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heart attack, & spots


Since the sun is shining
I wanted to share a little story....
there once was a girl named Farley
(cute and stylish.. I might add)
well last week on a routine put off for too long visit to her
she got sliced and diced
(on her ear OUCH and back of her neck)
soooooo 4 stitches later

all week she has been
Easter morning
ER DR said NO you are not having a
no no heart attack
your having an anxiety attack
good meds prescribed
Farley can't take these during the day unless
she carried a drool rag or a pillow soooooooo
long story short
slight CRAY CRAY continued....

Derm Dr called today
and even though the results are NOT EXCELLENTE (excellent in Spanish)
they are still GOOD
all YUCKY nasty cells were sliced and diced out
and Farley doesn't have to go back for 6 months....

I am telling you this...
because I want you to CHECK YOUR SPOTS
the one on my neck was the size of a sesame seed
and those cells were the yuckiest ones
the one on my ear started off ok...
and then what what what
it turned on me...
this is not the first time I have been sliced and diced
8 years ago I had to have an incision 2-3 inches long
on my face....by my hairline
twice because they didn't get it ALL the 1st time
and then 5 years ago I had a stage 1 skin cancer removed from my back
PLEASE PEEPS listen to me... I am 35
SKIN CANCER is not a granny thing anymore
please if you have spots that match 2 of these things

think ABCDE

A- Asymmetry:

Normal moles or freckles are completely symmetrical. If you were to draw a line through a normal spot, you would have two symmetrical halves. In cases of skin cancer, spots will not look the same on both sides.

B- Border:

A mole or spot with blurry and/or jagged edges.

C- Color:

A mole that is more than one color is suspicious and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Normal spots are usually one color. This can include lightening or darkening of the mole.

D- Diameter:

If it is larger than a pencil eraser (about 1/4 inch or 6mm), it needs to be examined by a doctor. This  includes areas that do not have any other abnormalities (color, border, asymmetry).

E- Elevation:

Elevation means the mole is raised above the surface and has an uneven surface.
I stole this info OFF of my Derm Dr.'s brochure....
I don't want to put a downer on your Monday NIGHT
and I don't want tons of OOOOH YOU POOR THING!!!
(although I do love comments)
what I do want  is to  hear ya say
I will wear sunscreen and I will check my spots
AND I WILL SLATHER my kids in sunscreen too!!!
I am not NOT NOT a sun worshipper
never have been...
I went to a tanning bed once in my life ONCE
felt like my eggs fried... hated it
just take it from me
 have your spots checked....
oh and by the way NO MORE anxiety!!! YAY


  1. YES SUNSCREEN everyday (even on raining days)...the sun and I don't get along. Im happy to hear you are okay! :) Super awesome angry birds!

    The Teacher Tattles

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your experience AND knowledge about this. I have been thinking about having some spots looked at for about a year and I am calling my doctor tomorrow. I am so very happy to read that you are okay!! Fingers crossed for me :)

  3. woohoo!!! I am so excited for MY 2nd grade version of this...hehe - yes..it's all just for me! ha!! No seriously, I was going to tell you that you should add +/- to it!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  4. My poor hubs has had some many spots checked, sliced, removed, stitched...it's crazy. The derm even said that medical schools should hire him for their students to practice exams on because he has like one of every kind of mole, freckle and spot you can have :( He's actually still quite cute! lol!!

    Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention. It is a very serious cause. I was friends with a girl who discovered a spot on her chest on her honeymoon. She had it checked right away - melanoma. She passed away about 4 years later. Don't want to be a downer either, but you may have just saved a life!
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  5. I am sooooo glad you are okay and that you are brave enough to make sure to attack those suckers head on!! Most people are afraid to get checked because they are afraid there might really be something there, but they wait...

    My aunt Alana had back pain and problems for a LONG time before she went to see a Dr. By the time she did, she was in stage 5 (maybe it was stage 4) pancreatic cancer. She only lived 4 months after she was diagnosed and I only got to touch her once before she passed away.

