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Fred

Newport Coast, CA
Age:
70

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Road trip…..MELANOMA JOURNEY!

Minnesota guy moves to California……loving the outdoor life…..beach volleyball, sailing, motorcycle rides, swimming, walks……hard on the skin!

Bumps in road……

Many surface skin lesions develop……. basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, melanoma….. Then metastasizing internally……

Potholes become issues….

Internet and medical referrals, surgeries, scans, doctor appointments,……worry becomes a part time job….and wife becomes “administrative assistant” to coordinate appointments, organize files and communication with friends and family…information disseminated on a need-to-know basis and in best layman terms…difficult sometimes due to emotions involved….and reaction to responses.

Detours ahead…….

Old routines, work and leisure are interrupted…..find it stressful to adjust to illness, demands on real time needs and emotional ups and downs……redefine personal goals to defy preconceived benchmarks……moving forward to enjoy life’s joys each day.

Continue the journey……..

Guide others to resources we have discovered to bring awareness to those who need support……email and phone communication has been a source of comfort to share the highs and lows of the journey.

Update: Fred lost his battle with cancer. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family.

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