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It Is What It Is

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I first heard this from a friend about 6 years ago. He's more even keel than I am and at first I just thought it was a unique way of looking at life. Over the years I've come to realize that brilliant people have written thousands of words about dealing with life's twists and Mike has condensed them into 5 short words. Once you accept the fact that "It" has happened in your life then you figure out how to deal with it.

As a septuagenarian (that's a person in their 70s) I have to accept that my body isn't what it was when I was in my twenties, thirties, and forties. Wear and tear, coupled with gravity, has taken it's toll. Although most of my adult life I worked in an office or an aircraft cockpit I still spent a lot of time outdoors. When you couple age and time in the sun you know that your skin can suffer. When I'm fishing I wear long sleeves and a hat. Most of the time it's a baseball hat and not a wide brimmed hat. Today I found out that I haven't done an adequate job of protecting my skin. It is what it is.

My biopsy on my right temple revealed a basal cell carcinoma. That's a non-melanoma skin cancer and easily treated with surgery. Now, I don't like getting cut on any more than the next guy but Mohs micrographic surgery is the latest and greatest treatment for skin cancer. It's done in the doctors office with a local anesthetic and takes several hours. They even serve lunch. emoticon After he has removed all of the cancer cells no further treatment is required. Put simply - no big deal.

I have already ordered a UV protecting face and neck guard that fishing guides now use in Florida. I'm glad I'm starting in the winter because I have a tendency to heat up when all of my skin is covered. This will give me time to acclimate. I pulled my floppy hat out of my tackle bag and stuck it in the laundry. No more baseball caps on the water. My sunscreen bill is going way up. emoticon I can't change the past but I can plan for my tomorrows and see if I can prevent more of these things popping up.

This life event is no different than when I looked at a picture of my overweight self 2 years ago. I take this one day at a time. I develop a good plan and stay focused on the elements of the plan. That will keep me from forgetting the sunscreen.

I'm not writing this because it's a big deal because it isn't. I'm writing to let friends know what's happening in my little corner of the world.

Enjoy the ride,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUDYAMK 11/10/2012 10:40PM

    I agrees with Didmis posting. I love the saying I will borrow that one,we do care what happens , you will be in my prayers. take care

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REXTINE1 11/9/2012 6:01PM

    It is what it is. The damage was done over the last 70 years - it takes a long time for basal cell to develop, but when they do, you start developing a crop that just keeps bearing. I'm due for my sixth Mohs surgery on my right ear next Thursday, and they keep showing up every six months. I have a brother-in-law who has had 20 of them removed.

The sun block and clothes are for malignant melanoma, which is really deadly. I forget the exact statistics, but you have (or had) about one chance in three that malignant melanoma will kill you when it's diagnosed. I'm just as careful as you are now.

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KARENLEIGH32 11/9/2012 5:53PM

    I am sorry about your diagnoses but love the positives you are facing it with. I will add you to my prayers.

It Is What It Is! emoticon

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BOILHAM 11/9/2012 6:25AM

    Growing up on the beach, my skin is pretty beaten up from years of being in the sun, too. I've had some pre-cancerous spots removed over the years. My dermatologist told me that basically the damage has been done and it's already too late to do much about it. Other doctors have disagreed with him, though. When we were young, no one knew much about how damaging the sun is to our skin, so younger people today are at an advantage. Thanks for posting this, Lew.
Good luck on the recovery, you sound like you're on the right path.

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DIDMIS 11/8/2012 9:51PM

    I can't change the past but I can plan for my tomorrows. Lew I love that but there is something else I don't like so well.
You said it is no big deal. Of course it is. We are pulling for you and know that this can happen to all of us.
You take care of you.

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WILSON1926 11/8/2012 6:33PM

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