Sunday, March 04, 2007

See Ya' Later Alligator (skin)

I've been a tanning addict for most of my adult life. I started going to the tanning bed when I was a junior is high school and have gone off and on until today.

I have not tanned in a while and usually do so, only for special occasions - this special occasion would be Sister's Wedding - I bought my package and started tanning about 2 weeks ago, Hubby was not thrilled about this. He always warns me of the dangers and is afraid that I'm going to get sucked back into my addiction. I have had several moles removed that were questionable and my father has had a few spots of his own removed, Hubby is worried and rightly so. I of course think I'm invincible, we are all going to die from something, most likely, some form of cancer. Wow! what a stupid way to think.

I recently read the blog of a friend of mine that is beating breast cancer and is my age with 2 beautiful children. She just underwent genetic testing that was negative, meaning that no mutation was detected. It is my understanding that this is done to determine the odds of you passing this along to your children. It was the comment that she made after this negative test result that really hit me:

"That is good, because I do have two girls, but bad because now I feel like I can blame irresponsible lifestyle for my cancer"

Could it be any more clear? The choice I make every time I lay down in that tanning bed is irresponsible and I know it - so, my days of tanning are over.

I want to live a long, healthy life and I don't want my Grandchildren mistaking me for a leather hand bag!!!


Erin S. said...

Came across your blog by chance and loved it!! So much material to blog about...I'm jealous, really! I know that feeling of giving up the tanning bed...I have been the lovely hue of bleached white flour ever since that time! Ah the good ol' days! Have a good day!

I'm a Mom!..? said...

Thanks Erin for reading -- it makes my day to know someone out there is!!