I’ll be going through another round of Cancer surgery today.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… didn’t she already have skin cancer surgery?  Yes, I did. Twice. This is number three.

The first spot was on my ear.  I had a full body check and everything else was fine.  The next spot popped up less than a year later on my arm.  Same thing… the rest of my body was fine.  Last June, another odd little spot appeared on my leg, and here I am.

Are you ready for the rant to wear sunscreen?  Well here it is.  WEAR SUNSCREEN DERNIT!  Believe me.  It’s just not worth it.  Hey Australia – You guys should slather yourself with it all the time.  Here in the USA, most of us don’t even think of it in the winter, but the truth is, the sun is the sun no matter what time of year it is.  You can’t feel it because it is cold out, but believe me.  It’s still there, and it can still cause damage.

This mohs surgery will take between four to twelve hours.  Most take four to six hours.  My own dermatologist has already removed the visible cancer, but the scar is already showing signs of the original infection.  The surgeon will remove what he can see, test it, and if cancer shows up, he will come back and remove more… and test it.  This will go one for as long as it takes until they no longer find any traces of cancer… and Yes, unfortunately… I will be awake through the entire procedure.

Are you diving for your sunscreen yet?  I would be.

Slather on that SPF 30 or higher and be safe… and if you get a spare moment… pray that I caught this in time and I will only have to go through one round of this surgery.


36 responses to “I’ll be going through another round of Cancer surgery today.

  1. Good grief, it’s been long enough since I managead to do some blog reading that I missed this. Damn. Thinking of you, Jennifer. Hope it all goes as smoothly as you would like and that the Docs are able to catch it all. x

  2. Hope all went well. 🙂

  3. I’ll be thinking of you. Be brave and trust that someone’s up there watching out for you. *hugs*

  4. Hi Jennifer! I didn’t know about this until after it was over. How did it go? I’m thinking it went very well. You seem a strong, determined woman. Good for you. Praying it will never be back in any other form.

  5. Got a candle in the window for you … and all digits crossed.

    … most Aussies I know slather on the sunscreen. The ‘Bronzed Aussie’ is a bit of a dinosaur these days.

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  7. Dang. I hope you’re OK. You’ll be in my thoughts.

  8. Best wishes Jennifer.

  9. I am so sorry to read this, Jennifer. I pray for a speedy recovery for you.

  10. I hope everything goes well, Jen. 🙂

  11. So sorry you have to go through this. I hope all goes well for you.

  12. Jennifer…just getting to find and know you. My prayers are with you. I’m now a big advocate for sunscreen. Grew up not using it…in the south! 25+ removals of pre-cancer and suspicious moles (not the singing group) and I don’t even take my shirt off anymore.

  13. (((((hugs))))) Good luck honey xx

  14. Robert Gregory

    Aw! Good luck, Jennifer! Everything will turn out okay. 🙂

  15. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad you got attention when it first showed up and have been vigilant ever since.

  16. Thinking of you ~ good luck ~ they’ll get it this time.

  17. Great advice! Sending positive vibes! xoxoM

  18. Good luck! I’ll keep you in my thoughts.

  19. Sending prayers. Ugh! Sorry you have to go through this and hoping it will be the last time!

  20. Hope you recover soon.

  21. Christy Farmer

    Sending prayers Jennifer for a full recovery.

  22. Sending you lots of good thoughts for a speedy recovery and for never getting it back again.

  23. Good luck to you. I hope this is the last one you have to deal with.

  24. Prayers that you do not do this one more time, but rather that this is the last time, sending Love, Light, and Healing to you ….gfs

  25. My prayers are with you, honey. Geez. May this be the last time EVER, you have to deal with this.

  26. Absolutely sending you positive thoughts for the simplest of procedures and a full recovery—and that this is the last time you have to go through this. Stay strong!

  27. A prayer for you is on its way – (hugs) – sometimes it helps if you tell us the time of the surgery and we can all make a concerted effort at that time too

  28. Let’s hope all of the little buggers have moved to your leg and the doc can get rid of the traveling caravan for good. Best wishes from a fair-skinned Californian, and thanks for the PSA!

  29. Good advice as I get ready to embark on my Disney cruise! Good luck, and will say a prayer for you. P.S. Mentioned you on my blog today:-)

  30. Dear Jennifer,
    I wish you as quick and easy a time of it as possible, and a swift recovery.

  31. We will keep you in our thoughts. Good luck.