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Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Melanoma PSA

I am not ready for this. 
At 41, I am not ready to worry about lumps in the breast. I am not ready to worry about friends with heart problems. I am not ready to worry about my friend's moles. 
Yet, I am here. 
My generation spent time in tanning beds. We sunbathed with Baby Oil. We didn't wear sunscreen until our 30's. 
Now, we worry. 
We slather our own children in SPF 50 and make them wear hats. Rinse and repeat.
My friend recently had a mole scare. She had several removed. One suspicious mole was on her...ahem...crack. 
You might remember that we tried to cheer her up. We tried to make her chuckle. We bombarded her with texts. 
"Don't worry, we've got your crack."
"Crack is whack."
We celebrated her birthday. We prayed that we would celebrate many more of her birthdays...at 45, 55, 85.
When the news came that her mole was not cancer, we celebrated. 
We said "Thank you." Rinse and repeat. "Thank you."
We said prayers for the women that got the "it's cancer" phone call. 
We hit The Moffice and made a video for her. For you. I hope it makes you chuckle. 
Mostly, I hope it makes you CHECK YO'SELF!
(This screen shot is pure sexy, right?)

54 comments:

  1. I love that half the video is bloopers!

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  2. I have friends who STILL go to the tanning salon (and it shows, sadly). I stopped tanning (after a well-toasted youth) in my twenties and although my skin looks [comparatively] good, now and then another "liver spot" will pop up to remind me of my childhood folly. After working for a dermatologist I really came to understand how dangerous all that sunshine was. Hopefully by now you know that melanoma ALSO appears in places not necessarily exposed to the sun; but other much more common (although less deadly) cancers go hand in hand with sun-damaged skin. CHECK YOURSELF AND THOSE YOU LOVE, ladies. And stop tanning! Your skin will be eternally grateful. Great video! Roger Ebert would surely have given it two thumbs up.

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    1. AMEN, JENNY! Thank you so much! Two thumbs up for you! Now, go check yourself!

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  3. You two are such fun.

    I especially like the horse lip action, haha.

    GLAD as can be your friend is ok. Melanoma is serious stuff.

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    1. Michele! There you are! Thank you so much.

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  4. April 4th: International Check Your Crack for Moles Day

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  5. The song is stuck in my head....I can't sleep. Help.

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    1. This is all your fault. Can't you do something about her?

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  7. Jill you look amazing. I'm really, really into this video.

    -LazDaddy69

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    1. Thanks LazDaddy. Good to see you around....

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  8. I'm sorry Rossow, but I didn't even seen you in the video. I was 100% focused on Jill. She was captivating.

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    1. Im not gonna lie....I did look hot in those earrings. Hahahahaa

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  9. I think the most awesome thing I have evah seen!
    Gina

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    1. We might have to start a regular PSA series...any suggestions for hot topics?

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  10. As a woman with former malignant melanoma, I say "ROCK ON, ladies!"

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    1. I did not know this about you! How old were you? What happened? Do you regularly check yourself?

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    2. I was in my late 30s...I am from the generation that scheduled classes aroung the PTH (Prime Tanning Hours), who believed that a good "base burn" was important for the "optimal tan." I have a standing appointment at the dermatologist and had "moles that could be a problem later" removed from my (also blonde/blue eyed) daughter. Paranoid much?

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  11. Hi Kerry and Friend!!!!!

    HILARIOUS!!!!!!!

    I agree with Michele...The horse lip action was killing me!!!!

    Kerry, YOU ARE IN GREAT SHAPE!!!! After how many kiddos?? My goodness!!!

    Not so funny is how many people I love have had the word CANCER told to them. My cousin has been fighting it for almost 11 yrs...My uncle was told in Aug/12, brother-in-law(sister's hubby) in Nov/12, sister(the same one with hubby who was told in Nov/12) in Des/12 and cousin told in Dec/12 and died Jan/13.

    I don't know...They have to find the cure soon. It's like having a cold...So many people are getting cancer.

    Thanks for the great video...I needed it:) Love it!!!!!!

    Pam
    xox

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    1. I'm with you, Pam. Cancer can suck it. You said it way better, but there you have it.

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  12. "when the door is open... you can come back in" -- LOVE.. you girl crack me up! Thanks for the laugh-- Check -Yo - Self... !!!!!!

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    1. DCFS is being called, I'm sure! I love when she is in the background, totally unfazed by our shenanigans.

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  13. Y'all are totally nuts and totally hilarious!!

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  14. That was hysterical!!! Watched it twice. I loved the wardrobes.

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    1. Maybe we will do a PSA in response to your "awkward smoking" pictures. Those make me snort laugh every single time!
      Thanks, Lori!

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  15. OMG! This is fantastic; an important message with comedy/music (com-sic or is it mus-edy??!) Anyway, thanks for the message and so happy all is well with your friend!

    Pat F.
    Las Vegas

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  16. I also had a round of melanoma. While I was pregnant, no less. Scary stuff.

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    1. That sounds so frightening! What happened?

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  17. My four year old daughter watched this video over my shoulder this morning. She laughed so hard at the "horse lips" bit that she made me play the video for her 3 more times. Fast forward to lunch time...I just overheard the girl singing "if you have a cwack in yo butt, check yoself, melanoma, melonoma" to her 6 year old brother. I guess when the teachers at their Lutheran school ask why she's singing about checking buttcracks, I'll have to explain that awareness is key! Lmao!

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    1. This is my all time favorite comment! How cute! My 7 year old kept saying, "Mommy called a fanny the b word!"
      Thanks so much, Gina!

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  18. First, so happy that your friend is okay. Second, this video was hysterical!! What a fun and creative way to get this message out there. Loved it!!

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    1. I thought I would leave the medical tips to the experts. Bottom line (har,har,har!) is check yourself! Thanks!

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  19. I am so glad your friend is okay. Your PSA is great. Thanks for the laugh, my boys were in my "office" and they loved it too.

    Thanks for the reminder, it's is so important. I am at the age where people I love are going through the dreaded cancer call and it's beyond awful. I always say I don't have time to go for my check-up but your post was a great wake up call. Thank you!!

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    1. I spent the 80's tanning with baby oil! Thank you so much, Kathy!

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  20. I have had a number of 'suspicious' moles removed. This is a perfect PSA! I love the book placement in the background.

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    1. Good girl! We are so vlogging at BlogHer!

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