Friday, June 11, 2021

Ron's Health Update

 

Me at Herring Cove beach, Provincetown, Mass 1988 - working on developing my future skin cancer diagnosis - fool that I was. Should've listen to all those skin cancer warnings Ron.

Wednesday I received a call from my dermatologist's  office.  She was calling a out the results of the biopsy of that painful "pimple" I had taken off the top of my left ear last Friday. The fact that I was receiving a call was bad news. Yes, the biopsy indicated that I have skin cancer. 

There are three main types of skin cancer:

Basal cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

Melanoma

My biopsy came back as shamus cell carcinoma. 

I've been going to a dermatologist since 1988 every six months for checkups. Almost every time they find something to burn or cut off my skin. All so far have been actinic keratosis, which are precancerous skin lesions. It has been very routine to have those precancerous skin cancer lesions removed from my skin, mostly my face. 

Where I am now folks is a results of my foolish hunt for that perfect tan when I was young. Oh sure, I heard all the warnings about skin cancer. I ignored them. That is until one day when I decided to go to a dermatologist because different parts of my face hurt when I shaved. My dermatologist discovered that I had numerous spots of actinic keratosis. So many the best way to remove them was a topical form of chemotherapy which was Efudex. I had that applied all over my face which burned off the top layer of my skin. Folks, that was one of the most painful episodes I've ever had in my life and warned me away from my "lying on the beach baking in the sun in search of that perfect tan" days. 

It's ironic that I live near Rehoboth Beach for the last fifteen years and have never played on the sand at the beach in pursuit of that tan. Nope, I don't do that these days folks. So far I've been lucky not to have developed skin cancer but that chicken has come home to roost now. 

Next Friday at 6:30 AM I have an appointment with my dermatologist to have the top part of my left ear removed. It's my cauliflower ear that my father used to mock me so much about and for which I was so ashamed when I was younger. I don't care now, just as long as I've caught the cancer in time.

Me, third grade (1951) my cauliflower ear on the right. 


6 comments:

VRCooper said...

Ron,

Wishing a non-complicated procedure.

I had a friend back in the '80s who was like you. She longed for that perfect tan. She had a process to get up to full bake. I wonder how she is today. I have seen folks that I scream that the sun has not been good to them.

When I lived in Germany tanning, tanning beds, and tanning creams were a big thing. Some folks walked around with a perpetual tan even in the dead of winter. The Germans I knew would make fun of them because the tan looked so fake-it did. But to them, they were the cat's meow.

I was never a sun person. I love being outdoors. I will go anywhere BUT if I am going to be outside for long periods of time I am covered in sunscreen and I better be under an umbrella or in the shade. Otherwise, I am good. And yes, I wear a hat.

Have a great weekend.

Be well,

Victor

Anonymous said...

Your third grade picture is just the cutest!!! Good luck with your procedure! Hugs from Margaret

Ron said...

Victor,
I was very foolish in many ways when I was young but going after that perfect tan had to be one of the most foolish. What was I thinking? Oh if I could do that over again. Too late now. I just have to make the best of my situation now. Like you I love the outdoors (not sleeping though) and fresh air. Just the laying on the beach thing was stupid and ended years ago for me.
Ron

Ron said...

Margaret,
I think we were all cute in 3rd grade, then life takes over and wears us out. Thanks for the compliment though!
Ron

Ur-spo said...

good luck with the skin care !

Ron said...

Ur-spo,
Not looking forward to that surgery.
Ron

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