Of all the cancers that humans can get, skin cancer is the most common. People with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk, but anyone can get skin cancer. Some of the risk factors are: sunburn, exposure to x-rays, weakened immune system, scarring caused by a disease or burn, exposure to cancer-causing compounds such as arsenic, using indoor tanning beds or sunlamps and in my case a family history of skin cancer. Since almost everyone in my family has had it, I thought it was best that I get checked. So off I went to my friendly family dermatologist. I didn't know what to expect on that first visit. I was thinking it can't be that bad. Boy was I wrong. The doctor proceeded to freeze 30 spots all over my body with liquid nitrogen. He could tell just by looking that these were places that could turn into cancer. One of the spots, however, was suspicious to his talented eye. He numbed that spot and cut it out for biopsy. The results were Basal Cell Carcinoma. I was lucky to have caught it before it grew into something bad. On my second visit he found 18 more spots.
Of course, being a fiber artist, I am inspired to make a piece about this experience.
So I dug out some of my spotted fabric.
I have a plan and I will share on this blog as I progress. .......to be continued........
Welcome to the blog site for Uncommon Threads. We are a regional group of art quilters in the Ozarks and we meet once a month for show and share and critique. Occasionally we have exhibits, one of which will be at the Pool Gallery, Drury College in Springfield, MO, in September. It is our intention to have at least one member post at least once a month. Hopefully there will be more as we try to not only keep up with the group’s happenings but also individual members. You can see much more on our web site: www.uncommthreads.com.