I see this team is just getting off the ground, but I'm glad someone has taken the initiative to start it. I'm a freckle-faced redhead who grew up in southern California. I was determined to tan, but instead I burned/blistered more times than I can count.
I was diagnosed two years ago this month at age 43 with Stage I, Level II amelanotic melanoma, a very rare and deadly (because it usually goes undiagnosed) form of melanoma. Luckily my dermatologist followed a hunch to biopsy a PINK spot on my arm. I had two WLEs and check-ups every 4 months. I just had another check-up and full labs last week and so far so good! But I know how squirrely melanoma is. You can have a stage one melanoma removed and be fine then ten years later have metastasis. Which brings me to why I'm here... to AVOID that! I'm eating an anti-cancer diet: an absurd amount of fruits and veggies in as colorful an assortment as I can get, mostly raw, organic, and limited meat, dairy, sugar, and alcohol. I stopped using ANYTHING with chemicals on my skin. And of course, I'm trying to lose weight. I'd love to hear your stories. I'm sure there are more of us out there, I hope the group grows!
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." ~Michael Pollan
| current weight: 187.0