Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 129: Wore Black

No we are not going to a funeral.  No we are not the world's biggest Johnny Cash fans.  No we didn't get dressed to go wait in line for Men in Black 3 (though we will be seeing it).  The reason that Isla and I are dressed in black for today's random act of kindness is to raise awareness for skin cancer and melanoma.  Just yesterday I learned that a buddy of mine was told by his doctor that he had an early stage melanoma on his arm.  Luckily, they caught it very early on and it shouldn't be anything that causes too much of a threat.  This really got me thinking about how I live my life and the steps I need to take to ensure that I am protecting my skin. The summer months are fast approaching and I know I will be spending a lot of time under the sun, so necessary precautions are super important.  I personally need to make more of a conscious effort to wear sun block when I am out in the sun because although I bronze up pretty nicely, I need to make sure to not look like The Tanning Mom (she gives me nightmares).  Seriously though, it was scary to hear my friend tell me of what could have happened if he didn't get checked out by a dermatologist and have it flagged early on.  I am going to be (prepare yourself for another shameless plug) making an appointment on ZocDoc with a dermatologist here in Chicago to do what will now be a yearly skin screening.


  1. Sunscreen is very important.. some people think that they wont tan with sunscreen.. NO! You will tan just about the same, but it will block out the harmful uv and uvb rays that causes skin cancer.. I always soak my boys down with it before they go outside or swimming and I use spf 50 for them.. They tan so well and evenly, I gush by how handsome they are so I great post! I recommend everyone using spf 50... or higher! You'll still get a great tan! I promise! Thanks for sharing and good luck with the skin screening!

  2. Wow, that's really great. I love reading about all of the acts of kindness you do. :) And your daughter is so cute, too!

    - Esther