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Skin check

The little road trip we took yesterday was to my hometown. We went so that I could have a skin check. A few weeks back my nose became red on one side and a bit swollen, it was painful. It finally subsided but a little blemish remained. My family dr. felt it was nothing but since I was due for a skin check I decided to go a little early. 

 

As many of you know last year I was diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer. I was so anxious dealing with PTSD that I could not share with my friends here on the blog. I also had several very good blog friends going through serious cancer struggles and I felt ridiculous to speak of this minor issue. But, when I got home from surgery that day I decided it would be a good thing to let everyone know what was going on.  People were so supportive and reached out helping to calm my fears. The picture below is of me in the car on the 90 minute trip home after surgery last November.

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My sweet son Abdullah took me to Spokane for surgery and for the initial appointment before that.  The surgery was a little more involved than I expected but I was very lucky and so happy that it was confined to a fairly small area. It was in between my nose and lip. The were stitches going from the side of my nose near my cheek, down through my lip. I felt very fortunate to have something simple and easy to remove. On the way home things started to thaw out and the pain started.

At home the kids all helped me out while I settled in on the couch.

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I was amazed at the precision of the stitches, the pain lasted through the night but was much better the next day.

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Over time the bandage got smaller and smaller. My lips were swollen and the scar looked pretty bad, but to be honest I didn’t care, just wanted to make sure they got all of the cancer cells. Again, grateful for the ability to have this excellent medical care and my family to help me get to and from Spokane.

This was the result after stitches were almost gone. Things looked pretty good but OCD and PTSD took over and I was very anxious. After a sescond skin check and a look at the site of the basal, I felt a little better.

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I bought a hat, it flew off on my walk. Sumaya bought me a stylish blue hat with a tie and then I bought a second one for myself. I always wear sunblock, keep my hat on, wear appropriate clothing when outside and try not to be out laying around in the sun during the worst hours for sun exposure.

 

The skin check went well and I was told that the spot most likely is related to the surgery and the stitches that take time to dissolve. After going to the clinic we visited with our little family! The boys are as sweet as ever.

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Thanks for the support that each of you give me. It means so very much to me! I have found so many lovely friends through blogging and this has given me the ability to just be me!

 

Love Lynn

 

 

111 Comments Post a comment
  1. So thankful you had a good report Lynn 🙂

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    October 7, 2017
  2. That seems so long ago now Lynn. Glad the check went well.

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    October 7, 2017
  3. So good to hear, that you don’t need to become nervous again, dear Lynn.
    Take good care of yourself, just as you would take care of your family. You deserve it too ❤

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    October 7, 2017
  4. Continued good health!

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    October 7, 2017
  5. Carmen #

    That IS good news, Lynn! Keep being you! 🙂

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    October 7, 2017
  6. Once we get that kind of diagnosis, it is pretty normal to worry, Lynn. So glad you checked out okay. Thank you for documenting it again here, we can never get enough reminders about sun screening.

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    October 7, 2017
  7. So glad for your good news. Sending hugs!!

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    October 7, 2017
  8. So pleased all is well Lynn, you are the bravest woman I know. 💜💜

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    October 7, 2017
  9. I am so glad and happy to hear that you are doing good now, my prayers still goes out for your well being and good health. I hope you shall be posting again many good recipes on your blog. Much love dear Lynn ❤

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    October 7, 2017
  10. Wishing you continued good health Lynz and those babies are darn cute 🙂

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    October 7, 2017
  11. I’m so glad they caught your skin cancer early! I’m happy that you are healed of that now! The twins are so adorable!!

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    October 7, 2017
  12. I marvel at how amazingly skilled plastic surgeons can be and how well the body heals. You look beautiful!

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    October 7, 2017
  13. I am so pleased Lynz that all is well now, and they caught this early.. and you look fantastic by the way. no one would know.. And your grandson is just so cute and growing so fast..xxxx

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    October 7, 2017
  14. You look amazing!!! Wonderful pics 🙂 ❤

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    October 7, 2017
  15. Happy all is ok 🙂

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    October 7, 2017
  16. I’m so glad the second check up went well and you’ve healed beautifully.

