A Public Service Announcement: Wear Sunscreen
So the weather looks like it is finally turning and warmer days are ahead. Did I say Finally?! If you are like me and my family, this means many more hours outside. And if you are like my family, sunscreen did not usually cross our mind. That was until I was diagnosed with melanoma and month later my husband was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. This seemed like a 1-2 punch for a couple of sun worshipers who loved to be outside, on the lake, in the sun from sun rise to sun set. Both of us got a talk from our dermatologists about wearing hats and wearing sunscreen, but melanoma made me think I should probably not go outside and when I did, I should wear a wide brimmed hat, long sleeves, pants and some kind of boot for extra protection. My dermatologist promised me that I should not live in a cave and should go outside, but just protect myself with double digit level sunscreen and to reapply as often as I would apply it to my children.
So that picture with the lovely scar is on my left calf and is the result of a surgery I had on my leg to have melanoma removed. The cancer was about the size of a pencil tip and did not look particularly scary, but as my doctor put it,” If you hadn’t mentioned it, you would have been in big trouble”. I don’t want anyone to be in the kind of trouble I was almost in, so I just want to throw out there – Wear sunscreen people!
I’d love to hear your stories and get your feedback!