The end of sun (dramatic much?!)

July 16, 2009 · 11 comments

Ever since I was little, I have loved the feeling of the sun on my skin, the warmth, the lovely glow my darkened skin gave me. I grew up in the 70s and 80s…when people used suntan lotion and oil, not sunscreen. When people I knew used those crazy aluminum foil-looking reflectors to encourage the sun to bake them up nice and crispy. I used to lay in the sun for hours upon hours, reading and listening to the radio. The sun making me a lovely golden brown and making my hair more and more blond as the summer days stretched on.

To this day, well, yesterday, now, I still love the sun and the healthy look it gives me. Sadly, all those years in the sun have caught up to me.

I had a mole on my leg removed on Monday; today I got my lab results back with the diagnosis of melanoma. Skin cancer. (pause her for a big, deep breath) Treated early, it shouldn’t be a big deal. What I don’t know yet is if it’s early or not. So far, signs are pointing to early. I’m waiting for a call back for an appointment at the skin cancer clinic at U of M; only the best, of course.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t freaked out a bit. I would also be lying if I told you that I won’t miss being healthier looking with a tan. Someone better teach me how to love sunscreen and spray tans pretty quick.

I guess the sun is setting on my carefree youth in an irrevocable manner.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

AndreAnna July 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Oh, my goodness. I am so sorry for you. I’m sure everything will be okay but I know how scary it is.

I am blonde, freckly, and fair. Every year, I get a mole or two removed that “looks suspicious” but so far nothing.

I still sit in the sun but always with SPF30 or 50. And I have gotten the Mystic Tan before an even and it looks great and natural.

Vanity is not a high enough price for me.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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pgoodness July 24, 2009 at 11:27 am

Yes, scary is the perfect word! Thanks – and thanks for letting me know about the Mystic tan being good! hehe


Megan July 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Three words – Jergens Natural Glow –

Good luck, I’m sure it will be fine!
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annettek July 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Oh, wow. I’m so sorry. I hope you get good news soon sweetie. xo
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pgoodness July 24, 2009 at 11:26 am

Thanks! 🙂


alejna July 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Oh, that’s stressful. I hope that this was indeed found early.
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pgoodness July 24, 2009 at 11:25 am

Signs so far pointing to early, so keeping fingers crossed. 🙂


Sarah @ Ordinary Days July 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Just went through this with my husband a couple of weeks ago. So sorry you have to go through this painful waiting period. Hoping it was caught early and all is well!
.-= Sarah @ Ordinary Days´s last [bit of blogging genius] ..Someone Please Keep Me From Ripping My Eyelid Off =-.


pgoodness July 24, 2009 at 11:25 am

Thank you Sarah!!


Amy Scott July 17, 2009 at 2:36 am

Hope all is well with your results Dawn. I live in the Valley of the Sun and have fair skin so I have to be careful….I remember having serious burns when I was a kid and as a teenager I wore suntan oil or used liquid crisco…stupid! My dermatologist said I should always wear a hat and sunscreen of at least 50 SPF…I have since then used spray tans or just go ghostly white. Take care…will say a prayer that everything is ok.


pgoodness July 24, 2009 at 11:25 am

Thanks Amy!


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