Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Chunks

Guess what? You know how I had some chunks of me removed last summer? Well, I have to go have more chunks of me removed. Not from my cervix, though. This time it will be from my foot.

Chunks of my foot? Yes. My foot. Because right now, I have a very "concerning" mole on my foot. It's big, it's bad, and it's changing shape and color. So, the dermatologist wants to take it out and biopsy it. And depending on how far down the scale of "abnormal" it is, he may want to take some more chunks of my from my arm and back.

I mean, I knew my dermatologist liked me, but I had no idea he would want to keep a bit of me for himself!

In all seriousness, I am at high risk for skin cancer. I am fair skinned, red-headed, and I didn't protect my skin very well when I was a kid. I've had several bad sunburns, and I have a lot of moles. (Check out your risk factors for skin cancer here.) I have taken steps to reduce my risk for skin cancer, but once damage has been done, it can't be undone. So all those burns as a kid and teen? They are adding up to increase my risk. (Find out what you can do to reduce your risk here.)

Long story short, some time after I get back from Ethiopia, I will go into the dermatologist's office and he will cut out a chunk of my foot. I'll have some stitches for about 2 weeks. And then we will see what the lab results show. Exciting.

1 comment:

haze said...

That's awful. Try not to worry too much about it. The good news is you're getting it seen to and will be ok. Hopefully the chunks aren't too big!

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