I was recently diagnosed with stage III malignant Melanoma (it is in my lymph nodes) and yes it is difficult and of course I'm terrified that I might miss out on some amazing future events. The biggest problem I am having right now is dealing with people who want to "save" me and "pray" for me. I was actually told that without "god" I cannot be cured. I take solace in the fact that due to my belief system I live my life and fight to live rather than pray and hope for some imaginary paradise after I die. I have accomplished quite a bit in my life and want to be remembered for the things I did and the lives I touched, not how faithful I was to a fairytale. I am a father, a husband, a Marine(8 yrs), a commercial deep sea diver(5 yrs) and a very successful refinery inspector. At least those things are real. Being an Atheist allows me to be free and actually live life.