New Diagnosis

Courage With Grace

Maybe this is an old topic, courage in the face of a diagnosis, but it is an important one to be discussed and given thought.  Take John McCain for example […]

MIF: Your Concierge for the Melanoma Journey

Have you ever traveled to a large city or foreign country that you’ve never been to before? It can often feel overwhelming as sights, sounds and smells engulf your senses. […]

Do No Harm

Before becoming a doctor, medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath. The initial statement of the oath is: “First, do no harm.” As a patient navigator, I also take this […]

Being Resilient

When someone is diagnosed or taking care of someone with a potentially deadly disease, such as melanoma, it may come with other things going wrong in life. Perhaps you are […]

Schmidt’s Scary Ordeal

We, at Melanoma International, are always disheartened to hear of another melanoma diagnosis. Mike Schmidt’s stage III melanoma has certainly changed his attitude about the sun (“it is evil”} and […]

Sharing Our Love on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching, our thoughts turn to love and romance. Yet when you first learned that you had melanoma, it’s likely that your first thoughts focused on survival. With […]

Don’t Be Afraid to Disagree with Your Doctor

I really thought I was an expert at navigating an illness, until my grandson was diagnosed with a rare disorder. As I hit the web for information, I found nothing […]

Melanoma Treatment: Finding Your Way

What happens when you blindly follow a GPS to navigate your path? You may get lost and miss the signs along the way! I recently found that my GPS was […]

Best Hospitals: Some Tips to Find One

U.S. News and World Report recently named the “best” hospitals in the U.S.   The marketing hype surrounding the list needs to be balanced with the reality of what good care […]

Melanoma: Not Always As It Seems

The public health message for melanoma is to look for a change in a mole, and some recite the ABCD’s of melanoma. But there are other types of melanoma that […]