I went to the beach this summer for the first time in a few years. I wore a bikini for the first time in a few years. I laid out and hoped for a tan for the first time in a few years.
I didn't put sunscreen on until I had been at the beach for an hour. My reasoning: I wanted a tan and I don't burn easily. Guess what. I burnt. My face, chest, legs, stomach, arms, back... all red. Bright red.
I went to work that afternoon and a co-worker shook his head at me. He asked, "Haven't you ever watched 'Dear 16-Year-Old Me'?" I told him I had never heard of it and promised that I would watch it. I didn't watch it. Not that day, not that week, not that month.
I finally watched "Dear 16-Year-Old Me" this weekend. And I shivered. And I got teary-eyed.
You see, I know people who have had melanoma. My dad had melanoma. He was lucky; he caught it early and had surgery to remove it. Others aren't so lucky. I might not be so lucky. You might not be so lucky.
Please watch this video and share it with everyone.
P.S. I went to the dermatologist last year to have a mole checked. He decided that the shape and colour were concerning so I had it removed. It wasn't cancerous. Phew. But, that was before this summer. Before I went to the beach and got sunburnt. I'm going to check my skin regularly and I'll visit the dermatologist again if I notice anything suspicious. Will you do the same?