Friday, June 10, 2011

For Everyone You Love

I have a lot a scars on my body. Too many. I've been blessed by having a wife who nags me and over twenty years ago an alert doctor caught my first basal cell carcinoma before I even knew what it was. I now see my dermatologist, Dr. Colby Evans, every 3-4 months but basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas still continue make their way to the surface. The frightening part is not how small the spot can be, but how large the area is that the doctors cut out.  I have a scar on my back that looks like a knife stab that I like to joke is where Susan stabbed me. If only it was that simple. Watch this video, please.

If you aren't sure why that small funny spot won't go away, go see a dermatologist. The longer you wait, the larger the scar will be.  That picture at the top shows you how much might get cut away - the inside circle is what goes out along with the bad spot. The outside circle shows you the cut lines the doctor makes so as to close the skin over the hole you just had whacked in your skin. There will be stitches. Gruesome, yes. So use sunscreen and forget about having a "good tan". There's no such thing.

Today is our wedding anniversary -- 44 years. Dr Evans is helping me make sure there are more to come.

Note: Go here or here to see what I usually post on our anniversary.


Diane O. said...

A very happy 44th.

What a great video. I don't need to say any more the video says it all.

Sharmon Davidson said...

Happy anniversary!! Thanks for sharing that video; this is vitally important information, and I'm going to post it on my facebook page.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Happy anniversary and may you have soooo many more together! xoxo

Seth said...

Happy anniversary to you both. And I think this is the perfect time to share the video.

martha brown said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! Great video.... I'm going to post it on my teacher blog -- I ask the parents to send hats every day. They don't. I'll post it to facebook too :)

ArtPropelled said...

A belated ..... Happy Anniversary!