Written by Marcie Doss
As a younger woman, I dreamed of turning into a mermaid. I've all the time beloved the ocean-everything about it: the solar, the sand, the fish, the coral. I turned a licensed diver on the age of 14, the youngest PADI would permit on the time. As I received older, I used to be additionally the woman crusing, browsing, and solar tanning with all of my pals on the seashore, typically with out sunscreen or perhaps child oil as an accelerator. This was additionally a time the place tanning beds have been cool and tan strains meant you have been kissed by the solar. I'm embarrassed to confess, I took this philosophy to coronary heart.
As I grew older all holidays have been deliberate round diving. Anyplace and in all places. My favourite dive was when my boyfriend on the time (now my husband) proposed at 54 ft (16m) on the Tex Edward barge in Pensacola, Florida. A number of years later I made a decision to hitch the ranks of teacher and have beloved watching my very own youngsters fall in love with the game as nicely. Diving, the ocean and the solar have all the time been key elements of my life.
At first of the COVID pandemic, I observed a small spot on my again. I assumed I ought to in all probability have it checked. I needed to wait till the dermatologist opened however promptly made an appointment. One week after, my world turned the wrong way up. The dermatologist referred to as with probably the most scary information ever. “Mrs. Doss, you might have stage four Melanoma, it's a must to get to MD Anderson, and quick.” Fortunately, their analysis was incorrect and whereas it was not stage four, it was nonetheless melanoma most cancers. It was only a seemingly small 1-2 cm mole, sort of unremarkable and in a troublesome place to see. Nevertheless it led to a 6” incision and removing of 6 lymph nodes.
I really feel very blessed and fortunate to have gotten into MD Anderson so shortly, nevertheless, any hospital or physician visits are troublesome, lonely and scary throughout COVID19. A most cancers analysis is horrifying sufficient, however throughout a pandemic, it's terrifying. Fortunately the surgeon was capable of get hold of clear margins and the lymph nodes got here again with no indicators of most cancers. I genuinely really feel like if I had delayed the go to for much longer, I won't have been so fortunate.
As I used to be sharing my story with the native dive store, I used to be stunned to listen to what number of instructors and different clients have additionally had bouts of life threatening melanoma. In my analysis, I found this website that gave me numerous factual info.
I need to share my story as a result of I need to get the phrase out and emphasize the significance of normal full physique checks. Put on shirts, hats, and reef protected sunscreen. We spend a lot of time involved with security, as we should always, however let’s not overlook the security of our pores and skin.