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I started blogging on this website in May 2012 after my husband was diagnosed with melanoma. I'm a publication consultant and freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. If you're looking for my business website, formerly located at www.by-words.com, it's temporarily unavailable as we prepare to move the content from it to the Editing & Publishing tab on this website. Feel free to use the "contact" tab on this website if you have questions about my business.

You'll find other subjects covered here but none as frequently as our melanoma story. As life returns to "normal," I hope to get back to working on this site, with an eye toward consolidating the two.

Still N.E.D. - and an update on melanoma research

Our annual trips to Johns Hopkins for Robert’s participation in a follow-up study after his melanoma vaccine trial have become fairly routine. Leave about 7 a.m., check in by 8:30, CT scan and brain MRI, go see the blood-sucker, fit in lunch somewhere along the way, and then see Dr. Lipson early in the afternoon. Today we were home about 2:30. Easy up, easy back, and no news is good news. No evidence of disease.

A future for freelancers?

I was surprised, to say the least, when a longtime friend and fellow journalist recently lamented about the state of the news industry today. He was complaining about staff cuts in newsrooms of all kinds (broadcast, print, digital), layoffs and forced retirements, sparse staffing, and, generally, what he perceives to be a lack of quality standards in the media today.

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