Sorry it has taken me a year and a half to answer your question. It has been a long year for me, but things are finally looking better.
In 1996 I was diagnosed with a melanoma on my left ankle. I had it removed, it wasn't too deep, but there was a definite change of life. Hats, sunscreen, avoiding the sun at midday, that sort of thing. I had never been one to bake in the sun, but being blond, always burned if I was out on some activity. That all changed in 1996.
In December 2005 I had a biopsy of a swollen lymph node in my left groin which was diagnosed as metastatic melanoma, originating from the original melanoma I had 9 1/2 years earlier. Early January 2006 I had a lymph node dissection and underwent Interferon treatments. Those are tough, let me tell you. But I still managed to tag 150 monarchs in 2006, with the help of my husband. Somehow I seemed to get the energy when I saw those little orange and black babies go by. It was an extremely good year here in New England for the monarchs, they were everywhere. I could easily have tagged many more if I had had the energy. I finished my Interferon on 9/1/06 and so far am cancerfree.
So I am anxiously awaiting to see if any of my babies were found from the previous years, and dreaming about the coming year. Hope they come back strong this year because I will be ready for them. This is going to be a better year!