If you’ll remember, I went to the dermatologist last week and he biopsied one of the spots on my cheek.  It didn’t look bad, but for no reason, a couple of weeks ago, that spot bled…and that’s weird.  I never know what to expect after a biopsy, and this one came back with Basal Cell Carcinoma.  It’s the most common type of skin cancer, and it was the same type I had on the very top of my head.  If you want to read about it, here’s a link for you.  https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/basal-cell-carcinoma/

The other two spots that were frozen were very small, but I found myself touching those spots for no reason.  They didn’t hurt or itch, but I’d find my finger touching them enough that it made me have the dermatologist check them.  My gauge for what’s concerning and what’s not isn’t the way moles or spots look, although that is a part of it.  Mine have never looked like the spots in the pamphlet the doctor gave me.  The clues I use for having the doctor look at certain areas are these:

  1.  Is it weird looking to me (it doesn’t look anything like the spots in the doctor’s pamphlet though.)
  2.  I touch the spot for no reason.
  3.  It’s raised.
  4.  It gets a scab or bleeds for no reason…that’s what happened on the top of my head and my cheek.

I want to make sure everyone that reads this knows that skin cancer is really common in light skinned people.  If you burn instead of tan, you’re more susceptible..

I have an appointment to discuss the options on how to handle my cheek’s issue on Monday and I’ll let you know how it goes.

As for Rich, luckily his bone scan didn’t show anything wrong with his knee or thigh, so they are sending him to physical therapy.  The surgeon said he has no idea why Rich’s knee and thigh hurt so much.

I’m relieved it’s nothing to worry about.  We have our hands full with all the things that happen to me.

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