• http://www.supersimbo.co.uk supersimbo

    crap i forgot to say……………the ejaculatte post below??

    sounds like a new addition to the starbucks menu?

  • http://kayhangultekin.blogspot.com Kayhan

    At least you’re aleady a pro at putting aluminum foil in the windows!

  • http://melinor.blogspot.com MelanieinOrygun

    I was wondering about this the other day when you posted that conversation. My reaction then is the same reaction I had just now: what the fuck? Not fair.
    In any event, I’m rotten sorry to hear that you got that shit, but I’m super glad it’s something (relatively) small.
    That’s all I got; everything else I typed sounded smarmy.

  • Carli

    All I can think of is that “sunny side of life” song from Monty Python. I know that the Blurbodoocery family will be well, adn thins is just one of those things that makes us thankful that it’s not worse. It’s a shitty life lesson that we would have rather happened on a Lifetime movie, but maybe we wouldn’t “get it” then. I wish you all the best, a speedy recovery and no more C words! Except cookies, candies, crackers, Chanel, and all the other good ones.

  • texsmama1

    Heather, I had to register and wish you all the best. Mom just had this done last week and it went well for her. I’m hoping the same for you. It does put everything into perspective though.

    So the Dr’s name is Leta, too?

  • http://www.livejournal.com/~returnofthejeni JeniG

    Kick that mole’s ass, Heather. Hope you are not freaking out too much with all that is going on!

  • http://www.urbanhonking.com/liz Liz

    Whew, big stuff. I’m really sorry about the cancer and hope everything turns out just fine (which it sounds like it will).

  • dayzee

    Hi Heather,

    I just found out I have one too, on my left ear. I’m going back to the hospital on Monday to have it removed. The consultant said she had never seen one on anyone as young as me before. I am 30. I guess this is the result of living in the cold and cloudy UK! I have never used a sunbed or lived anywhere hot and sunny, just had a few sunburns on holidays.

    Reading your post makes me extremely grateful that I live in the UK and will receive all my treatment for free…

    I’m sure everything will be ok for both of us!! *fingers crossed*

  • Bea

    oh heather – the stories i could tell about skin cancer in my family. i had a great aunt who had skin cancer on her nose during the 70′s, when doctors also doubled as the local butcher. my mother has also had skin cancer, resulting in a lovely long, black thread dangling underneath her eye after having a small lump removed – the emotional scar resulting from it still being there on my wedding day (i didn’t care, she was at least there!, but you know what mom’s are like about their own appearances, what would the neighbours say…)
    so, best of luck, keep the humour, and keep us posted x

  • by the wind sailor

    Best wishes and take care of yourself

  • http://www.crazymadmomma.blogspot.com DDM

    Heather,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the BSC diagnosis. I imagine it was terrifying to hear the word ‘cancer’. I want you to know that my mom has BSC too, and as long as she stays on top of the areas as they appear, it stays under control. Thankfully it is a slow moving monster, that can be clobbered with a scalpel. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s now something you have to watch out for. Much love your way as you digest this news!
    A small bit of assvice? Take the rx for pain meds they offer you. When the numb wears off, those little tiny stitches and that itty-bitty wound hurt like a MUTHA. I speak from experience. Taaaake theeee medddsssss……

  • BethSmith

    Thank goodness you found it now and that your experience can help spread the word about monitoring your skin. Everyone should visit the dermatologist at least once a year for a full-body scan. It gives you peace of mind at minimum!

  • http://www.biggestapple.net BigA

    Ed Armstrong – the real bastard of the family. The one everyone can agree to hate. Effing Ed.

  • Patrick

    Heather-

    Sorry to hear the sad news. My pasty Irish dad is in his eighties now and has had more of those little bastards removed than I can count. In fact, his nose is somewhat smaller and more handsome now thanks to a recent excavation. The important part, though, is that he’s in his eighties… You’ve got a long way to go, and I’ll enjoy reading about every step you decide to share with us.

    But, please, go to the doctor and take care of yourself no matter the cost (maybe you can auction a certain pair of ultra-hip clogs to raise money?). I lost the best friend anyone could have to skin cancer at the age of 40 because he had no insurance and was too proud to ask for help. I still go back and forth between incredible anger and gut wrenching sadness whenever I think about him. Staying alive is important.

  • http://kimbanelson.blogspot.com/ dancingnancy

    Heather! Think of all the people you’ve saved by posting! I’m sure all the dermatologists around the world will thank you. :) It’s the celebrities faults you know. With their dark….fake…tans. Maybe you should sue! :)

    Good luck on your surgery next week! You have lots of cheerleaders wishing you well!

  • http://chaithere.blogspot.com AndreaBT

    OK, that does it. My husband has a “scar” like that on his face that appears to be growing. I’m making him an appointment.

