A good news update and giant band aid at the bottom!
I have a skin thing on my face near my eye.
I first noticed it towards the end of my second pregnancy. Because getting weird pigmentation skin things during pregnancy is just one of the many havocs our hormones wreak, I only offhandedly mentioned it to my doctor. She told me it was a sun spot (also known as a liver spot. awesome.) and said that she wasn’t worried, but I could see a dermatologist if I want to remove it.
I wasn’t ready to admit to that level of vanity so I accept my old lady skin and moved on. I found a smaller one on the other side of my face, increased my sunscreen usage, and named them Dotty and Molly. Of course.
A few months ago, Molly, the one by my eye, began to change. She hit puberty and grew one boob.
In medical school we are taught the ABCDs of moleage:
A. Asymmetry: when half of the growth is a different shape than the other half.
B. Border irregular: when the growth has uneven edges.
C. Color varied: when the growth is more than one color.
D. Diameter: when the growth is bigger than the diameter of a pencil eraser.
To which Molly and I answer yes, and then I repeatedly remind myself that most moles are nothing more that ugly.
But I had a patient. A patient who had a spot in the exact same spot as Molly. Except his Molly was malignant melanoma. Melanoma is not the skin cancer granddads have taken off once a year after too many golf games. It’s bad news skin cancer. It’s like Molly on crack with a gun. It’s like Molly on Charlie Sheen.
This particular patient caught the cancer early and did great.
But it’s hard to put him out of my mind.
So I tell myself it’s not cancer.
And 98% of my mind agrees.
I see the dermatologist at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. I’ll update the post after my appointment. And it’ll probably end the update: LOVE, A DRAMA QUEEN.
UPDATE: The derm doc said: My gut tells me it’s benign but we’ll biopsy it so we can both sleep better at night. So I’m glad I went. But I need someone to draw on my GIANT band aid so I can be the coolest kid in school. Any ideas?