I have good news!
I am very happy to report that after being diagnosed Melanoma Stage 1B 16 months ago, I finally got my first clear skin check last week!! No concerns, no biopsies, just some measurements taking of some existing moles and a good thorough look at my skin.
I can’t even begin to tell you how badly I needed to hear that. I was so relieved to hear that I didn’t need any biopsies done this time around. I’m tired of being cut on!!
Getting this good report, gives me a little more confidence and will help me dread these appointments a little less. Although someone needs to tell that to my heart because my bp was high from my really bad case of White Coat Syndrome…
So now, I’m going to be blunt.
THIS IS WHAT TANNING CAN DO TO YOU:
I realize that this is mostly a food blog, but I will not apologize for the gory photos. This is what tanning can do to you and I have been incredibly blessed it hasn’t been worse than this. There are others in this world who have suffered far more than I have and I thank God every day for opening my eyes.
I now have one question for YOU… Have you called a dermatologist to schedule your skin check?
I can’t stress enough to you how very important skin checks are to your health. Before you come up with an excuse not to call and schedule an appointment, I didn’t think I would get Melanoma either, but I did.
My story has turned out well. So many others aren’t so lucky.
Go get checked. It could save your life!
Please protect yourself and the ones you love. There is no safe tan and no it isn’t “just a sunburn”.
Here is a Prevention Guideline Handout from SkinCancer.org
Read it. Learn from it. PREVENT IT!
Thanks for reading this and thank you for your support.
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