted you. had a question, please answer.

B

Anonymous said...

Mainly a lurker here for the humor, but my thoughts are for you.

NotClauswitz said...

I'm not sure I'd go to that pub unless there were assurances about NO joke-telling.

Striker said...

Tam,

Never had the pleasure of meeting you, but love you none the less.

I've followed you about the boards for the last 10 years or so, mainly because you (as well as many of the other longtimers like Marko, Brigid, Xavier, Lawdog, etc) keep me grounded in reality during the day to day grind in a funny, acerbic, and insightful way. (Plus I'm hopeful for another bikini pic!)

While not the best of news, I'm confident that all will be well.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

PS: You only get to mope until Saturday, after that it's back on the horse (or Zed or bike as the situation dictates)

Regards,

Striker

Captain Tightpants said...

Wow, sorry to hear. Hang in there.

I threw in what I could - we're all sending good thoughts your way.

Jack said...

Take care, Tam. We're pulling for you.

Jeffro said...

It is more than a little emotional getting unexpected help from people you've never met, no? I had a difficult time dealing with that as well.

Makes being a cynic kinda tough!

Mac from Michigan said...

Tam -

Slight bummer, and it is the farm system. Had two done few years back, and just like the others, minimal scaring.

You'll do fine. I think there's two types of people, those who've had a diag and those that have yet to. BTDT 3x. And with my wife Gail 1x, over 20 years ago, with a 1:3 long term survival rate.

Go figure? ya can't... so just do.

Don

PS - Almost met during a drive through the area and dinner w/Brigid. She'll 'splain.

Anonymous said...

You could auction off articles on the Arms Room for donations. Winner gets to pick a gun for you to write up. Except if nobody you know has one the winner'd have to lend you it. Or buy you one. Maybe somebody smarter than me would have to work out the details.

I wouldn't bid, I just now donated all I can afford at the moment. But I bet folks might. And it'd kick your ass to stay busy instead of worrying. Get well.

Anonymous said...

Tam

Just put what I could in your tip jar. By the way, I had a basil cell carcinoma on my nose and have a scar that became lees and less obvious over the years. I have also had one on my chest, same outcome. They were never very obvious and now, people have to look real close to even see a scar. I wish you all the good luck in the world but damn, if you are going to put pictures of French Onion soup on your blog please, please include a recipe ;-). Ed C

Bob in Houston(BMAWG) said...

Crap, I'm glad I popped by here before hitting SBR Ammo's site, oh well, what was going for .458 SOCOM ammo just got diverted to the free ice cream machine instead, get well soon Tam!.

doubletrouble said...

You might want the empty that tip jar before it 'splodes up or something.

We love ya kid.

Steve Skubinna said...

Thank God.

Or the Flying Spaghetti Monster if you prefer.

Or random chance. Odin. Buddha. Whatever.

As I wrote before, there is no warm and cuddly kind of cancer, but basal cell is easy to take care of. So take the hell care of it and get back to your destiny of dishing up the free ice cream.

Mac, the way I heard it was, there are three kinds of people - those who understand math, and those who don't.

Or there are 10 kinds of people - those who can count in binary and those who can't.

Ken O said...

Tam, Wife v2.0 and I enjoy your wit and humor; she always knows your snark style. We will continue to pray for your recovery and guidance for your treatment team.

Hat Trick said...

I know that you'll beat this.
Dropped what I could spare now in the tipjar. Let us know if you need more and please keep us posted on your progress.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kid, You are 1 of my everyday stops on the web...Hang Tough and Stay Strong...Joe.

Justthisguy said...

Oh, dammit, Tam! You really are in my prayers, you annoying person, you!

P.s. If you aren't being an annoying person, you aren't trying!

Anonymous said...

My uncle lost his tongue. My aunt lost her life. A ladyfriend fought brain cancer, and won, then fought breast cancer.
Life sucks sometimes.
We love you ...
don't stop fighting.

leaperman

Mike said...

Prayers and a little jingle for the jar inbound...

Nashville Beat said...

Tam,
Heard from Peter about the diagnosis. I put a little something in the tip jar to help with bills. Have to support another Heinlein fan, you know.

Ted said...

Good luck. My wife is kicking cancers butt, so can you.

A lot of us out here depend on you for our daily fix of snark. We are rooting for you.

Scott said...

Be well Tam. There's been plenty of basal carcinoma in my family and it's no big deal if you catch it quickly, which you did. Good luck.

Scott McCray said...

A drop in the tip bucket is a small price to pay for all chuckles, giggles, snerks and outright guffaws you have caused to emanate from the vicinity of my 'puter. So glad y'all caught it early...Be well.
Scott

Anonymous said...

Mycroftdog Said

Get well soon. I'm thankful you caught it early on. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Wow, 104 comments. If you have got this far, may I share how I treat mine?

I use 30% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Works about as well as the liquid nitrogen the doctors use. I put it on the bad spots with an eyedropper. Hurts like hell for an hour or so.

So far, I've kept the basal under control. My only insurance is Medicare and my health provider is a community health clinic which means forever waits for treatment.

Darrell said...

Hang in there, Tam! :D

Kristophr said...

As long as you don't die the same way Tycho Brahe did ...

Anonymous said...

If you need health insurance, I have an opening where a wife used to be.

The Great and Powerful Oz said...

