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Mar 7, 2017
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I have a diagnosis of malignant melanoma with several brain metastasis and a short time to live. This is a very big surprise because I had melanoma on my back in 2010 and it was excised by a dermatologist in my network (Swedish). Neither that Doc nor any others who I saw later mentioned the possibility of anything being left, so having a reoccurance now at a late stage 4-- - 7 years later is unexpected.
I have lived a very good life-- as a child internationally, a young person in NYC, an adventurer, homesteader in VA, veterinarian in AZ, WA and BC, and a social justice peacewalking advocate in Seattle,. I have loved life and become a loner in my last years.
I recovered from my Feb 1 surgery, and have declined treatment with radiation and chemo so far. I have been told not to drive, so my friend Elaine has been driving me to appointments with Doctors and my new lawyer- Jeremy Yates. She also has fed me and called twice a day. Good friend.
My team includes Mary Gleysteen, Rosy Betz-zal and Dvorah Kost. They have stayed here with me overnight this month.
I have a list and have done things every day-- telling my tenants to find another place to live (they move next week!), meeting with Doctors, palliative care, and getting my papers in order to turn over to Jeremy.
I would like to sell my house and move to a place without a yard with lots of good light.