The Importance of Taking Care of Your Skin this Spring | Seersucker Sass

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Skin this Spring

Today's post was supposed to be about shampoo, but it can wait.  Spring is finally here, and I'm so excited about it!  I love spring fashion and warmer weather.  But what I don't love about spring is that it kicks off a season of tanning.  I see so many posts on Facebook about how tan fat looks prettier than pale fat and posts proclaiming that skin cancer isn't a big deal because at least if they die, they'll look pretty in their coffin.  (I wish I was kidding.)

Rose Water Designs Roman Numeral Date Bar Necklace


I'm a melanoma survivor.  On Wednesday, I went for a routine checkup at my dermatologist.  I had a spot on my scalp that I was really concerned about (mostly because it's hard to keep an eye on moles that you can't see), but other than that, I thought it would be a quick visit.  I ended up having three spots taken off.  I've had plenty of moles taken off in my lifetime, but something about having these removed was super painful.  I don't know if it was the location (one on my hip, one on my upper thigh, and one on my lower thigh) or the fact that I'm less than three months away from celebrating five years cancer free, but I can't help but constantly feel nauseous.  I'm squeamish, and I forgot just how gross it was to change the bandages and just how tender the skin is.  I have a lifetime supply of Vaseline and bandages under my sink.  I know this is something that I'll have to deal with for the rest of my life, but I pray that it's something that I never get used to.

When I had a biopsy done on the mole that was cancerous, I had no fear.  I knew the results would be fine.  I wasn't even phased when the general surgeon that did the procedure called me at seven in the evening.  I thought she was thorough, I didn't realize she was breaking bad news.  While I wait for the results, I am preparing myself, because I never want to feel that caught off guard again.  I have a gorgeous necklace with the date that I was deemed cancer free.  It was a gift from my friend Lauren of Rose Water Designs, and I wear it every chance I get.  But now the necklace has taken on a new meaning - it's not just a celebration, but also a reminder that I've done this once, and I can do it again (by the grace of God) if I have to.

Rose Water Designs Roman Numeral Date Bar Necklace

I write this post to tell you this - please be good to your skin.  Please wear sunscreen, bonus points for polarized sunglasses and a big floppy hat.  Even if you avoid the sun at all costs, please get your skin checked regularly.  (My melanoma was thought to be a side effect of a medication, but would have been caught much sooner if I was getting regular skin check ups.)

If you have any questions about what it's like to get your skin checked, how to take better care of your skin when it comes to the sun, spray tanning tips, or anything at all, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  (contact(at)seersuckersass(dot)com)

Have a blessed Easter weekend!



Please note that this isn't a sponsored post.  I shared a photo of the necklace because it has been such a comfort to me, and also because it's a much more appealing and appropriate photo than my wounds and bandages.

18 comments:

  1. I can relate to this so much. Last year I had three moles removed and several now that we are keeping an eye on. I stress to people so much to not tan and use sunscreen. The pain that the bandages cause alone is awful, I am so happy you're sharing your story. Many young ladies need to know you don't have to be tan to be pretty. Plus- there are too many great self tanning products to use at home!

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  2. Wow girl, your story is powerful. Cheers to STAYING cancer free and for your willingness to share your story with others - you might save a life, and that's an incredible thing.

    Coming Up Roses

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  3. This is a very powerful story, I think it is so amazing that you choose to share such an intimate piece of your life story. Skin cancer is no joke! I used to tan and I wish I could take back all of the damage I did to my skin, now I embrace my natural skin tone and tons of SPF!

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  4. So glad you wrote this post to speak up about how important it is to take care of your skin! My mom, grandma, and grandpa are melanoma survivors. I never leave the house without sunscreen (rain or shine) and I especially pack it on when I'm in the sun. I always wear a cap too and try to cover up with a loose fitting sundress unless I'm swimming or something. So happy that you are healthy and that you are using your voice to warn and protect others!

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

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  5. I'm so happy you get this taken care of. My mom just survived melanoma - she had lymph nodes removed in her arm and it was a very scary experience. I get mine checked and have had some removed in VERY interesting places that I don't even think have seen the sun! Thank you for sharing, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Dana. Last year, my boyfriend really nudged me to take extra care to protect my skin from the sun - skin cancer runs in his family. I now make time to get out my skin on a nightly basis and really be in-tune to changes with my skin.

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  7. Thank you for sharing your story and I'm glad you have been five years cancer free. You are so strong! My dad has had to get numerous moles removed and recently just got one removed from the bridge of his nose. After his first mole removal my whole family has been on it with the sunscreen but there's always room for improvement.

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  8. Wow, thank you for sharing this with us. When I was in the 7th grade I went to the skin doctor to get a birth mark checked out. Long story short was I do have a risk for skin cancer because of it and ever since I've been pretty paranoid and have been trying to take care of my skin ever since. Thank you again for sharing this with us. *virtual hugs*

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  9. Taking care of your skin is so important and your story will definitely help people see that. I slather on sunscreen as much as possible and try to avoid the sun when I can.

    xoxo, Jenny

    xoxo, Jenny

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  10. Sorry to hear about your scary check-up. I can't imagine how that must feel! My dad is also a survivor, and I take extra care to protect my pale skin now! Have a blessed Easter!

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  11. Congrats on all your years cancer-free - my thoughts and prayers are with you as you wait on this round of biopsies. But really, I can't thank you enough for this post! Too many people think "Cancer isn't something that will happen to me." But melanoma is a lot more common than people tend to think, and being complacent about cancer is straight up dangerous. So thank you for getting real and speaking out about such a serious issue!

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  12. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you wait on further news!! <3 I had a large mole that I was born with removed when I was in middle school- it was a very painful process at the time, but now that I'm older I'm grateful that it was removed when I was younger!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  13. This post really struck a chord with me, I totally understand how worried you must be about your check up but I'm sure everything will be fine, sending positive vibes your way! Congrats on 5 years, the necklace is beautiful.

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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  14. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring so many men and women to take care of their skin.

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  15. Oh my goodness. Thank you so much for sharing your story! Honestly, I tend to neglect my skin even though I live in the south and the sun is always shining here. This post was definitely a wake-up call. I need to be so much better about it. I really appreciate your honesty and willingness to share this!

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  16. Thank you for sharing your story! You're totally right about the importance of taking care of your skin - I'm so glad you're doing better now!

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  17. I've had several spots removed on my back and it's painful! I wish I had listened to my mom and not tried to lay out and tan by the pool at summer camp as a teen. It's not worth the pain! I now wear sunscreen religiously though it's a bit late for that more my skin...
    Kiersten @ Autumn Country Girl

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