Skin Cancer Scare & Protecting Yourself

I received a product in exchange for an honest review. I believe you’ll hear my heartfelt and truthful response in this post, but I had to tell you that I received a product for this post because of those darn rules the FTC talks about. But please know that my opinions and thoughts are always truthful and sincere.

OMG, I blogged! lol, but seriously…I have been SO busy! I am leaving the day after tomorrow for The Influence Conference in Indianapolis [WOO!], and I have been running around like crazy getting my home and businesses ready. And to top it off, my daughter has caught a cold [as of yesterday], I’ve not gotten very much sleep because my daughter has decided that 2 am is an appropriate time to call me into her room four times over 90 minutes, and my hubby has been working a lot. So life has kicked it up a notch [or five] over the past week. Right now, my body is slowly sinking into my comfortable couch, and if I didn’t have a million and one things to do, I would be taking a nap!! :)

Skin Cancer Scare

But I wanted to share something that is really important to me. Something recently that has scared the shiz out of me. Something that makes me go cold, makes my stomach drop into my butt, and places a very uncomfortable knot in the base of my throat. It has to do with skin cancer. Now before you go off clicking out of this post, please stop. Please hear me. It is so very important to me that you hear what I have to say today.

My mom’s side of the family is from Norway. As in my grandmother was the first American citizen, my great-grandmother having survived the Titanic on her way to a new life here in America. Our skin is white. Like almost clear white sometimes. And my grandmother had skin issues due to her pale skin, and consequently, my mom struggles as well. With the baby oil tans of the 70s, my mom has developed issues that recently turned scary.

She has had different spots on her face and torso that have been removed but have never turned out to be cancerous. However, during a recent dermatologist check-up, the surgeon noticed a spot on the inner part of her right forearm that she didn’t like. Surgery was scheduled immediately and an area the size of a half dollar was removed from my mom’s arm. She has a 2.5 inch line of stitches there from where they cut out this spot. And after sending it out to the lab, it was determined that it was stage one skin cancer. For me, whenever I hear “cancer,” it freaks me out. I immediately think its a death sentence and it makes me clam up.

After some encouragement from my mom that stage one skin cancer is nothing to start planning a funeral for [let alone be afraid about in the first place], I cried. A lot. And in moments of near-hyperventilation, I vowed I’d never lay out again. I’d wear sunscreen. Hats. Whatever it takes to avoid damaging my skin.

So when I was offered the chance to try out an organic daily lotion from Goddess Garden Organics that also included SPF 15, I was overjoyed. I chose the grapefruit bergamot scent to try and was mailed a sweet little care package from the company with samples of their other scents, lavender mint and tangerine lavender. It even included a hand-written note thanking me for reviewing their product. [I’m tellin ya, customer service is where it’s at, y’all. Want loyal customers? Try surprising and delighting them.]

This lotion is awesome. Since I live in Arizona, it is super important with the scorching sun here for me to have a light lotion. I sweat my buns off when I wear heavy moisturizing lotions that make me feel like I am wearing a thin plastic skin suit. Yuck. This lotion is perfect for every day, and since there is SPF 15 in it, its perfect for every day protection. One suggestion I’d make is that the scent is very mild, but since I like to wear perfume, it worked well with being able to smell good and not be over-powering.

The sunscreen lotion is made without the harmful every day sunscreen chemicals but still protects skin from 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. It is water resistant to 40 minutes, non-greasy, absorbs quickly and nourishes sensitive skin with the highest percentage of organic ingredients available in a sunscreen—up to 94 percent! [taken from the website, if you’d like more info on their ingredients, you can click here] They are even free of GMOs and phthalates. I am so blessed by the opportunity to do good for my skin after the scare my mom had. [p.s. my irrational thoughts have since leveled out, but have motivated me to go to the dermatologist myself for check-ups] Now I have a good-for-you lotion that I can use every day that provides my skin with some protection from the sun.

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  1. says

    I wear foundation with SPF 15 sunscreen every day. My family is prone to moles, and I see some new spots on my legs and waist that weren’t there before. I’m grateful that Karen got her skin taken care of – I will be scheduling derm appt within the next couple of months. But also, Erin, USE 30+! 15 may not be enough….

  2. says

    Oh man, I hear ya about the whole pale skin thing! (Once I was out at night with my in-laws, and my sister-in-law said, “Oh there’s Ashley. I can see her because she’s a glower.” haha). Ironically, my heritage is mainly French and Italian, so I have no idea where it comes from. Maybe I’ve just adapted from having family in Minnesota for so long. I obviously don’t have to worry about sun stuff here as much as you do being in Arizona, but my favorite tactic is hats in summer. If we’re at the lake or somewhere casual, I wear a baseball hat, and if I want to look cute, I have a nice sunhat. Sometimes I feel a little ridiculous since that’s on top of my SPF 75 sunscreen, but seriously, I’ve gotten sunburns in winter. It’s bad.

    Thanks for writing such a heartfelt and important post! And I’m so glad your mom’s skin cancer scare turned out to be nothing serious. I hope it never comes back!

    • Erin Lauray says

      Oh my goodness! That is so funny! I like that, I’m gonna steal the “glower” thing :)

  3. says

    Thanks for this. I am finally trying to take good care of my skin. It’s really damaged from my young child years!

  4. Jayme says

    I wish I woke up every morning. Washed my face and applied a moisturizer/SPF to my face. I don’t, but I know it’s soooo necessary to take care f our face.