But that's the dangerous thing about melanoma, I can never get too comfortable or let my guard down for too long because that's the key to my survival, catching it early. So far I've had it three times and mercifully, we've always caught it early.
It's funny because it seems all signs have been pointing to getting this check up lately: Both my mom & sister in law asked me when the last time I went was, there are people on blogs I follow that are either facing stage IV melanoma or are close to someone who is, one of the main character's on a show we watch was recently diagnosed with stage IV melanoma, and to top it off MD Anderson called me this week and asked me to participate in a research study of young mothers that have had melanoma.
I'm guessing this is God hinting that I need to not neglect my own medical care, by going I'm being a good mother by staying healthy so I can be here for my children. Fortunately my doctor was able to work me in immediately. I have no reason to think tomorrow's appt will be anything other than fine but it's something I need to do.
The thing that really got my attention was that one of the survey questions in the research study was "How Likely was it that I would get melanoma again" and my answer was the highest: "Very Likely", that sent chills through me as I watched Adam & Andrew playing happily in the other room.
So please take my advice, if you are a parent of little ones don't forget to get regular check ups and follow up on existing medical issues. I know life is busy and you wake up one day and it's been a whole year since you've been "meaning to" do something. Today, just stop what you are doing and actually do it. Your babies need you to be around for a long time!
Adam says "I wanna drive in dee boat"