Donegal has bathed in six weeks of glorious sunshine so far this summer – such a joy after a long and dreary winter. I have visited the beach as often as possible. Indeed, I have even been SWIMMMING – the sea has been so much warmer…
It seems timely to re-post “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.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.