I wanted to share with you that our furry friends can help us with our healing. I’m sure that most of us have a pet to keep us company, to talk to, and cuddle with. Did you know that our furry friends know when we are sad, upset, sick or happy. Their senses are highly developed. They observe everything, they know our scent, understand our tone of voice, they know our daily routine, we are part of their “pack” if not their world. They try their best to comfort us.
They show it in a variety of ways, they may sit on our lap or sit with us on the sofa and cuddle.
My cat Nicky always knows when I’m not feeling well or upset. She’ll lay on my lap and look up at me, as she extends her front leg toward my face and boops me on the nose with her paw. It makes me laugh. Sometimes she licks my hand, and does kneading, like kneading dough, with her front paws into my stomach. Then lays down and grooms herself before settling in for some petting by me. She’ll lay there sometimes for hours until I feel better. Then she’ll leave when she feels that I’m better. Sometimes she stays outside my bedroom door all night. She only does this when she’s really concerned about me.
Does anyone else have this experience? Please share if you do.
I am scheduled to have an excision of a BCC on my shin in about a month. This is my 3rd BCC, so I know what to expect with the excision. At least I think I do. 🙂 My first two BCCs were on my face and shoulder. I had Mohs surgery on my face and an excision on my shoulder, both of which went well and the scars have healed nicely. I’m a little more concerned about this third one though, mostly as to the recovery.
The BCC on my shin has been there for several years and is larger than the others I’ve had. The dermatologist and I both thought it was just a scar. Finally this year I noticed that it had changed and had it biopsied just in case. It was just a shave biopsy, no stitches, but it still took a really long time to heal. Much longer than other biopsies I had done at the same time on my face and neck (which were negative – yay!)
I know that excisions on lower limbs can be slower to heal, and I’m guessing this one will be a doozy. I’m also worried that just flexing my ankle while walking could pull on the stitches. I know I’ll have to stay out of the gym for 2 weeks until the stitches are out, (plus I’m annoyed that spring should be arriving here in Kansas right about the time I’m supposed to limit my activity), but I can live with that. 🙂 If anyone has thoughts about wound healing on a lower leg that they’d like to share, I’d love to hear them! Thanks, Christy
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Hi recently diagnosed with BCC successful excision to remove but since have two more both being removed by freezing. Just wondered, is there any sense at all around volumes once they kick in, or what the triggers are, or what would be considered an average count for 54 year old with badly damaged head from sun? Many thanks
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If you look at my profile pic you’ll see that on my eye I have this pearl shaped waxy looking bump. It appeared almost a year ago. I now I have another one right on the tear duct that’s starting. You can barely see it in the pic. I’m worried bc I don’t have insurance and so I don’t know if this could be cancer or not. Any advice?
Hi, I realise this is not a place for medical diagnoses, but would appreciate any thoughts on my situation. I live very isolated, with no roads and a long sea boat journey is my only access.
Travel is not something that is at all easy for me.
I am a 57 yr old single male who is fit and quite healthy except for this skin problem.
My focus is natural healing for any situations I may occur.
So this started about 8 yrs ago with a few strange sort of pimples occurring on my left temple. (This does not show on my account picture)
They sort of came to a semi-scabby type head, which when rubbed, sloth off, leaving a open type of pimple and if squeezed at a deep level and quite hard, produces a whitish fatty type globular substance, this substance is in little globules that can be squeezed and becomes a squashed fatty substance.
And this just repeats itself, the pimple type opening does not heal, but just continues to produce the fatty type substance.
After squeezing, some blood follows then a scab forms, but the sacb is soon brushed off as no new skin can form on top of the fatty substance.
Slowly the pimple type opening gets larger, producing more fatty type substance and two or more of the pimple type openings may expand and become as one larger.
Also there have been a few more come up around the original location if these pimple type eruptions.
Once the opening gets larger the opening remains open and the inside of the opening is quite a bit below the normal skin level.
There is not much pain in the actual pimple type situation, it is the very gradual increasing in size and slow spreading that is my concern.
While I am not asking for a diagnosis, I am at this stage interested to see if I can get some type of idea of what I may have.
