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A couple of months back I went in to check on a small area under my nose. They biopsied it and it came back as basal cell. I pushed the panic button as I was already having enormous anxiety. I went to my hometown and saw a dermatologist and yesterday had surgery. It was intense and required allot of stitches and work to make things look presentable, but I am so very fortunate. Β I will need to be careful and monitor myself for further skin cancer and some follow up treatment to fix that area. I feel relieved and very blessed!

I want to thank you for all of your kindness and support. I never knew that blogging would mean having a second family, friends and a support system. As many of you know, the past months have brought about anxiety, ptsd issues and general stress. I have gone to therapy, meditated and willed myself to “just get over it” but nothing has worked. I have taken a small step with the help of several of you and it seems to be working. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone!

Love, Lynn

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  1. Oh dear Lynn, very sad to learn of your struggles. I am glad you are on the way to getting better. Sending love and prayer your way.

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    December 1, 2016
  2. oh no! Feel better xx

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    December 1, 2016
  3. Recover soon lynn…..πŸ’πŸŒΉ

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    December 1, 2016
  4. Oh, I’m so sorry to read this Lynn!

    My Mom had Basal Cell cancer on her nose. She’s had surgery twice on it, but she still has the cutest nose. I wish I got her nose. πŸ™‚

    We’re both fair so wearing a hat and sunblock are a must. I’ve worn sunblock as part of my make-up routine since I was 35. I probably didn’t start soon enough.

    I am sending you thoughts of a speedy and full recovery, and HUGS!

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks so much for telling me about your mom. My mom has had it on her back and forehead. I didn’t realize how intense the procedure would be but am so happy to be done. I have OCD so it really put me into a frenzy and finally I am taking anti anxiety meds. which is long over due. Thanks for always being there and being my friend xxx

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      December 1, 2016
  5. Oh Lynn, I am so glad it is over. Hopefully you won’t find anything else and this is just a one time thing. I am sorry for all the stress you have been under, and am sending prayers and hugs your way!

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks so very much dear Antonia! I made the jump to take medication after all these years. I could barely function and so it was something I had to do. xxxx

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      December 1, 2016
      • It’s wonderful that medication like this exists. It helps so many people. I am very happy for you.

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        December 1, 2016
        • Thanks so much. It was a hard decision. Since we arrived 7 years ago doctors have been encouraing me to take something but I just could not! I am glad it finally happened xxxx

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          December 1, 2016
  6. Sending you love and healing thoughts, Lynn. ❀

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    December 1, 2016
  7. My SIL had surgery on her face a year ago April for Basal Cell above her lip. Her check-ups have been clear-but I will NEVER forget the look in her eyes when diagnosed! It is the most common skin cancer Lynn my friend Debbie (http://themountainkitchen.com) has melanoma-I reblogged her latest post months ago on my site to make people aware! I live in the Sunshine State-my family is always greased up in sunscreen, we wear Coolibar clothing when outside (www.coolibar.com) and take all precautionary measures. It is a scary thing for you and I am proud of you through your anxiety, you did the right thing! Big giant Hugs to you Bestie!!! xoxo b-2

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    December 1, 2016
  8. Oh my.. Hope you feel better soon πŸ™‚ Please take care of yourself.

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    December 1, 2016
  9. Ruth #

    Get well soon, Lynn πŸ™‚

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    December 1, 2016
  10. So sorry to read this, but glad you caught it and were able to have it treated so quickly. I wish you a speedy recovery. πŸ’

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    December 1, 2016
  11. Now Lynn, it’s all over and done you had a surgery and finished. But why are you thinking of skin cancer and all that bloody stuff.
    It is the stupid mind that calculates and scares.
    Just do not bother.
    Look back the pains and courage you have taken and experienced. Just kick it on it on the ass.
    Take a deep breath when ever you remember. Leave it out thorough the mouth as much as possible.
    No worries at all.
    Get well soon.
    I am sure you shall Dear.
    You have cooked for the whole world. We now cook for your safety and good health.
    Shiva
    πŸŒ·πŸ™

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    December 1, 2016
  12. Lynn you are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you a speedy and complete recovery. My friend has the same thing with multiple surgeries. It’s good you caught it and treated quickly. Best wishes.

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    December 1, 2016
  13. Oh my goodness. Take care and rest up for a speedy recovery. Sending you virtual hugs and lots of good wishes!

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    December 1, 2016
  14. Lynz, hope you’re well on the road to recovery. Everyone, I’m sure wishes you well. Including me, you should only worry about things you can change and leave the rest in a basket by the door until you’re ready to throw them out with the rest of the rubbish.

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    December 1, 2016
  15. What a relief to hear you got through that surgery. I am sorry to hear about your recent challenges. I hope you get better and continue enjoying your family.

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    December 1, 2016
    • thanks so much dear Karina. I made the decision to finally take some medication and it is helping xx

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      December 1, 2016
      • I hope you get better soon. Keep writing or sing. Anything to release any pent up thoughts or emotions, good and bad. Keep a journal even if it is just words. Only you need to understand them.

