Your Name Offers No Encouragement

So, I have this weird thing on my face, kind of mole-ish but not really. Just popped up several weeks ago and has been annoying to look at, and a little worrisome. So I went to my family doctor and he prescribed a steroid cream and said to use it for two weeks and see what happene. After two weeks, it made it smaller but didn’t take it away. Then when I stopped the cream, it came right back. So, he is referring me to a Dermatologist so they can have a look at it.

I get the call today with the appointment information and the name of the practice is downright, freaking terrifying: Central Ohio Skin & Cancer

Seriously? Cancer is right there in the name of the damn place.

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For someone like me, who worked in Oncology for 10 years and saw cancer on a daily basis, some of the more neurotic of us tend to think that cancer is just hiding around the corner everywhere we go, waiting to pounce. I was told by my shrink once that it is because we saw it daily that it seemed more likely to actually happen to us, even though the “real” statistics were exactly the opposite. But in our crazy, neurotic brains – 100% certain everything that happened was cancer. So, hearing the name of this place gave me an honest-to-God shiver and I got a little flutter in my stomach.

Now, the real chances that this is cancer are slim. Even I know that it doesn’t “look” like any skin cancer I’ve ever seen before. But still … fucking cancer. In the name of the place I’m going to next week. Jeebus.

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