Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Day 129: Wore Black
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.