I've had two rounds of surgery for basal cell carcinoma. One on my left ear and the other in my right eyebrow. Here are my bits of advice:

1. Find a MOHS surgeon, not some other kind of M.D.
2. If the doc wants to give you more than a local anaesthetic, go find another doctor. I fired 2 docs before finding the one who did the work.
3. I don't care what the docs says, it's going to hurt like hell for a few days. Insist on a week's worth of serious painkillers (not just ibuprofin) so that you will be able to sleep at night. During the day I didn't need anything, but sleeping was a real problem.

Having been through twice without any support from those around me, please feel free to write my about anything or nothing.

TheCabinetMan said...

I've been an unemployed bum w/o health insurance more than once. So the the Missus and I rattled some coinage from the piggy bank and hit the tip jar with it. Hope it helps.

Long live the snark!

Be well,

The Cabinet Man (sometimes answers to Scott)

Glenn B said...

Tamara,

KICK CANCER'S ASS!

I write those words to you just as they were told to me, last year, when I was diagnosed with stage 4 tonsilar and lymph node squamous cell carcinoma. I only had the courage to ask the doc, just last month, what stage it had been but knew back last year that it was very bad. It had spread extensively through all of the nodes in the right side of my neck and apparently may have been developing for well over a year but was likely misdiagnosed a few times before it was diagnosed properly. I beat it after a long and grueling 7 week set of treatments that at first seemed to have failed because I still had enlarged nodes at the end of treatment. They diminished to nothing within the several weeks after the treatments and so far I have come up clear in follow up testing.

I am not telling you all that to make this about me. I told you that so you will realize that if an older guy like me can beat a terrible cancer like that, then a young and otherwise healthy person like you can kick cancer's ass too. Just hang in there for the whole fight which in your case hopefully will not be all that bad physically. Of course, there is also the mental battle. I imagine any cancer diagnosis makes for a tough mental battle between utter depression and high fight back spirits. You can do it - you can kick cancer's ass. You will be well again. Remember that and live by it.

I am praying for you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for the duration.

All the best,
Glenn B.

Ken said...

Will continue to pray for you. Be strong, and of good cheer.

Turk Turon said...

I hit your tip jsr about 2 PM Saturday. I found a balance in my Paypal account! It's "found money" so I sent it to you. Buy some .223; there may be some left over.

Anonymous said...

Fire up another cigarette!

Tam said...

1) Fuck you.

2) What kind of drooling imbecile thinks there's any correlation between smoke and skin cancer?

3) No, seriously, fuck you.

Kristophr said...

Anonymous internet fuckwad theory strikes again.

It is truly amazing how stupidly shitheaded people can be when they think they have an audience and no consequences for being a shithead.


When I was still blogging, I would delete their crap, and post a parody of their post under a parody version of their name ...

Anonymous said...

Gosh we loves you! Fight 'till Hell freezes over, then fight on the ice!

Tam said...

Kristophr,

Eh, having to wake up every morning and realize that they're still a miserable little twatwaffle is a worse punishment than anything I could inflict.

Can you imagine going through life knowing you were too much of a coward to put your name on an internet insult? I mean, damn, I'd suck start a shotgun if I were such a spineless dickweasel.

nk said...

I've had three for about fifteen years, just under my eyes, one on the left two on the right. I don't mind them. They kind of make me look more like Clint Eastwood. But I guess girls care more about things on their faces than old men. Basal cell is not dangerous in itself and has little chance of metastasizing. Hang in there

DJ said...

Pardon the delay in responding, but I've been out of contact with the world for a bit.

Being a "curable cancer" survivor myself, I'm aware of what you're experiencing. Been there, done that, as the tired old cliché says.

You have my heartfelt sympathy, and my confidence that it will soon begin a long transition to a fading but horrible memory. You have the mental steel it takes to separate what you know to be reality from the gutwrenching urge to run screaming into the night that it can cause.

In short, you're a survivor. We all know what you're made of. Hang in there, stare in the face, and beat it.

Mr Evilwrench said...

Do appreciate your menu selection, may have to check that place out.

We (aside from an anon or two) are here for ya, and I'm a local boy. I'm sure you won't need help, but find me on INGO if you do.

Kristophr said...

Tam: I did it for my own amusement ... and they actually learned to stay off my blog after only two or so of their comments got "clarified".

Brock Townsend said...

With the sparse information, all I can say is that if it's just skin cancer they can freeze it off as they do mine each year. Regardless, I've beaten the Big "C" internally twice, so far, over 38 years, so keep your chin up.

Anonymous said...

Being a fellow ginger, I sympathize! Hang in there. Cheer up, it could be worse, kinda like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf_pkRPRl7k

FilthyMcNasty said...

As someone who just went through a 15-day session (last December) and 18-day session (Sept-Oct) for 2 instances of Follicular Lymphoma (Grade 1 the first time. Grade 2 the second), I can only add that your attitude goes a long way in your success!!

I'm rooting for you all they way and will be contributing as well.

FilthyMcNasty said...

Those 2 sessions mentioned above were for radiation therapy.

Carl H said...

Be well. And consider yourself air-hugged from the other side of the Mississippi.

After it's all done, and just a scary memory to mock, do what I do and dance around singing 'Blame it on the Carcinoma (this dance of love)'

Rick Street said...

I said a prayer for you

Anonymous said...

Actually there are links between smoking and skin cancer. Smokers are at a much higher risk of developing any type of cancer. Just sayin.

Either way, hang in there!

Tam said...

Correlation != Causation

I'm pretty sure that this one was caused by UV radiation.

More importantly, midlife skin cancers generally spring from childhood sun exposure.