Wednesday, July 02, 2008

"But a tan makes me look healthier..."

I can't tell you how many times I've heard that. Hell, I've probably said it myself. But does THIS look healthy? How about THIS?
Please watch this video clip.

I was all about the "savage tan" until a couple of years ago when I heard my friend Julie had melanoma, and when my mom's boyfriend and I had a long talk about skin cancer. He's had several bouts with basal cell carcinoma, and had one melanoma on his ankle. His never metastasized, thank goodness, but Julie's did. And fast.

THIS website contains very useful information on the different types of skin cancer. There are so many that it's pretty overwhelming.

Most of us are so young that we think we're invincible, that "it", whatever it may be, can't happen to us. Well, Julie was 35 when she died, leaving a husband and three young children. Hallie age 7, Jack age 4 and Kendall age 17 months. The second BTHO Melanoma benefit is September 14th and it's going to be weird without her there. The benefit was REALLY successful in raising money for various charities, and to help the Lyons family with travel expenses to Dallas for Julie's treatments. If you have anything you'd like to donate for the silent auction, please let me know, or send Angie an email through the BTHO website.

For you parents out there: Coolibar makes some great sun protective clothing for the kids, and for you, too.

I'll probably be back at some point to add to this post... There's a lot I want to say about the subject!


angela said...

Yay Nicci! I have always thought it was such a shame that people didn't recognize problems until it hit home for them. I am guilty of that. Read some of the testimonials on the website and you will see how others have to condition themselves for healthy skin. It's a habit that one must develop.

Amalia said...

Thank you for preaching this....I am a big fan of my paleness, and I hope that serves me well.

Anonymous said...

This makes me feel awful. I got a sunburn yesterday. :o(

NicoleC said...

Don't sweat it, Meg. I know you're typically pretty sun safe, right? With all the aerosol sunscreen that is out these days, it's SO easy to protect yourself! Of course, you probably don't want to use that on Addie Baby, but it's great for older kids and adults!
I'm a total sunscreen Nazi when it comes to the kids, and I'm getting better about protecting my skin these days.
Skin cancer is SO preventable and it really gets me that people still strive for that "perfect tan" and use tanning salons and such. I just don't get it...

Anonymous said...

This is such an important subject and post! The show Great Day Houston did this topic the past Monday, and I was screaming at the teen girls who keep on tanning with no protection.

That prompted me to make an appt to get my moles checked, something I've meant to do for well at least the past year! I go this week. I'm actually a little nervous about one, because it's gotten a little bigger over the past few years. Let's hope I'm just being paranoid!