So I got the results back from my biopsy. This photo I took on the day of the biopsy.
To tell you the truth, I didn't want to go to the Dermatologist because a part of me knew it was bad news. Dumb huh? Well, my inner compass KNEW I had to go so I didn't put it off for too long. And as suspected the two spots I had questioned, did need to have a biopsy.
A biopsy means while you are in the office a cute PA tells you in a sweet voice she "needs to take a small piece of my flesh and send it to pathology ... and here comes the needle." I was brave. I'm a wuss about these things. And I was brave. Twice.
And then you wait for nearly two weeks. And they told me "if it is nothing, you will get a postcard in the mail ... otherwise you will get a phone call." And on Wednesday, I got a phone call.
It was confirmed that I do have two spots of Basal Cell Carcinoma. In the world of skin cancers, this is the one to have. Although I suspected this would be the result, there was that faint worry that the word Melanoma could be uttered, and that is scary business. Although I would have preferred the results to have come back "normal" I'm relived in some way that it is BCC and "easily" cared for and handled.
But I still can't shake the feeling that I have cancer ... on my face. And then there is that prideful matter of scarring. OH and that part about having a surgery where they remove layer by layer by layer until it is completely gone.
But the lemonade from this lemon? It CAN be fixed. They CAN get it all. I CAN live normally. So many cannot. SO many get a call of devastating news after what seems to be a routine biopsy. And for these things, I am so grateful.
Here is a photo of my face today. That spot is THE spot on my face.
I'll document the process (duh? I document everything!) and continue to share here. Next week I will have the one on my shoulder removed and on February 15th, the one on my face. They offered me a spot on Valentine's Day, but I politely declined. :)
I'd appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers!
OH. And by the way, if you have something you are worried about GET IT CHECKED OUT!! Consider that your PSA for the day.