Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

August 2, 2007

The path.

My Mom took this photo when we were all recently down on the coast. There are tons of trails along the beach, weaving in and out of the forest and right to the edge of the ocean.

I like seeing photos like this of the three of us together. Relates great to that post the other day about each of us being on our own separate journeys even while traveling down the very same path.

Yesterday I got a call from my dermatologist with the results of my skin biopsies. One of the moles they removed was melanoma. Luckily (and this is so the reason for being proactive and having your body checked) it was very, very early and only on the top layer of skin. I have to go back in and they will remove some more of my skin around that area as a precaution – to make sure they got all the cancer that was there with that mole.

So very lucky.

Here’s to kind dermatologists, sunscreen and being smart about the sun.

Comments

  • 1.
    Jennifer LoSchiavo said…

    Oh, Ali – I am so glad they caught it early! Blessings to you!
    P.S. Still working on my Week in the Life album from CKU Anaheim. I was in the Friday’s class with my mom. I was showing off my “work in progress” at a scrap weekend I went to this past weekend. ALL of my friends hope that I have a workshop to show them how to do it and I said, “you will just have to take a class with the fabulous Ali!” {{HUGS}}

  • 2.
    Danielle said…

    Hang in there girl! Thank GOD you went in when you did. A few friends of mine have had similar melanomas removed and sailed through with no problems..all about early detection. Keeping you in my thoughts!

  • 3.
    Steph said…

    Oh Ali – just that word takes my breath away. Thank God for early detection and also for your attitude. (((((((hugs)))))))) to you!

  • 4.
    Lisa said…

    Ali, kudos to you to getting tested! As someone who has skin cancer intertwined with her family history, I know only too well how insidious it can be. Best wishes and best health to you!

  • 5.
    Kate Greenslade said…

    Hey Ali, soooooo glad that the mole has been removed, and that it was *just* the top layer. My Dad has had many many of these removed – only one has been a melanoma thankfully – due to a legacy of being in the sun ALL the time when he was younger. Consequently, I avoid going in the sun as much as possible, and when I do, I make sure that I wear sunglasses, sunhat or cap, and long sleeves and sunscreen. My kids don’t go out in the sun without sunscreen (SPF Bandaid, lol). Best wishes (and congratulations on your anniversary). Kate xxx

  • 6.
    Bec said…

    Thank goodness you caught it early. I am 55 and grew up on the Gulf coast of FL. Sunscreen, what was that? We had sun tan lotion and oil!
    Now, because I was not good about wearing sunglasses, I have a nevus (freckle) on one of my retina. If it starts to grow, it will then be called melanoma. Thank God it looks like it will be like majority and remain a benign growth. It still is worrisome. I get checked every 6 months.
    I worry now because I was not diligent about sunscreen when my grown sons were little.
    Yes, you just never know what shows up on the path.

  • 7.
    amy said…

    good for you for getting it checked out soon! like your previous post i too lived in the sun/water/beach all summer long. and sunscreen, if i felt like it. i am now getting my daughter in the habit of always putting it on at the ripe age of 3 so she will be habitual about it especially as a teenager and adult. best wishes to your family and your medical follow ups.
    amy

  • 8.
    Andrea said…

    Ali,
    I’m so glad that your melanoma was caught early. My father just had several moles removed that turned out to be cancerous, very scary. After many years of being reckless with the sun myself, I’ve sworn off it (and miss it terribly) and now go for the tan in a tube. Best wishes and good health!
    Andrea

  • 9.
    nia said…

    whew Ali, so glad that they caught it time and that you are doing well. That photo makes me smile.

  • 10.
    TanyaS said…

    That is great news! I am all for getting checked early and often! ~Tanya

  • 11.
    maryjo said…

    it’s all about karma. it’s good & i’m glad. i had a couple of spots removed a few months ago too. it’s not invasive & prevention is the way to go. glad to hear the good new. & yet another fabulous picture! maryjo

  • 12.
    teensleuth said…

    Thank god for the advent of sunblock. I still can’t believe I used to go to the TANNING BED when I was in high school. What was I thinking?
    How is your healthy eating/special diet going? It would be inspiring to hear about, even if you’ve slipped. I like knowing how other people work in the time to not just “do what’s comfortable” or “go through the motions”–esp. with food.

  • 13.
    Kris with a K said…

    Good for you to get checked, and glad that it’s not only early stage but surface.
    I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my upper lip/below nose area. I’m on an every 6 month check now.
    Early detection. It’s crucial.

