My father texted me after my procedure, jokingly asking, “Are you going to write a post called ‘How blogging saved my life’?”
I laughed because I was literally thinking the exact same thing.
Here’s the deal: If you’re a blogger (or follow loads of bloggers), then you know that flat lays are all the rage.
I would be embarrassed to tell you how many photos I have from birds eye view of me holding a coffee cup, a cocktail… and more cocktails :) It’s just part of the blogging game.
Stage zero melanoma, my friends. The most fatal form of skin cancer.
Now if I weren’t a flat-lay-loving blogger I probably would never have noticed this little spot on my hand and how it grew over time. At least I wouldn’t have noticed it as quickly as I did and it would have progressed past stage zero.
It took the dermatologist about 1 second to say, “we will need to biopsy that today” when she saw it over Thanksgiving (such a fun holiday appointment).
And when the results came back that it was stage zero melanoma, I got to go in this week to get it cut out. Stitches were sewn and tears were shed (mainly by my mother).
I’ve learned three things since then:
1. I will never be a hand model now.
2. I could never be a doctor because I passed out in the doctor’s office when all they had done was inject the numbing medicine into me.
3. I’m definitely not ambidextrous. I have no use of my left hand for two weeks… and I’m left handed. (Seriously, try brushing your teeth with your other hand tonight, literally impossible). Just think about how long it took me to type this post!
Don’t worry, I won’t be sharing any pictures of my hand post-procedure any time soon, I couldn’t even look at it myself. But what I can share is the importance of watching your body and going to the dermatologist regularly.
Spend a few extra minutes in front of the mirror today after your shower and do a triple check of your skin. And if you are reading this and thinking, “hmmm, I haven’t been to the dermatologist in over a year”, then pick up that phone and make an appointment right this second!
Expect to see many more flat lays featuring my right hand from now on :)