Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

A tiny mole can end your life.

by Shelley Murphy (follow)
http://counsellorshelley.wix.com/shelley-murphy @GrowinEsteem
A couple of years ago I was given the best Christmas present ever.

It is very easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed by the day to day grind of obligations. What can happen in that process of 'doing' and not enough time, is that we can create extra time in our schedule by cutting out that 'self-care' stuff.



Stressed woman


Well I was one of those people busy being too busy. Despite my husband's constant nagging I kept putting off going to the GP to have a mole on my back checked.

On reflection I realise I was being smug telling myself 'It wasn't bothering me - I couldn't see it'. I was making fun of my husband's growing concern by telling him 'not to be so serious'. With the benefit of hindsight, not looking that clever now.



Stressed woman


I eventually went to the GP, not out of concern for my health but simply to stop worrying my husband. I was convinced he was making a fuss over nothing. This was going to be nothing more than a waste of my precious time and money.

The GP didn't share my opinion. Mole sighted, skin specialist rung for an urgent appointment. Within two days I found myself standing in my briefs in front of a total stranger. He examined through his special magnifying glass the story of my sun damaged skin. I started to realise that this may be a little more serious than I first thought. I wasn't feeling so smug now as a sinking feeling took over my stomach.

I am a child of the sixties a time when the 'bronzed Aussie' was the look we all aspired to. The bigger the burn the better. My mother would coat me in olive oil and send me out into the sun to get nice and brown. Bit like basting a turkey , a normal practice at the time which with today's knowledge seems absurd.



Stressed woman


The skin specialist told me that the mole that my husband had been concerned about did appear sinister and needed removal. I was now thinking of the best wording for my heartfelt apology.

I was then asked about my availability for the procedure. It was two weeks before Christmas and I was considering everything that I had to do. The sensible option to me seemed to be post-Christmas. The skin specialist looked at me and quietly stated 'I was thinking tomorrow, we can fit you in at the end of my list.' I agreed.

The next day this 'small, insignificant mole' was removed under local anaesthetic. The mole was small but the area they needed to take was much larger. It was starting to get a little real for me. The mole was put into a test tube and sent to the lab. I had a week to wait for the results.

A week later, the week before Christmas I found that my husband had given me the best Christmas present ever. The mole was malignant. Had I waited until after Christmas to have it removed, it would have been necessary to remove my lymph nodes as well.

The form of skin cancer was so aggressive deferring it's removal to a more convenient time would have cost me far more than time. An apology for my husband suddenly seeming more than a little inadequate. My jokes not so clever.



Stressed woman


The moral of my story is that skin damage can be potentially fatal. You don't need to become paranoid but you do need to become proactive. Regular checks and making time to do these simple checks can be life saving.

Oh, and listen to the people who love you even when you are not making the time to look after yourself!

All images sourced from Wikipedia commons

Categories
#Health Warnings
#Skin Care
#Personal Journey Stories
I like this Article - 22
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Shelley Murphy
There is no arguing that technology has certainly made our lives easier
8 likes
] Just to clarify any potential misconceptions right from the start
7 likes
There is no disputing that technology has bought many gifts to our every day lives
7 likes
The poor old prostate often doesn't get a guernsey
7 likes
Fish is seen as a vital element of a well rounded and balanced diet
6 likes
How many times do you find your feet the focus of your concentration? Are you complaining about them...
8 likes
view all articles by Shelley Murphy
Articles by Shelley Murphy on Other Hubs
ID: 16130
[ Submit a Comment ]
Nice article Shelley. I have a similar story to share.
My mother has always been healthy and never suffered from any kind of problem except that she was quite chubby. A few years back, she noticed the right side of her belly was a bit bigger in size compared to the rest and never took into consideration that it could be dangerous. One day, she was getting acute pain in her liver and Dr said she had gallstones. But to out horror, she was later diagnosed with lung cancer which had spread to her liver. We were all stunned as no one in our family ever smoked!!!!

You are right. Little changes in our body are early signs that should be taken care of.

Trending Articles
This natural haircare recipe is quick and easy to make, inexpensive, alcohol-free and gives my curls...
11 likes
April is International Rosacea Awareness Month but what is it and is it having you, or someone you k...
9 likes
This modern take on sushi is tasty, versatile and quick to make
8 likes
Motivational clips and inspirational quotes are a great way to reduce depression, anxiety and help y...
8 likes
This effective combination leaves my skin feeling cool, hydrated, smooth and refreshed
6 likes
Having a daughter with eczema has made me think about products that we put on our skin in general
6 likes
Though dental enamel is one of the hardest substance in our bodies, it is also** fragile and can be ...
6 likes
Most of us are aware of the good effects that come after visiting a gym including losing weight, str...
4 likes
According to modern day science, zero calorie food means that the amount of energy spent in digestin...
by BK
24 likes
When using this scrub in the shower, my skin feels smooth and hydrated
3 likes
Categories
Nutrition (265)
Vegan (122)
How To (64)
Lists (61)
Hygiene (35)
Yoga (29)
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2018 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version