    I only wear a hat with a tie otherwise they come off. I do long for Hat Pins to return though. They’re ever so hard to find here.

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    October 7, 2017
  17. I am so glad that this is healing well, Lynn, and I hope the anxiety decreases. One time I thought I had Lyme disease but didn’t. Then I ignored a parasite infection for 5 years…

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    October 7, 2017
  18. We must stay on top of skin problems with so many new skin cancers being reported. Once again, let me say you look great and you have a fabulous surgeon!

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    October 7, 2017
  19. So happy you are on the mend!

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    October 7, 2017
  20. So glad to hear the doctor thinks it’s nothing to worry about (and a bonus trip to see the boys can’t be a bad thing!).

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    October 7, 2017
  21. You’re looking good Lynn, but, it is a good idea to be vigilant. Have a great weekend, it’s our Thanksgiving.
    Leslie

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    October 7, 2017
  22. Your body did a great job! Wonderful healing. Looking healthy and optimistic 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

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    October 7, 2017
  23. So happy all was a success!

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    October 7, 2017
  24. You seem to have recovered pretty well 🙂 Take care of yourself and hope you have a good weekend.

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    October 7, 2017
  25. Happy to know all is well after the skin check. I had the same problem after basal cell facial surgery. Checks with the doctor are important even with signs of minor problems. Stay healthy! 🍁🍂 Christine

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    October 7, 2017
  26. So glad everything’s ok! 🙂

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    October 7, 2017
  27. I am so glad that all is well but I am also glad that you are asking when you are concerned. Big hugs, Lynn 💖

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    October 7, 2017
  28. I like you being you. I’m happy to hear everything is okay. 😊

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    October 7, 2017
  29. We are always here for you Lynn and its always fun to see those boys growing up (and so fast!)! Hugs, xoxoxoxo b-2

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    October 7, 2017
  30. Happy to hear everything is okey!

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    October 7, 2017
  31. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate good news than with a visit to see family, and a chance to snuggle with sweet grandbabies! So glad the outcome was good, Lyn!

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    October 7, 2017
  32. Thanks for the update, especially great that the swelling was probably related to the surgery.

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    October 7, 2017
  33. I am so glad everything turned out fine Lyn. What a stressful situation! And nothing like holding the boys to help calm the nerves!

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    October 7, 2017
  34. So glad for the all clear! It’s hard not to be anxious about cancer. And what a wonderful treat afterwards to help relieve the stress. (K)

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    October 7, 2017
  35. I m so happy to hear that you are fine now..Take good care of yourself Lynn…

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    October 8, 2017
  36. Hugs sweet Lynn, so glad all went well xxx

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    October 8, 2017
  37. I am so glad your report went well and you healed from the surgery quite nicely.

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    October 8, 2017
  38. I can’t believe how big the boys are getting, such little handsome cuties…..I am soooo happy that your cancer is behind you and your all healed. Your just as beautiful as ever….Isn’t it nice to have a wonderful medical team working with you. Hope your weekend has been full of love and peace….xxkat

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    October 8, 2017
  39. Get better
    Keep your head up

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    October 8, 2017
  40. May all continue to be well

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    October 8, 2017
  41. Thanks for sharing your story of surgery for basal skin cancer. Your pictures are a helpful visual description. I’ve had three MOHS surgeries for basal skin cancers in the past five years. Two of my friends have just had that surgery. There are a lot of us going through this. ❤

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    October 8, 2017
  42. Good news!

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    October 8, 2017
  43. Blessings and love💕💕🤗🤗🤗

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    October 9, 2017
  44. So glad it’s nothing serious!
    Blessings~

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    October 10, 2017
  45. Great that you’re doing well!

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    October 12, 2017
  46. whoohoo! One less thing to worry about. You’re so brave to have documented that whole process with photos!

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    October 12, 2017
  47. Sorry to hear about your skin cancer check but glad you seem to be on the mend Lynz. Must have been really stressful. Take care. XxX

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    October 15, 2017

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