Monday, May 17, 2010

My Current Obsession: protecting my body's largest organ

So, you're now aware that I am essentially a walking freckle. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Because there is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is the fact that I'm the poster child for wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun's rays.

Blonde hair? Check.

Blue eyes? Double check.

Fair skin that freckles easily and a family history of cancer and melanoma? Pardon me while I check the living daylights out of this question.

Knowing that I'm already in danger of being harmed by the sun's rays has made me realize how important it is to stay out of the sun and to slather myself with sunscreen. I wasn't always this conscious, though. Not by a long shot.

In high school, I would frequent the local tanning salon and bake myself bi-weekly at 15 minute intervals. I did the same in college. I hit up the tanning bed and my backyard before my wedding day. No one likes a pasty bride in a white dress, right? Riiiight.

Despite my affinity for sun bathing, I always made my way to the dermatologist for my annual body check. Each freckle was observed and inspected and most of the time a few were removed for closer inspection. To date, I have had over 10 removed. Most left scars. I have the proof on my neck, arms, legs and back. I even had a large chunk removed on my back that required stitches. That was the last straw. Why would I continue to worry so much about the color of my skin when what I was doing caused myself to lose pieces of it?

Don't get me wrong, I think having a tan is nice and makes every outfit look better, but it's just not worth it anymore. I wear sunscreen on my face every single day without fail; it's just that important. If nothing else, I'd like to avoid looking like a hot wrinkly mess by age 35.

When I am in the sun, I wear rediculous things like hats and SPF 90. You know, the sunscreen that's made for people who happen to be vacationing on the surface of the sun for spring break. Partay!


allthingsnew said...

Just came by from Monday Madness, and I am following you now! I am with you on the sunscreen! Can't believe I used to bake myself to death earlier in life. what was I thinking? :)


Rebekah said...

Not too long ago, I thought that if you didn't burn you weren't in danger of cancer. I don't burn, so I thought I was safe. I know better now and I try to wear sunscreen all the time. My problem is reapplying after a couple hours.

I found your blog through Monday Madness. I will definitely come back when I have some more free time!

~J said...

I'm all about protecting my skin too!! Very smart!

Found you thru Monday Madness & Will def. be back>!

The Bipolar Diva said...

I found you on Monday Madness! I LOVE your blog!I'm a new follower.

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Here from the tag a long, now following! Hope you visit Tall Tales from a Small Town and Tiffany's Bookshelf!


Great post about the sun. And you are so right.

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Shelley T. said...

I totally understand, I am pale, red headed and full of freckles!

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