Your biopsies have been tested and the spot on your leg, unfortunately, came back positive for
When I heard those words come through the phone, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Was it a joke? Was I dying? Was she mistaken?
But before I could even wrap my head around those two words, the doctor chimed in and assured me that the type of skin cancer I have is not life-threatening. I have what's called a
It is the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer and it is typically caused by UV exposure.
As she was explaining the causes, I could picture my 18-year-old self on a lawn chair at the pool in my college apartment complex, smearing tanning oil all over my body. I could also picture all those trips to the tanning bed and the hundreds of dollars I spent trying to be tan.
While we were on the phone, she also told me that the mole they removed on my back came back "abnormal" and typically these types of "abnormal" moles turn into much more serious types of cancer. And so, I will have to have surgery in two weeks to remove a larger area of tissue from my back just to make sure we have clean margins.
As for my leg, we are going to discuss some other alternative treatments but in the end, that may come to surgery as well. Small price to pay when you consider how much worse this could have been.
When my sis-in-law Dana begged me to get this suspicious looking spot on my let checked out, I never in my wildest dreams thought that it would come back as skin cancer. Never. And now, that routine check-up not only spotted that cancer, but also spotted a spot that COULD HAVE been cancer. I feel like a very lucky girl.
And as scary as this situation is, I am thankful for it. It makes me realize, once again, just how precious our lives are and how they can be changed in a second. Doctors suggest these routine checks for a reason and we should all do ourselves a favor and GET CHECKED. Be conscious of your body and always, ALWAYS, wear sunscreen and be safe in the sun.
After I got my diagnosis, I told Eric that I needed to make some changes. Although I am always good about wearing sunscreen at the beach or when we are outside all day, I often forget that even my 30-minute runs outside or trips to the park with the kids are exposing me to the sun. So instead of asking Santa for some of my usual skincare items for my stocking...I have a new list.
And because I will never be able to resist a sun-kissed look in the summer...
So the purpose of this post friends is to simply encourage all of you to GET CHECKED THIS YEAR! And of course, be thankful for your health every single day :-)