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        December 1, 2016
  16. Sending love and hugs your way.

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    December 1, 2016
  17. I had no idea Lynn! I thought you were spending so much time with the babies that you had pulled back from writing as much. I’m so sorry. Thankful you have had it taken care of. Here’s to your healing, inside and out.

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks so much. It is really the anxiety and depression that took me down! I have been stuggling to function and so this basal has been a little blip but added stress. I started taking medication with the help of a fellow blogger! She calls, writes and checks on me. God bless her. So, I feel much better for the first time in many years.

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      December 1, 2016
  18. Oh my goodness! You poor thing. Rest and heal, my love xxx

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    December 1, 2016
  19. Sending you healing vibes! I hope you start feeling better soon post-surgery… πŸ™‚

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    December 1, 2016
  20. I, too, thought you were busy with family, grandbabies and had cut back on posting. So sorry to hear of these troubles, Lynn. Proud of you for dealing with it in such a timely way. You are on your way to healing. Wishing you the very best, calming thoughts in the process. We are all in your corner. With love, Van. πŸ’•

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    December 1, 2016
  21. You poor thing, but you took care of it, and your great attitude will speed your healing. I’m sending you a big hug. ❀ ❀ ❀

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    December 1, 2016
  22. Hi Lynn, that’s good you got it taken care of. I hope you have a quick, smooth recovery. My husband has had several basal cell cancers removed from his face, and he’s always so relieved when the procedures are done. Thinking of you, and sending you good thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery! xx

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    December 1, 2016
  23. munchkinontheroad #

    So glad you caught it in time! Happy Healing and A Speedy Recovery!!

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    December 1, 2016
  24. I am all too familiar with MOHS surgery and know how drawn out it can be. I was the first patient in the morning and the last to leave in the afternoon with half of one side of my face missing and plastic surgery scheduled for the next morning. After too many procedures to count I still have the occasional cancer removed (have one scheduled for next week). I now consider it just a minor inconvenience. I’m sure you too will take it in in stride in the grander scheme of things.

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks so very much for telling me this! I am feeling much better and felt it was a minor thing but anxiety got the best of me. I am so glad I posted and have had the opportunity to hear helpful comments. Thank you so much!

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      December 1, 2016
  25. Wow, Lynn! That would be a big worry! Thanks be to God that you caught it in time! WE are all here for you, friend!

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    December 1, 2016
  26. Oh sweetheart, I know exactly what you went through and how you are feeling! I had squamous cell cancer on my lip that was removed with Moh’s surgery about 5 years ago. It’s such a frightful feeling. Now you know why I wear hats all the time, and lots of sunscreen. Take care sweetie, just remember to get annual skin checkups! Skin cancer is easily beat, thank goodness. xoxoxoxo

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks soooo much for telling me about this! It makes me feel so much better. I was hesitant to post and even felt dumb since its a minor thing but you are family so I just said it! Xoxoxo

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      December 1, 2016
      • I’m so glad you did tell us about it! Skin cancer is scary when it’s yourself that gets it! Hugs!

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        December 1, 2016
        • Yes so true! I felt silly becuase the dr. here said no biggie just use topical medicine but an old family friend is a dermatologist so I went to him xx

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          December 1, 2016
  27. I am glad you got it taken care of. Rest and take it easy for a while and follow doctors orders. Sit down and let them spoil you for a while.

    I had a few terrible anxiety attacks when I hit menopause. I had to leave stores and let my husband finish dinner alone in a restaurant. Many women in our age group experience the same.

    The more you fear these attacks the more you will get them. Embrace the anxiety attacks, smile and welcome them like a long lost friend. Find out what you are scared of. What is the worst that could happen in that exact moment?

    I meditate now every day, and I found a natural cream that helps me to deal with all the effects of menopause.

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks so much for this lovely comment. I have ocd and now quite honestly still fear him. I am taking medication for the first time ever and feel better. I appreciate your kindness and support

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      December 1, 2016
  28. God bless xx

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    December 1, 2016
  29. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! πŸ™‚

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    December 1, 2016
  30. Lynn, I am so sorry to hear about the stress you are experiencing, and now this surgery. Get to feeling better soon and I am sending you a huge hug!

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    December 1, 2016
    • I felt silly posting it after watching you and diane and your bravery! Its minor but put my already anxious mind over the top! It has inspired me each day watching you both! I am taking medication which has helped! Much love xxxx

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      December 1, 2016
  31. JC #

    Take care, you are in my thoughts…

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    December 1, 2016
  32. Oh my, Lynn, I did not know you had to go through this. Of course, it leads you to the limit. I am so glad all went well and perhaps it was more removed during that surgery at the same time. When the soul works things out often the body shows it and gets rid of it on the physical level. I hope everything is healing quickly and I am so glad all went well πŸ’–

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks so much dear Erika! I know you are busy these days and I thought many times of writing but didn’t want to add to your load! Thanks for your support always xxx

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      December 1, 2016
      • Oh no, never think that way! I am always there for you, Lynn πŸ’– I will always have time for my friends. That is something completely different. I am glad we have the email option which makes us stay in touch even when we are not as much on our blogs as usual! Always feel free to write, dear πŸ’–

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        December 1, 2016
  33. Oh dear, had no idea you were having such a difficult time. Take good care of yourself, take the the necessary time to heal. In the meantime, know that like so many here, I am sending you healing thoughts & virtual hugs!

