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Laughing at Cancer

In 2014 I had melanoma removed from my chest. The next year I underwent a lateral neck dissection, scapula tip harvest and lower mandiblectomy. 2016 I had melanoma. 2018 I had kidney cancer. Today I am sore from my 6th precancerous surgery in last two weeks. One biopsy of 6 got infected and now the removal is not healing. I also got type 2 diabetes again.

I keep a journal on “Laughing at Cancer”. Pictures are graphic.

Skin cancer scrape biopsies hurt worse than having my jaw removed! I am very sore.

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  • Ronni Gordon moderator
    2 months ago

    Wow, @dvance, you’ve sure been through a lot. I can relate because I also had skin cancer and kidney cancer. It’s great that you can laugh. Sometimes when people ask me how cancer has changed me, I tell them I think it made me funnier. I agree about the scrape biopsies. Thanks for sharing! We’re all here to support each other.

  • Hailey Crider moderator
    1 month ago

    I agree! Super important to keep your sense of humor. Not much we can control about a cancer diagnosis, but that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh at it! I have a blog called “Have a Sense of Tumor” to journal my melanoma journey because I think having a sense of humor is so important.

    Hailey, Moderator

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