    Yikes, yikes, yikes. I saw your previous post on this (the conversation) and wondered when you were going to fill us in on the rest. Seriously do hope it is as easy to fix as it sounds like it should be.

  • FishyGirl

    Well, Heather, if your gonna get it, this is a good one to have. My aunt is a former synchronized swimmer, and my grandfather has been a national judge for the sport for decades. Aunt T had melanoma in her early thirties, had it removed, has had a host of basal cell carcinomas and another one, can’t remember the name, something about squamous cells, had a bunch of those removed over the years since then. She is now in her late forties, maybe early fifties, and doing just fine – no sign of the melanoma returning. My grandparents both have been having small basal cell cancers removed off their faces and necks for at least 20 years now, with no adverse effects. We are all (being extremely white people) religious about sunscreen and hats now. My kids are all really acclimated to wearing more clothes in the summer than I can stand myself. Here’s hoping your cancer goes the way of my family’s.

    And we plan to name our unborn son Ed. Maybe we have to rethink that.

  • MissusB

    My husband had one of those, right smack in the middle of his forehead. It’s gone, he wears a hat and some sunscreen and life is going on. Hope yours has the same type of outcome. I like the idea that someone had earlier, of wearing those shirts with one sleeve. But make sure its made out of polyester, and play some BeeGees in the background.

  • Kerri

    I declare this is a perfectly good reason to lay on the couch and eat Doritos for at least 2 full days. Cool Ranch, preferably. Weren’t they your drug of choice when you were pregnant with Leta?

  • katherinengg

    Hi Heather, just wanted to say that my thoughts are with you and hopefully it will all work out as the doctor says.

  • http://www.xanga.com/gora_kagaz Gora_Kagaz

    i hope everything goes well for you…feel better.

  • neolith

    All my best wishes and good luck with your Ed.

  • http://www.thedinergirl.blogspot.com DinerGirl

    I know you may not want to hear this because it involves $$, but if they offer you radiation as a follow-up to the surgery, please do it. My former mother-in-law declined radiation after removal of multiple “spots”… mostly because her doctor said that it probably wasn’t necessary, but that they could do a dose or two just in case there was some cellular-level metastization… but again, the doctor even said it probably wasn’t necessary. So, she didn’t do it. Four years later, when she started having strange things happening in her body all at once, the diagnosis was full-on cancer and there was nothing they could do for her. Just a little advice…. I hope you fare well in this and please know everyone who reads you is sending good vibes your way.

  • Julianna11

    Good luck, Heather. I’m sure you’ll pull through like a champ, but I know it’s still scary…we all think we’re young and invincible and it won’t happen to us, even if we did slather ourselves with baby oil and roast like pigs on a spit every summer growing up!!

    Anyhow, I’ll be thinking about you and sending good thoughts (and plenty of sunscreen) your way!

    ~Julia

  • http://dooce.migrantroo.com minxlj

    Thanks for posting about this, hopefully it will spur other people into taking sun protection seriously. I have no choice but to almost bathe in suncream, I’m blonde and too damn fair and would shrivel up and die in the Utah sun! But we should all take it seriously.

    I hope everything goes OK, I know the biopsy probably won’t be your nicest experience, but take the ‘stiff upper lip’ from us Brits (LOL) and take care. You have so many people thinking about you and wishing you well :-)

  • http://ladybug4791.tripod.com/ladybug/ Lady Bug

    It amazes me how you handle everything with such grace and humor. I SO admire that.

    Love and hugs to you and your sweet family, Heather.

  • http://www.troll-baby.com Karen Rani

    I’m so sorry to hear about this Heather. Hopefully it all gets taken care of and all will be well. Thinking of you.

  • Gretchie

    Heya… this is one of those times I’m so glad you consider it part of your job description to read each and every comment, b/c I’m way deep down here in the 230′s. I don’t have any cancer (yet – it streaks like a madman in my dad’s family), but my husband has already had one nasty patch cut off of him, right in the space between his nose and his eye. Took out a chunk about the size and shape of your average pea. Then I had to cart him over to the outpatient plastic surgery clinic, b/c a pea-sized shaped hole between your eye and your nose draws the wrong kind of attention. Fortunately, this guy is like a *genius* when it comes to eye plastic surgery, and you would never know to look at my husband that he had that sort of “procedure”. My husband is a big white red-head type. He and I have grown up in South Florida. He used to play out in the street with his brothers wearing nothing more than a pair of shorts. Now he won’t even go out and play ball with our daughter. He too has an almost irrational fear of the sun. The car windows are tinted with uva/uvb tint, he only wears long sleeve shirts to go out, and always covers his head. We’re trying to get out of South Florida, for the added layer of protection, but that isn’t always easy. He sees a dermatolagist several times a year – quarterly I think. I’ve known many people from living here that have had to deal with carcinomas. A friend of the family died from skin cancer when I was in high school. His kids were my age, and I found the whole thing really scary at the time. Anyway, if it’s anything like what Michael had, you’ll be alright, but you will get to know your local dermatologist very well, thank very much. And you will learn to hate the tank top, and fear the beach. You will look at every mole, freckle and spot on your body from now on with great suspicion and anger. You will ground Leta for leaving the house in the dead of winter without sunscreen and you will never value cable TV more than your health again.

