Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Last week Thursday I had skin cancer removed from my forehead. They used a procedure called MOHS that helps to reduce scarring but also makes sure that it is all gone before they close you up and send you home. It was a much bigger process than I thought especially since the biopsy was not a really big deal.
I had a spot the size of a dime on my forhead a little above my right eye. Now I have stitches that are about 2 inches long and much more work was done under the skin to reconstruct my forehead.
The reason I am writing this is to tell all of those who will listen to be aware of your body and your skin. I only noticed this about a year ago and thought it would go away. I was told by the doctor that because of the size and the fact it is a slow growing cancer that I probably had it for much longer than that. I'm thinking had I caught this sooner the reconstruction may not have been so much which would mean maybe a little bit easier recovery.
I know people go through much worse than what I have been through but if we are aware and take good care of our bodies then we can catch things before they get out of control and cause worse damage. I never thought this would happen to me because I really try to not be in the sun when I don't have to and protect my skin. But this cancer is from the cumulative effects of sun exposure. So moms and dads, protect your children's skin too.