• http://redwhineandboo.typepad.com/ Redsmama

    My Grandmother and my mother have had to deal with this, it is not fun but compared to other ailments it is something that can be worked though. Just think you can cover the scar with a Tattoo if you want to spice it up. My thoughts are with you on this. I have a feeling with my family history and lack pale skin it will be my turn next. And yes, Sun hats would be fetching on you I am sure!

  • kendall

    I’m praying for you, Heather. Please keep us updated.

  • HeathsB

    i think the names of cancer make it scarier than it is… a flowering cell mass with no roots seems easier to swallow than Basal Cell Carcinoma.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/poontoast ash

    I wish you luck!

    And you also got me thinking because ever since I started to live in Arizona I’ve been less careful about the sun, and who cares if I burn. Now, I’ll be extra careful.

    I’ll be thinking about you.

  • http://rivetergirl.blogspot.com rivetergirl

    Last year I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my face, right near my eye. I was 35 and very fair (my husband insists that fair isn’t enough to explain my skin tone, he prefers “very, very white”) and stupid for getting sunburned as much as I have.

    I have become militant against the effects of the evil orb (aka the sun — boo, sun, boo). My poor daughter wears more clothes in the horrendously hot summer we have here in the high desert of Western Colorado then she does during the winter.

    I heard a statistic (I have no idea if it’s true, but I spout it whenever the subject of sun come us) that 80 percent of fair-skinned people will get some sort of skin cancer.

    Fortunately you can have your cancer scooped out and all you will be left with is a scar and it will all be OK.

    The worst part is the study that was recently released saying sun screen does little to prevent skin cancer ( but it does prevent burning), so us whities have to cover up.

  • dawn

    My bf (he’s 34) had a weird pimple on his face that wouldn’t heal, then just as I had convinced him to get it checked out, it healed, but the mark it left kept getting bigger. He checked it out anyway, and it turned out to be BCC. Now he has a rugged scar on his face, and I call him a pirate.

    It’s hard to explain to people without sounding over- or under-dramatic. When someone asks what’s wrong, they never expect to hear “Cancer”.

    Once the surgery’s done you can get Polysporin ScarStrips, apparently they really do work to reduce the appearance of the scar and Vitamin E doesn’t (according to the surgeon). Good luck! Keep your mom’s finger away from it!

  • andrea0418

    I too am also so glad it is not melanoma. My father died a little over a year ago from Malignant Melanoma (he was only 60!)

    It started with a mole on his back, which they removed and he was fine for some years. Then it spread everywhere. It is a horrific cancer to have (like which ones aren’t, right?)

  • http://www.crossfamily.name Abra Leah

    I’m terrified. TERR. I. FIIIIIED. of such things. It runs in our family too and my poor kids are always slathered in sun screen. I swear, they leave slime trails – I can always find them anywhere.

    Good luck with the procedure and know that the whole Interweb is thinking of you. Well, that might not really help. But you know what I mean.

  • http://www.grassdiaries.com grass

    i’m sorry – i hope you get well soon and that they are able to excise everything asap.

  • http://mainelymadge.typepad.com madge

    HA HA! Elmo’s subliminal dialect coaching has worked!

    Seriously. Have you not noticed how thick that dude’s NY accent is? Draw = DRWUAH!?! I grew up in New York and it makes me cringe, especially when I hear it coming right back out of my daughter’s mouth. No amount of geographical buffer is going to protect these kids from the dreaded dropping of the “R”.

    Sorry about the cancer, lady. This one runs hot in my family and I’ve been waiting for it since I was about five. I’ll be interested to read you experiences.

  • http://fairycreations.blogspot.com Arty Steph

    My mother has also had several spots removed due to her younger years as a bronzed goddess. I was also scared, but everything has been just peachy so far.

    Of course, it obviously didn’t scare me enough because I still spend days out in the sun with no hint of SPF anything on. Stupid.

  • Blue Dog Art

    Yikes! I hope everything turns out for the best. Keep us posted.

  • http://shauny.org/pussycat shauna

    oh dear! will be thinking of you, doocilicious. stupid evil sun. xx

  • drwallyb

    I say you place Ed right on the window sill till Ed developes cancer as well. That’ll teach him.

