Wishy-washy me

I find it pays to be educated concerning your own health issues. Yesterday, when faced with the choice of the time-consuming, more expensive procedure versus the less expensive quick-fix, I was able to say, “Do the latter.”

 I know the word ‘cancer’ scares people, but when faced with the choice:

1/ total eradication and analysis of a cancer site, layer by layer … until we’re sure we got it all, versus

2/ a quick “maybe we got it all, but it might come back, lazar treatment,

the choice seems clear.

Informed, I knew the type of skin cancer on my toe (Squamous cell) is far less threatening than the Melanoma excised from my back and neck during the past few weeks.  If it comes back, it comes back.  I’ll deal with it then.  No point in running up the Medicare bill.

The lazar treatment took an area of skin the size of the tip of a pencil eraser (remember those?).  If I was Diabetic, the abrasion would present other problems.  But, because I’ve lost weight, I am at less risk of Diabetes.  I know weight loss is no guarantee, but it helps delay the onset of disease (assuming you will get it).

The third thing working in my favor is I don’t smoke.

The other smart thing I do is have my entire body checked by a Dermatologist on a regular basis. Because I’ve had skin cancer six times, I see the doctor every three months. Different intervals apply to different cases.

Be proactive.  Don’t tell me that you’re too young, it doesn’t run in your family or any thing else, just have that first exam!!  If you have an issue, educate yourself.  There’s no excuse for ignorance.

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David is happy.  He read Joe Biden is thinking of entering the race for the presidency in 2016.  We love Uncle Joe.  Because he was the Senator from Delaware, we kept up with his career all these years and know him well. Well, as well as you can know someone who is not an acquaintance.

You see, I’m a graduate of a Community College (my first college degree). The Bidens are huge supporters of Community Colleges.  Jill Biden even teaches st my old school, which is no longer in a warehouse.

In Virginia you are guaranteed a slot in a four-year state school if you finish two years at a Community College.  Some argue the graduation rates are low for Community Colleges, but that’s because many students transfer to other schools without completing the two-year degree. In other words, the Community College gives them a leg up.

That’s a statistical fact.  I know. When I worked for the Census Bureau,  I developed and wrote a report for the Department of Education that showed this was the case.  Community Colleges give less well off students, like me (once a struggling single parent), a chance.

And you don’t end up with a second class job because you attended a Community College.  I went on to Mary Washington College (now University) and Georgetown University grad school.  After that, I had a fantastic career until many years later I crashed and burned in my last job (with the government) largely owing to ill health (the result of stress brought on by age discrimination).

I’m afraid I’m turning into one of those people who votes for someone because I like them.  Right now I don’t like many if any of the candidates in either party.  This could change.  I’m wishy-washy.

Below, a few more photos of my granddaughters.

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Joy and another “cow” girl. Perhaps that’s Rita? No one ever tells me anything.

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Joy and the Atlanta Falcon mascot. Wonder who she will root for this year?

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Amelia (right) and a UVA chum at a tail gate party?

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Amelia and a cactus. Looks like a botanical garden, probably at UVA.

14 thoughts on “Wishy-washy me

  1. Your grand girls are as beautiful as they are bright! Good advice on the skin issues … I’ve made my appointment. Joe B does seem more like a real person than others I might mention, and it is no surprise he is a supporter of community colleges. In addition to what you said about their value, I would add that the technical classes which they also offer (at least here on the west coast) are also vital to our economy and health! We need electricians, plumbers, computer techs, carpenters, airplane mechanics , chefs …. Those and similar careers are important too and should be honored!

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  2. I’m glad you’re being careful and keeping an eye on your skin. I’ve asked about my dubious moles, etc. but have been told so far that they’re normal. I think they assume that because I’m Asian and have darker skin, I’m OK.

    I like Joe Biden too. He’s got a warm smile. I’m just so sorry he’s had to suffer so much.

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  3. Good wishes with your skin cancer. I’ve had a few, all basel cell so far, all on my head and face. Lifetime of fishing and years of kayaking. Not bad considering. Going in for my next head to toe soon. People should be aware. My aunt got a squamous cell in a place that probably never saw the light of day.

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  4. Lisa got her Associates degree from a CC, then got her BS degree from the University of Hawaii, and now has a doctorate from a university in Nevada.

    I would choose the lesser of 2 evils regarding cancer treatment, too. Good luck to you.

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  5. Good info on the comm colleges. When I changed careers at the ripe old age of 51,even though I had a bachelors degree, I went to the local community college to get certified as a paralegal. I had left industrial sales wanted to do something completely different. Ended up with a large law firm. It was just the right move for me and I’ll always be thankful. By the way, George W. Bush was big on CCs and visited many of them during his terms.

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    • Thanks for sharing that bit of information about Bush. I like that people from both parties see the value of the CC. Sounds as if you made a great career change. I think we should always be open to a new experience.

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  6. Yes, it runs in my family. Grrrrrrrrr……..
    Yes, lymphodema because of the femoral artery bypass in my leg and a small batch in my arm from the thumb surgery. Double Grrrr………

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