Ok- today, due to warmer weather my blog post is going to be about the SUN! Everyone loves the sun, right? Well everyone but me. You see I despise the sun, my eyes are very sensitive to light and let’s face it I don’t have good pigmentation for the sun, I tell everyone I am albino.
My sister, thanks Sissy, found the above shirt on pinterest the other day and I do rock it, I am the boss of porcelain. Many of you don’t know the background as to why, when I was younger I was a sun baby, tan during summer, as a teen, I laid in tanning beds, then my dear sweet daddy who was working so hard for his masters in divinity degree at Duke University (he was a genius so of course he was a UNC fan but because Duke is a Methodist school and he was a Methodist minister, he went to Duke), anyways, he was diagnosed with Melanoma stage 4 skin cancer and the drs never found a place where it began on his skin they found it had already grown tremendously in his lung. My father’s cancer quickly progressed and I am not going to go into all the sad details because frankly I am still not strong enough to live through that all over again, one day I promise to blog a more in depth story, I am not ready yet, sorry, y’all… He was able to graduate from Duke University Magna cum laude with his masters in divinity in June 2002 which was 6 months before his passing, he was invited and was able to go to Washington, DC and pray the opening prayer during one of the house of representatives sessions, and he broke ground for the new sanctuary at one of churches he ministered. He lived his life to the fullest he loved his family, his friends, his church members, he loved every person he ever met, he loved strangers, and he loved God, he had the strongest faith in God.
I am telling you my father’s story because he had such a vibrant and wonderful life but when he passed my sister was 29, I was 19, and our baby brother was a senior and hadn’t even graduated high school at age 17. We were so young, skin scans like I get to prevent this may have helped who knows but that is why I am begging y’all, wear sunscreen, not babyoil, there is no sunscreen in babyoil, just sayin’…
Sun provides us all with the nutrient vitamin D that we really can’t get from supplements alone however, there’s this great product called sunscreen, I am not asking that you wear SPF1000+ or even SPF100 like I do, ok- another sidebar- I kind of have to- I see my doctor every two months for a full body scan due my family history of melanoma and my skin type I am on like my 4th removal of “freckles” this year because they were precancerous… OK off my soap box. Just wear something stronger than babyoil doesn’t protect you at all.
This is my favorite kind and last I heard the only one that the cancer society backs, that could have changed, it has been a year or so since I have checked stats, you don’t have to get 100, they make 20 I think… Just go get sunscreen and make sure to put it on again after 2.5-3 hours it doesn’t last all day. Make sure the sunscreen you are looking at protects against UVA and UVB rays both types of sun rays cause various types of skin cancer.
Be safe and have a fun summer.
Until next time.