An introduction to ‘Dear Melanoma’

Over the last 6 months I’ve struggled with my diagnosis. I’ve had a great support base around me. I have fantastic doctors. But what I’ve been missing is somewhere to express my emotions openly and honestly.

There have been many times throughout my melanoma journey that I’ve just wanted to crawl up in a little ball and cry, or yell at someone because what they are saying is highly insensitive, or even a way to just laugh and make light of what is a pretty shit situation.

 And that’s why I would like to say…

Dear Melanoma,
You are absolutely shit…
But, we need to talk about you, not ignore you.
I’m going to cry, yell and laugh when I write about you, but that’s ok.
Love Emma

At the top of the blog, you can see one of my favourite quotes from Winnie the Pooh that explains what love is. Its prominent position on the blog deserves an explanation. And I’ll offer an explanation in the weeks and months to come.

One of the biggest fears someone can have when they’re dying is that they ‘ll be forgotten. This quote reassures me everyday. When the time comes that I’m no longer here in a physical sense, I know that my love will continue because love isn’t a physical thing - it’s a feeling.

I hope this blog can go beyond being just an aid for me to cope with my melanoma journey, but also help other people or families touched by this disease.