Lent Day Seven And Eight: The Word Of The Day Is Terrified…

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I dug out an oldie for today.  It’s just too cold to go outside and take photographs.  Too cold and too rainy.  Tomorrow is supposed to be worse.  The highs are only in the 40s (yes! That’s cold for Florida), and the lows are supposed to be in the 40s and there is a chance of thunderstorms…

I was so on edge about both the appointment regarding my mole and the surgery.  I guess I should explain my fear regarding the mole.  About two years ago, there was a woman I was very close to while I was active duty named Vern.  I credit her for saving my life and career.  In 2002, I was in a chemical accident.  I got very, very sick.  My husband was deployed, and my Air Force career was in the pits.  After I got orders to Korea and my husband had orders to Germany, I decided to throw in the towel.  Vern was such a kind person.  One night, I was really depressed, and one night I drank a little too much.  I was about to drive home on icy Minot roads.  Vern took my car keys, and would not give them back.  She called a mutual friend Sarah, and she and Sarah made sure that I got home safely.  I didn’t get a DUI (career ending) or killed by driving drunk.  She talked to me.  She was the funniest lady, and her humor was infectious.  In 2012, I got the news that Veronica Hutfles passed away after she fought a long battle with skin cancer.  She found a mole on her neck in 2005.  She thought she had won the battle when I saw her again in 2008.  The cancer came back in 2010, and this time it was aggressive.  It spread to her lungs.  She lost her battle in June of 2012.  So when I found a mole on my back, and I got really, really nervous.

I went in today, and was told that I do not have melanoma, like Vern.  I do, however, have Basal Cell Carcinoma.  It is a common form of skin cancer, and is not likely to spread like melanoma.  I just will need to keep a close eye on it.  It is not likely to be deadly, and I will be going into a dermatologist every six months for cancer checks.  I also will have to be more assertive about using sunscreen.  This form of cancer is common with runners (that’s what my doctor told me), because we are outside, and often times sunscreen comes off when we sweat.  So please runners, use sunscreen, cover areas where moles can form and are not readily visible (along the hairline, or back of the neck — for women with longer hair), and watch any moles grow or change.  Most significantly, if your mole starts to itch, bleed, or peel– go in!

As far as my wisdom teeth go, they are now out, and I am on bed rest for a few days.  The medication I am on is pretty wonky, so pardon this post as it may be rambling and not make much sense…  On a positive note, with no solid food, I lost a good 3-4 pounds, and 48 hours on bed rest has given me ample novel writing opportunity.  I am over half way done with “The Last Man On Earth.”  I may rework the title, and am currently working on the cover.


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