I ignored my family. I ignored my fiance. I ignored my patients. I ignored the warning on the form I signed when I first signed up to tan indoors. I ignored the itchy mole on my tummy as I layed out.
Then, one day, I noticed a large mole I had always had on the back of my leg had changed quite drastically.
"How long has THAT been there?" I wondered, as I put on the tanning lotion to do 12 minutes in the tanning bad. It kind of startled me but, I still thought I was invincible and I proceeded to tan. Singing and dancing in the stand up bed. That day kind of haunts me now. I had melanoma and I was singing and dancing in a death bed, making it much worse, and totally oblivious to that fact.
I never went tanning again after that day. I went home and I looked at the mole a little closer. Then, I Googled skin cancer, and that lead me to melanoma. My mole looked just like the picture I was looking at of melanoma that Google provided me. (My mole is pictured below). And, just like that....
I wasn't invincible anymore.
I would give anything to go back and undo all the damage I have caused to my skin. I would never tan and destroy my skin for vanity. I love this video. It is a must watch and a must share. I wish I could have told my 16 year old self, NOT to do some of the stupid things that I have done, but mostly I wish I could tell myself not to tan. It has changed my life FOREVER.
So, before YOU tan, ask yourself this question. "Am I invincible?" And think about what you would tell your 16 year old self.