So, you want to know about the new guy, huh... well here you go! I'm Dana McDonald, a Delmarva native. I grew up in Salisbury, graduated from Salisbury State University in the 80's, and have been having fun on the radio ever since. I've worked in Salisbury, MD (Q-105), Fredericksburg, VA (B-101.5), Wilmington, DE (93-7, WSTW) and now Cool 101.3! I can't tell you how excited I am to be here! When I'm not on the air, I'm chasing my 3 boys (yes... 3 boys, 10 and under) around the house, and trying to convince my wife that I really can play the drums!
I look forward to meeting all of you, and I hope you'll join me every morning between 5:30 and 10!
9:05PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 What the hell just happened?
Growing up near Ocean City, MD., I was definitely a sun worshiper. Almost every weekend during the summer I would pack up my beach chair, radio and a cooler and head to the beach! I'd lay there all day....baking away....with little or no thought of the risks or consequences. After college, I landed my first full time radio job, nights on Q-105! So again, during the summer months, off to the beach I went during the day, and off to work I went at night. Well, having the "perfect tan" started to catch up with me about 20 years ago when I found my first skin cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma)...and so it began. The most recent episode was last fall, when I found a Squamous Cell Carcinoma on the right side of my nose....little did I know what I was in for.... 4 weeks ago I underwent a procedure called "MOHS" surgery (click here) to remove the cancer. In doing so, most of the right side of my nose was also removed...and that wasn't the hard part.....next came the "forehead flap"... a strip of living, breathing skin that is cut and attached to the side of my nose to replace what was taken....yes, the skin is basically a "finger" that is attached to both my forehead and my nose AT THE SAME TIME! Good times right?! ANY plastic surgeon will tell you that a "flap" is better than a skin graft because it has fat and a blood supply, where a graft is basically a skin "band-aid". Well, I said goodbye to the "flap" Tuesday, and am now on the mend. It will take 6 - 9 months for my head and nose to look "normal" again, but I'll always have a scar as a reminder. Why am I telling you all of this? So that you or your kids or your grandchildren will never have to go through it. PLEASE, educate yourself on the dangers and warning signs of skin cancer(click here), and see your doctor or dermatologist every 6 months for a full body check....if you have a spot that doesn't look normal, HAVE IT LOOKED AT! Many thanks to Steve & Sabrina & Tom for covering for me over the last 4 weeks, and thank you for reading this. Modified 4:02am Thursday, March 1, 2012
from Dee Andrews
Dana, So glad you are back. Many prayers and thoughts for you. What a learning lesson for all of us "Sun Worshipers".
We are so glad to have your smiling face back!
Glad all went well and you are back.
THANKS CHRIS!!!!Today is Saturday, but, hearing Chris Lydon's fialimar voice just downloaded from the Open Source archives, I can't restrain myself from jumping on the fanwagon, as if it were a Monday, I suppose.I doubt this is a new thread, so forgive me if this is misplaced, but I am so thrilled that I have discovered, once again, how to plug into Chris, his team, his connected community, and his guests. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!Today, I read in the Boston Globe about the comming last gasp of The Connection. With all due respect to Dick Gordon, how wonderful to find this natural next step in the interconnection of our ongoing public discussion. Wonderful!! I'll look forward to listening and reading. Thanks, Boston Globe, for helping me discover how to reconnect with the original connection.Chris, you are such a jewel, such an innovator, such a leader, and such a help in connecting the dots. Bravo!!!!!
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