Sorry, I know you are all expecting my normal Monday night Manuscript Red-line post, but I really felt like I needed to stray away from writing… just this once.
A year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma. It is a malignant form of skin cancer. I was not surprised. I had a cut on my ear that bled for a year straight while I was in denial. My cell could not be treated with creams or freezing. I needed to go through Mohs surgery.
In a Mohs procedure, the surgeon removes a layer of skin from the malignant area and tests it. If it comes out cancerous, they take another layer and test it. This could go on for hours, and you don’t know how many “cuts” you will need until it is all over.
Luckily enough, thanks to a very talented surgeon, I only went through one round of surgery, and was cured. And there was virtually no scar.
I prayed that this would be the end of it. Until today.
Another “thing” popped up on my arm a month ago, and two weeks ago my doctor took a biopsy. Today they confirmed it was malignant, and I will need surgery again.
I had a good cry. Not because I was afraid of the surgery, but because I realized that I would be battling this for the rest of my life.
When I was growing up, no one even heard anything about skin cancer. We never wore sunscreen. I would lie out in the sun with the INTENTION of getting a sunburn. One day of pain was worth it for the pretty glow I got for a week after. If I only knew.
I am not telling you this to make you feel bad, or to share my pain.
The truth is, I am wired to teach people. That is how this blog got started. I thought it over, and if I can stop one person from going through what I will be battling for the rest of my life, then at least I am even. If I can help two people, it would be great. If I can help three… then it will all be worth while.
Please Please Please wear sunscreen when you go outside. If you can sit in the shade, please do so. I’ve been doing it for a year. It can be done.
If you have children, please slather them with sunscreen, and give them hats. Remember the backs of their ears. That is where my first carcinoma appeared.
Please take skin cancer seriously. It always happens to the other guy, until a doctor calls to give you the bad news.
Feeling better now.