This is an updated blog post I wrote in 2016.  

Happy Spring!  I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me; I’ve not made time for writing with my full practice and family life, not to mention continuing education!  — Ask me about Emotional Freedom Technique and the Dissection class I took!

As you know, I think of myself as a mind-body/stress management/health coach – helping clients deal with pain, distress, and life’s imbalances by using integrative manual and mind-body therapies.

But, really – I am also in the skin business. I don’t always think of myself this way until I find something on a client’s skin that looks different or new.  Then I snap a photo for them or circle it with a pen, and send them to their dermatologist.

Well, in April, 2016, it was my turn…

At my annual full-body screening, my dermatologist found something on the back of my arm that looked suspicious.  She took a biopsy– and guess what? MELANOMA.

I had it removed right away and the margins are clear now, but it was a really hard week of waiting and worrying.

The spot on my arm I NEVER saw because it was on the backside, just out of daily view.  AND it was only the size of a fingernail — but look at that incision!

It’s important to check yourself but remember there are parts out of your view. If you don’t have a dermatologist, I highly recommend getting one, it could save your life.

We can’t shield ourselves from everything our skin is exposed to, but taking precautions and early detection is key.  When going out in the sun, cover up and choose a good (healthy) sunscreen! Our skin is exposed to so much… the sun, toxins, bacteria, all sorts of stuff. That’s why it’s important to be educated about the type of products we use.

I use the safest products recommended by the Environmental Working Group. I highly recommend you take a look at their website and check out their guide to choosing a safe sunscreen!

If you’re in the mood for a re-set, or interested in discovering whether the food you eat could be contributing to your aches and pains, brain-fog, or weight gain, our Seasonal Clean Eating Programs are available online.

Look for a future email about a Summer Solstice Retreat I’m co-leading with mission coach and spiritual director, Lisa Beacham.

Take care!

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