How to fix a problem that nobody seems to be able to fix: sun poisoning
I was in a car with my mom, my boyfriend, and our little girl, who was in the backseat.
The car’s air conditioning system was on, and it was about 10 degrees.
I sat back and watched as the car slowly warmed up.
By the time it got to 50 degrees, the heat was killing me.
I was barely conscious.
My mom had already called a friend to pick us up at a gas station.
She called the emergency room at the nearest hospital.
The hospital staff there immediately diagnosed me with sun poisoning, a serious skin condition caused by sun exposure.
The next day, I was rushed to the emergency department and diagnosed with skin cancer.
It was one of the worst things I had ever done.
I lost the ability to speak, my eyesight was completely gone, I had to wear a special sunscreen to protect my eyes, and my hair grew into a messy mess.
I had a lifetime of scars, the worst of which was from the sun poisoning that I suffered.
I have been told that my condition is reversible.
But I have to tell you, I’m not convinced.
The sun is the enemy of our survival.
I don’t want to die alone.
And it’s been almost five years since I went into surgery to remove the sunburn, a surgery I thought was over the top.
I still have a lot of pain from that surgery, and I’m still afraid to go outside.
It’s like a nightmare.
What if I have another skin cancer?
What if my skin is gone for good?
What about my children?
If you have sun poisoning or sun cancer, I urge you to contact your doctor.
I know the sun is not a great place to live.
But if you have any questions about sun safety or how to protect yourself and your family, I invite you to ask me on Twitter or Facebook.
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