Put on your SPF!


It is such a joy to spend time in the mighty outdoors after a long winter. However, I am re-posting “Put on your SPF” which originates from May 2016, as a reminder to use a sunscreen.

Yesterday, I drove around 30 miles, parked my car then climbed two long flights of stairs to a large waiting room. I felt quite anxious.  I was back for a six month review after having a 2 cm wide basal cell carcinoma removed from the bridge of my nose.

I did not want a recurrence.

I have always been respectful of the sun’s rays and applied a good SPF when needed; I now wear a hat for extra protection.

Two red spots had joined my fading scar for a couple of weeks then disappeared.  This morning I looked in the mirror and a new red mark had appeared!

Thankfully, the news was good.

“It is just scar tissue,” the efficient Dermatologist announced.

I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief….

A smile filled my face as she continued, “Keep an eye on it and if you notice any other changes, we can treat it very easily.”

I emerged from the building feeling lighter but my nerves still felt somewhat raw.

Back at home, I kept my coat on and went outside to sit in my new cerise pink garden chair.

Mother Nature brought me back to balance.

I am happy to share that I have had no recurrences, and I continue to wear a high SPF and my hat.

Wishing you all a safe summer in the sunshine.


51 thoughts on “Put on your SPF!

  1. What a relief! I’m so happy that all was positive for you and the best part was you got to sit in your cerise pink garden chair and enjoy Mother Nature!! Wishing you a warm and sunny day to enjoy your chair and nature!! 🙂

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      1. That is tragic at any age, but for a 16 year old, I can’t even imagine the pain and loss you must feel. I have a great grandson fighting Leukemia at this time and I know what my son is going thru with that one, so it makes my own loss of two babies, one stillborn and the other one day old, seem much easier to live with. Prayers for both of you.

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  2. What a relief, Brigid. Phew. I was a baby-oil sunbather as a teen to the point of blistering. I’ve been lucky so far, but regret that I didn’t take better care of my skin. It seems that young people are more careful these days, and that’s great! Enjoy the sunshine, lathered up. That hat is better for your eye too! 😀

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  3. So glad to know the checkup turned out okay. Yes, we realize the importance of sunscreen and it is so good to read your re-post on this topic. Right now we are in North Carolina and the sun is blistering hot. The young folks are basking in its rays and if only they truly realized the effects of the suns rays.

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