It took me a couple minutes to start writing my story mostly because it is so weird to say I had cancer. I accepted the fact five days after I was told I was diagnosed with skin cancer, but you never believe it will happen to you.
It was five days after my 24th birthday, and I went to the doctors to get a mole removed that was on my left side. I had debated getting this mole off, but work was busy, and I always had something more important to do. Nothing is more important than your own health, one of the many things I have learnt during this tough time. I stepped into the doctor’s office, and showed the doctor my mole. My mole was black, with uneven edges, and a light brown misshaped ring around it. The doctor said it would probably be nothing, but wanted to take it off right then and there just in case. It was a fast procedure, and I ended up with six stitches.
The doctor had told me to come back in ten days to get the stitches removed and for the results. I went home and not once did I even think twice about the mole. I got a call four days after the removal of my mole, to find out the results were in. I thought it was quite fast, but still wasn’t very worried.
I sat down with my doctor, and she said, “I am so sorry, but you have Melanoma Skin Cancer”. I sat there in disbelief…my doctor gave me a hug, and said that they will do what they can to save my life. I researched skin cancer when I got home only to find out that Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer. I started to think of all the different things that could happen to me, and that this could be the beginning of a very hard time. I laid in my bed for a couple days, and then decided that cancer would not take my life, and that positive thinking is the way to overcome anything. I closed my eyes and actually pictured the good cells eating the bad cells. Weirdly enough, it gave me power and control.
I went in a week later for my second incision, where they removed more skin around where my mole was to make sure I did not have cancer in the remaining area. I anticipated a scary long procedure, but it was quick and painless. The healing process was uncomfortable, but it all healed quite fast! I felt like I had been waiting forever just to find out if I would be okay. I was in love with tanning when I was younger I went 22 days in a row before my grade 12 grad. I tanned a lot, and never wore sunscreen outside either. I was a sun worshiper, and I risked my life just to feel good. I went back to see my doctor again after my second incision, and she told me they had got it all and I was cancer free! I have never felt more free in my life, and I really know what it means to live life to the fullest. I just want people to start taking skin cancer seriously, and understand that tanning beds are serious. Don’t think that it won’t be you, because no one is invincible. I never thought I would have gone through this at the age of 24, but I did. Stop tanning in tanning beds, wear sunscreen 30 SPF or higher, and get your moles checked every year by a dermatologist. You only have one life, so take care of yourself, and your health.