New Diagnosis

MIF Staffer Faces Melanoma

For 8 years, I have been managing the largest melanoma awareness event.  Melanoma International Foundation or MIF, brings over 1500 people together to support, encourage and honor loved ones. Our […]

Changing the Melanoma Message

Changing The Melanoma Message After 15 years of dedication to our mission we are still vibrant.  It is you, our supporters, who have kept us thriving.  I was a melanoma […]

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 […]

Melanoma Research: Without Patients, It Doesn’t Exist

MIF makes the trek to Chicago for ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) where each year more than 25,000 cancer researchers attend the conference to share and learn about therapy […]

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 […]

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