Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Okay so I got the news I was hoping for yesterday- a clean checkup from my dermatologist. Whew! Let me explain. Almost two years ago I went to my PCP for my regular checkup and she noticed some "concerning spots" and sent me to a dermatologist. They checked them out, did biopsies on the areas and found that it was skin cancer- on my chest, on my right shoulder and on my right arm. Yuck! So I went back for some surgery and was told that I was cancer free. Since that time I have had to go back for checkups at first every three months and then 6months and with yesterday's clean checkup- I have "graduated" to the checkups only once a year now instead. Whoo-hoo! I hate going because I am always uneasy that they are going to give me the bad news again like they did that horrible day almost two years ago but I go because I know it's important. Many things have changed since that wake up call almost two years ago... I wear sunscreen EVERY day (hey- at least it should keep the wrinkles away, right?), I cancelled my membership to the tanning bed, I still go out in the sun but I am much more aware of how long, what I am wearing and wearing sunscreen. Sometimes people comment from time to time about how pale I look (I think the red hair emphasizes it to a degree as well) and I want to tell them to put a sock in it but they don't know the story behind why so why waste my energy. I just smile and say, "I know." Anyway- now I look at the scars on my body as a way of reminding me to take every day as the gift it truly is. Some days it can be easy to forget that but most days I hold it close to my heart. So here is to a clean checkup, here is to another day, here is to what the future holds! Cheers!