Skin Cancer and an Unfortunate Reality

Skin Cancer and an Unfortunate Reality

It doesn’t matter if it’s one of the 3 types of skin cancer most common, or a rare skin cancer. Building up your immune system is the most important thing you can do on your part.

You don’t get to say NO when it decides to pay you a visit. Once those early signs pay you a visit, you can no longer prevent that first time, initial invasion.

What happens to you, from that point on depends on what you are able to do and what you are willing to do.

When I say “able”, I want you to keep in mind that skin cancer can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, if you have good health insurance coverage or if you don’t. Neither does it matter if you’re able to financially afford it or not.

Skin Cancer and an Unfortunate Reality

Its presence is there. It chose you, and now you must accept it and do whatever you are able to do.

With good health insurance and/or being financially sound you have the opportunity to seek the best professional help available for you.

But if, for whatever reason, you have no health insurance and you’re living paycheck to paycheck, then you may have an additional problem. You will be at the mercy of whatever government run health insurance is available to you. This may be an added stressful situation. I know, because that is what happened to me.

This is a really good reason why everyone needs to learn how to do self skin exams and know the early warning signs.

Now when I say “willing”, I mean how willing are you to do things for yourself? Things like, fight it, control it, stop it and prevent it from recurring. Are you willing to take control of your own health?

If your answer is yes, then YOU CAN.

There’s going to be some things you’ll have to stop eating, drinking or doing and there’s going to be other things you need to start replacing them with. And they all have to do with improving your health and building up your immune system.

Skin Cancer and an Unfortunate Reality

When it comes to your “will” (your inner strength), being wealthy, having insurance or being broke isn’t a big factor. We’ve all seen people with resources and those with little means, both, nearing their end and still yet are not willing to give up habits they know are destroying them.

I’m going to use my own experience as an example of how it can go.

When I first saw the early signs of skin cancer that later developed to stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma, I took it very seriously.

I had no insurance, no savings and was living paycheck to paycheck. I was at the mercy of General Hospital and the strongest treatment I had going for me was my “will” to survive.

They were denying a CT scan and trying to find an experimental drug program because I couldn’t pay, and the hospital couldn’t cover all the necessary treatment. I was fortunate enough to have one doctor that went to bat for me and they started what I needed. I like to think the doctor picked up on an attitude and determination I had.

I also learned that as a veteran, I qualified to go to the VA Hospital which I did and have always been treated well, with respect and dignity.

But through all of this, the very strongest thing on my mind was a determination to regain my total health. I’m not talking about through medication and surgery; I’m talking about healthy eating.

Surviving the treatments turned out to be my first big challenge.

Skin Cancer and an Unfortunate Reality

Before I started my chemotherapy treatments I used my only credit card and went to a health retreat for a week in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. It was there I learned how to control my health through food, exercise and other things such as laughing and singing.

Along the way, I made a few bad and uninformed decisions. I didn’t know anything about this disease. It would have helped me to know the early signs of skin cancer, all the causes of skin cancer and mostly all of the options available to me in both conventional and alternative treatments.

Knowing what I know today, I definitely would have done some things differently.

I’ve learned about skin cancer and that anyone can take control of their own health no matter what point they are starting out at.

I can’t change what happened back then, but I have changed what I do now.

Skin Cancer and an Unfortunate Reality

20 years have passed by, I survived from a stage 3 skin cancer which was about to close up my throat and possibly take my life. But here I am today and I still eat well, take supplements and get to sing and laugh with my grandchildren.

Always remember that any unfortunate reality can be turned into a rewarding lifetime experience.

I am not a health professional nor do I sell health insurance. The information I provide comes from my own experiences and research. Always consult a qualified professional.

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