Malignent Melanoma Survivors who climb


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Disaster Master

Sport climber
Arcata / Santa Rosa, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2010 - 06:36pm PT
Paul here.

Its good to see all the replies.

Many people are aware and take seriously warnings, prevention steps for other cancers like breast and colan.

Most folks are ignorant about proper skin cancer prevention.

I was shocked when I told one person that my melanoma had returned and they said: "Oh good. At least its JUST skin cancer".

Melanoma is one of the deadliest cancers on the planet. We don't take it seriously... "I'll put on the sunscren when I get there".

Most have no idea Melanoma can travel to your brain, your lungs and anywhere else it wants to if you don't cut it off in time.

It would be pointless for me to go through this, maybe die, and not try to educate people.

Let's start an education revolution in the climbing community about Melanoma awareness. Perhaps then, those climbers will teach their families, friends, etc.

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Aug 11, 2010 - 06:49pm PT
Paul, did you find any support groups out there
on the internet you could recommend?

Aug 11, 2010 - 06:49pm PT
^^^^^^----- what he said.

a year ago yesterday I lost my best friend to liver cancer. Ms. Summit was the best dog a guy could have have. My girl.

F*#K I hate cancer.

Beat it Paul! We're all behind you.

SushiFest at the Leap next summer. You better be there!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 11, 2010 - 07:26pm PT

Here's a pic off the brochure I got from my dermotologist yesterday.
Kinda looks like the ones on my lip. . .


Trad climber
Los Angeles
Aug 11, 2010 - 08:19pm PT
You might consider looking into even more alternative treatments. Check out the film "Healing Cancer from the inside out", it is a bit boring, but it will change the way you look at everything you do, and don't do. Also look at the "Gerson Institute" in Mexico, and "An Oasis of Healing" in Arizona.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 11, 2010 - 08:23pm PT
Nick, you haven't posted for a while. Do you have a personal or business tie to either organization?

FWIW, Gerson Therapy:

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Aug 11, 2010 - 08:39pm PT
Not at all. I have been researching (non-scientifically) diet/ health/ alternative healing and prevention methods for years for personal benefit. A few years ago my wife's aunt told us she had cancer. We encouraged her to explore a long list of alternatives. Out of panic and advice from Dr's, she made a quick decision to use transitional western "medicine." She has been in a steep decline ever since. Her quality of life has been dismal.

A month ago my sister told me the same sad news- diagnosed with cancer- multiple myeloma. She is 32. I am trying to encourage her to explore these alternatives. Its not an easy "sell" since I have not been personally treated for cancer.

If you look into this subject, you will learn that most people have cancer 5-6 times in their life and don't even know it. Only when our immune system is depleted do we see the symptoms. What we eat and dont eat, can create and/ or remove cancer.


Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Aug 11, 2010 - 08:52pm PT
Paul: Keep posting and I will try to keep bumping. I know two Melanoma survivors, but "they caught it early."

I've had 3 Basil-cell tumors removed, and see my dermo twice a year on average: for pre-cancerous areas of concern.

I have fair skin, and at age 20, got the really bad spring skiing sunburn, where my face-skin lifted up, fluids drained through the cracks, and two weeks later-----I had new face skin.

About age 40 it started catching up with me.

Most climbers are "in the headlights" for skin cancer.

I'm thinking "good thoughts" for you.

Aug 11, 2010 - 09:56pm PT
I fully support you on your "crusade", Nick.
Disaster Master

Sport climber
Arcata / Santa Rosa, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 12, 2010 - 12:00am PT
Paul here.

Just got back from dinner. I feel better today than ever since I started treatment.

Disaster Master kicking butt, I believe.

Years back I broke my back (HA,HA). I wrote this.

Whenever I plummit
I bounce back quick,
Even stronger than before.
No just laying there
Like a Splat
On the floor.
I am a Rebound,
A trajectory traveled
At high speed.
I am the Seed
Of my own Future.

-Keep posting,

Paul Humphrey

Trad climber
Aug 12, 2010 - 12:46am PT
Just got back from dinner. I feel better today than ever since I started treatment.

Disaster Master kicking butt, I believe.

That's great Paul, gotta keep eating. I remember how chemo really screwed up my appetite, and then when I did feel like eating, the food all tasted so strange, or had no taste at all! It all goes back to normal as soon as the the chemo stops, and your body stops getting nuked.

I think it really helps to be strong and in good physical fitness going in to chemo, so it doesn't completely kick your butt. I remember going in for treatments and seeing some of the other patients looking so frail and out of shape, they looked terrible and you could tell the treatments were extremely hard on them. It was somehow kind of soothing to be amongest others who were facing the same demon inside.

