Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Break

*Update 8/6/11 - Thank you for all your kind words and prayers. It really meant a lot to me. My surgery went well. Now I'm just waiting for the results. Will keep you posted when I find out.

I usually don't write much about my personal life unless it involves crafts, food or entertaining in some way. However, since I'm going to be taking a small break (week or two) from the blog, I figured I would share a few things that have been going on with me.

About a month back I had a lesion removed on my chin that wasn't healing. Step back about twenty years, I had a bump removed on my chin when I was a teen. It was never tested and to this day I really don't know what it was. The lesion was in the same place as the removed "bump" so the doctor figured it was a mole growing back that was never completely removed. Unfortunately, the test results came back identifying it as a basal cell (skin cancer). And even more to my disappointment, they didn't get all of it out so I have to go in for a second minor surgery.

So this week I'll be having it removed. I'm praying they will get all of it out otherwise I'll have to schedule a third surgery which will be a Mohs surgery. I opted not to do this since I wanted a plastic surgeon to do the procedure since it's on my face.

This really isn't that big of a deal and I don't want to worry anyone, there's no need. I just feel like I need a little break. Last time I had the surgery, it really wiped me out.

Okay, so why the picture of the sunscreen? First I always like to have at least one picture with a post. Second, an up close picture of my scarred chin would not be attractive. Third, it was a good excuse to play with Photoshop. And last, it serves as a reminder to protect your skin. Consider this a Zakka Life PSA: I never laid out in the sun. I've always been good about wearing sunscreen everyday. I'm only 33 and I have skin cancer. So this is a friendly reminder to use sunscreen.

Hope to be back soon.

Jessica

44 comments:

Bron said...

Take care, and hoping the surgery goes well for you.

jojoebi said...

hope the surgery goes well, take some time to put your feet up and relax xxx

beforethedawn said...

I hope the surgery goes well and you don't have to do it again. See ya when you get back to blogging, a break is always a good thing. Surgery or not. ;)

Blessings, Jessica (also 33)

Michelle Cummings said...

Take care and I hope everything goes well!

Lisa said...

Hugs and prayers--take it easy and get well soon!

nullgraph said...

Good luck with the surgery and take care.

titancia said...

Good luck with your surgery! I hope it goes well so you don't have to do this a third time. Get lots of rest!

Liz said...

I'm send ing a hug your way. My dad is having Mohs surgery in September - on his second spot. Now I get my skin checked every year by a dermatologist. Good luck to you!

Anonymous said...

If anyone can make lemonade out of life's lemons, it's you. Be good to yourself and heal quickly.

jessica said...

Be well. Good luck with surgery. Rest and heal.Hugs!

Anonymous said...

I just went through a moh's procedure in June. I was very scared but the procedure was done in my dermatologist's office and it went extremely well. I am sure they told you that with basal cell cancer, the moh's procedure is 99% effective. Hang in there. It's scary but it will be ok.

Deanna said...

Praying for you. Hope you heal up quickly!! And love the sunscreen pic. :)

Christine K. said...

Don't know if this will make you feel better. My mother had the same procedures done and she has had no recurrence of the basal cell carcinoma. In addition, I cannot even tell where exactly where she had the surgery (no scar!). I hope that everything is removed this week so you can put this behind you. You will be OK, hang in there...

Noreen said...

Hope all goes well and you're feeling great soon!

TK said...

best of luck to you for the surgery.
i had a squamous cell removed 2 years ago, thankfully no recurrence and my scar i barely visible unless you know where to look.

Trexxann said...

Best wishes to you Jessica, you are strong and brave, and you are doing the best thing you can do - taking time to rest and recover - I am sure all will go well for you. Thinking of you and sending hugs your way.

Positively Patty said...

Wishing everything goes alright.

Lorie said...

I hope everything goes well and you feel better soon! Take care of yourself!

Amber Greene said...

Hi Jessica Best wishes for the surgery. I'm surprised to hear it to be honest, it is something that is so common here in Australia but I never think of it occuring outside of sun-worshipping beach living lifestyles. I'm sending positive thoughts your way! And hope to see you back here soon. Amber (MamaMoontime)

cait said...

Take care of yourself, I hope the surgery goes well.
Sending good vibes/prayers your way. :)

Michelle L. said...

Ugh, so sorry you have to repeat the repeat! Here's hoping this time will be the very last time! Thanks for the PSA, it's so very important and too many people ignore the danger.

Wishing you a wonderful result w/the surgery and a nice restful break while you recover. See you around the webs - very soon!

Noemi said...

Take care and get well soon!

Hugs from Hungary

lacoz said...

Hi Jessica, I just wanted to thank you for giving me a break (from boring office stuff!) everytime a read your blog.
So take care and good luck!
A big hug from Italy.
Laura

villapeikko said...

Take care, hope everything goes well!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Jessica, I will be thinking about you and hoping that everything goes smoothly. Please take it easy and recover. Blessings to you and thank you for letting us know. You are loved by your readers.

Unknown said...

I pray that the procedure goes well. It's an important alert for all of us. Thank you.

Megumi said...

Many good thoughts on your surgery and speedy recovery, take care and see you soon!

Hiragana Mama said...

Hope they get it all out :( Thanks for the reminder to wear sunscreen.

Ulla said...

I wish you all the best! It'll really be boring without your blog, but one thing I have learned the last two years is that everything that has to do with health is the most important thing!

Joy said...

You'll be in my thoughts! I wish you the best!
Huge Hugs!

Leigh said...

Good luck! We'll miss you x

Michelle said...

Jessica, I'll be thinking good thoughts for you and your summer break time. Thanks for the reminder, and I hope the surgery doesn't wipe you out this time. Have a wonderful break from the blog, let your kiddos and husband spoil you.

Thinking of you!

Caroline @ Rugrats + Royalty said...

A good reminder for many. Hope your surgery goes well + you take the time to rest + relax.

NinnyNoodleNoo said...

Here's hoping it stays away! (((hugs)))

BellsInSpires said...

oh, good luck and please get well soon! we will all be anxiously awaiting your return!

Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said...

I hope your surgery is easy-peasy and your recovery time is over before you know it.
Sending healthy thoughts your way. :)

D said...

Good luck! I hope everything goes well for you c: You'll be in my prayers

Caca said...

Jessica, I will put you in my prayer. Yes, I mean what I've just said.

Metronyx said...

Get well soon and good luck. I wish the very best for you.

Amber M. said...

Take care...you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

floatingink said...

Jessica--wishing you all the best. I am having the same thing in a couple of weeks, and though I am nervous, I've been told by many friends that it's not a bad procedure. Good luck!

dragonflower said...

Thank you for the reminder to protect ourselves from the sun. Hope all goes well with the surgery and you have a quick recovery. Enjoy the time off to relax and pamper yourself. Looking forward to having you back ne:)

Anthonette said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Jessica. Hope everything goes well. That's scary that skin cancer got you even though you aren't a sun worshiper and you're good at wearing sunscreen.

I'm good at wearing sunscreen too, but I forget to put sunscreen on my feet. I'm always in open-toe shoes.

My 8 year old gets impatient when I'm covering him with sunscreen. I tell him that I'm only protecting the parts I love.

clara said...

Will be thinking and praying for you!

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