Here's My Story

2007
I noticed a "beauty mark" on my forehead that I hadn't noticed before. It was right above my eyebrow. I was pregnant at the time, and you know how your body changes when you're pregnant. So, I just watched it. I'm not one to run to the doctor. In fact, I really hate going to the doctor. Maybe it's because at 37, I was finally mature enough to realize that I need to take care of myself. So, I went to the dermatologist. ...biopsy...(didn't hurt, but it wasn't pretty for a few days) He scrapped it off with a razor or something similar. I closed my eyes, because just the thought of it could make me faint.

To make a long story short, I had Basal Cell Carcinoma! My really great doctor, quickly introduced me to another really great doctor, a plastic surgeon. "A surgeon?!" I thought. Ok, so I'm pregnant. I can't have surgery. Surgery was scheduled for 1 month after my due date. The dermatologist and the surgeon both agreed that I was too young to be dealing with this, but it runs in my family and also, yes, I was a sun worshipper. I live near the beach, I have fair complexion. What else is there to say?!

Unfortunately I don't have a before picture of this spot. But, besides being a little bit raised, it looked like a small mole. Wasn't ugly, and it was not noticeable to anyone but me.

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D said...

Thanks for sharing this! Now I'm going to be checking myself out & getting paranoid...yikes! D

Crystal said...

Thank you so much for sharing this!!! People need to hear this more often. Skin cancer is on the rise in younger and younger people. May God Bless you and your beautiful family~

Carolyn said...

i am a sunscreen fanatic...and i am always telling my friends and family to lather up. It hurts my heart when someone lets their kid get sunburned.

I suppose it would be just my luck that i will be the one to get the skin cancer. I have the freckled british complexion...therefore i am used to a lot of "spots" this always makes me paranoid that i'll let something go unnoticed. Thanks for the reminder to check :)

also thanks for your comment ;)

have a wonderful night! and may your skin stay spot free...

Mind Of Mindi said...

You've gone through a lot! You are so strong to write about it! Thanks for sharing your story.

My 5 year old son has a skin disease called PLEVA...it's very rare and there isn't much known about it. The doctors don't even know if it will go away or not. He has lesions all over his trunk, back, thighs-even his earlobes. It's really hard on him sometimes. He was worried about going swimming this past summer because he didn't want other people to see it. :(

I wish you the best with this! I can't imagine having any form of cancer!

The Path Traveled said...

I have been through this same thing. Here is my blog on it.
http://somenanamoments.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-am-cancer-survivor.html

Please read if you have time. I did take photos and they are, as my granddaughter says….grossssie. Anyway, I need to go see about some new spots, the only thing is every time I go, there’s something. I don’t know why I am putting it off, knowing what I have been through and that it could kill me, seriously, I really don’t want to know anymore. I haven’t been thinking about this lately, maybe God sent me to your blog tonight! Thank you for sharing your experience and for listening and reading mine.

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Tobi Fistcher said...

Good thing you immediately noticed that spot and had it treated. You can ask your doctor or your surgeon if it's possible to reschedule the surgery after your pregnancy. I know you can overcome this challenge. Have faith in yourself.

parker said...

Nice post i do ignore myself from checkups as i hate going to doctor but that was my mistake as i anm now attacked with Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

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Thank you SO much for posting your story. I'm also in my 30's just had a spot removed in the exact same spot as your incision on your side forehead. 2 weeks post surgery I found 2 more spots on my forehead that my dermo missed - now going to try aldara on those I think. Also confirmed basal cells. I am worried that these will keep popping up every month. Have you been clear over the past year? I am going to see a new doctor but keep finding concerning spots. I'd love to hear your thoughts and perspective on what your doc says about what to expect going forward with our bodies. I have 2 little kids at home and the surgery - my bandages and recovery was really scary for them. And frankly I am scared myself.

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