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Showing posts from October, 2010

Mohs Surgery

Mohs is a surgery devised by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs (1910-2002)   in 1936 at the University of Wisconsin to remove skin cancers in situ (in place). This can be a needlessly cruel surgery as they use local with you wide awake and go deeper than local can go. So, it hurts. Not to mention all the needles over and over. In my case I advocated for myself and got heavily sedated during my procedure. My friend did not and he was in a lot of pain. We both at least got our wounds closed. Many in my support group had to go days with gaping wounds before they were closed. That is just cruel and wrong. The general public needs to know about this procedure. This is NOT 1936 anymore. We have the ability to do it without pain and nerves. We also have the ability to close wounds before people leave the hospital. That part to me is inexcusable. This surgery is done in   layers.They look at all the margins of each layer and decide if they need to take more or not. In  some places you leave the procedure r

DFSP resource page

I have just created a website for the very rare cancer I have. Myself and my support group online want to get the word out about it. No one has heard of it. It is called DFSP: dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. It makes up less than 1% of all sarcomas. It is so rare that not even the American Cancer Society has info on it. That is a scary thought from where I sit as a patient. There are approx. 1-4 cases diagnosed per million people worldwide each year. Early next year I will have Radiation treatments. I have also undergone 3 operations as well. Here is a link to the new site.   DFSP resource page My next blog will be about Mohs surgery. It is needlessly cruel.                      

Rhiannon Smith

Rhiannon is just 16 and has been missing from her Winsted/Winchester,CT home that she shared with her grandmother. E mails and chats found on her computer indicate 3 boys named Jake,Nick and Sanji wanted to harm her. She,However stated in her note that they were going to help her run to Canada. Her friend posted on Websleuths that he felt she may have gone to with her father and twin brother somewhere in the south and her brother may be hiding her. This in unlikely as I'm sure even as inept as police were in this case they contacted her dad. Police to a break from looking for her for a week because the lead investigator was on VACATION . Yes you read that correctly vacation. That is inexcusable!! A whitness came forward to say say a girl fitting Rhiannon's description was  sleeping in a dug out at a local ball field. Why did police not go there right away? Police have also made statements they believe she is dead. She said in her note she was in danger.   http://www.websleuths.