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Re: Keep our moderator in your thoughts and prayers


From: Jon Brundage
Date: Jul 15, 2010 9:39AM

Hi Jared,

Get well and remember many thoughts and prayers are coming your way.


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From: "Jared Smith" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:30 AM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Keep our moderator in your thoughts and prayers

> Thanks kindly for your thoughts and words. I head off to the doctor
> shortly, a bit unsure of what will transpire.
> It's quite interesting how this all transpired. My sister is a nurse
> and got a job working for a dermatologist that specializes in skin
> cancer. A few weeks into her work, she noticed an odd-colored spot
> between her toes. She immediately asked her boss to check it and they
> found it to be melanoma. Gratefully she was in this position otherwise
> she would likely have not noticed or done anything if she did. The
> doctor indicated that she would have likely been dead within the year.
> She had a very large portion of two toes and the surrounding area
> removed and they were, as near as we are able to tell, able to get all
> of the cancer. She will be recovering and hobbling for several more
> months.
> At her advisement, I checked myself thoroughly and found a small spot
> at almost the exact same spot on the same toe as my sister. Call it
> coincidence, intervention, or whatever, I'm just grateful that my
> sister is OK and that her situation caused me to investigate something
> I'd never have given a second thought to otherwise.
> Considering the genetic disposition for melanoma, the doctor removed
> the spot a few weeks ago, but the biopsy tests came back mixed. So,
> off I go today to either get a larger sample removed or to just have
> them go to town on it and hopefully remove any potential melanoma.
> Considering the significance and speed at which melanoma kills, I
> think we will opt for a more aggressive treatment.
> The moral is to check yourself often and have any suspicious moles,
> spots, etc., especially in odd places like between your toes, checked
> by a doctor.
> Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I hope you'll forgive this
> important divergence in topic. Now back to our regularly scheduled
> programming.
> Jared