While we are all about fun, food, fitness, friendship and all things fabulous here at BEC…every now and then we feel the need to bring up some serious ‘ish. One of those things occurred to me this week when I had my first ever SKIN SCAN (ahhhhhhh, I was terrified).
In Lynchburg we do NOT have TONS of dermatologists available and it took me half a year to finally get in with one (and to find one who was accepting new patients!). I went to Ridgeview Dermatology and saw a PA-C, Alexis Chantal. And I am so glad I did!
Skin cancer is prevalent in my family and not to mention, I spent a large part of high school baking in a tanning bed (I know, I know, but it was the late, late 90s y’all). And honestly I was terrified to actually get my skin scanned. What if I have skin cancer? What if I have to have surgery? What if I have melanoma? Of course I had nothing but questions until I saw Alexis.
Seriously, it was probably the easiest, least scary medical appointment I have ever have. She was young and approachable (and blonde!) and answered all of my questions. As I stood in front of her just about totally in the buff, she praised me for scheduling this appointment at a younger age (see why I love her) and made a couple of notations about some questionable spots on my skin. However, nothing crazy and nothing that needs immediate attention.
The appointment lasted about 15 minutes and at the end we scheduled my appointment for next year. I am so relieved it is behind me, grateful nothing dangerous was discovered, and proud of myself for facing my fear.
Point is, when in doubt or scared of what may happen, it’s best to just GO AND KNOW. So schedule yearly checkups, do a breast exam at home, go to the dentist, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF….if not just for you, but for all of us around who love you.
Ok, that’s all!