To all my fellow runners and colleagues who've followed C25K. Like many of you a few years ago, I decided to change my lifestyle, lose weight, get fit etc and start back running. To my surprise last year I was diagnosed with Basil skin cancer on my ear, I write this in the hope it may help others who spend time outdoors and make some more aware of the need to cover up from April to October. I am a self confessed total wimp, although I have no fear of the dentist, I do have a dislike of Doctors and more so hospitals. I was gobsmacked to be told it was cancer and although skin cancer was somewhat dismissive thinking it was no real risk to life. Today, I had the operation to remove it, I was so close to running out the hospital, but the doctors told me, I can do that, but sooner or later I would face a worse situation and with the help of the nurses and first class treatment and encouragement from the staff, plucked up the courage to go through with it. This next bit I write in more detail, because if I had known what to expect, I might not have been so fearful. I had the biopsy back in September, in a small room under a local anesthetic and was out in minutes. I expected the same for the removal of the growth, but was wrong. I was asked to change into gowns and prepare for theater, this set me into panic mode, it was all my worst thought's come to reality, I have a total fear of surgery and never thought I would be faced with 6 medical staff awaiting me in an operating theater. The staff were outstanding, most reassuring to me throughout the procedure, I had to have skin grafts from another area to repair the part of the ear that was removed, the operation was nowhere near as bad as I expected, the only really painful part was the needle for the anesthetic, which they gave me to shots of, I am now as I write wearing my running hat (skull type) as protection since I keep bleeding still 6 hours after the operation. I hope this write up helps others to be aware of the need to cover up in the months mentioned and to know what procedures you may expect. I was a wimp with no need and had I known what to expect, may well not have got myself into an anxious state prior to the operation. I know this as no relevance to C25K, but of course as runners you are exposed to the suns rays, that despite such an awful few months, can be so damaging without you ever realizing. Best wishes to all me fellow runners and those wishing to change their lives.
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