My Favorite Rendition of “Somewhere Over a Rainbow”


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A few years before she died she had a malignant tumor removed from her back, but it didn’t worry her (unfortunately) and nobody thought any more about it.

Eva Cassidy died in 1996, from melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Her music was little-known during her 33 years of life, but today her soul-stirring voice is reaching people all over the world.

Over the Rainbow

Melanoma

My daughter had this successfully removed from her back in 2009.

She was diagnosed on June 22 nd and had the surgery on July 15 th.

The scar it left…picture taken July 2011

With utmost concern~ I urge anyone that has a mole that has changed in size or looks like the picture before surgery.

Please see a doctor. It could mean life or death.

This is very serious.

The following pictures are very graphic.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow~Ava Cassidy


Seen is melanoma with a border that is uneven,...
Image via Wikipedia

Her voice is amazing.She is from our old stomping grounds.Died at the age of 33 from a melanoma mole on her back.It went into her bones and lungs and even with extensive radiation she was gone in less then 6 weeks.

My daughter calls me tonight and said she is in so much hip pain that she can barely walk.I am so concerned since I read and posted this.Her melanoma looked exactly like this.

From Wikipedia

In July 1996, Cassidy noticed an ache in her hips, which she attributed to stiffness from painting murals while perched atop a stepladder.

The pain persisted and a few weeks later, X-rays revealed that the melanoma had spread to her lungs and bones.

Her doctors estimated she had three to five months to live. Cassidy opted for aggressive treatment, but her health deteriorated rapidly.

In her final public performance in September 1996, at the Bayou, she closed the set with “What a Wonderful World” in front of an audience of friends, fans and family.

She was subsequently admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Cassidy died at her family home in Bowie, November 2, 1996, at the age of 33.