Wonton Soup {Revisited from February 2014

This wonton soup is made of dumplings filled with a mixture of seasoned ground pork, soy sauce, rice vinegar and ginger, gently simmered in ginger broth. | TheMountainKitchen.com

If you’ve ever poked around The Mountain Kitchen, you may have seen my hideous post about wonton soup from back in February, 2014. It didn’t look very appetizing and I can’t blame anyone for ignoring that post. I made this soup recently and decided that my beloved homemade wonton soup was too good to look that ugly. … Read More

One-Pot Vegetarian Jambalaya {A Meatless Monday Recipe

This easy to make one-pot vegetarian jambalaya is vegetable heavy with a flavorful mixture of Cajun seasonings, fire-roasted tomatoes, rice and beans.

“Ooohhhhhwwweeeeeee!!!” You’re going to love this one-pot vegetarian jambalaya. ”I GARONTEE!” That first line was said in my very best Justin Wilson impersonation. It’s probably a good thing you couldn’t hear me say that. Nobody can say that quite like Mr. Justin Wilson did. I’ve mentioned my love for watching Mr. Wilson’s cooking show before, but if you’ve never … Read More

Cheesy Rice Stuffed Pork Chops

These cheesy rice stuffed pork chops are made with juicy pan seared pork chops stuffed with creamy rice with mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheeses. YUM! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Do you know what you should make for supper tonight? You should make cheesy rice stuffed pork chops… Yep, that is what you should make! I have been hanging on to this recipe for a couple of decades. It’s another one of those recipe cards I told you about when I shared that Zesty Broiled Chicken … Read More

Overcoming My Fear of Melanoma {Melanoma Awareness

Overcoming my fear of melanoma is not going to be easy. I dread every doctor’s appointment and I have developed a terrible case of “White Coat Syndrome”. I’d like to be able to go into a doctor’s office and not have them recheck my blood pressure, because it’s too high. I’d like to not jump out … Read More

18 thoughts on “Overcoming My Fear of Melanoma {Melanoma Awareness

  1. Oh my friend such a year for you. A favorable ending to 2016. Although, my SIL basal cell was one time occurrence I know from her the fear of her check-ups, they are real and so scary. She is 29 y.o. very young and yet her type of skin cancer is the most common and treatable. I go with her at every check up so I know just how much she dreads it. With two young ones at home she mostly fears for them not herself. I will reblog for you! Sending you strength and huge hugs Debbie! xxoo

  2. Hi Debbie, how horrible for you to have to go through all that, but YAY that everything is fine! I go back in 2 weeks for my annual skin check after having squamous skin cancer removed 4 years ago. I also have white coat syndrome horribly, my BP is through the roof when I get it checked. Sending lots of prayers for clear skin checks for the rest of your life! xoxo

  3. Amy Sweeney

    I’m so sorry you have had this very tumultuous year with your health. As you know I have had two melanomas removed in less than two years and it can be unsettling. I have other chronic health issues so dealing with doctors and tests are somewhat usual although still unnerving at times. I know that sharing your experiences with melanoma can, and most likely will, bring awareness to others and may even save someone’s life now and/or in the future. My own experience after my first successful removal of melanoma, shared with my younger sister, moved her to make a dermatology appointment. She had skin removed from two places and said she would not have considered it if I had not encouraged her to get a whole body skin check. She never burns like I do and tans easily so thought she was much less likely to have skin cancer. Thank you for sharing your stories and know that someone will take a closer look at their own skin and ask a doctor to take a closer look. God bless you for sharing your knowledge and your light.

  4. Hi Amy! I’m glad you and your sister caught things before it was too late. We are all very lucky ladies. If I can help just one person from having to go through this, it will be worth it. My hope is that people will understand Melanoma can happen to them very easily. Thanks for your support and kind words always! God bless you too!

  5. Sherri Arnao

    Thanks for sharing your story. I have been through the same fears. Yes I had Melanoma. I grew up in a time when there was no talk of skin cancer. I lived in an area where I was always at the river or the Outerbanks. Yes I am a person who is at the greatest risk. When I go in for my check ups I know they are like man she is covered in freckles and I am always looking for a new spot and if they change in shape and color. Now my mom is going through the same fears. This past year she had basal cell on her nose and she had to go back last week and have another biopsy done to check to make sure they got it all. My daughters have gone in to be checked and one of them has had 3 bi op done.
    God Bless you and know you are in my prayers. I know you have a great husband. You are very lucky he is there by your side. I know he is your biggest supporter!

  6. Wanda Jewett

    “I am a winner. Winning is an attitude. You take the good with the bad and you keep on going. It gets hard, you get tired and sometimes burnt out but you keep on going anyway, because you can.

    Winners have setbacks, but winners learn tighten their belts and go on. Winner look at what has gone wrong and instead of complaining they find ways of doing it better. Winners know that Rome was not built in a day and take every day as it comes.

    Winners do not whine, they roar.”
    Alexander Stone

    YOU are a winner!!
    Your posts about Melanoma will help others win too!

  7. Hi Sherri,
    Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad you and your daughters have gotten checked out. Skin cancer of any kind can get aggressive if not treated.
    I’m not sure what I would do without David. He’s crazy, but he keeps me sane through all of this.
    Thanks for reading and for the prayers!

  8. Debbie, what an honest, heartfelt post. I’m so glad you’re sharing your story – and honestly you are such a good writer, I felt the panic and frustration rise in me as I was reading your experience. I just can’t imagine what you’ve gone through, but posts like this help us all be present and conscious of the importance of our health. Big hugs. <3 Here's to a wonderful and healthy 2017!!!! Keep sharing your story!

  9. I’ve been cancer free (melanoma) since 2004 and I still dread my visits and having scans and x-rays done. It’s always in the back of mind. Stay strong and positve and you can defeat melanoma! Keep you and your family in my payers!!

  10. Barbara Vandenberg

    Thanks for continuing to share your story., I am pale, freckled, had blistered sun burns as a teen, and ignorantly used tanning beds. I strip for my annual “spot checks” with a dermatologist. I also nag my honey to get his and he had pre-cancerous spots frozen on his face. If only we knew then what we know now!

  11. I hope I can save someone from having to go through this, Barbara. Glad your getting checked out. Yes, hind sight is 20/20, but I never thought this could happen to ME. That’s the problem with everyone’s thinking. That’s why I will continue to share this journey I’m on. Thanks for your support and for reading!

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