Last June I got some news that rattled my world in an “oh I’m not invincible?” way.
A month ago, after another routine check up, I got a similar phone call.
Yesterday, I went in to fight it.
(WARNING : graphic images. they’re meant to be disturbing and make you want to barf.)
(NO REALLY, FAIR WARNING…)
And in two weeks, I’ll do it again, upping my skin cancer scar tally to four.
Luckily this diagnosis was not as grim as the first – these are preventative procedures, not defensive. But having gone untreated they could/would have rapidly turned into something much more serious.
* enter statistics about skin cancer being the most common cancer, how 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed, and how it is the most preventable AND treatable of the cancers *
Just your friendly reminder to wear sunscreen (even on cloudy days), get an annual skin check, and stay out of the fucking tanning bed. Buy stock in Spray Can Tan.
And yes, all this does have something to do with Zero Month. I’m completely out of sweat commission while these stitches fuse my skin back together. Nothing like starting from complete scratch in 2013.
Health over hobby. New legs, new pre-melanoma-less skin. BRING. IT. ON, 2013.
if you have questions – how to get checked, what the appointment/procedure is like, out-of-pocket costs, etc – PLEASE email me. There are no excuses. Whether you “tan easily”, have never been in a tanning bed, or “aren’t really freckle’y” – do yourself a favor and calm my mother hen heart and go get checked.