  • http://www.redsugar.com/muse/ Tanya

    Wishing you booze and doritos is the closest I get to prayers, so get ye many. Take care of yourself, and let us know if Ed starts sprouting in that jar.

  • arline

    think of it as a warning sign that some of us never get. you now know to check yourself routinely for any skin changes. my mom gets these so i have to keep an eye out myself. i cringe everytime i recall her sending me out on the beach (when i was much younger) with just my bottoms on!
    my mom also feels compelled to point out any zit on my face. in the depths of morning sickness we went to have lunch with her on father’s day. she sat across from me and tapped her nose to point out what was on mine. as if i could have gotten my mascara on WITHOUT noticing something that big! my husband still does that when he imitates her.

  • courtney

    I’m a freckly kinda girl with spots all over my back that I can’t get a proper look at. I had several bad sunburns as a child and know I should go to a dermatologist to have a once over. You’ve just reminded me and convinced me that there’s no time like the present. I’ll be making an appointment shortly.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/mfflood Mary Frances

    My husband and I are also self employed and pretty much have to have brain surgery before our insurance kicks in. However, it has also challenged us to actually work hard to keep healthy. I also think it’s important to note that the third (maybe second) leading cause of death in this country is our health care system, whether it’s a denial for care, medication screw-ups and magic pills, dangerous hospital viruses etc. It’s the most expensive and least effective system in the world. Having just major medical may not be a bad thing. Here is hope to a great recovery

  • http://pioneerwoman.blogspot.com Pioneer Woman

    Guess what? I had a Basal Cell Carcinoma taken off the back of my neck when I was thirty. I’ve kept the self-tanning industry afloat since then, and I’ve enjoyed joking about my status as “Cancer Survivor” ever since. Scary, but so glad it wasn’t the big “M”. Increased my awareness and made me feel oh-so-shallow-and-stupid for those thousand-or-so hours I spent in tanning booths during the late 80′s. Live and learn.

  • Perticus

    So when ARE you going to tell your doctor about the blog… or are you afraid that another person with intimate knowledge about your naughty bits is going to start referring to you as dooce?

  • mediaguy74


    I have been to the plastic surgeon twice to have pre-skin cancer moles removed. He makes a shit load of money for 10 minutes worth of work, but its the best $$$ Ive spent. I asked while I was in there if they could suck my love handles out, but considering he doesnt accept any insurance, I opted not.

  • http://boobtubers.blogspot.com alanna

    Delurking to say the above posters are absolutely right, this is highly treatable and I’m sure you’ll be fine. I’m also totally on board with the inappropriate naming of things (haha, Ed?). My grandmother had a masectomy several years ago, and named her fake boob Blossom. As in, “Oh shoot, I forgot to bring Blossom to the barbecue!”

  • http://www.hippestkid.com/ Be Still

    Ah geez, what a bummer…

    So sorry to hear the news. My mom had a basal cell carcinoma on her nose. Thankfully, they caught it early: the doc just used Retin-A to peel it off. She’s as good as new. I’m certain you will be fine as well.

    As others have suggested, you could parlay this misfortune into a “Tom Green” moment for all to see. You, of course, will probably get to wear your underpants during the procedure, unlike Mr. Green.

    Good riddance Ed!

  • Laurie

    I, too, am coming out of hiding to wish you luck.

    So, good luck. I hope it’s a quick road to 100% wellness.

    And I hope that road is covered with chocolate and a river of vodka runs beside it. Because it’s been my experience that, in times like this, alcohol and candy are not just allowed, but REQUIRED.

  • http://thelongway-ladysilk.blogspot.com AmySilk

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. Well, except for the email I sent you about the ejacculatte post and whether they sell it at Starbucks. I had to come out of the shadows for this.

    Sending you my hopes for a painless procedure and a speedy, easy recovery. I know you’ll be fine. :o ) Love that you’re keeping your sense of humor about it. Never thought I’d laugh through a post about cancer.

    And I really think you should name it Carson. As in Carson O’Gin. :o ) Sorry, that was bad, I know.

  • la_florecita

    Holy crap, you made being diagnosed with cancer funny. Impressive.

