This hat has quickly become my go-to for spring and summer. I took it to Key West and loved every moment of it. I did squish it a bit much when packing our stuff and when I got there the front flap was a bit wrinkled, but I ironed it in low heat over a cloth and that fixed it.
What you see on my back is not a birthmark, unfortunately, it’s a scar from melanoma surgery. I was diagnosed with skin cancer stage III, almost two years ago and the doctor was concerned I might have needed chemo. I remember that day as if it were today. I was having lunch with my husband when the Dr called and asked me to come back and get it removed as soon as possible. He said that from the results of the biopsy it seemed I could be at serious risk of advanced skin cancer.
I have a good friend whose mom passed away with skin cancer and the thought of it, scared me enough to take my appetite away. I remember thinking “I have two little kids that need me, how can this be happening?”.
The following day I had my surgery scheduled and they warned me about the scar. They said the melanoma had a lot of roots and they were going to remove a large area of my back. I didn’t care. At that point, I was ready to remove my entire back if that meant to be cancer-free.
Here’s the interesting back story: I went to the dermatologist to remove a complete different mole. I had a mole that kept brushing against my bra strap and I was afraid of damaging it. When the PA inspected my entire body, she showed some concern over two moles that had never crossed my mind to be melanoma. The first one was indeed melanoma but stage I, and the second one was the one that had to be surgically removed.
Fortunately, they were able to remove everything and it was only an advanced stage II, which means I didn’t need additional treatments or chemotherapy. To this day, I don’t leave the house without being covered head to toe in 70+ SPF and I always bring a hat with me. My mom was diagnosed with melanoma in her scalp and had to had her mole removed as well.
Moral of the story: wear a pretty hat and tons of sunscreen this summer 🙂