    It was one of the most difficult things to watch her go through! I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy (not that I have any enemies).

    I am 33 and okay so far, but there is a history of all kinds of cancer in my biological family (although, they were huge smokers so I am hoping I have a better fighting chance), but out of 12(YES...that's right...12) aunts and uncles - all born from the same mother - only 2 survive today. One of my biological uncles was murdered, but eh remaining aunts and uncles fell victim to cancer (both women and men).

    Putting this information out there must be hard, but I am very thankful that you did!! Many people read your blog and WUV-ess (me and my son's word for love) you very much!! This post may save someone's wife, daughter, husband, or child! That is def. not a damper on anyone's day, but a celebration!!

    Woot! Woot! (that's me, tooting your horn...hahahaha)!

    You are completely amazing and inspiring ...and I am glad that you take care of yourself!!!


    The 3AM Teacher

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  6. Oh no!!!! A year after moving to Phoenix (and using SPF20) I had 8 removed. I know the feeling... horrible! I called my husband crying convinced I was going to die after the derm. said no bueno.

    Your cray-cray is justified. Haha!


  7. My mom has had a BUNCH removed and I have a feeling I will be following in her footsteps soon. I just keep getting more and more by the day it seems. Thanks for all the great information. You are a life saver!

  8. I fought going for years (27 and a redhead) until a little girl from our school system died from melanoma. I'd had this awful one on my back as long as I could remember that they took. The Dr said it could've turned to melanoma within a year. Yikes!!
    Since then, I've had regular 6 month check up for the past 2 years. Thanks for sharing!

  9. oh my goodness Farley! What's going on lady!!!
    I am about to run to the bathroom and start contorting and checking for ABCDE spots.
    Tho thorry your week was tough.
    I LOVE the angry birds and I am going to teach it to my class PRONTO!
    Love you!!!

  10. I hear you, lady!!! I am glad you are okay and do not have to go back for 6 months.
    I have millions of spots. MILLIONS. I've been sliced and diced and I still have millions. I will make my appointment!!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  11. ok - I'm soooooo upset that I actually didn't see this!! I was so excited about seeing hte add/subtract angry birds...
    My dad had melanoma cancer - it was internal...almost to his blood stream..they almost didn't catch it in time :( He had to get treatment for a year - and he's now in remission...and has been for 10 years!!
    I now go EVERY year to get checked out. He's my stepdad, so I know it's not genetics for me, but with as much as I am in the sun, I am SOOO careful now - and I'm a stickler for sunscreen on people too!!

    I'm so glad you're ok - and pray that you continue to be!

  12. We were just talking about this in my team meeting! i was like, "Yeah, I'll strip down and get check all over. You have too!" So scary right?! I've had a couple removed and they've been fine. But one of my teammies has has two spots removed this year and one was cancerous! Hugs!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  13. THANK YOU for the bundle!
    YAY for being bueno for another 6 months!
    Good for you for taking care of that stuff!
    Glad the anxiety is gone. :D
    Dragonflies in First

  14. Glad you are okay, and sorry about the anxiety attack.

    Thanks for the information. I grew up in the no sunscreen era, yest I'm old, so I think I will plan on making an appointment right away.

  15. Ooooo girl I can tell you about all kinds of anxiety and panic attacks... I had them driving after I graduated college and the first year I taught and was married. Had NO CLUE what they were until I thought I was going to straight up DIE or something worse. Pills are awesome and I'm not afraid to say it. Definitely will be ABCDFE'ing on myself and my stubborn-a husband who FAIR, BLONDE = no sun should touch his Norwegian inherited genes, is bound and DETERMINED to be tan...ugh. Thanks for the info :)

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

  16. I am so glad you are okay! Girl, I have friends who laugh when I order the umbrella AS SOON as I hit the beach! I go under and don't come out!! It's still the beach!!

    BTW-My first Birchbox came today! Yay! I think I'm hooked! Thank you for introducing me to this beautiful box! And seriously, I think I may have a problem throwing out the box-so nice! Love!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade


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