2020 was a chaotic year for all of us.
Mid-year (while I was busy home-schooling, keeping a small business alive and worrying about hand sanitizer and toilet paper) I noticed a little scaly patch of skin on my scalp. It was small, about the size of my finger tip. I thought it must be some strange tiny patch of dandruff or scratched skin from bumping my head.
A few weeks later I realised it hadn’t gone away. I wondered if it was possible to have a tiny, rogue patch of dandruff that seemed to go away and come back in exactly the same spot. *shrug*
A few months later, the spot grew scaly again and even got a little bit sore and weepy. We were no longer in lock down so I made a doctor appointment. Something came up with one of my girls and I ended up canceling the appointment, intending on making another one the next week… which I didn’t.
As time went on, this spot slightly ‘flared up’ regularly but went away (from what I could feel) just as quickly. I took a photo of my head to see what was there and it was just a pale pink spot. It looked pretty harmless but I was starting to get suspicious. Skin cancer runs in my genetics so I googled it. Sure enough, I quickly read that the first signs of skin cancer is a sore that won’t completely heal.
So I made another appointment with a GP who specialised in skin cancer. By this time it was November and I was in full-on end of year, Christmas, dance concert, busiest period for my business season! I went to the appointment and sure enough, my Dr said it looks like skin cancer and we needed to do a punch biopsy.
I went in the following week for the punch biopsy and the nurses were kind enough to book me a spot with a sought-after cancer specialist for January, just in case I needed it. Then off we went on a family camping trip with two stitches in my scalp from the biopsy!!
The biopsy results came back as a Basil Cell Carcinoma. This is the most common type of skin cancer and is slow-growing. However, it still needed to come out as untreated, it would continue to grow and become invasive. I met with the Specialist and he explained that he would use local flap technique, which requires a longer cut and rotates skin from an area adjacent to the site to close the gap left from the removed skin.
Skip ahead to January, I went in and had the surgery. The nodule was almost 2cm in diameter – you could say the pink patch on my scalp was the tip of the iceberg! I’m left with a big shaved patch and about 14 stitches… just from that tiny pink spot.
From here I will be getting regular full body checks. Once you have had one BCC it is quite likely that more will pop up.
This is a bit daunting.
But you know what? I am determined to live my life in a posture of praise. To live victorious, not as a victim. To live in awareness of His incredible goodness and undeserved kindness – not grudging over the unfairness of life. To live courageously trusting Him especially when it’s hard.
I’m sharing my story to encourage other women to have their skin checked. Don’t ignore a suspicious spot. Wear a hat. Pleeeeease don’t sunbake.
And remember, whatever life throws at you – He has gone into your future to prepare the way, and in kindness He follows behind you. With His hand of love upon your life, He imparts a blessing to you. Psalm 139:5 TPT.
So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
John 16:33 AMP
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]