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I truly cannot believe I have been so stupid.

Yes, skin cancer girl is back...

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Why did I listen in January 2007 when the Derm Doc said it was minor skin cancer and I’d be fine, no worries? Another innocuous facial lesion. I went back to see Derm Doc at the end of November. On the spot, he called in a surgical consultant. ‘Oh yes, that’s a cancerous tumour. It must be removed immediately.’ She wanted me in that day. 'You can't afford to wait,' she said!  Sadly, I was neither psychologically nor physically ready for this. However a week later, I was.

Doctor T said that although it looked small, ‘these things are often much bigger than you can see’. No kidding! The ‘’ surgery took all day. Having local anaesthetic injected into my face was excruciatingly painful. Luckily this was the worst part. Oh no, hold on… sitting with a cloth in my mouth to soak up the pouring blood as my face was sliced apart was far from pleasant, and… the final sewing up was pretty grim too. I had upwards of 50 stitches across the centre of my face. As I sat with big face bandages on, a fellow inmate/patient said, 'so where exactly did they operate on you?'  I looked at him incredulously and we both fell about laughing... survivors humour I think they call it!

As you might expect, my face looked horrendous. Thankfully the mask of dressings covered the worst of it plus my eyes were so swollen, I could barely see. And then, the mask came off. Oh dear, it was not pretty. Things slowly improved but I had to go see Othello at The Donmar with Ewan MacGregor and Chewitel Ejiofor – tickets were reportedly selling for up to £2000 on Ebay – with my face mask on, and in full burqha… well, OK, a hat and scarf!

On my first return to the hospital, the stitches had not healed enough to be removed...and then I got a cold!  What is this... 50 stitches in my nose AND a cold?  Very funny...

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