As you all know Addison ‘s test results from her last Friday testing were not we had hoped for. Every time bad news comes knocking at our door, I have to remind myself everyday is a gift for all of us who know and love Addison. She is a sassy little girl with a wonderful smile. She likes to make you laugh with her crazy expressions. She is truly a gift from God for me.
Family for the other thousands of people who are affected by Melanoma also feel the gift of time and love with their loved ones. This is a frighting insidious disease. One day you fighting it the next day you are praying for miracles! Some people don’t understand our fears.
But don’t miss a chance to tell them about Melanoma and other skin cancers. Your determination may save their lives! I speak to young women about the dangers of tanning beds and those golden tans even when I get the eye rolling, please don’t think I am listening look. I know one young lady who even continues to tan a lot after knowing Briana and Addison’s story. There is no telling some people but just keep talking whenever you have the chance. You may be glad you did! I talked to my Dad during a visit even with Briana dying and his great-granddaughter being stage IV he thought he was immune.. Several weeks later he was having a Melanoma removed. My parents are now regulars at their dermatologist. My Dad was always tanning during our summers at the Jersey shore. He raised me that sun is good for you. It isn’t bad for you but protect your self. Sunscreens, hats and only sun time in early mornings or late afternoon.
To all of our friends of Addison’s Army thanks for your love and prayers. Tell someone about Melanoma. You’ll be glad you did! Love ya, G-ma (Grandma Cox)