The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Off, Off, Damn Spot!!

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Nat and I have been so boring this past month, I think the Olympic Games are the only thing peeking our interest!! At least it’s killing time in a relatively exciting way!!

Having said all of that, this past October or November (the ole’ brain don’t recall exact, but right about the time of my surgery), a sore spot appeared on my right cheek down by my lips. While attending my annual appointment at St. Joseph’s in January the Doc figured I should have it looked at. He wasn’t sure what it was, but obviously it didn’t look good!!

Well, I had that thing removed today. The dermatologist in Hamilton was quick about removing the whole thing, told me it was somewhat cancerous! What he meant by “somewhat” I’ll never know, but just saying the word “cancerous” gave me a bit of a fright. He re-assured me that the cancer wouldn’t spread internally (somewhat reassuring, I guess) and once removed it could re-appear especially because of the anti-rejection drugs I’m on. So, is this good news, bad news, or just suppose to be informative and “just in case” you see something!!?? After burning that frightful thing off, taking about all of 30 seconds, I was out of there. A bit wobbly from the extra freezing he gave me and after jumping off the examining table a little quick, but none the worse for wear.

I’ll re-attend another video-conferencing appointment in three months to have Dr. Murphy look at it and then again in another year’s time when I have my annual visit at St. Joseph’s. At least now I only have a small round bandage marking the spot and if there’s a small scar, at least I can live with that. Hopefully now I won’t feel like that cruddy old spot is entering the room first before me. I was very aware of its existence, have a constant reminder of it on my driver’s licence, and any future spots that appear will be removed at a much quicker speed!!!

For anyone’s curiosity, these kind of spots can appear years and years later after sun burning or excessive exposure to the sun. Coming from a generation where the cancerous properties of the sun where unknown and not enough research conducted yet, these ugly spots on the face are now the consequence some of us may suffer. Take heed people, use that sun screen everywhere you got skin!!!!

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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