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Originally posted by LadySkadi
“That is skin cancer”
I heard the doctor say these words to me this morning. It is just her guess, a biopsy has yet to confirm. “It looks like Basal cell, not the kind that will kill you” she said calmly. Skin cancer? Really? I was expecting to hear her say it was just some rash... I’m still a bit rocked, to be honest.
Two-weeks ago I noticed a little sore on my leg. It’s about the size of my thumb-nail, a little red and itchy, a bit like eczema or a healing blister. No big deal. I put some cream on it and forgot about it, but the sore didn’t get better nor did it worse. Just stayed the same. I’m not one to run to the doctor often. I very rarely get sick and so it didn’t occur to me to go in until I started getting fed up with the itchiness. I figured two-weeks was long enough to wait.
Apparently, two-weeks is nothing. The doc said she has seen people wait years, including her own mother, who had something similar on her cheek. So there I am, sitting in the office while she keeps talking about how common this is and that it used to be only seen in those over 50 years, but that it's becoming increasingly common in younger people... and all I’m thinking is that she actually said the words: “skin cancer” to me. *Though again, it has yet to be confirmed*
This post is meant to be a gentle reminder to anyone who is not paying attention to themselves. For those who don’t know their body, who don’t know what it feels like, who don’t know what should and should not be there, who don’t know what is “normal” for them. Pay attention to you. Know you. There isn’t anyone else who can or will do this better, than you.
Yes, there are many theories (especially here) surrounding health and well-being. Yes, there are clashes between alternative and mainstream ideas about it and Yes it is true that the most notable choices doctors offer may not be right for everyone.
My point is simple: you cannot choose your course, if you aren’t paying attention to begin with.
edit on 7-3-2011 by LadySkadi because: (no reason given)