How many more?

by Carolyn
(Penn. Gap, Va. USA)

I remember being 20 ,25 , 30 even 35 thinking as I was laying out in the sun I'm gonna pay some day when I get old.

Well at 40 I had Breast cancer and my plastic surgeon told me I had many Basal cell and precancerous lesions.

Wait I am not old yet.

I am now 46 had about 20 removed. Some surgery and cryo also chemical peels and today had blue laser light .

Most of mine have been Basal cell but some early stage squamous, but I am cancer free as far as I know right now.

No more brown skin except from a bottle for me.

Old came way to young and I can not turn back time but hope this will help some young person realize they need to be young by staying their natural beautiful God given healthy color.

My red swollen face and chest aint a pretty sight now.

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Take care of you health and hopefully, Not Many
by: Gary H

Thank you for your story Carolyn. I guess I'm not the only one who, when I was younger didn't seem to consider consequences later in life for the actions I did back then.
Keep your head up and take the best care of your health you can.
Do your best to eat well. This has made a significant difference in my life.
I don't think I would have been enjoying my grandkids now if I hadn't started taking good care of myself.
I'm sure your story will have an effect on any young person who reads it.

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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