– My Life From Now {The Ordinary Moments} –

I have been a bit silent when it has come to this linky.. Its one of my favourites and I have not joined in for months. Its been a rough few months what with H starting school and my health issues, but I needed to join back in. I enjoy reading others #ordinarymoments and its always nice to look back at my own from the past few years.

This ordinary moments is a bit of a self indulgent one and a bit of a “awareness post” its basically all about my life from now on in. Regular readers will know that during the summer I was diagnosed with skin cancer. Not just any old skin cancer. the worst form possible. The consultant didn’t beat around the bush either in telling me. From then on its been a bit of a whirlwind and although its been dealt with and I have gone in for a second operation to clean up and take more tissue, its still seems a bit surreal.

I am officially a cancer patient for the next 5 years and even typing it scares me. I know its all down to precaution and to keep that extra close eye on me, but 5 years of hospital visits is going to take its toll. This week I received my first cancellation letter and its frustrating that I have to chase them for a new appointment. Not only that, I can’t go over the 3 month mark, which is even more frustrating as the people booking don’t know why, or understand the sense of urgency that my appointments are kept to a strict schedule.

So here comes the awareness bit… I only found my mole because of a spot, I started to pick at it and when it didn’t come off I checked it in the mirror, only then to realise the mole didn’t look normal. I am quite a moley person and my stomach and back are where the majority are. I have always been aware of them but never have I constantly checked them like I am now. Do you have a mole that is loosing its shape? Changing in colour? Itchy? Painful? looking inflamed? Getting bigger? If yes, I would go and get them checked out, just to ease your mind. I wasn’t actually going to go to the doctors, it wasn’t until Mr B said I should that I booked the appointment, imagine if I didn’t?

I am now constantly checking, constantly measuring and looking out for changes, maybe more often than I should, but when you’ve faced it once I think your more aware. At the moment I am waiting on my final test results from the clean up {and the removal of one other mole} and I just hope to god they come back clean. My neck {where the mole was} has been through the mill and its still quite sore and very tight due to the amount of skin they took. Its hard to look right as it pulls the skin tighter and its just generally uncomfortable. But yes, I would rather have it that way than still have the mole.

I keep telling people about the effects and then at the end of the conversation I always throw in “you wouldn’t ignore a lump would you? No you wouldn’t…

I am linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for her wonderful linky The Ordinary Moments

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  1. October 11, 2015 / 9:11 am

    I’m so glad you did get it checked out. I’m actually a bit naughty with stuff like that but will be better in the future now, knowing your story. Hope you’re ok lovely xxx

    • October 11, 2015 / 9:25 am

      Please do check Sian, I was really quite naive about skin cancer before but I am on it now! If I can help just one person to become aware then I am a happy bunny 🙂

  2. October 11, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Wow, I can’t imagine how scary 🙁 I’ve been over to your FB page! 🙂

  3. October 11, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Oh gosh very scary indeed. I’m so glad you went and got checked our when you did. Thank-you for the information what to look out for its really helpful! Xx

  4. twinderelmo2014
    October 11, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    I too have lots of moles. I have two very large ones on my legs and tend to focus on those but reading this has made me think I need to be more vigilant.
    I’m only just now sharing this part of the journey so I’m hoping the worst is over and whilst the next period seems vast I hope that it’s as comfortable as possible for you all xx

    • October 11, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Thank you for sharing, it’s definitely not just the big ones you need to look out for.. I honestly think skin cancer is a bit of a taboo I was so naive about it before xx

  5. mummydaddyme
    October 11, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    I have been thinking about you, it must be a real hard thing to come to terms with. I am glad things are going ok and well done you for raising awareness. x

  6. Carie
    October 11, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Oh goodness, I’m so glad you got it checked out! I’m covered in moles so I try to keep an eye on them but there are so many! Good for you for raising awareness and good luck sailing through the next few years of appointments:)

    • October 11, 2015 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks Carie, I hope I do sail through them and the first cancellation was just a blip!

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