    My cousin works at M.D. Anderson and he also insists that skin cancer is the one to get as it’s the most curable.

    I’m going to the beach tomorrow- I think I’ll go for the spf 30 instead of the 15.

    For real though, it sounds a little scary and I wish you and your fam all the best.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/gooooder Goooder

    Yesterday when I read your post, I felt panicky. Cancer? Dooce? Is this a joke? I wrote a friend an email and asked if they had read it and thought about writing you, asking for more information. But decided you’d probably post about it soon enough and since you don’t know me, it’d probably be kind of weird.
    So, now that you have, I actually feel pretty relieved. You are joking about it. That’s a good thing. You are tough and I expect to be reading this blog for much longer than I have (two and half years now), including in China starting in September.

    I hope Dooce isn’t blocked by The Great Firewall of China. I need updates!

  • http://sarahkite.blogspot.com sarahekite

    My dearest Heather. I am so sorry to hear of your recent diagnoses. I too, am an incredibly young cancer patient (I’m only 21). I too, have a young child (born February 2nd, 2004). I understand the terror that comes with a diagnoses of cancer, even if it is “the most common” or “the most curable”. This isn’t an easy time, and no one expects you to be sane. You and your wonderful family are in my thoughts.

  • http://www.indibusiness.com Nick Davis

    Best of luck, you are in all of our thoughts.

  • Meretrice

    Can I place a request that “Malignant Blogger” be the headline for your next masthead? Because that would be so hot!

    On a serious note, yesterday’s post had me so worried. I was thinking about sending you a strongly worded email demanding that you open comments when you drop a bombshell like that on your loving audience! Damn your open sores, think about us for a change! :)

    Thanks for the update. I know you will take care of yourself, and I hope your recovery goes well.

    On the bright side, you will have a physical scar to point to when Leta demands to know why you are interrupting her fun to slather coconut-scented goop all over her body.

  • http://jjbofamily.blogspot.com/ mrsjenna

    I wish you the best of luck with that, and please do keep everyone posted. The word cancer is a scary thing, no matter how small or common.

    By the way, maybe you should make Ed’s home outside…could possibly scare away the tarantula’s, you know?

  • Msyvone

    Hi Heather,
    Don’t fret too much about your Basal Cell. I personally have had two separate occurances of it, RIGHT SMACK ON MY NOSE!

    I’ve had both removed, and had to deal with a huge honkin’ wrap of gauze on it both times. It heals in about a week. It’s a pain to deal with, but thankfully, its not the “dangerous cancer.” It’s a good excuse to go buy one of those luxuriously large sun hats, and hey, every gal needs shoes to go with the hat.

    I wish you a speedy recovery, darlin! and get yourself some sunscreen!

  • http://www.chirky.com jes

    Ed, indeed, is a lovely name for your cancerous blob. Perhaps a middle name? Or placing it as the centerpiece on your dinner table, and allowing Leta to lovingly fondle her very own piece of Mama, while wearing a HazMat suit?

    Bonus: she’ll already have her Halloween costume!

  • http://www.pinkandgreengirl.com Erin

    I had the same thing, except horrifyingly, on my face, last year. It started out as this little flesh toned thing that I convinced myself was a clogged pore. Well, needless to say, that “clogged pore” grew for 2 years and I ignored it. Finally, I went to a dermatologist who biopsied it and diagnosed it as cancerous. I was 31 – my oncologist said I was the youngest patient he’d seen.

    I had MOHS surgery the following week, and there was a nasty, fast growing tumor underneath my little spot. I had to have plastic surgery afterwards to reconstruct the area where it was removed. Luckily, my scars are virtually invisible.

    I cringe now when I hear people talk about “going tanning” or “laying out.” I wish I hadn’t been so stupid, and I wear 30 SPF daily.

  • http://www.internalmonoblog.typepad.com/ Sandra Heikkinen

    You, more than just about anyone I can think of, will kick The Most Common Cancer’s ass. There is no way in hell that someone as uniquely fabulous as you would be conquered by something so…common!

  • http://www.ireneQ.com ireneQ

    Crap. That sucks. On the other hand… glad to hear it’s non-life-threatening, Heather.

