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Elaine Diveley
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Day 12 post-surgery, and I'm feeling really well. Still waiting on those results, so I'm practicing my patience. 
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I'm heading in for the first step of #melanoma surgery, the dreaded "radioactive bees". Nothing to be afraid of here, folks.

http://melanomadame.blogspot.com/2014/07/radioactive-tracer-pt-1.html
Today is the radioactive tracer procedure, in preparation for the sentinal node biopsy and wide local excision tomorrow. I would like to say I am less scared now as I head toward the hospital, but I do not want to lie to you...
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Yes...and yes!
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A post about facing my fear of #melanoma  surgery. If you've had to face something that terrified you, I'd love to hear about it. 
This is me just minutes before I finished  my first marathon in Detroit in October of 2013.  I was scared that day. Would my training be enough? Would I finish? Would I be hobbling at the end? Would I be disoriented and deh...
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If you're looking for a place to log the miles you run in 2014, join us here. 
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I think this is kind of sad, actually. 
 
Rome and the new Pope...  wow... just 8 years...  
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Customer service nightmare:  #AerLingus

Aer Lingus won't talk to you in person about customer service. They said we should email them about our problem.  Then, they said they didn't receive our (three) emails, could we fax the emails to them instead?  Then, they said it will take 12 (twelve, not 10, not 14) days to respond to the faxed emails.  Then, they said that the tickets we had with them are now "dead" and "non-refundable" because the deadline has passed.  

Passed?  The deadline passed?  Now, how is THAT possible? 

This after we arrived 5 MINUTES late for our flight check-in (flight was still on the ground) and were told we would have to stay in France for an additional 4 days and pay €5447 ($6693) to purchase the new tickets, that our destination city could NOT be changed and we could NOT fly stand-by on any other flights. 

The ticket agent did nothing to help us, she just shrugged her shoulders in the direction of my family and told us where we could find the other airlines from whom to buy new tickets if we chose to do so.  You know, instead of paying nearly $7000 for new tickets PLUS four hotel nights PLUS four days of food for a family of five. 

Now we apparently just wait for 12 days to pass to find out what happens next?  

Friends, I feel you should know that Aer Lingus provides zero customer service and although the flights we've had with them have been lovely, I could NOT in good conscience ever recommend buying another ticket from this airline.  

Travelers: BEWARE!
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5 minutes after check-in (we had taken a train in the wrong direction in Paris, grr...)  The flight didn't leave until 40 minutes later.  They do close check-in 45 minutes before take off, and we understand why they might not have been able to get us on OUR flight...but seriously?  €5447 and a four day delay to find the next AerLingus flight?  That cannot have been the only option, right?
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Surgery day went as well as it could have possibly gone. #Melanoma did not win today.

http://melanomadame.blogspot.com/2014/07/wide-local-excision-sentinel-lymph-node.html
I am home from surgery and recovering in bed as directed. I promise to follow the doctors' orders to the letter so as to be able to give an accurate picture of recovery.  We arrived at the hospital at 6:00 am and they took me...
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Happy 4th of July, everyone. Wear your sunscreen, okay?   :-)  
We're off to Summerfest in Milwaukee today, which means it will be our first "real" day in the sun since I received "The Call". Okay, I'm a little nervous, but I'll be fine. Friends, today it is my goal to not spend my day wo...
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A post about how difficult it is to catch #melanoma  early. Not trying to be a downer, but it's tricky. If you've got a spot you've been thinking about having looked at...go!
Melanoma friends, is this the hardest question to answer, or what?! "Did you catch it early?" "The good news is melanoma is very treatable if you catch it early!" Here's the problem...melanoma is a tricky beast. Somehow it ha...
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This is what happens when my husband fails to defrost the Christmas ribs...and then remembers he owns an axe.  Christmas saved! 
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If you're looking for something to do with your Kickstarter dollar today, please consider this project.  John Morello is an old friend of mine who lost his brother to heroin.  He has made a career out of speaking to high school students (he has a one-man show) about difficult choices in life and the importance of connecting with other people.  This graphic novel is his attempt to spread that positive message even further.  This is a good person and a good project.  Thanks for considering it. 
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Francophile runner, mom of three, wife of one, recently diagnosed with melanoma, Chevy Volt driver. I am passionate about many things, and don't plan to let cancer get in my way. 


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  • North Central College
    Teacher Leader Endorsement, 2014 - present
  • Central Michigan University
    French Education, 1987 - 1991
  • Carthage College
    Masters in Education, 1996 - 2001
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