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Oh Joy

The dermatologist who I could barely understand today, did say one thing that was clear. Skin Cancer. I knew it was a matter of time given Mom's family history. All red heads and fair skinned. And most of them have had issues with it. I guess I'm lucky to have made it this long without a significant incidence. So he biopsied a sore up near my left ear that has not healed properly in 2 months. I'll know something about that in a week. Guess I'm lucky. It could have been diabetes which Dad has. And its curable or at least treatable with a little cutting. Right now it's just itching from the anesthetic he shot in there to cut the tissue out. I'm the kind that has to be dying to go to the hospital but I'm glad I went because I'd hate to die from something stupid like this.




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Dec. 8th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
OMG. So you think it is better than diabetes. Interesting. Well, there are different kinds of skin cancer, some of them are relatively innocent, but I'd be more scared with cancer (probably just a psychology); with diabetes at least you have an illusion (and a pleasure) of control.
Dec. 8th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
I've seen what My Dad goes through with diabetes. Too many things I like to eat that he cant now. It would be a pain to constantly be worried about blood sugar levels. At least this type of cancer is manageable and as long as it's treated, won't kill me.

Dec. 9th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Interesting. Actually, just taking care of the diet is a kind of interesting sport. The biggest problem is breakfast, not so much choice. But the side-effect is that it is almost impossible to gain weight; and besides, you have to do exercises. So far I like it (and my wife is jealous).

But anyway, based on my experience, I'd rather be aware of the dangers of cancer. Of course, skin cancer (some forms, at least) is probably the easiest, since it is visible - but still.
Dec. 8th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Crossing my fingers for you and hoping it's an easily treatable one. My grandparents have gone through similar things because there used to be a lot of time in the sun with no sunscreen back in their day, but they've all pulled through and/or been lucky. I have a feeling it'll be the same for you. :)
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
That sucks man. Hope the treatment works.


Dec. 9th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Hey poppabear... got you in my thoughts and prayers. Please hang in there.
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
It's in my family, too, and I need to go get a new spot check.... *hugs*

Here's hoping that you have few spots, and that you can keep more from coming with prevention.

I feel the same way regarding cancer vs. diabetes - though both of my parents have that, so I'm probably doomed there as well.
Dec. 10th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
This is the first time in 44 years that something has failed to heal so I guess I've just been lucky. This one is in a bad place though because when I drive, the left side of my head gets all the sun.

Dec. 9th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Join the club. I had a precancerous thing taken off my nose 2 years ago. I thought there's not enough skin on a nose, in the center of your face, to let it get bad enough to rot off. It was in December too. Great for holiday photos, you know. Our fault entirely for letting it go 2 months. Sure, we said. It'll heal on it's own. BAH!
Now you will wear that sunscreen wontcha! And a big floppy hat! And you'll be checking your skin too.
Dec. 9th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
definitely keep a close eye on that for the rest of your life.
Dec. 10th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Yep, now I will. One bad burn is all it takes.

Dec. 9th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Jesus...that sucks.

Best wishes and luck to you. I'm sure you'll be fine.
Dec. 9th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
PS...my grandmother had the same thing, and being that I inherited her Irish skin and auburn hair, I have to be careful as well.
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had it taken care of.

Good luck.
Dec. 9th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
My father's had to deal with similar issues. So far, so good. I'm sorry to hear it though, and hope for the best possible results. Be well.
Dec. 9th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
i've had it in various areas on my back and now have two more spots on my chest. the process is painful but is fairly simple to take care of. good luck!
Dec. 9th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Three cheers for body awareness and taking care of YOU!
Dec. 10th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Whaaaaaaat? Here's hoping it's the easy-to-get-rid-of-kind.
Dec. 10th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I probably won't know until after Christmas. I got a bad sunburn back in late September on my face and this little bump rose up and lingered after the sunburn faded. I honestly thought it was a bug bite. But then it opened up and would never heal properly. It scabs over but never mends. But if I've inherited what Mom has, it's treatable.

Dec. 11th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
I feel for you. I know exactly what you mean. I had skin cancer removed a year or two ago. My first doc let it sit there for a year telling me it was nothing. I couldn't go to a dermotologist without a referral. I had to lie and say it hurt to get one, and the derm doc told me it was skin cancer. Thank goodness it was basal cell and not melanoma. Needless to say I switched doctors and never went back to the one who told me it was nothing.

Dec. 11th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
*dermatologist* I hate it when I get typing and hit a wrong key.
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