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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!
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  • MARGO1966
    Well, YAY! What a relief that must be. I love how you're looking at your scars these days and reminding yourself to live FULLY while you're here. :-) You go, girl! And thanks, for the support about my dad. It is appreciated!
    3707 days ago
  • JAL4828
    I am so happy for you! Those what ifs are a kicker. Just as i have this roll on my belly from the babies, your scars are a sign of what you have faced and the obstacles you have overcome! YAHOO!! (PS- Thinking they are really missing you at GGH today, full house, everywhere...)
    3708 days ago
    That must have been sooo scary. I'm glad you checked out okay and that you're taking care to keep it that way. BTW- love your page background. Jackie is way cool. I wish they'd run the show again.
    3708 days ago
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