The older we get the faster time flies. Nothing new. Until you get older and hear yourself asking the same questions your parents did about where the hell summer went.

So where does the time go? For me, it went up my ass, in my veins and through my fingers.

In the past few weeks, I’ve been diagnosed with (the very early stages of) Melanoma, been invited to speak in New York, had an IVP, hired an editor and submitted the first set of pages of my manuscript. You know. Usual stuff.

There is great news to be shared, as I feel blessed (once again) that my cancer was caught very early and I am taking care of it. The editor I am working with is a rock-star and I get to travel to the place where dreams are made of and network my ass off. Kevin continues to amaze and inspire as his ability to live with me is nothing short of a miracle.

Ok, so I mentioned my ass.

I will spare you the deets but let’s just say the surgeon who removed the Nevis on my body was doing so by the light of the silvery moon. Hard to imagine a former nude dancer being so aware of her ass, but it’s true. To break the ice I asked Surgeon Man if there was a two drink minimum as he was spreading me open. If having skin cancer in my ass is not a sign I was a g-string diva in the 80’s, I don’t know what is.

So here I sit. Stitches tickling my skin, veins cleared of contrast (IVP results combined with my Cyctoscopy show no signs of bladder cancer), and my head filled with equal parts intimidation and passion.

When life swings you curve balls, you learn to appreciate the home runs.

It is still too early to tell if my manuscript clears all the bases, but one thing is for sure: I am excited for the innings ahead.

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11 comments

  1. Hey, you need to stop this cancer nonsense! My sister had it twice, too, and honestly, I can't imagine why anyone would sign up for a second round of it!You, my friend, are beyond awesome. Stay well & pace yourself. And good luck with everything!

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  2. Welcome back! And how excited are we?I had a nevis removed (non-cancerous) a few years ago and the weeks leading up to everything were hard to handle.I am so happy yours was caught early and that publication is coming!

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  3. Finally, a post. But a mixed bag of pain and humor. I have been checking in often. I am not much of facebook guy. So happy to see you in action again. Known you for a short time, missed you for a long time!

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  4. You KNOW how much I've missed you! I had no idea any of this was going on?! I have also had a melanoma. I am a fair skinned girl who spent her teenage years broiling her skin in the faintest hope someday I would tan. It never happened, but then the skin cancers started to pop up. Thankfully because of them and my rigid schedule of 3 month skin checkups, my mole was caught in its earliest of stages. Glad it all looks good. An editor and this fabulous opportunity? You are on a roll! Go, go, go! I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. I can't wait to see where this road takes you.

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  5. Awwwe thanks lovlies! It's great to be back.I am still putting my main focus on the MS but will be posting once a week or so.Missed you all so much.Aside from the usual lurker/stalker drama from "anonymous" peeps (who I know who they are and they who I am am) I adore you all!MS s a long way from completion, but the process is exciting.Finding the right agent is going to be KEY.Wheeee!

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  6. Holy bases loaded Christine! This isn't even funny. But I like your sense of humor about it. Sounds like you caught things in time. Life seems busy for you. Moving in the right direction too. And of course, I love your baseball jargon.

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  7. Holy Cow!!! You are back!! I don't recall the last time I checked on you… It's SO good to see you are here… and that you are in control of the problem!!! *huggles*You have been missed!!!~shoes~

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