An Ounce of Prevention

Recently, some folks have been looking at me strangely, even asking, with a note of concern in their voice, “How are you feeling?”

I know why they do this, although I really wish they would just ignore the strange red blotches on my face. I want to forget them.

They occur because three nights each week for the past few weeks I have been applying Fluorouracil 5% Cream to my face. And I will keep doing that for another six weeks, even though I know that the red blotches will get bigger, and even begin to look like scabs or eczema.

But I have to stop ignoring people’s concern. I heard two different people wonder if I have skin cancer. I don’t want the wonderful people in the church I serve to think their pastor has cancer.

This is especially true because I am applying this topical cream to rid myself of pre-cancerous skin growths–in other words, I am  preventing cancer. My dermatologist has said that if I do not apply this cream now and let it bring the growths to the surface where they are sloughed off, then in five to ten years I will have skin cancer. And it will be an ugly mess to remove.

So, I look diseased today, but the cost of some stares, and the occasional unpleasant irritation, is worth it.

An ounce of prevention is indeed worth a pound of cure.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

3 thoughts on “An Ounce of Prevention”

  1. Hi Robin, I am a bible believing christian like you. I have to have the same treatment that you had, but I am very skeptical. Please tell me how it worked out for you. Did your face completely heal afterwards?? Did all the redness go away. Have any spots of bad cells returned in the area treated. What did you use on your face after treatment to stop the pain and sooth your face?

    1. I am sorry I did not see your comment until now. As I remember, the doctor gave me some stuff to help with itching, etc.. Yes, the red blotches went away. It was about a month. I have had no recurrence, but I have been using sunblock every day from April through October–I am in Virginia and the doctor said the worst sun is in those months. I am very glad I had this done, and am hopeful that I will continue to be okay for many years.

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