Hello all…it’s been a long time since I have written and for that I apologize. I have received so many heartfelt messages from so many people that are struggling through their own situations with skin cancer, and because I have been caught up in work and life and everything else, I failed to read your comments. Please know that I am praying for each and everyone of you that you had or will have a speedy recovery and that your body will soon be healed.
I too have been still battling the dreadful C word. While, I have not had anymore surgeries, a recent trip to the dermatology department of MD Anderson, found me facing 19 lesions. All considered to be skin cancer, most likely basal cells. I was offered a clinical trial that involved taking a new drug, Erivedge. I declined it however, due to some rather disturbing side effects, which included loss of hair but more importantly to me the loss of taste…I AM A FOODIE! That is not something I am ready to sacrifice. Instead, the doctor and I discussed another option, one much less invasive. I am to use Tazorac on the lesions as often as possible. The idea is that the sonic hedgehogs…(insert video game hedgehog rolling over balls) would block the pathways of the cancer cells and cause a reversal. I was warned that it would be painful, as blisters would form and skin peeling was possible. Well, I laughed and said ANYTHING was better than surgery…I proceeded to slather myself in the stuff! Needless to say, I have stopped taking it for the past few weeks now, once my chest broke out in blisters and my forehead peeled off, I thought it may be a good idea to give myself a break, the doctor definitely wasn’t kidding! I do feel that it is working though. Now that the blisters have healed, some of the spots on my chest are barely noticeable and there has been no itching or pain for several days. So maybe that is a good sign?!
Many have asked how I have healed, it’s been approximately 8 months since my last MOHS surgery on my face. The scar has healed amazingly. There occasionally is some itching or some numbness, especially around my lip, but for the most part, it is not noticeable. Unless I point it out, many of my new airbrush tanning clients don’t even see it. I have continued to speak out against tanning bed salons and try and educate my clients on the importance of sun safety. My journey is far from over.
Here is a recent picture taken of me a few weeks ago, of course I am wearing makeup, but as you can see…the scar is barely noticeable. So if you are currently healing or about to have to face surgery…have faith that it isn’t as bad an it initially seems!
This blog is now being converted to cover many other topics. I will continue to promote skin cancer awareness, but I will also be posting recipes, family issues and of course my favorite…the latest and greatest fashion finds for myself and my family! xoxo, Kim