smart style by shannon paul

smart sunning

Shannon PaulComment

So guys this is not my typical post as it does not involve flowers, decor or a fun drink recipe.  

Five years ago on Memorial day weekend I had spent my typical holiday weekend lying in the sun by the pool.  This is always my favorite weekend being it is the unofficial start of the summer season.  After that weekend I noticed a black bump on my left upper arm about the size of a dime, I had thought it was a bug bite of some sort.  Within two weeks that dime sized bump had quadrupled in size.  I was in need of a doctor's appointment but like most people I thought it would just go away.  Thank goodness for my Mom she was very concerned about the black bump on my arm that was growing at an alarming rate so I appeased her and saw my family physician.  He also thought it was a bite and removed it in the office that day. 

At my two week follow up appointment he told me that it was not a bite but squamous cell carcinoma.  What???  How could a light haired, fair skinned, blue eyed, non sun screen wearing, ex-tanning bed user, sun loving women possibly have skin cancer.  It was a scary thing to hear however I realize how lucky I am and how much worse it could have been.  Because it was found so early the next step for me was to see a plastic surgeon who removed the necessary amount of tissue in order to make sure all margins were clear.

I don't avoid the sun today I am just smarter about it.  I make sure to wear sun screen and reapply religiously and wear a hat sunglasses.  I will always love being outdoors now I just do it a little bit differently.