I'm naturally a very pale person, but I'll admit that I used to frequent tanning beds on a regular basis to get some sort of a tan.
I came to my senses several years ago, but for the past few weeks I've been contemplating fake baking in order to get a glow for several upcoming weddings.
That all changed after seeing Judy Noble Cloud's Facebook album.
The Indiana woman has been fighting basal skin carcinoma — the most common form of skin cancer — and has had four surgeries to remove all the lesions on her face and body.
"This is the result of using tanning beds when I was younger," she wrote in a Facebook album documenting her battle. "This is the result of having numerous sunburns as a child and teen, and not being religious about applying sunscreen, and staying out in the sun far too long as a teen and into my 20s and even early 30s."
Her last surgery in September 2015 was the most invasive, with 23 lesions removed in one day. The painful three-hour procedure — and the ones before it — left her with more than scabs and scars.
"What you can’t tell from the pictures is that the scar on my mouth is from a cut that had to go into the muscle above my mouth because the cancer was into the muscle," she wrote, adding that she could only eat soft food for weeks afterward.
"What the pictures also don’t show is the numbness I now have on my forehead and scalp. Notice the lovely 2-1/2" scar on my forehead? From that point to approximately two inches up my scalp, I have no feeling. I can’t feel that area when I’m washing my hair or brushing my hair," she continued. "My doctor said that a nerve was in the middle of the cancer so he had to move the nerve. He also said my numbness could be permanent, and if it’s not permanent, it could take a very long time before I get feeling in that area again."
The total cost for all of this? Almost $27,000.
No glow is worth that, she added. "I know tanning salons advertise tanning packages that are cheap," she wrote. "Does a surgery to correct what the tanning bed does to you still make the tanning special sound cheap?"
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