Friday, February 17, 2017


Melanoma Jan/Feb 2017

Well all I can say it has been an awful 6 weeks to date. The melanoma discovered by my chiropractor has finally been completely removed and cleared. 2 biopsies and then another margin clean and a skin graft. I find it hard to understand as I am usually wearing a hat when its hot, but apparently not early enough.


The anxiety, which I suffer quite readily since minding my dying father and dementia mother, arrears itself in moments like this. So as a result lack of sleep, lack of exercise after the last 2 operations, and just generally feeling very low.

The heat of these past two months, has also not helped, as it  reach up into the 38C  locally, and 41C in Canberra when we attended my niece's wedding.

I now check the UV every day as anything above 3 is time to put on the Sunscreen, the higher the better, wait 20 mins for it to soak in. Sometimes a 2nd. lot is recommended. Always wear a hat no matter what time of day, and sunglasses. It doesn't matter what country you are in the statistics are available for every country and melanomas especially are reported to the Governments. 30 - 40 yr. old have the highest death rate due to hormones and the over 50 have the largest number found due to the longer exposure of years.

Bandages Off

I also didn't realise you can buy SPF 50 clothing, and now waiting on an order of 2 long sleeve shirts, and a wider hat. I am not going to stop gardening, but definitely will finish by 9am. and start again after 5 if necessary. Even an umbrella might be handy to keep in the car.

So apologies to my regular readers I haven't really felt like blogging. The bandages are off, but I still wear a scarf to keep my head clean. I haven't washed my hair all this time, and Dr. says to wait till the stitches out and he has a look. That will be in another 2 weeks. There is a bandage stitched to the wound as well. So I am booked in with a nurse first week March, when I will actually be able to tell what's going on.

Just a quick update, till next time.


  1. You have a great attitude and yes keep up the gardening you are being sensible looking after yourself and you will be ok may you have peace much love AT x

    1. Thank you looking forward to our visit.

  2. It has been a long time for you Chris, and I am sure the next 2 weeks will drag as well, until those stitches come out. I too am very sun conscious as my mother has had the same operation, with a melanoma removed and skin graft to the top of her head nearly 10 years ago now. It certainly brought things home to me and I have been extremely vigilant when outside ever since.

    Lovely photo of you. Take Care

    1. You can never be too careful with the sun uv rays.


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