Alot of People survive cancer...or just live with it, and of course they're getting better at treating it all the time, so all we got to do is hang on long enough for them to find the cure!

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Aug 12, 2010 - 10:59am PT
Bump for Paul!
Disaster Master

Sport climber
Arcata / Santa Rosa, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2010 - 04:42am PT
Any other Survivors / in on going treatment. What treatment are you getting?
Disaster Master

Sport climber
Arcata / Santa Rosa, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2010 - 10:10pm PT
Paul Humphrey here.

I might have to find a new way to master this disaster. The experimental chemo / molecule IV doesn't seem to be working. Its getting Laaarger!

On to the next thing?

Big questions, crappy options.

At least I'm not on a pump this week being poinoned for a cure.

Perhaps a long road trip is in order. Anyone remember me?
Anyone want to climb if my girlfriend Ruth and I drive through this Fall?

Mastering on...



My seams are frayed.
My soles are worn.
And I'm a Happy Man.

I've had Manzinita
shake my hand
and wave me on my way.

I've talked with Falcons
and laughed with Squirrels.
Seen Resurection grow
from Redwood burls.

I've clung to the edge
of cliffs so high
that beneath me
the Raptors and
Songbirds flew by.
And I've cried
with the Owl
and his voice forlorn
at the coming of the Shadows.

So, when need comes
to venture out of
sight of the Wild,
into Traffic And Concrete,
still my temper is mild.

"Good Morning" I shout,
Middle Finger raised high,
not from disrespect,
just to point out the Sky.
And perhaps people stare
when I stand in the Street,
hands covering ears
and whistling sweet;
like a Songbird...

But it seems
a far better sound
than Horns and Screams
and revving Engines
all around.

Soon enough freedom returns
and I am on my way;
the Sun shining down
On a Wild filled day.
I relax,look around and say
"Yes, I am a Happy Man."

-Paul Humphrey

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Aug 20, 2010 - 12:18am PT
Best wishes my mom has worried about this for years and 30 of teaching PE in the sun was not good for her skin. Good thoughts sent your way.
Disaster Master

Sport climber
Arcata / Santa Rosa, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2010 - 12:51am PT
LOL, or ha, ha, ha, for you Analogs out there.

Reviewing this link and just realized I posted my wang in X-RAY VISION ONTHE WEB. I'm in porn at last.

Life goes on,

Kennewick wa
Aug 20, 2010 - 12:58am PT
and no one noticed! haha so much for porn!

If you don't mind me asking, what was your first sign?

Good luck and keep the positive attitude!


Aug 20, 2010 - 12:59am PT
road trip to Indian Creek the end of september. SushiFest. I got you covered....

Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Aug 20, 2010 - 01:05am PT
best smile i've seen in a long time, paul. we've jousted with mr. C. me, just all that outdoors since i was a kid, and fortunately it was an easy cut-out. my wife had a scarier case, bladder cancer, possibly from a few years as a smoker. treatment was good, checkups continue positive. your smile will go a long way for you--they say a positive attitude increases the odds significantly.
Disaster Master

Sport climber
Arcata / Santa Rosa, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2010 - 01:27am PT
A couple replies:

To Srbphoto:
6 years go I had my first sign. It was a long-present mole on my thigh that started to bleed. It was the size of a pinky nail.

They excised and biopsied it. Melanoma. They cut a biscit out of my leg and did a "partial groin dicection", removing lymph nodes. I said groin and discection should never be uttered in the same sentance, or room for that matter. They did it anyway. The first or Sentinal Node was weird looking so they took more nodes out. They got it!

Or so they thought. Chemo was optional, but not recomended. Melanoma doesn't respond much to it. So I went home, went climbing and lived on through many other BS, injuries and adventures. People kept asking me what that scar was. I got tiered of the story, so I tattooed a sun around the hole. Later I added a skull in the moon looking at the scar. In Yoga the right side is the Sun side and the left the Moon side.
The skull looking at the scar proved prophetic. 6 years later, I felt a pain in my groin. Went to the Doc. and found out the bastard cancer had lurked in my lymph system all this time then pop goes the death sentance.

I will live on (how long, who knows. How well? Real freakin' well.)


My man,

I am there at Indin Creeek. Dates?!!

I want to make some Maguro sashimi at home. can I buy Ahi cut tuna, is it the same. Must eat raw meat, but don't want to puke.


Thanks for the posts. Good luck with your own survival / thrival.

Tell your story. Save a poor bastard's life.

Post on!
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