Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Ryan Gosling is actually one of my favorite actors and seemed to be an actor that girls were generally attracted to. When the site first started, Xzibit Yo Dawg image macros were very popular on Tumblr. “Hey Girl,” seemed like a romantic, flirty version of “Yo Dawg.” The phrase itself was probably inspired by 90s R&B songs, cold medicine, and my inability to flirt.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Here it is:
- Skin cancer comes from too much sun when you are at the beach.
- If I wear sunscreen, I will be ok.
- Dark, big moles are scary and can be dangerous.
This is what everyone SHOULD at least be exposed to at any doctor's office, but especially the dermatologist.
And then there are the OTHER signs:
• Change in color, especially multiple shades of dark brown or black; red, white and blue, • Change or spreading of color from the edge of the mole into surrounding skin.• Change in size, especially sudden or continuous enlargement.• Change in shape, especially development of irregular margins or border.• Change in elevation, especially sudden elevation of a previously flat mole.• Change in the surface texture of a mole, especially scaliness, erosion, oozing, crusting, ulceration, or bleeding.• Change in the the surrounding skin, especially redness, swelling, or new moles.• Change in sensation, especially itching, tenderness, or pain.
- Melanoma is now the fastest growing cancer in the US.
- The chance of getting melanoma was 1 in 1500 in 1940, then 1 in 67 in 2004, and now it's 1 in 50.
I rather YOU find it BEFORE anyone else does. I rather YOU find it before it’s too deep or too late. If caught in the earliest stages, melanoma is entirely treatable with a survival rate of nearly 100%. If untreated and allowed to spread, there is NO known treatment or cure! You can find those facts on MANY skin cancer sites. Here is the site I used.
Early detection is key, and to have early detection you must KNOW what to look for. Not all melanomas are dark and flat and scary looking.
Share this with your family and friends. Spread the knowledge everyone. Please give others the power to see what I did not.
As always, thank you for reading and until next practice safe sun!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
And there we go again.. we should be thrilled to grow old. We should embrace aging, while fighting it with some good, strong SPF. You didn't think I would succumb completely did you?
Friday, December 7, 2012
Me: You should be using sunscreen, you know?
Me: Just because you're black, that doesn't mean you can't get it.
Me: (working hard for a reaction) You know, Bob Marley died from it.Mr. LSM: Look at where he lived. All they do is sit out in the sun.
This is when I walk away before I start running my mouth in anger.
Friend: So can anyone other than Caucasians get melanoma?
Me: Yes. Bob Marley died from it.
Friend: Bob Marley was half white.
Me: Just read this (and I sent him a link to some info online)
This is when I decide that maybe I need to find more examples than Bob Marley.
Tint guy: I was telling my wife about you last night. (then looks over at my husband) Did you know WE can get it, too?
Mr. LSM: Yes. yeah, wonder who told him that
Tint guy: That's crazy! I never knew that.
While skin cancer is less common among people with darker skin, it is often detected at later or advanced stages. In fact, data show that when African Americans and other minority Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, it is usually at a later stage, when the disease is harder to treat. This later diagnosis occurs partly because many people—even doctors—have long assumed that the pigment melanin in darker skin can protect against skin cancer. However, although melanin does help prevent sunburns, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can still damage skin.This is from a great article on how to Protect the Skin theSkin You’re In by the National Cancer Institute. Everyone should read it.
Where the name “Light Skinned Mother” came from:
My husband, who is African- American, has a vanity plate on the front of his SUV that reads, Light Skinned Brother. Since having two children, I have been the one doing most of the driving in that car, since it was the only one big enough to tote two toddlers around. I was always drawing strange looks from people walking by, reading the plate, then looking up at me. One day, after packing up my two kids and their stroller into the car, I started to pull off and my sisters commented, “Your tag should say Light Skinned MOTHER, not brother.” And so it began as a joke between my family and friends and I.
Light skinned mother took on a new meaning the week of June 11, 2012. I had just purchased a much needed car, since mine was 16 years old. I contemplated getting a vanity plate for myself, but wasn’t sure I really wanted it. Four days later, on Friday, June 15, I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. It was a complete shock. The following Monday, my husband drove us to the mall and had the vanity plate made for my car. A few weeks later, I put the Melanoma Awareness frame around it. I truly have to be a “light skinned mother” now.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
“HEEEELLLL YEAH! I don’t want to smell your smoke. If you want to die of cancer go ahead, but I don’t need to smell your smoke.”
2) We never think it’s going to happen to us.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Today, my nephew asked me to look at a freckle on his foot that he just discovered. So naturally, my family got to talking about what to look for and showing off all of the odd moles or spots on our bodies. He then brought up that the mother of his friend of his had breast cancer years ago. Her son bought her a pink ribbon for her car last year, and she told him to get rid of it. He said she won't talk about and doesn't want to be reminded of it. I can certainly identify with that.
Read a book about someone who has gone through what you are going through.
Find a support group.
Reach out online if you aren’t comfortable meeting in a group situation.
Have lunch with a friend who you know has been through a similar situation.
You don't have to be alone with whatever you are going through. Even if it means just hanging with your eReader, you can find a connection somewhere.
Check out Pale Girl Speaks! I am certain this won’t be the last time I talk about it (though I am certainly NO book reviewer).