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I’m 46 and have been dealing with skin cancer for almost 5 years. I’ve had 299 spots removed, 5 Moh’s surgeries, I’ve done the chemo lotion too many times to count (which I hate)… but, most importantly I’m a mother of 5 beautiful daughters. That’s what I want to be known for not my cancer. On my hardest days that’s what gets me through all this!

Growing up I loved the sun and being tan. If I wasn’t outside laying in the sun I was in the tanning booth. My father and sister have this as well just not as much as me… thank God!

Sometimes I don’t know what’s worse the pain from a procedure and treatments or the ignorance of strangers. I once was asked by a co-worker if I had shingles on my face… no it’s the effects of chemo lotion. The worst part is I work on a floor that treats cancer patients. So I usually stay in my house for a week or two. I get very embarrassed. I’ve learned that it’s okay to cry, to have bad days. Then I pull my big girl panties up and we live our life as if I don’t have this.

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  • hkscally
    6 months ago

    Thanks so much for sharing wow that puts my 3 into perspective I guess I will just have to wait and see

    Can I ask what do you consider when you decide between surgery and the chemo cream or any other treatments for that matter?


  • catbcs1
    1 year ago

    Prayers for you and your family. I appreciate you sharing your story. I’m thankful mine so far is only Basil Cell and precancerous. I also used the cream. It was terrible but I hoping that’s all I have to endure. I was also asked if I had shingles or poison ivy!! I work at Walmart and worked every day. I just tried to cover it up with make up. It helped some. Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve been trying to spread the word to be sure and get checked before it’s to late. Thanks again.

  • Nina M moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi @shelly01, I wanted to let you know that your article is really striking a chord with people on Facebook and here with BHPen99! We really appreciate you sharing the struggles but also the points of comfort that come with the never-ending skin cancer journey.

    If you want to check out the commentary on and Facebook and get involved, here’s the link: Scroll down to the Thursday, Nov. 9 afternoon post.

    Thank you shelly01 and @BHPen99 for being a part of the Community!

  • BHPen99
    2 years ago

    Oh wow, I’m so sorry. I had Melanoma surgery 06/07/17, have the 4 inch incision down my arm and have had 4 spots removed and then last time 20, with 2 precancerous. I thought that was a lot. That was nothing compared to what you have been through. There is no family history of Melanoma so I was shocked, a mole I remembered since I was 3, no itching, no bleeding, nothing. I’m a senior, 60, and was told I will see my dermatologist the rest of my life. My heart goes out to you and anyone else fighting cancer of any kind.

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