All those summers in the sun came back to bite me yesterday. With my reddish hair and fair skin I’ve always jokingly said I was a “poster child for skin cancer” and while that comment used to get a laugh or two, it’s not so funny today.
Last week I went to the dermatologist to get a few moles checked out. I left the office without one of my moles and it took a little trip to the lab. I got a call last night from the dermatologist, a good friend of ours, that the mole came back with some good news and some bad.
The bad news: the mole is Melanoma In Situ which simply means it is melanoma cancer that has effected the top layer of the skin.
The good news: It was caught early. PRAISE JESUS moment! I will have to go back to the docotor next week and have a little more skin removed around where the mole to make sure it is all gone.
The news rattled me a little. It just makes you pause and get perspective. When you hear your name and the dirty little “c” word in the same sentence it feels like a punch to the stomach. And to think, it was just a little mole that I might have ignored for another year or two! Thank God it was just a bad mole that we caught early and not something more serious. Grateful for his protection in my life today.
So what’s the practical application? I feel a little vulnerable today and I think it is probably a good thing. While we aren’t called to live in fear, we do need to be wise with our bodies, our holy temples, so that our lives can bring much glory to God. So wear sunscreen…get checked…care for your bodies inside + out. It’s the only one we have.
Now I need to stand on my soap box and yell at you readers: