Colleen just absolutely made my week. Did you hear the news?
Everyone in my life is going to be so excited I will soon have an arsenal of new Anchorman quotes. I guess some people feel 8 years of daily Anchorman 1 quotes is too much.
I’m not one of those people.
Okay, switching gears now. I just had to get that excitement off my chest.
If you recall, when I first was diagnosed with melanoma, I posted this old video and asked you all to watch it start to finish.
I admitted this scared me to tears when I watched it after my diagnosis. Eesh.
In my ordeal, I was lucky. My melanoma was caught early. It wasn’t too deep, and they were confident they could dig it all out. My two surgeries, in the grand scheme of things, were an inconvenience rather than a life-crippling event.
I was upset I couldn’t run. I’ve had a major setback on my nutrition plan. I couldn’t finish my training for my half marathon in which I really, really wanted to PR. A lot of people roll their eyes at my being upset over this and say “Uh, you can do that next year.” I then get all fired up and say “Meerrrp, wrong. It actually was my last chance, because next year I’ll be in the higher badass young-mommy age group and it’ll be a lot harder to do something impressive, I’m mad, life sucks, I miss being in shape, yadda yadda boo-hoo.”
Again, this was all upsetting to me, but looking at the big picture, this was only an inconvenience. My biggest problems are that I couldn’t PR, I had an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, I’m itchy, I have ugly bandages, and I have ugly scars.
Cry me a river, right? As far as I know, my problem has been solved. This is not the case for everyone who will be diagnosed with melanoma. And as I’ve told you all before, I want to prevent this (or worse) from happening to as many people as I can. I want people to get out of the tanning bed for good and start using sunscreen (AND REAPPLYING!) on the reg.
I proposed a program to my boss. It’s prom season, and I am seeing more and more girls with that overly-tanned, leathery skin walking the hallways. They all think they’re invincible, I’m sure, because “they check themselves.” They don’t realize that every time they lay in the tanning bed they increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
Here’s where I want your input. On Monday, I will be a part of an assembly for the high school. We’ll be showing a different skin cancer video, the video above (the Dear 16 Year Old Me, not the Anchorman announcement… although that would probably go over even better), and I will be given a few minutes to tell my story and convince them of the precautions they need to be taking for their skin and their health.
If you were a 16 year old in that audience before me, what could I say that would make the biggest impression on you? What would make you stop tanning as a self-absorbed high schooler?
Anything goes here; I want to hear all your suggestions. I’m also not above showing my scars from the stage. If it takes that to save these kids from melanoma, I’m all for it.