    Good luck with your procedure. We’ll be thinking of ya.

  • toddlermama

    Right after reading your post, I had a friend tell me that my “Livestrong” bracelet is “out.” I wear it for my brother, a melanoma survivor (two surgeries later), and, despite my own beautifully bronzed teen and twenty years, I place it on each day after I’ve slathered myself with sunscreen since he and I have the same pale, freckly skin. Our family knows the scariness of all of this, and we all wish you a quick surgery, an easy recovery, and, most of all, that Ed remains an only child. Take good care.

  • Lori

    Last week the unusually chipper nurse called and said, “Um yes…good MORNING! It’s MEL-A-NOOOMA!”. I wanted to ask if I got a toaster with that. “Is that like, maybe what? Like a pre-cancerous, would have become Melanoma?”.
    “No…it’s MELANOMA!”.

    She forgot to mention “insitu”, which means it’s so early stage that just cutting it out does the trick. Because I haven’t lost enough sleep this year with an 11 month old.

    I am mostly freaked about how much my own destiny resides in my hands. I let that stupid mole sit there for 6 years. I could have widowed my husband and orphaned my child over a mole. I prefer a universe when unknown, uncontrollable fate-like wizards come through and take us: trees falling over on homes and car accidents. Then we can say, “well, it was her time”.

    Much better than my friends looking over my casket and saying, “Well, Lori was a real idiot. She let that mole just sit there and kill her.” How embarrassing.

    Best of luck to you Heather. At 34, I’ve never had a tan. And now, I guess, that part of my destiny is sealed. Let’s bring back pale! Someone call People magazine immediately!

  • http://plazajen.blogspot.com Jennifer in Kansas City

    Wishing you a clean bill of health and damnation on those cells. I keep hearing the Alec Baldwin soap-opera-doctor spoof on SNL, mispronouncing all the important words – “I’m sorry, but you have canker. We don’t know yet if it’s buh-NIG, or mal-IG-nant.”

    Keep your spirits up and keep us posted.

  • Gillian

    Also delurking to offer my thoughts and support. Your writing and photography are inspirational. I wish you much success in getting over this current speedbump.

    Love from Brooklyn, NY

  • belletoes

    ps my sick self can’t help but think of the urban legend of the lady with the weird bump, out come thousands of baby spiders. TARANTULAS LIVED IN YOUR YARD, MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! teehee hope you are still able to giggle. i’m still having freaking nightmares about that tree and those rocks… i’m NEVER going to Utah. :)

  • http://kfarmer@blogspot.com Kfarmer

    I’ve never commented here but read every day. I felt this was important enough to sign in. By the way, I think you’re wonderful.

    Several years ago I had this scare myself. For 10 years the medical profession told me the grizzly growers were “age spots”. One good doctor even tried to burn them off. I kept insisting and one day I finally found a real doc. She took them off immediately. There were the same as yours- but all is well and I have had no other little buggers pop up. I hope and wish the same for you. Take care and be well- Sunscreen is our friend for life :)

  • belletoes

    Gurl,

    You WILL be fine. Sending major positive thoughts and such your way. Thanks for sharing. I had a stage 3 (out of the fucking blue) carcinoma removed from my cervix in 2000. Just had my third sweet baby in December. I’m calling the Dermo. today about the funky wart/mole/bumpything that I always shave off of my ankle.
    Best to you, the Bebe, Jon and my secret love – Chuck. Also, you MUST check out the clog link lekki posted. Hi La Ri Ous! I can totally see Jon wearing them!

    Love,
    Toes

  • http://crumleydotorg.chattablogs.com mrscrumley

    As a fair skinned redhead who had her first major sunburn before the age of 1, that C word has always lurked around me, not touching like the annoying little brother who holds his finger centimeters away from me saying “I’m not touching you! I’m not touching you!” I am sorry that he touched you, with cancer no less. As someone above already said, I feeling a smorgasbord of emotions. Please know that I really appreciate your sharing your life with the masses and even if this is the last time you posted on the topic (because you post about other things and choose not to dwell), you have done the world a great service by reminding us all to slather up and cover up. Thanks Heather!

