Friday, June 22, 2007

So how was your Thursday?

Mine pretty much stunk. I'm sitting her with 5 craters in my skin in various parts of my body trying to decide if I want to talk about my day or not. I figure by the time I get to the end of this I'll either hit post or just close the window. I guess if you're reading this I must have just said $#!# it and posted.

I went for a skin cancer screening today, expecting not to have any problems, and I ended up having 5 suspicious areas removed for biopsy. Now you have seen pictures of me and you know that I'm a red head, with very fair skin, and freckles. I have also had a few blistering sunburns as a kid, and members of my family have been diagnosed with skin cancer. My beautimous Grandmommy just had a melanoma removed. If you have ever read up on skin cancer, you would know that puts me at a very high risk. Needless to say, I'm worried. Yes I do know that I could be totally fine, and it's just possible that I have a great doctor who is just being cautious. Let's hope that is the case. I still can't help but worry. I mean to add insult to injury, one of the spots is on my face. Do you know how much flesh has to be removed if it turns out to be melanoma? Ugh, I don't even want to think about it.

On the way home from the doctor's office, I learned that my Aunt Peggy lost her battle with lupus and cancer today. She is the fourth loved one I have lost in about six months, three were lost to cancer. I realize that as you get older people in your life will start to pass away, but this is just ridiculous. These were not old people. My cousin Debbie was just in her early 40's. I know that they are all in a better place now, but I mourn for those of us left behind to miss them. I mourn for my Uncle who had to make a really horrible decision today. I mourn for my cousins who lost their mother, and for my Grandmommy and her surviving siblings who lost their little sister. I pray for their comfort.

So if you pray, please throw one up for my family and maybe toss one in for a clean bill of health for me. If you don't, cross your fingers and your toes and send us all some happy thoughts :) All will be very much appreciated.

And please, for the love of God, and all that is holy, wear sunscreen, with zinc!! Go get a skin cancer screening!! Can't afford it? Don't have insurance? That's ok. Here is a link to a website where you can find dermatologists in your area who are participating with the Skin Cancer Takes Freinds campaign and are offering free skin cancer screenings.

Ignorance is not bliss!
It is deadly!
Sorry for yelling.
I'm a little emotional.
Here is a hug.
I'm going to bed.