A couple of months ago a large black mole on my left hand, just behind my thumb's second joint, got scratched and started bleeding. It bled for about 2 weeks until I could get into a plastic surgeons office, where she removed it and a couple of smaller lesions from my chest and scalp. My dermatologist, an angel named Dr. Andrea Willey, did the original excisions and treated me with both great care and dignity. She then referred me to a surgical oncologist who eventually ( last Tuesday) got me into a general surgery where they took a little more from the hand to make sure the cancer was completely gone, did a skin graft and did a sentinel lymph node biopsy. Melanoma. I have been left in limbo, largely due to an execrable communication system between doctors and labs. Today at a follow-up with my Haemotological Oncologist, I found out that my lymph node was clear and I can take a small breather, (Recheck every three months or if anything pops up.) Now I'm not very good at being patient or a patient. I spend a great deal of time taking care of others and frankly between the exhaustion of moving out of one house into another, having a bout with the flu and worrying about my own health, I have been pretty worthless. On more than one occasion I found myself waking in the middle of the night unable to stop very negative thoughts about my future or more to the point my family's future should I take an early exit from this mortal plane. The relief I felt a few minutes ago was like having a Les Paul Custom lifted off my shoulders. I am still supposed to wait another week before playing guitar to accommodate the skin graft. doing my best to oblige, but my Five Moons is calling.... So first thing: If you notice changes in a mole SEE YOUR DOCTOR! If you see new growths SEE YOUR DOCTOR. Second thing, talk to someone about your fears and concerns. Mental well being is important to healing. I'm going to be around awhile longer, so sorry, you guys get the benefit of my vast knowledge, infinite wit and curmudgeonly rants for the duration.