13 Aug
Why I cut my hair:

(a) My brother’s wife did it after the wedding and the other bridesmaid is planning to too after her mom’s wedding (b) face cancer (c) bored

RE (b):

I had a small spot of basal cell carcinoma just to the right side of the bridge of my nose that I had removed via Mohs surgery. My dad had the same surgery on his ear with no complications and it has a 99% success rate of no reoccurrences. It’s local anesthesia and only took 2 hours total, including breaks. They got everything with the first cut and most of the time was spent waiting for the anesthesia to kick in and waiting for the results to come back. I’m all sutured up with my big silly bandage, which I can take off in 24 hours. The stitches come out in 6 days and I may look like someone punched me for a while (which could start as early as tonight or as late as 3 days from now), but in 6 to 8 weeks I should be pretty well normal and in 6 months I’ll have my final cosmetic result. I hate needles and don’t particularly care for the feeling of being sewn up either, but all in all it was not overly terrible. Oh, except for being cauterized. The smell of your own skin burning is not cool and I wasn’t completely numb so for a second it felt like someone had jabbed their cigarette out on me. It’s a little sore right now, but I’m about to go take some pain killers and I’m happy to have sensation in my nose again, even if it is fairly smooshed down from the compression bandage.

It still sucks to have face cancer at 29. Pbbllllll to that!

Then on the way home we stopped at Dragon’s Lair and picked up:


Posted by on August 13, 2008 in other bits of life


9 responses to “Update

  1. Alissa

    August 13, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Yikes! So glad that it all went and that you were able to get it handled! The hair cut, from the back, looks super cute! I highly recommend short hair – I’ve been pixie short for awhile now and I love it!

  2. Kasha

    August 13, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Yes, Alissa is quite the chic pixie. I’m glad your procedure is done. If you take any gory pics, email them to me!

  3. Emily

    August 13, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I also think it looks very cute from the back.
    My mom has had several basal cell spots removed from her face, and my husband had some that were solar keratolysis, similar. Both healed quite well.

  4. katie

    August 14, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Scary news but I’m glad it can be taken care of so quickly. Am I the only one who is confused about why face cancer made you cut your hair? Just empathy for cancer patients? Sorry if this is a really ignorant question, I’m still half asleep.

  5. ellie

    August 14, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Thanks everybody. Katie – totally not an ignorant question – but not so much sympathy with cancer patients as feeling not in control and then doing something that makes you feel in control. That and knowing I’ll have a big scar on my face wanting to do something to look cute. And knowing I’ll have to keep it clean getting a cut where nothing will fall in the way while I’m trying to take care of it. None of it is particularly logical 🙂

  6. Imbrium

    August 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Holy crap! Glad you’re on the mend…that’s scary!
    (Your hair looks so very cute. I’ve been thinking of chopping mine off…I may steal your haircut. ;))

  7. Steven

    August 17, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Dang, girl! I was wondering what all the hair chopping was about. Sorry to hear about the “C”-word, but glad that all seems to be under control. Whew! The haircut looks good — can’t wait to see it in person.

  8. ellie

    August 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks again everyone! Your support helps a ton!

  9. Zach

    September 2, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    you make the best rough and tumble recovery chic. Ever. Glad you’re on the up and up and indulged at the dragons-dungeon-of-cybertron.
    Hold your hammers high.


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