My limited research, which just started today, has not lead me to what I may have.
I do live a simple healthy vegetarian, physically active life here.
As shared, any helpful thoughts appreciated and I do not mind answering any questions about my current skin situation.
I thought I had a cyst as that is what I had been told in the past & it would go away by itself…it did, but it came back and just kept getting bigger. I went to a new Dr. & he says cancer & set up radiation treatments. But he didn’t do a biopsy. Is this right?
I am a retired MD with a personal and family history of skin cancer. I have related my success with an extract of goldenseal seal and myrrh along with hyperthermia in treating my basal cell lesions. I also reported the success others are reporting with an extract of eggplant. Evidence exists that warrants further exploration of these and others. I and many others are fed up with the endless cycle of biopsies and surgery for non-melanoma lesions. Physicians have a moral OBLIGATION to seek the least toxic and invasive modes of treatment. The time for change is NOW.
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2 months ago, my back was itchy, when I scratched it, I realized I was bleeding. I then found out I had 2 dark brown spots. Saw my doctor the next day who said it looked like age spots but referred me to a dermatologist to get them looked at. I saw him 2 weeks later, by then I also had a red spot. He did biopsies then called me within a few days saying they are all BCC. He said he would send me to a plastic surgeon to have them removed. All he said was I would require stitches. I am seeing the plastic surgeon tomorrow. I’m a little nervous not really knowing what to expect. I’m not sure if he’ll actually be removing them tomorrow.
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Re: my best friend’s recovery.
It’s now over 3 months since the MOHS surgery on his face. It’s going well, with one exception: shooting pain (we call them “zingers”) that have been keeping him awake most nights lately. We realize it’s nerve regeneration (which is a good thing) but looking for suggestions on how to calm it down so he can get some sleep. Any help is appreciated.
My friends said this would be no big deal, but I’m very emotional looking at 3 in. of stitches down my arm. I wasn’t expecting this.
Hi, noticed a small mole on my back couple of years ago. Pointed it out to my Gp. She felt it was nothing to worry about but asked if I wanted it removed for cosmetic reasons. I was concerned and said yes. Waited 14 months to see a Derm. he felt it was unusual and removed it and sent it for biopsy. No stitches just a bandaid. 3 weeks after. leaves me a voice mail. pathology came back , its basal cell, both nodule and I think she said positional, could not understand on message.And to come back in 3 months for a follow up.Was unable to speak with her, just receptionist for an appointment. Little concern about the small removal of tissue only.
I challenge all doctors and patients to consider the simple and safe method I am proposing especially those like me who have already had multiple surgeries. Surgeries which always hold the prospect of serious infections and possible disfigurement. To doctors on this website I respectfully ask them to consider the implications of the Hippocratic Oath which they swore “first do no harm.” I believe it is an ethical and moral imperative for them to fully consider alternatives to surgery when those alternatives are apparently posing little risk and have at least some possibility of success. Keep in mind how the medical establishment greeted Semmelweis over hand washing and Pasteur about microbes.
I just had a small mole removed, the dermatologist looked at it, and said that it looked normal, though it was a little larger than an eraser and she said she saw a little black on it, nothing too alarming. She gave me the option of not having it removed, and just monitoring it, though, she also gave me the option for a biopsy, just to play it safe… which I did. I am scared that I do have melanoma and that it has spread to my lymph nodes. Has anyone had the same experience as me? The fact that she did not seem to alarmed at first gives me hope, though the mole was slightly abnormal. How long should I expect to hear back from the biopsy result? I am 24 years old, Male, with no family history of skin cancer. Thanks!
I’m new here but I have a 2-3cm brownish roundish spot on my right shin. It is not a solid colour rather it is faded and similar to acne scar (I don’t get any acne there LOL). It is just one big round spot and it is completely flat like skin. Is this to be concerned of?? Please help I am young. 🙁
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Sun isn’t the only challenge for those living with skin cancer but it does pose its own set of issues and hurdles and those tend to grow during the summer months when so many social activities are centered around sun-filled activities.
How do you handle the extra sun during the summer months? What tips do you have for those who are new to skin cancer and facing months of sun? How do your behaviors change – and how have they not?