One in four people get’s cancer in their lifetimes, so I’m took one for team Bernier/Pitre and and got diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma yesterday.
Last week Friday I went into the dermatologist to get a baseline on all my moles – and to have the scar on my forehead checked – to see if I could get a little microdermabrasion – since the damn thing has been around since I was 17. And even though five years ago, an old curmudgeon of a dermatologist told me there was nothing that could be done for it, I was having hope that this new, young, woman doc. would have something innovative for me.
What happened though, sort of blew me away. I mentioned the spot to the nurse, and she asked me some questions that I found myself answering yes to. The doc. came in, took one look at my forehead, and let me know that she was going to biopsy it. What really rendered me wordless (seriously), was the conversation that followed the procedure that seemed had seem so routine. The doc. sat down, and explained that she believed I had a Basal Cell Carcinoma, that it was the couch potatoes of cancers, as it just wants to sit around and get bigger, not infect other things or get up and move. She said it would need to be removed. She explained the surgery, and how things would heal and scar later.
There are some people who would just go through this whole thing and not say much to anyone – but this damn wound is going to be in the middle of my forehead — And let’s be honest here, I’m not one for keeping quiet about much of anything.
This week I wore Russ’ BoSox hat all week to cover the biospy site (sorry Pops). But I can’t wear hats for the rest of my life. And yeah I’m using the blog, so I don’t have this conversation like 80 times – because the word Cancer scares the hell out of folks (rightfully so) – Somehow it’s easier just to type this out, put all the fears to rest, and be done with it in some strokes on the keyboard.The people who have been the greatest about this, are the two folks who I talked to who have gone through this before. They have the best, most realistic point of view, offering advice about choosing docs, minimizing scars, and rethinking my sun exposure. Somewhere in my thought process, I figure documenting this here, will help the next nervous person who Googles “Basal Skin Carcinoma”
Eh, I was getting sick of airbrushing photos of me anyhoo – Bangs are in style this season, right?