Thursday, July 29, 2010

Skin cancer is crazy scary...

Everyone is so tan right now including my six year old neice. I miss that glow and I'm thankful that I've found products to help me "fake it" even if it is an inconvenience to have to reapply every few days. I haven't been in a tanning bed in over 3 years and I haven't been in the sun without adequate SPF in almost 4 years. So what made me change? God told me to stop. I remember an afternoon a few years ago, it was after the prom / springbreak tanning bed rush and my boyfriend and I were going to try to look cheap tanning packages from different tanning salons around town. We went home that day to make comparisons and decided on one that we were going to sign up for the next afternoon. The next morning I got a facebook message from a sorority sister that informed us another sister had died. She was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, it was too advanced for treatment and she was dead within six months. She was three years older than I was in college and the same age I am now when she died. It really hit me hard - she wasn't a tanning junkie and she wasn't naturally as fair as I am. I took it as a sign because I believe God talks to us in many different ways; I haven't been tanning since. AOT to my Kappa Delta girls and rest in peace Corey

1 comment:

  1. Ugh, I hate cancer. I work on a heme/oncology floor and we see melanoma patients who come in for IL2 (what Izzie got on Grey's for her melanoma)- it is brutal. A recent report said that SPF with vitamin A can actually accelerate the growth/spread of cancer. Check your products, I sure did!