Post # 1
So I was sitting in my car at lunch, using the mirror & natural lighting to touch up my makeup & got to looking at this mole on the side of my face. It’s kind of a birthmark looking thing, & I’ve had it forever, but I thought it looked a teensy weensy tiny bit different somehow, like maybe there was a slight protrusion off the edge with a subtle darker color to it…. Sooo….
I made an appointment with the dermatologist. It’s not till next week, and now I can’t stop thinking about it & if it’s really different looking or not & if it IS different, why? And how long has it been that way & does it have the ABCDE characteristics of skin cancer & how MUCH LONGER DO I HAVE TO LIVE???!!!!!!!!
Just TELL ME DOCTOR!
Post # 2
okqueenbee: Just know that you are doing the right thing by having it checked out. As my mama says, “There’s no use in worrying, until you have something to worry about.”
Moles will do that, especially on the face. I hope it all checks out alright!
Post # 3
My fiance is absolutely convinced every little pain or bump or funny feeling is a sign hes dieing. Im trieing to help him rationalize his feelings and worries, and the further i get in my medical education, the more he’s trusting me and listening to me.
the funniest story of one of his hypochondriac moments was right after i left his house when We were still living with our respective parents, he called me up about 2 minutes after i kissed him goodbye and asked me to rush him to the er because his lips were going numb and his heart was racing. so i speed back to his house… top up on my lip gloss and realize i was wearing lip plumping lip gloss when i kissed him goodbye… Thus the numb lips lol ive been banned from ever kissing him with lip plumper again lol
Post # 4
dv3849: BAHAHA!!!! Thats awesome! Was he embarrassed?! Lol
Post # 5
TheOkieWifey: I’m trying not to worry about it, because worrying doesn’t do any good anyways, no matter what the situation. It’a kind of an automatic response to the unknown though. No effort required. The effort goes into trying NOT to think about it, ya know?
So far, Dr. Google has informed me that it’s most likely NOT serious, but if it WERE, it’s probably treatable due to the small size.
Post # 6
okqueenbee: I am a horrible hypochondriac. Every time I feel something *slightly* off I’m convinved I’m getting sick, and if I do get sick I worry it’s going to be something super serious, like meningitis or something else crazy. No, dummy, you have a cold. Get over it!
I totally get the waiting thing…I get so worked up before doctor’s appointments and my brain always goes into overdrive imagining the different scenarios. My blood pressure is always high when I’m there!
Post # 7
okqueenbee: I totally get you. Coming from a fellow hypochondriac, I understand what you are getting at.
I had to ban WebMD from all of my electronic devices LOL. I have an autoimmune disorder that is directly affected by stress so I have had to mentally “re-train” myself. It’s almost like counting to ten for people with anger problems. I am a firm believer in mind over matter, my mind just doesn’t always listen…
Post # 8
dv3849: that is the absolute best hypochondriac story i have ever heard. what a gem. your poor fiance :(/:) hahaha
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
okqueenbee: hey, I’m right there with you. skin cancer runs in my family, I’m deathly pale, and I am on constant alert for changes. right now I have a mole that has started peeling for no reason at all, and I’m debating whether I spend the $$$ to get it checked now, or wait until my insurance rolls over in about two weeks. it sucks having to make these kinds of decisions!
BUT to make you feel a little better: I have some weird moles that have changed shapes over the years, and I get them checked annually. my derm has assured me that I’m fine so far. moles can be big and weirdly shaped w/o being cancerous.
Post # 10
ha! I’m whatever the opposite of a hypochondriac is. My leg could be, like, falling off, and I’d just blame it on the weather and assume it will be better in a few days. I’m trying to be a little more proactive as far as Dirty Delete is concerned, because I’d hate for something to be wrong with her and me wait like six months before taking her to the doctor for it. Haha we all need to find a middle ground I guess!
Post # 11
So glad you all understand! I knew there must be more like me out there! If there were a local support group, I’d be there every week!
OMG lol @ your “leg could be falling off & I’d blame it on the weather…”
My husband is pretty much the same way & when I go on one of my “I just know I’m dying” tangents, he gets so irritated with me & threatens to ban me from all electronic devices so I cannot consult with Dr. Google.
Post # 12
okqueenbee: Lol I stopped being a hypo when I got pregnant because A) you go through so much shit you get tired of asking what’s normal and B) you end up so miserable you want to die anyway so it’s ok.
Ok, I overdramatized that last statement, but honestly my body does so much weird stuff now I will be surprised if I give a crap about anything again. I have two huge brown patches on either side of my neck, new darker moles, pain in places I never knew could be painful. Ridiculous.
Prior to being pregnant, I went to therapy for my anxiety. I would get a hang nail, and I thought I would bleed to death. Ok, overexaggerating again, but you know what I mean 🙂
Post # 13
I know what you mean to some extent. I get really worried about certain things- ie I get random chest pain a lot. However, I did a ton of reading on it and am fairly convinced it is a response to eating dairy (apparently a lot of people get it.) Can’t tell you I wasn’t scared for awhile though! As far as the skin spot you found- I could be completely wrong but I think skin cancer spreads slowly. Absolute worst case scenario, I don’t think a week or two would make a huge difference. I would bet there is a 99% chance it isn’t skin cancer, though. Try to relax before your appointment!