When we met for breakfast after my willPower workout, it was a big deal but I had no idea why. I did notice something different, but it was the exposed biceps..not the exposed spots. He was wearing a tank top. I had only recently convinced him to take off his shirt in bed. He’s very self-conscious about his spots so he never exposes his skin. If you’ve ever had a peel, aggressive facial, Botox/injection, face lift…or “enhancement”, you understand there may be pain, irritation, and/or some type of incubation period while you wait for results…improvement. When you have skin cancer, it is similar in the sense that spots may appear on the way to healing.
In my fiancé’s case, it is more complex. He was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2010. And he is Sicilian, which means he doesn’t have the telltale signs of freckles gone bad. When you put off treatment for monetary reasons, denial, and a plethora of self-worth reasons, it can progress…into the bone marrow. But you don’t know until you try…chemo.
If there are more spots, it’s indicative that the skin cancer has spread to your bone marrow.” ~Dr. Gollard
However, not all spots are created equal. Flat and faded spots are welcomed in the sense that they are not dangerous; they indicate cancer was there and it was killed. They are evidence that the chemo is working.
New spots that are raised, however, are cancerous…basal cell carcinoma…being pushed out from the bone marrow into the skin. A better place for cancer to reside, but it is still cancer. Meaning chemo is not over. It’s just beginning…