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.)
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.
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.