Its only one word but it always brings out a strong emotion deep in my chest when I hear it.
While browsing some of my favorite blogs via my google reader, I came across The Cupcakery‘s blog that made me pause and contemplate the fragilty of life.
It was a freckle that was later diagnosed as skin cancer.
I do not know her real first name (Hello my name is Clara, whats your name?) but she’s been on my favorite blogs’ list for a long time and my blog is on her list of favorites too. Even though we’ve never had a chance to directly chat, her latest blog entry has given me a little window into her life beyond cupcakes and unfortunately a similarity that I wish we didn’t share. Cancer.
1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer. The percentage of women under age 40 with basal cell carcinoma has tripled in the last thirty years, while their rate of squamous cell cancer has increased four-fold.
No I do not have cancer so I can not even pretend to understand what it feels like or what thoughts run through your head. But my mother-in-law “had” skin cancer – squamous cell. Fortunately she noticed it early and they were able to excise it. Her recovery was slow but successful. Now her doctor has told her that she has pre-cancerous cells forming within her skin on her face and will be going in for an acid face wash to remove a few layers of skin next week to kill the pre-existing cells. When I found out I gasped. I tried to muffle the sound that escaped my mouth to no avail. It came out faster than I could push it back. Did she say… acid wash?? Isn’t that something you do to your pool not your face? She was more matter-a-fact than I was and explained that some woman get acid face washes volunteerily to remove wrinkles. SERIOUSLY? This is not an easy procedure. Its painful, slow healing and requires strong pain meds to endure. I guess I just don’t understand the price some women pay for beauty when some women have no choice for their health.
Since reading TC’s blog entry, my eyes are open wider than before. I hope that my readers will check out what she wrote and read/click the links and information that she has given at the end. One of the links was a skin cancer awareness bracelet.
Join SpaFinder to raise awareness about early melanoma detection & prevention by buying an “I Will Reflect” bracelet. It changes color when exposed to harmful UV rays. SpaFinder is a proud sponsor of the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Even though its a small price to pay, I wanted to do my part to help sponsor the Skin Cancer Foundation so I bought 3 bracelets. One for myself, one for my mother-in-law and one for… you?
If you would like to support skin cancer awareness with me by wearing a bracelet, please leave me a comment and tell me why skin cancer awareness is important and/or share any personal stories you have.
Please only 1 comment per person by Friday, August 22 @ 12pm EST. Winner to be chosen by random generator soon after.
Wear sunscreen. Protect your skin.
Thanks for reading.
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