  • Cassie

    aw sweetie… my grandpa had that, and it would pop up every once in awhile, and he’d go have it removed… no big deal, but it’s scary just the same to think you have something so foreign messing with your body.

    *hugs* positive thoughts to you. try not to worry!

    And – I totally agree that your next masthead must be ‘malignant blogger’ :)

  • http://flubberwinkle.blogspot.com Flubberwinkle

    Good luck to you Heather and good riddance to Ed.

    Hugs and positive vibes from Greece!

  • pitt_chick

    Hello Heather,

    Long time lurker but this entry compelled me to comment.

    Kick Ed’s fucking ass. We all know that you can.

  • http://pupsickle.blogspot.com/ Pupsicle

    First of all – I’ve had basal cells since I was 16 and they aren’t the end of the world. Some people are predisposed to them genetically, and if caught in time, they’re fairly easy to get rid of. My mother has also had them from a young age, and she’s 56 now. Nonetheless, nobody likes to hear that they have cancer, and I’m sorry that you’re going through this. At least it’s the easiest kind to get rid of. It’ll be okay. Get Ed cut the hell out!

  • http://www.soneat.org Kayleigh

    my thoughts are with you.

    ed should start a blog too, so we can hear his side of the story ;)

    good luck with the removal, hope it’s a clean break.

  • Talon

    I am SO envious!!

    I had to get the damned melenoma. And on my BUTT of all places!! Good news is I’ve been cancer free for almost nine years now. :) Good luck with the excision!!

    And welcome to one of the clubs no one wants to belong to. Bleah. Also, my grandmother and my MIL have both had several basal cell cancers removed. So don’t sweat it too much. :)

  • http://cowjumpmoon.blogspot.com Shalini

    Kick’s Ed’s ass.

  • http://cowjumpmoon.blogspot.com Shalini

    oops. I mean Kick Ed’s ass. sorry for the typo!

  • greenthumb

    There was a time that I would wade through all the comments catching all the zingers and wit, but this time I feel I get the jist of all those that come before me.

    THAT said, have you seen the new hair style that Amanda B. gave you? I’m with her, you really should just let go and let it all hang out. HE! HE! HE!

    Seriously though, you know I got you (points to middle of chest) HERE!!! XOXOXO

  • Smacky

    Oh my is this frightening! Your typing of this has resulted in my worrying about you as if it were myself instead. Let’s hope it is indeed unharmful. If anything were to happen to you.. I-I would just die. Everyday I think about what you’re doing up near the mountain side, if you’re photographing the latest rush of clouds and what-not, or if Jon is out in public in his clogs again. Do keep us informed and updated, okay? Much love to the family from the family.

  • ahorn05

    I’ve been ignoring a thing on my face. I’m your age. I’m going in.

    I also have a brother-in-law named Ed.

  • http://www.egarst.com/blog Jennifer

    This is pretty scary. First, my 35 year old sister-in-law dies within a week of a sudden bout of lymphoma. Now, someone I went to kindergarten with has melanoma.

    Oh, by the way, I am praying for you in my liberal presbyterian but almost agnostic way. I’m sure that’s comforting.


  • http://www.beautifulcandy.blogspot.com Kissyface

    good thoughts heading your direction.

  • http://theboldsoul.com The Bold Soul

    Or you could dress very eccentrically to protect yourself from the sun and just tell people it’s your meds making you do that. Like the way Diane Keaton seems to wear gloves all the time in public. I think she wants everyone to think she’s setting another trend but frankly I’m sure she’s hiding something or protecting herself from the sun. (What’s up with those gloves, Diane?) Or the lady that used to work at my company who liked to go and walk outdoors on her lunch hour but who would wear a big floppy hat, a big shirt to cover her arms, and yes – gloves. She had had a bout with skin cancer so that’s what she did to protect herself. In fact I’ve even heard it said you should put sunscreen on your hands when you’re driving because the windshield doesn’t protect against the bad rays. (I don’t DO that but I’ve heard about it.)

    Damn, yet another evil consequence of our collective misuse of the ozone layer… increase in skin cancers.

    I’m glad it’s the easily treatable kind. You’ll be fine.