I used to make fun and laugh about of all the skin cancers I’ve had removed. I even wrote I wasn’t concerned.
It’s the way of Cancer Warriors. We fight cancer.
I hate those terms. Warrior, fighting cancer. The docs and medical staff fight cancer and are the warriors, we are just the afflicted that do what they say. Some times we survive, usually we don’t.
- “You are so strong!”
- “You got this!”
- “You are going to fight this!”
- “You are going to beat this!”
- “You are a warrior!”
- “You are so brave!”
Bullshit. Cancer wins.
I had kidney cancer a year ago. If you’re gonna get cancer, get clear cell renal cancer. They put you under and remove a kidney and poof – you are cured. It’s a tough and painful recovery if they cut your gut.
But I’ve also had basel cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers. Just had a big ole squamous removed from my leg and have an appointment to get one removed from my forehead. I didn’t think much of it until I read about Jimmy Buffett’s skin cancer that killed him. He had a rare form – Merkel cell carcinoma skin cancer. That type commonly spreads to other parts of the body.
This is me: Merkel cell increased risk:
- Excessive exposure to natural or artificial sunlight. I love to float in the pool.
- A weakened immune system. No.
- History of other skin cancers. Yes
- Older age. I’m CloseToDead
- Light skin color. Yes, blonde (now grey) hair, blue eyes.
Having skin cancer isn’t funny anymore. I’m seeing my derm Warriors twice a year. You should too. And use sun screen.