Alright, listen up my melahomies (fellow melanoma peeps) and the people who love them! Next month is our “time to shine”, so to speak, as May is melanoma’s awareness month. I’m thinking of trying something (depending on your interest in participating). We know about our cancer, we have seen and felt the heartache associated with it, and we understand on all too deep a level that awareness for a cancer like ours can truly mean the difference between life and death for someone else.
So here’s what I’m proposing: share your story, or some small part of it. With me. With us. I’d love to share some stories on my blog during the month of May about how melanoma has affected you or a loved one. You probably know that I’m an outspoken Christian, but I am looking for all perspectives, not just those that mirror my own.
Whether you’re a patient, a caregiver, newly diagnosed, a 10 year survivor, a doctor, or wanting to honor a loved one you’ve lost to this horrible disease I’d love to hear your story. Your story can be nicely wrapped up or still in the messy stage, stage 4 or in situ. You don’t have to share any personal information, in fact it can be completely anonymous if you would like.
Melanoma can, in some instances, be avoided and we know early detection is crucial, so awareness is our duty once we, or a loved one, are diagnosed. I want to either help people get diagnosed early or keep them from this struggle altogether.
So here’s what I need: I’m looking for whole stories OR short anecdotes, little lessons learned, quotes, pics, things doctors have told you or warned you against, life changes made, words of advice, whatever! I’ll figure out how to format it all in the weeks to come, obviously if 100 people reply, I may not get everyone’s whole story in. But I can certainly try to put something together that puts awareness at the forefront. Just comment on here if you’re interested or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (if you send an email, or plan on sending one, and don’t mind, please leave a comment here with a heads up so I know to check my email. If you just want to send an email with no comment here, that’s cool too, but don’t expect a prompt response lol).
Also, if you know of someone who may want to share their experience, please share this with them so they can get in contact with me. I’m excited about the possibility in this and ready to get started! I can’t wait to hear from you! And if no one responds, I apologize. My blog for the month of May will just be my usual ramblings 😉
(There’s no guarantee that I can use every story, but I will try. I don’t expect people to share my same values and beliefs, but will censor profanity as a courtesy to the readers.)