  • 14.
    Tara said…

    I am a melanoma survivor, I too caught it early like you, but I was only 16 at the time. Gosh that was almost 20 years ago now! Thank you for educating us all about the dangers of the sun!

  • 15.
    Lee said…

    Hugs to you girl.

  • 16.
    kath said…

    Ali ~ (((HUGS))) and prayers!!!
    My husband has been batteling skin cancer for the past 2 years now. He goes to the Dr. every 3 months for check ups. Each time he’s gone back, more seems to be found. We’re grateful he has a GREAT Dr. and is being very well taken care of.
    I’m so glad you/your Dr. were able to find this so very early! God Bless you!

  • 17.
    Stephanie said…

    Glad you were able to catch it. My thoughts are with you.

  • 18.
    erin yamabe said…

    omg, sending you lots of hugs and sending prayers up for you right now:)
    thank goodness it was early, and that you are in great hands!
    blessings,
    erin

  • 19.
    jen said…

    Timing is everything. Thank goodness it was early and is easier to treat now. Never rains but it pours, right? ; )

  • 20.
    Care said…

    Girl – I got chills when I read that. Scared me. Keep an eye on it. Julie had hers removed several years ago, at which time they thought they got it all. I don’t want to go through all this with another friend – or myself. I need to be more diligent about that stuff.

  • 21.
    Vera said…

    Thank you very much for sharing this, I have a mole myself since I was born it’s on my stomach. I’m going to have it checked as a precaution. God Bless you!

  • 22.
    tara said…

    hi ali-so love your hands reaching back to simon.
    im glad they caught it. im proud of you for taking care of yourself.

  • 23.

    Glad to know you caught it early on. Take care, Ali!

  • 24.
    Tanja said…

    Wow, that really was in time. My husbands aunt is in hospital right now diagnosed with breast cancer but here it also seems to be in a real early stage so everything is looking fine so far.
    So girls, keep you bodies checked!!!

  • 25.
    Beth said…

    My doctor found a basel cell carcinoma last fall on my face and I, too, had to go under the knife.
    I know it’s not popular to scrapbook sad or scary events – but I did.
    It’s a grounding LO that reminds me to be vigilent about sunscreen and will hopefully educate my family & friends who flip through my albums that they are not immune to this.

  • 26.
    Jenn B said…

    Ali,
    I’m so thankful for your proactive stance on skin cancer. It would have saved my father’s life in the 70′s if people knew what they did now. He died of melanoma when he was 30 and each day that goes by, I am thankful for just one more day. I get checked yearly and my brother gets checked every 6 months. I have 3 children who are very well protected in the sun unlike I was when I was younger. Thank goodness I got smarter as I got older.
    Good luck with your next visit! I look forward to reading how they find nothing else on you and you battle back again!

  • 27.
    Jeanette said…

    Thank goodness for early detection and dermatologists! Couldn’t agree more. SPF 50 is my best friend. And I stay out of the sun although when I was much younger, I was stupid about it. Now there’s a price to pay.
    Taking care of yourself is very important, as you know. Thanks for setting such a great example for many. :)

  • 28.
    kass said…

    I’m gonna say a little prayer tonight to thank GOD that you had that checked…you had an angel looking out for you. Just reading this I was so thankful you are OK but I have also welled up – I’ve survived cancer twice (not skin cancer though) and I would hate any of my friends to face that, especially when they inspire me everyday like you.
    Take care of you and stay vigilant.
    love ya xo

  • 29.
    Karmen said…

    ((HUGS)) to you and prayers headed your way! We will be thinking of you and praying for you … let us know when you go back in.

  • 30.
    Lu said…

    Sweet Lord and Jesus. So glad it was caught early. Praying for you even still. I feel you on getting healthy and taking care of yourself. I had some unusual dizzy spells that prompted me to make appointments to get myself checked out. In the meantime, I am doing more exercise and eating better. Be blessed.

  • 31.
    stephenie said…

    Ali,
    I have had more than 20 moles removed and biopsied myself. Just last week I had another check with my dermatologist. I am so happy that you got it early and that it looks like it will all be good. It is not fun, somewhat scary, and something that most people don’t think about.
    Wishing you all the best. You are in my thoughts…

  • 32.
    Laura Reaux said…

    Ali, sending great big hugs your way and thanking God for the lady at the landscape place. How cool would it be to send a thank you (in whatever form) to her, letting her know how she helped? I bet she would feel better about speaking up when she feels a tugging on her heart to do so.
    I am SO glad you caught it early… also, I have been cringing at my paleness in the mirror lately. I was seriously thinking I should buy a tanning bed package. I am NOT going to do that now. Being here for my family is so much more important than the color of my skin. Thank you.

