I’ve talked about it a little bit on the blog, and you’ve probably noticed it in pictures, but I’ve had a bump on the side of my nose since about April of this year.
See the bump? The lovely wart-looking bump? (Also, see the supercute tiny little baby Leo who is already so much bigger than that?)
The bump started earlier this year as a smaller spot (I thought it was a zit) that wouldn’t heal and go away. Every time I would blow my nose it would open the spot up and it would bleed, making it very difficult for it to heal. I started putting coconut oil on it and it finally closed up and stopped bleeding. Victory! Except I still had a very large, wart-like bump on my nose. Not attractive or fun. In early August I finally realized I should ask my doctor about it (duh…). She thought it was a situation where my skin had overhealed itself and sent me to a dermatologist. Two weeks ago I went to the dermatologist, who numbed my nose (that stung!) and lopped off the little bump for a biopsy. Then he gave me a giant band-aid so it would, in his words, “look better.”
Band-aid face is debatable in terms of “looking better.”
Of course, after my “surgery” I needed ice cream. At 10am.
On Tuesday the biopsy results came back. My little warty bump was/is actually basal cell carcinoma, a non-life-threatening form of skin cancer. My treatment is simple – have the rest of the cells removed on my nose, then have a follow-up check in December with my dermatologist. And probably after that I’ll have to return to the dermatologist twice a year for checks, at least for a little bit.
But because of my age and since the spot is on my face, the dermatologist is sending me to a plastic surgeon. I feel so Hollywood!
In the meantime, the spot has healed really well and is a lot less noticeable! Hooray! And I’ve found a new way to convince Dave for more ice cream… “but I’m a cancer victim…”