Two posts in one day, pretty amazing if I do say so myself. This one is more of PSA and something near and dear to my heart!
The social media sites are being spammed with post after post but I promise you, I will not do that. I may tweak it before the end of the month with additional info, but really, I am just about sharing what I know first hand and not annoying you.
Maybe you don’t know, but this July I will celebrate 13 years as a skin cancer survivor.
My battle started back in 2002 when I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma found on my back, again in 2008, again on my back and than most recently in 2014 on my right arm. In between those three melanomas battles, I have had countless Basel cell carcinomas & aggressive A-typical moles removed from just about every area of my body. There are many forms of skin cancer with Melanoma being the deadliest. My collection of scars is pretty fabulous!
I count myself as one of the lucky ones having been so diligent all these years with my check ups to have caught the cancer in its early stages each time requiring a simple surgery of “cutting it out”. I know many who have had not been as lucky and they have gone on a journey with chemo, radiation and other means of medication as well as major surgery. While others, sadly have lost their battles to this horrible disease. All and all, the treatments and the journeys all boil down to be life changing for everyone who has ever had to deal with skin cancer.
Did you know that skin cancer is on the rise, specially among teenagers and college students due to indoor tanning. Read more at following link. Tanning – SkinCancer.org
Did you know too, that those who endured 5 or more blistering sunburns as a child have an 80% chance of developing melanoma! This is why I am battling this disease now. I remember many really “good” sunburns from my youth very well as they were not only painful,but covered both sides of my body because being a child of the 80’s, we spent our days outside, all day in the pool with ZERO sunblock. We used “tanning oil”. We thought we were cool because after a few days of pain, resulting from blistered and pealing skin, we had a beautiful glowing tan!
Remember this ad????????
I am very happy with the skin I am in these days. Freckles, scars and pale skin and all.
Here is a fun fact for you. Skin cancer when caught in its early stages, is 100% curable.
Don’t avoid the sun. Embrace it and protect yourself. Hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and sunblock with an SPF of at least a 15 are key. If you are like me and enjoy being outside, reapply sunscreen every two hours or sooner when swimming. I don’t leave my house without applying an SPF of 25 to 50 to any exposed skin. It is in my makeup, moisturizers and depending on the shirt, even my clothes!
Here is another interesting little tidbit. I live in the beautiful state of Colorado. For those that ski and do anything in the mountains, the rate in which one burns is faster due to higher elevation. Check out this link for more insightful information on how to protect yourself against the dangers of the sun. The Mini Skin Cancer Prevention Handbook
Know your skin and know your spots. If something looks off, have it checked. Never fear asking a doctor to check a spot. If they think it looks fine and you’re not convinced, seek a second opinion. A good dermatologist will not argue with you about having a spot biopsied.Everyone should visit a dermatologist once a year. For those of us that have had a history with any form of skin cancer, they recommend twice a year. For those like myself with a bad history, I am going in for check ups every three months, that’s 4 times a year which sometimes leads to 5 and than 6. It all depends on the biopsy results. Because I do go on time without fail, I have caught each case early on, making the treatment simple. It is still annoying, painful and frustrating as hell, but simple.
Here is the inspiration for the month of May! While this form of getting naked isn’t my idea of a good time, I do get naked because it has saved my life three times over and more!
check out their website for how you can spread the word!!! Get Naked
If you have questions, please inquire. I am happy to answer them.
If you are a Melanoma survivor and need sunscreen and lip balm, call this fabulous lady, she will hook you up. Heather Fall – Mary Kay
Tell her I sent you! She is running a campaign for her Mary Kay business with my help. Check it out!!! Tiffany’s Toosh