Lately I have seen a lot of posts on Twitter about tanning (basically from teens) and mostly about them either missing their appointments or worried they cannot make an appointment because the tanning salons are already so busy. It makes me sad to see this because that is what I used to worry about when I was that age.
These are actual posts from Twitter from the last 24 hours…
“I was looking forward to go tanning today but no, my appointment would get cancelled”
“Someone’s gunna get seriously hurt if I miss my tanning appointment in Texas”
“Regardless of how I feel today one thing I won’t miss is my tanning appointment :)”
“Looks like I got to the tanning salon just in time without an appointment… That’s always a win”
“SO FREAKING ANNOYING WHEN I MAKE A TANNING APPOINTMENT AND STILL HAVE TO WAIT FOREVER… #UTsucks”
So, after seeing all of these posts it made me start thinking of the appointments I look forward to now. My 3 month appointments with my doctor for my skin checks. After years of tanning in tanning beds, laying out in the sun without sunscreen, being diagnosed with 5 primary melanomas, and years and years of surgeries and scars, the only appointment I welcome now are my 3 month appointments with my doctor because of the damage I have done to myself over the years. Also, I worry when I have to reschedule them or if the doctor has to reschedule them. Am I the only one anxious about this? I also get a little uneasy if I leave my appointment without a biopsy…does this sound crazy? Why would I want someone to cut on me more? Sadly, because currently this is the only way to detect melanoma. I ALWAYS have spots/areas I am concerned about when I walk into my appointments and the doctor knows me well enough now and listens when I request a biopsy.
My 3 month appointment is the last week of March and this is how I now live my life.
THREE MONTHS AT A TIME!!