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    December 1, 2016
  34. Oh sweetie having your face messed up is the worst. Sending you a big hug and a prayer that all your anxiety will be put behind you soon.

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    December 1, 2016
  35. Oh, Lynn, so sorry to know about stress and struggle. I wish you a speedy recovery. Prayers and love on your way… ❀

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    December 1, 2016
  36. Sending lots of love and hugs.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery so that you can enjoy more time with your wonderful grandbabies xxx

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    December 1, 2016
  37. Glad you got it taken care of so fast Lynn. Take some time to heal.
    Leslie

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    December 1, 2016
  38. I didn’t realize Lynn! Take care of YOU! You deserve it! Wishing you a speedy recovery and anxiety free (or less) month! xoxox

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks, I am on medication Jodi! I have fought this for about 7 years so it was a huge step and is helping! I am hopeful now! xxxxxxxxThanks for always caring

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      December 1, 2016
  39. Oh Lynn! I didn’t know about this. I was wondering why I haven’t been seeing your posts lately. Hope you recover soon dear! Love and hugs! xo

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    December 1, 2016
  40. Wishing you a speedy recovery Lynn! I know how you feel with the anxiety and worry with just having gone through a surgery myself, just hard to not stress out when things aren’t right. 😦

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    December 1, 2016
  41. Hang in there Lynn! We are here to listen to whatever is on your mind.
    Hope all heals soon, sending good thoughts. (K)

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    December 1, 2016
  42. Here’s to a speedy recovery and no more of ‘those’! Hugs πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    December 1, 2016
  43. Rest up Lynn!! Hope you heal up nice and quick. Melanoma is a big issue here in Australia we don’t realise how much it affects other countries too. Great that you got it sorted out fast. And as we say in Australia in summer “slip, slop, slap, seek and slide”.
    Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek some shade, slide on some sunnies(sunglasses).
    Must go and get my skin checked next year.
    Hope you are back to normal soon!! Hugs!!

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks so very much! I read that about Australia! I use sunblock but do go out at the dangerous hours, so no more! Thanks dear xxx

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  44. I am so sorry Lynz. I’ve been away mostly and didn’t know you’ve been Ill. I do hope the surgery went perfectly and wishing you a speedy recovery. Do take care ❀

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    December 1, 2016
  45. Always stay positive!!

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    December 1, 2016
  46. Hey Lynn, I was sorry to hear that you went through such an experience. Wishing you a speedy recovery. πŸ’—

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    December 1, 2016
  47. Please take care because skin cancer can grow internally without showing evidence on your skin! I’m no expert so ask your doctor about this — if he/she is any good they’ve already talked to you, but I’ve heard stories of people who weren’t warned.

    Hope you feel better for the holidays!!!!!

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    December 1, 2016
    • Thanks so much. Basal cell does not move to other parts of your body so I feel very fortunate.

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      December 1, 2016
      • So glad to hear that!!!

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        December 1, 2016
        • Anything can happen but this type is not prone to spreading. I am still paranoid about it but grateful that it was minor. The huge hole it left will need some work but I am just thankful it was easy!

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          December 1, 2016
          • I’ve had two relatives who had similar surgery. One of them healed quickly and it took some time for the other, but now everything looks good.

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            December 1, 2016
          • That is good to know xx

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            December 1, 2016
  48. Here I thought that I was so behind in my Reader and missing your posts. I had no idea, Lynn. I am so glad you took that leap and started the medications because I believe you can take back control of your life this way! Wishing you a full, speedy recovery…you are important to your family, friends and now us your fellow bloggers! You are in my thoughts and prayers, huge hugs and kisses XOXO

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    December 1, 2016
  49. Love you lynz

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    December 1, 2016
  50. Glad you are doing well Lynn. Debbie from The Mountain Kitchen has been battling with skin checks after she had a melanoma removed. Do you follow her? It’s too bad that we have to pay for the conditions we put our skin in long before anyone knew better.

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    December 1, 2016
    • I always think of that Julie! Years ago we just had no idea xx I dont follow her or know her . Thanks so much dear xx

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      December 1, 2016
      • This is my friend Lynn I mentioned above-She has had 4 incisions removing Melanoma-the first one was the worse-each check up found another area to biopsy and removal. She is very open about this journey and advocates education to everyone! You would like her I know. Visit her blog http://themountainkitchen.com/tell her we are Besties! its a reality check for sure. I have known Debbie over 2-1/2 years now. She lives in Virginia. xoxoxo b-2

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        December 1, 2016

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