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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Yes, Virginia Monica, There is a Santa Claus Skin Cancer.

Public Service Announcement:

Go to that Dermatologist and get your body check!

Grizzly Mama continues to be plagued with diagnoses of bizarre afflictions. The truth in the matter is that if caught early enough these little things can be taken care of toot-sweet. A couple of stitches and a scar - so what? It is the price to be paid for being fair skinned, blonde and a native of Colorado. We're outdoorsy over there in CO. Colorado doesn't have the benefit of that haze like we have here in Philly. Back when I was coming up we put oil on our skin to attract even more rays. Now you young'uns know that's silly. We didn't back in the day. Sun was good for you back then.


Blogger Always On Watch said...

The key is early diagnosis, followed by early treatment. A scar is no big deal, compared to melanoma. My brother-in-law is a melanoma survivor. He doesn't give a hoot about the scars. He's alive!

I, too, have been a sun-worhipper. My skin has plenty of melanin, despite the fairness of my complexion, so I never burn. But I know that I have to be on watch for funny little places--so far, none, but one day I expect a few.

Take care, Monica!

13 November, 2006 08:58  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks AOW and I am glad that your BIN survived. Scary.

I have had several spots removed and 2 of them required a bit of deeper digging and stitches. They've been lopping these things off of my body for about 12 years now. lol. Mostly my shoulders and back.

This most recent was interesting because all of the spots I had concerns about were okay but he found one that I hadn't even noticed and sure enough there was dysplasia.

13 November, 2006 12:03  
Blogger tshsmom said...

What enrages me are all the people who fail to put sunscreen on their little ones, and they burn to a crisp.
Every time I see a little one with a burn, I tell the parents that they just increased their child's chance of skin cancer by 20%!

Stay on top of this, Monica. We want you around here for a long time to come!
LOL, your word verification is grrzs! That's appropriate!

13 November, 2006 15:22  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

We found this Doc Martin's stuff that works, it is the only stuff that really stays effective with exposure to water. He's a dermatologist on Maui and it has physical UV barier properties, even though it's transparent. It keept my bald head from burning. Want me to send you a tube? I have a case here.

13 November, 2006 16:53  
Blogger MonicaR said...

tshsmom - I know - I'm like a nazi putting sunblock on the girls. Thank God they have their daddy's italian skin - - but they still get sunblock. I wear SPF 60 and sit in the shade and get burned. lol about the verification!

dirtcrashr - heck yeah! I'll pay you for it. What's the SPF of what you have?

14 November, 2006 00:44  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

It's SPF-30 and says it remains SPF-20 even after 6hrs in water. It's kinda gooey but not nasty. I'll shoot you an email.

14 November, 2006 12:07  
Blogger City Troll said...

Good God she wants to paint the kids already with with spf 500..LOL

Just semi kidding I don't burn and thank god neither do the girls but I worry about my sweety, I'm glad she does all her lttle checks....

14 November, 2006 19:55  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

I read somewhere that after you applied SPF-30 there was no greater actual effect, higher SPF numbers was just hype?

15 November, 2006 16:19  
Blogger atheling2 said...

I stopped my sun worshipping a few years ago. I tan easily and have been lucky regarding any strange growths.

Keep on using sunscreen! Glad you are on top of it - we need you around, Monica!

15 November, 2006 16:59  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Is that right dirtcrasher? For real? I found an SPF 60 - and if I could find higher I would! lol. It's reassuring to know that the SPF 30 is good and if it stays on even being in the water then it's doubly good.

Thanks atheling. I love to sit in the sun - but I can't. I follow the shade now. I'm just too dang white I guess.

Yes Troll - you've had to listen to me and look at my strange spots for years now. The newest entries into the strange spot category are the age spots! *scream*

17 November, 2006 00:32  

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