We are so excited here in Tennessee because it looks like warm weather is here to stay. I love being outside when it’s warm. I love to garden, go to the pool, take the kids to the park and oh how I love the beach. I miss my Carolina beaches but never fear the Gulf Coast is just a short-ish drive away.
As much as I love the sun, the beach and the pool my husband on the other hand isn’t a big pool/beach/sun guy. He pretty much avoids it. In 33 years he has really not been exposed to the sun that much.. at all. He does however have a lot of moles. (people with moles are sometimes more susceptible to skin cancer)
Even though he is not much of a sun worshiper like me he decided that we would go to the beach. It was a real… relaxing, (no agenda) hang out on the beach all day kind of trip.We had a great time but one of the days we were there he got a really bad sunburn. He did not re-apply his sunscreen, he didn’t wear a hat… and that was that.
We didn’t think much of it at all.
Flash forward about 8 months…..
One random Sunday morning, I had just gotten up from my side of the bed (which is on the right side). Jude snuck in and stole my spot. So I decided to climb in on the left side of the bed where my husband was and make him scoot over. I NEVER DO THIS…
Just A Random action that lead to discovering a really serious situation. (God works in mysterious ways)
Because we had just woken up.. bed head and all… my husbands hair was pushed up in just a way that I saw a spot on his scalp.
A spot I have never seen before and it was pretty large and strange looking.
What I discovered that day was skin cancer. This is what skin cancer looks like. (it can look other ways too but always always always go to your dermatologist to get a spot checked)
The doctor actually told us if it had been a few more weeks it possibly would have been a melanoma diagnoses.
He had a procedure to remove the area and it went pretty deep, in fact in went as deep as his skull.
They stitched him up under the surface and on the wound itself. Unfortunately, my husband’s body doesn’t like stitches. It rejected them all. This has really prolonged the healing process for him.
Thankfully all the cancer was removed !
With all that being said… he is feeling great and ready to head outdoors and yes even to the beach. But this year we will all be sporting hats.
Oh and one last thing. Check your spouses scalp, back and any areas they can’t see themselves. Have them do this for you as well. It could save your life! Also your hair dresser can check for you as well.
Check out Some super cute hats and make sure you protect yourself and your family this summer.
Keep in mind many hats don’t cover your neck or ears so make sure to apply and re-apply sunscreen to those areas.
- Under Armour Men’s UA Blitzing Stretch Fit Cap Combo Medium & Large Graphite
- Under Armour Men’s WWP Stretch Fit Cap Combo Medium & Large Black
- Embroidered Emblem JCrew
- Kid’s Color block Hat JCrew
- White Eyelet Hat JCrew
- White American Eagle Hat
- adidas Men’s Adizero Cap, White/Black/Sharp Grey, One Size Fits All
- Liberty Nina Taylor Floral baseball hat
- Gap G hat
- Embroidered Emblem JCrew
- The North Face Horizon Hat (S/M, Azalea Pink)
- American Flag for child
- Skater Boy
- Pink Plaid
- Pin k Flower Fedora
- Plaid Band Fedora
- Premium Flower Print Fedora Straw Hat with Matching Band
- Straw Fedora for a baby
- Metallic Banded Straw Fedora
- Classic Natural Fedora Straw Hat, Pink Band
- Whale Fedora
- Plaid Fedora
- Metallic Banded Straw Fedora Silver
- Peter Grimm – Drifters Tea Stained ROUNDUP Style Hat One Size
- Straw Cowboy Hat for Baby
- Ribbon Straw Cowgirl Hat
- Baby Navy Sun Hat
- Baby Navy Bow and Brown Stripe Hat
- Geo Band Straw Sunhat
- Border Stripe Straw Hat
- Striped Floppy Straw Hat
- H and M Straw Hat
My husband just wasn’t a hat person. He wore one for many years in the military but really hasn’t cared for them until now. My sweet, no hat wearing “hunby” is now a hat wearing man. (find out what’s up with the Hunby pet name here..it’s a hot topic in blogland today!0