What did my doctor specifically tell me to tell you?
Texas is one of those places known as the land of the sun. During my teenage years, I wanted to be the typical Texas girl…blonde hair and dark skin. We were not informed back then…and did not have enough sense to question our procedures, but I remember many days pouring a concoction of Baby Oil and Iodine all over my skin and laying by a pool until I cooked…usually bright red. At the same time, my hair was soaked in either lemon juice or Sun-In (which I am shocked to write is still being sold). Since I was not a natural blonde with a very fair complexion, this was a process repeated over and over again.
Now, I face the consequences. It started in early October when a small growth suddenly appeared on my face. It stung when I used my toner, itched at night, and was annoying. So, I went to have it removed. “This needs a biopsy,” the dermatologist said. I have heard those words before…in fact I am covered in spots…most called wisdom spots. So, I boast I have a lot of wisdom. But, this little growth would be different…positive.
Unfortunately, the surgeon cannot work me in until mid-December. So, I followed the doctor’s advice and decided to get all of the little spots looked over…kind of like monkeys going through each other’s hair! I suppose I should be optimistic and say that only two more came back positive. But, in between now and Christmas I will have three little surgeries and the places will be looked at closer.
“Please tell your audience to go get a full body exam,” the doctor begged me. So here I am today to tell you…if you have not had a full body exam of all spots or moles, do it, don’t wait. Really, I did not expect these to be a problem. There is one on my body I call the space ship that I thought was positive for sure…and it is fine. The one on my back, where I cannot see, is the most advanced. The key for me was the itching and you will see that is one of the symptoms which should get your attention! Early detection is so important!
The baby oil and Sun-In seem really stupid now! But, I am telling all of my family and teenage students to use SUNSCREEN and take it seriously.
I was not going to write about this until all results were back…but really, I do not want to wait to tell you about the full body exam…do it now. Because, you carry an I MATTER sign…because you do matter…and your family and friends matter…good health is far more attractive than bleached blonde hair and sunburned skin.
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