  • 33.
    JulieP said…

    Thanks for the reminder. We live in FL and I’ve let the derm visits slide but after reading your post I just made appts for my 6 yo dd and I. So glad yours was caught early.

  • 34.
    Jennifer Ruhl said…

    Thank you for sharing about your dermatologist visit! As someone who is very fair, I have always had to be ultra careful with my exposure to the sun. Hopefully more will follow your example and take better care of their health (taking care of my health has always been a big deal to me, but there are many that don’t take care of themselves like they should). It is so important! Thank you for being an example for all of us!
    Jennifer

  • 35.
    Mary said…

    keeping you in my thoughts & prayers ali. my father in-law has melanoma as well. he has undergone several treatments and is doing wonderful. it is a great blessing that you were able to detect this so early. you are a very strong person. wishing you all the best & sending you some {{HUGS}}

  • 36.
    Marty said…

    you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. SO glad you had the moles tested. Keep smiling and have a good rest of your summer! :) Love the picture of the three of you…

  • 37.
    Trish in NY said…

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to wish you luck with your procedure. I had a squamous carcinoma removed from my arm last year (had to go back so they could excise the skin around it, etc) and have become a sunscreen preacher to all. But even more important, OUR AWARENESS will help us protect our kids starting now at young ages. I’ll be thinking of you! ~ Trish :-)
    PS – Loving these pics you post of coastal Oregon!

  • 38.
    Alexa said…

    So glad you went and got checked out early!

  • 39.
    Pammc said…

    Thank you for being such an advocate for health. Glad you had that taken care of early. Love the photo – what part of the coast is that?

  • 40.

    Bonjour Ali.
    very beautiful pics.
    it looks like at here in Normandie where we live.
    sending you good vibes & hope you feel better now.
    hugs
    PROLIX
    {ThE fReNcH tOuCh}
    http://prolix.typepad.fr

  • 41.
    Nicole said…

    So glad that you caught it early. My mother had a melanoma that was caught late, however they were able to graft and she is alive and healthy today. Anyways, glad to hear that you caught it early and that you will be OK!

  • 42.
    Deborah P said…

    I had something similar a few months ago and it was a bit irritating until they took out the stitches (mine was on my back), but no problems since. I had neglected going to the dermatologist for several years; now I’m back on an every 6 months regimen. Am very glad you got yours checked out and very much appreciate your sharing. You may never know exactly how much influence that simple act of sharing has had, but it sounds as if the effect will be far-reaching. Good for you and for everyone who read and is heeding and spreading the word!

  • 43.
    Michelle V. said…

    So glad to hear that it is caught in the early stages. Not great news that it is melanoma but good news that it is very, very early. HUGS!

  • 44.
    angela said…

    Way to go Ali! Being proactive really pays off . All those scary words can now just behave! Congratulations on your anniv too.

  • 45.
    Jennifer Henson said…

    I, too, have to go regularly for mole checks. I had a few removed and one came back, although not malignant, pre-pre-cancerous. So, I had the same thing done, with further removal. I am so happy you are getting checked regularly so they can find things quickly!! And it’s awesome that you protect yourself from the sun, as well as blog about it and remind others!! I try to, as well, but it seems so few people heed the warnings of “worshiping the sun God”. :)
    One last thing: I loved the photo-you look like you’re waiting for Simon to take your hands, which I do with my girls.
    Thanks for your positivity and great outlook!

  • 46.
    Mandy said…

    Love that photo!! So glad that the cancer was detected early and that you are OK.Big hugs to you! Happy Anniversary too!Have a wonderful weekend!

  • 47.
    Leah said…

    Glad everything’s ok. Kudos to you for staying on top of it. :l

  • 48.

    your’re lucky..advanced melanoma is deadly…so glad it was caught early. keep up on those mole checks….
    cindy

  • 49.
    Faith said…

    Just saw my dermatologist this morning for a biopsy follow-up. One of mine was cancer-in-situ (which means the cells are not “completely” cancerous). We also “froze” 8 other places that were what he called “pre-cancerous”. This is all because I grew up at the beach in S.C. and don’t remember using anything except maybe some baby oil – if that, and being golden brown all summer long. It is so important to keep checks on all of this.
    At my annual physical last year, I mentioned some random joint pain and feeling tired alot – well several tubes of blood later and I find out I have full blown lupus and fibromyalgia.
    Get those check-ups!!!!!!!!

  • 50.
    Mary Rogers said…

    love you,
    M

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