Taking ownership

In June 2016 an unwanted flu shot has uncovered a dark little scab that I am convinced is an insect bite. My GP thinks otherwise, so I have it excised and now I am back to hear the verdict. No small talk. He takes a quick look in the file and tells me, “It’s bad news. You have an aggressive and deep melanoma that needs urgent action.”

And so the journey begins, not with condolences or sympathy but a clinical diagnosis and a referral that is my ticket to whatever destination I am headed for.

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