I’m Skin Cancer FREE… I never thought I would get it! My Journey to a new way of sun life continues!

Posted: April 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

April 7, 2020 @ 9:15 p.m.

My first exposure to a real sunburn was 41 years ago when I was on my honeymoon at the young age of 20. We went to DisneyWorld for the very first time and I laid in the sun for more hours than I really should of and spent that night with aloe vera as my bed partner. I was as red as a tomato. It was that sunburn of a doozy that I realized that I would spray my body excessively with sun screen feverishly and that would solve my sunburns forever.

I even got to the point that when I knew I was going on vacation to a warmer climate that I would go tanning to get some color prior to my plane landing to wherever I was headed.

I did that many years, even though my Dad had melanoma cancer on his face due to sitting in the sun and he has had many surgeries. He was always in the sun at work and then he sat in a lawn chair in front of the garage in the sun after work and on the weekends.

FAST FORWARD… to February 2019, I noticed an exposed skin mark on my left shoulder that would just never go away. My doctor said she would treat it with a cream and see if that heals it. Well after a year of waiting and hoping, it didn’t. I asked for a Dermotologist referral and she took a biopsy which a week later determined it was basal-cell carcinoma skin cancer. I scheduled my surgery that day which was back in February 2020. The first available appointment was April 8, 2020. I’m writing this on the evening of April 7, 2020 as my mind is racing with many thoughts and fears. I’m not one to accept fear, because I always say “FEAR NOTHING.” Just GO DO IT! Tomorrow, I might feel different about Fear!

I’m going under the knife in 12 1/2 hours to have Mohs Surgery. The cure rate is 97% to 99.8% for primary basal-cell carcinoma, which is what I have.

I will continue this blog after my surgery, until then… This is what I say to each and every one of my grandchildren when I see them and they go home, See Ya” Next Time!

(continued)… April 8, 2020 @ 10:13 a.m.

The first initial surgery took about 10 minutes and it was the size of a dime. They told me that the basal cell carcinoma that they cut out would be frozen and tested.  I should go wait in the car for the results to see if they have to cut anymore out. I got the call at 10:50 a.m. that they were ready for me. Dr. G. had to cut even more out and now the size of the cut was up to a nickel size round. More car waiting. 

April 8, 2020 / 12:35 p.m.

We got it all! No more cancer and 9-stitches in my arm! No heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks so that the stitches stay in and don’t pop out!

My days of sitting around in the sun are over.

As a man that is 60 years young, I highly recommend that people shouldn’t just sit in the sun or go to tanning beds. Skin cancer attacks 1 in 7 Americans each year.

This was a scary morning as I never ever thought I would have to have skin cancer surgery.

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April 15, 2020 / One week post-op on my successful basal cell carcinoma skin cancer removal. My shoulder is starting to itch from the 9 stitches that I have, so I know it’s starting to heal. I’m changing the bandage every day like the doctor said. 

 

April 22, 2020 / All 9 stitches removed and the surgery was a SUCCESS!

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During the night I ran right smack into a door jamb in the dark where my wound was and split it wide open. What a doofus! After cleaning up all the blood I put on my own steri-strips and hit the bed. Tossing and turning and worrying about the possibility of having more stitches put back in, I finally decided to get up. It was 5am. So, I made coffee, saw the sunrise…

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and finished my painting…

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April 23, 2020 / I went to the Dr. office at 9am when they opened. Both my nurse and Dr. said I did a good job self-mending myself with the steri-satrips. It’s gonna be a good day! No more stitches! I had successful basal cell carcinoma skin cancer surgery on a shoulder on April 8, 2020! 💥

My sun goddess days are over. Life is more important than having a sun colored body!

For the people who want to get that vitamin D by being in the sun, just wear a hat, use lots and lots of sunscreen and never, ever go to a tanning bed.

I encourage you to not sit around in the sun just to get some Vitamin D!

Wear a hat, long sleeve shirts and lots & lots of sun screen…………….

 

#NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit #NoExcuses

Rick Gosser

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