  • SisterPepperSpray

    Being exposed to the blood of a million others from a thousand mosquitoes in the past month did not persuade me to dig out my bottle of sunblocking bug repellant, but this did. I will at least remember to wear it today, and I’ll try not to swallow any, even though it smells like coconuts. I love reading your words, and I hope that Ed buggers off quickly.

    I would also like to apologize on behalf of my sign, which shares the unfortunate name of that bastard disease. Why doesn’t anyone ever catch Sagittarius? That sounds like it could be fun.

  • http://www.emptynest.typepad.com Molly Zoot

    Take care Dooce..I’m pulling for you

  • http://www.somethingnotnormal.blogspot.com Smooshtie

    I’m really sorry to there that, I wish you all the best with your treatment and recovery. Please keep us updated though!

    And go you for managing to resist Leta’s bogeyness, now that is strong.

  • flyte

    Madam Doocelicious, I totally agree with Sandra that you are far too fabulous to give that bastard Ed anything other than a swift kick in the pants and a proper pickling!

    My mum had breast cancer and a mastectomy with no health insurance. She only discovered it when she was an actor in a clinical role-play for docs-in-training, and he found a lump. Thankfully, she’s so relentless that she argued her way into a 90% discount. Said no to chemo. And 9 years later, is a fierce, one-breasted Amazon.

    The health “care” system in America is insane. Medical care is not a privilege for the affluent or corporate-enslaved, it’s a basic human right. I now live in Taiwan, and even as a foreigner, I have National Health Insurance, because it makes sense to keep a workforce healthy! It is infuriating and counter-productive that brilliant, talented, hardworking families like yours and mine have to bargain about health choices based on finance rather than need, and I continue to write my representatives. http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/call/congress.htm

    I will also be super-clicky on your links. Ed sucks! Dooce rules!

  • phillwv

    Hi Heather

    I am truly sorry for for the almost obscene amount of sorryness being expressed here .. oh, and good luck with the big ‘C’ too.

    PS: Do remember to post a piccy of Ed.

    And if you get anything else like him while uninsured, well, maybe we readers can all make voodoo dolls of it. Could work, don’t laugh, and would be fun – for us, anyway.

  • http://www.notjustahatstand.blogspot.com/ Teeny225

    Delurking to say that I’m thinking of you, Jon and Leta, and got my fingers crossed for a full and speedy recovery.

  • http://frothonthedaydream.blogspot.com/ chloe

    Because of the excruciating sun in Greece where i live, many people have this. You’ll be absolutely fine, I am sure of it, and Ed is going to burn in hell.
    Love and stuff xx

  • lekki

    I know this is completely off the subject, have you got time to check this out? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88126.0

    it can be another shot in the clog wars battle I think

  • http://www.lostinthought.net/blog Vicky

    Oh gosh, I went pale when I read this. I know it will be okay and your doctor rules and everything like that. But NOTHING MUST HAPPEN TO YOU! Full stop.
    I have scars on my arm too. I’m still IN my early twenties. This post made me wonder about whether I should start taking better care of them…

  • http://www.skunkstripe.com Megan

    There are so many comments, I’m sure they’ve covered the spectrum. I have no gynolocologist here yet, but I have my dermatoligist on speed dial. Having the same complexion as you, I know how much it sucked to be the teenager who burned and had to sit in the shade or else turn lobster-like. Luckily this ‘thing’ is more unpleasant than harmful and a great reminder for the next time your friends want to sit in the sun, and you have to argue for the umbrella.

  • nikkinik

    Heather, you will be in my thoughts, dear girl. Everything is going to be ok….and when ‘Ed’ is planted firmly in that jar, we can give thanks to God, and make one of those fabulous cookie concoctions with peanut butter, nutella and ice cream and m&m’s. Love and best thoughts for you, John and Leta…..

  • bellybuttonbugs

    I think naming cancers is a brilliant idea. I named my own special invader, Bill. He was a pituitary tumour but he’s dead now, I killed him. (fingers crossed he won’t come back)

    Giving it a name definitely helped me keep my spirits up and campaign ‘kill bill’ made something that was very scary and uncertain much easier to deal with, for me and my family and friends.

    Kill Ed. There’s got to be a movie in that.

  • Ktkat

    Hi Heather… I know it will be weeks before you get through all these posts to this one, but I’ll STILL be thinking good karma thoughts for you! I hope you and Ed have a good “divorce” and you never have to see his ugly mug again!

    Thank you for being so honest. I hope you get back 1000% of the love and god vibes you give out!!!!

  • http://herladyship.blogspot.com Her Ladyship

    I’m sorry to hear about this – I hope that it all gets taken care of quickly. I’ve had a few of them removed (am in my early 30s) and am keeping a wary eye on the rest of them. Best wishes…