Yesterday started my “Let’s turn this into something positive day.” It was like a magic bell went off in my head. Ding! Get up, stop feeling down and let’s get to work!
Before I was diagnosed a few weeks ago, I never knew people of color could get melanoma. I wasn’t completely ignorant of the fact, I just was never personally educated on it and honestly never knew of anyone in my community that had it. I am young; I haven’t even hit my prime yet! Forty-two is the new thirty after all and I’m not a big sun lover, so how or why would I even need to know about skin cancer?
Well, my diagnosis has changed my outlook on just about everything. No more thinking it can’t happen to me, I’m too young, or things like this only happen to older fair-skinned people. No–it’s real and anyone can get melanoma. It doesn’t discriminate by age, color, religion or socioeconomic status.
If you notice or see anything unusual such as moles, skin tags or if you feel something is just not right–please go and get checked. Prevention and early detection are critical. Don’t wait a year and be sorry; don’t put a band-aid on it and think it’s going to cure itself, because it’s not.
Be smart and do monthly checks of your body. It’s yours, so you are responsible for taking care of it. Don’t feel like this is just a mole. Just a mole that wasn’t there months ago could very well be melanoma. I don’t want to scare anyone, but rather remind us all that an awareness of the changes our bodies go through as we get older can save our lives. Pay attention.
Thank God I took my band-aid off and went to get checked.