How’s Your Skin Really Doing?

Today is a notable day for several reasons, one I’d really rather not note though…

On July 8, 2013 my dermatologist called to deliver a diagnosis of malignant melanoma just 10 days after I started my skincare business. I don’t really think that was a coincidence – which is why I preach skin cancer prevention!

On the 10th I had a “chunk” of tissue removed from my arm. It was necessary to remove such a large area to get clear margins because the melanoma was atypical (pink) & aggressive… it had roots. I shudder to think what would’ve happened if I had not been scheduled for this skin screening. I now bear a “mattress stitch” scar on the inner part of my upper arm just above my elbow, a reminder to be diligent in protecting my skin. I wear sun-blocking shirts when I’m running and working in the yard now as well as wide-brimmed hats & sunglasses.

I wasn’t always this careful though – I am a former “sun worshipper” who was truly addicted to the sun. I thought I was being sun safe by using sunscreen & avoiding the sun between 10 & 4 but don’t deceive yourself- there’s really no such thing.

One of the hardest things for me to get over was that I did this to myself. The regret is heavy.

Thankfully I’ve gone 9 years after that diagnosis without a recurrence. This year I pointed out a little itchy pink spot on the same arm where I had the melanoma that had been slightly irritated for a few weeks, maybe a month. My dermatologist decided that she needed to biopsy it, especially since it was THAT arm. As you can imagine I was concerned.

BTW, women tend to have more occurrences on their legs & arms whereas men experience more skin cancer on their trunk, head and neck.

Same arm: scar from melanoma surgery & squamous cell carcinoma biopsy.

Usually it takes a week to get the report back but the next day the nurse called me (a good sign) to say that the biopsy came back as a squamous cell carcinoma in situ – which means the abnormal cells were in the original position, pre-invasive- stage 0. We caught it early thanks to that screening.

I am thankful for this report, even though it wasn’t a “clear” report. I will have to have more tissue removed and the area cauterized 😬 but no further treatment will be needed.

It turns out that July 8th is also Love Your Skin Day so that’s something “fun” I can focus on!

Here are some ways to celebrate the day:

1️⃣Have a Spa Day ! 🛀🏼

It doesn’t have to be an appointment in a fancy spa. I have created my very your own spa in my bathroom. It’s open whenever I feel like treating myself which is pretty frequently ! You’ll feel mentally refreshed & more comfortable/confident in your own skin.

2️⃣ Drink lots of water to keep your soft tissues hydrated. 💧

It helps maintain your skin’s elasticity, balances your ph, and flushes toxins from your body.

3️⃣ Take my Fun Skin Quiz & Get a Complimentary Scan 🔍

The Scan uses artificial intelligence to give you a rating in areas like dark circles, dullness, dark spots, redness, firmness, skin tone & overall appearance. It’s like getting an evaluation by an esthetician right from your own home! 😍 ( For best results, take your makeup off first)

Drop in your email & I’ll contact you with a special Spa Package Offer you’ll enjoy!

(Offer available in the US, Canada, Australia, & Japan)

Published by dinahsdabblings

Hey ! Let me introduce myself. I'm a passionate soul who loves life ! My dabblings are many but I focus on FAITH, FAMILY, FITNESS, FOOD and FUN ! Those are the things I'll be sharing about in this blog. I'm hoping you will get some value here and find things that will improve your life and outlook. I'm here to help others find a way to live a healthier, more satisfying life and love the skin they're in. If that's interesting to you, lets connect.

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