In a thread about car/driver issues I mentioned I had been diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease. A couple of months ago a large black mole on my left hand, just behind my thumb's second joint, got scratched and started bleeding. It bled for about 2 weeks until I could get into a plastic surgeons office, where she removed it and a couple of smaller lesions from my chest and scalp. My dermatologist, an angel named Dr. Andrea Willey, did the original excisions and treated me with both great care and dignity. She then referred me to a surgical oncologist who eventually ( last Tuesday) got me into a general surgery where they took a little more from the hand to make sure the cancer was completely gone, did a skin graft and did a sentinel lymph node biopsy. Melanoma. I have been left in limbo, largely due to an execrable communication system between doctors and labs. Yesterday at a follow-up with my Haemotological Oncologist, I found out that my lymph node was clear and I can take a small breather, (Recheck every three months or if anything pops up.) Contemplating one's own mortality is no fun, especially when one is the primary caregiver for a spouse and has just bought a house to accommodate her needs. Anyhow, we got moved and eventually will get unpacked and resettled. Wanted to let you guys know I'm OK.