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Biopsy results came back this afternoon and are positive for Basal Cell Carcinoma. I’ll have surgery to have the cancer removed and grafts placed in about a month. I’ll have to see a dermatologist for a full body check every four months for the rest of my life, too.

I’m in shock by this. Part of me knew something was wrong; your skin should not spontaneously bleed. Part of me was certain it would be a false alarm like everything else lately. Part of me is terribly annoyed that for the rest of my life I’ll see an eye specialist and rheumatologist every three months and now a dermatologist every four. Part of me is terrified of what might be in my future considering how young I am. And then a big part of me is insanely relieved it is not a malignant cancer.

I have several more cheerful posts in my draft folder but I think they will sit there for a few days while I regroup. All you readers who commented that you also have a weird thing you have been thinking about having looked at – call a doctor on Monday.




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  1. July 31, 2015

    holy crap!
    I am so sorry Belle and also intensely grateful to whichever angel is watching over you that you caught it early!
    Good luck with everything!

  2. July 31, 2015

    Oh shit. I’m so sorry.

    I saw your first paragraph and called my doc. Friday.

  3. Mo #
    July 31, 2015

    Fuck. This sucks. But also very lucky that it was caught in time. Sending you huge hugs.

  4. July 31, 2015

    Praying for you!!!

  5. July 31, 2015

    I feel like I should join the other commenters in cursing on your behalf, so…damn. I’m so so sorry, Belle. And also so so glad that it’s not something worse. I don’t have any skin worries right now, but have been thinking I should go in for my “annual” skin check (which I did last in 2013) sometime. I think you’ve inspired me to go sooner rather than later. xxxx

  6. July 31, 2015

    Oh, Belle, I’m so sorry it came back positive, but also relieved for you that it’s not something worse. And that you’ll be in good hands if anything weird pops up in the future. But it sure does suck.

  7. jaclyn #
    July 31, 2015

    I’m so sorry and hope it can be easily treated and hope it never comes back.

  8. Amy #
    July 31, 2015

    I’m sorry. Thanks for sharing to potentially help someone else. Please eat anything you want & add a piece of chocolate cake from me. Xx

  9. August 1, 2015

    Ugh! I am so glad they found it, but man what a bummer. Thinking of you.

  10. August 1, 2015

    I will call Monday.

    I hope everything goes smoothly and this is it for you.

  11. Nam #
    August 1, 2015

    So sorry to hear will be in my prayers..

  12. August 1, 2015

    Hi bel, I’ve been out of blogosphere for a while do will read back through your posts . But very sorry to hear this. About 10 years ago, my sister had a large-ish bcc removed near her eye which she noticed due to a gap in her eyelashes. Since then she’s has a couple of other growths removed but no more bcc and no other complications. So I hope this is an isolated incident for you that you recover from soon. Wishing you all the best xx

  13. Sara #
    August 1, 2015


    I am sorry! About 6 years ago I had a Basal Cell Carcinoma removed, I had to see the dermatologist every six months after that and now every year unless I notice something else. It is scary to deal with, I am glad you caught it early.

  14. August 1, 2015

    Hugs, dear friend. Ugh I was hoping for other news. But you will get through this just fine. Love you!

  15. August 2, 2015

    oh I’m very sorry to hear this. Sounds like the prognosis is good though. So good that you got it checked out. Do take care. xxx

  16. August 3, 2015

    Oh no. I’m so sorry. Your previous post was scary enough… Sending hugs.

  17. Karaleen #
    August 5, 2015

    So sorry Belle. I am with you on this journey. Just had my 2nd basil cell clump removed from my left shoulder yesterday. I am on the every 6 month full body check at the dermatologist. 😦 Like you, I am fair skinned, light eyed and spent many years outdoors without sunscreen, or didn’t apply often enough. I’m in CA…lots of sun here too. I’m also with you on the aging. I have a good decade on you as far as age goes, but I noticed a much faster pattern once I had babies. I do believe the lack of sleep and the additional stress of parenting is helping it along. I just do what I can and try not to let my vanity make me feel too bad. We have earned every wrinkle and grey hair. Hang in there.

  18. jak #
    August 14, 2015

    you are wise to be on top of this!! best wishes and hugs.

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