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Re: The Big C – Premier Tonight!

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      I have been thinking about your Reply.  It struck a chord, in a good way.  I happen to be single, and my family lives many states away.  I have enjoyed being independent.  I remember the moment in time, that one sentence…

      I was sitting at my desk at work when the Medical Assistant at the Dermatologist's office called to tell me I had Melanoma and that I would need surgery and who my surgeon would be.  I had to ask her to wait a minute so I could grab a pen.  It was such a menial task to her.  I jotted down the technical info she gave me, which was not informative at all.

      I meandered into the office of my Human Resources Manager.  I closed the door and told her I just need to be here for a minute.  She should listen to the call I was about to make.  I was then going to leave the office and return to work later in the afternoon.  I was going to make this call and then take a break.

      I called my parents.  They knew I had a mole removed.  We all thought nothing of it really.  Mom answered, and I had her get Daddy on the phone.  I told them that the MA had just called and I do have skin cancer, melanoma specifically.  And, that will have surgery. 


      Just saying, I have cancer shook me to the core.  I will never forget how awful it was to hear those words.  But, then to say them…

      No one should have to go through this.


      Best Wishes!


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