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Monday, January 10, 2011


No, this is not about the Zodiac.

It’s about the basal cell carcinoma that made a home for itself
inside my temple.

As cancers go, this isn’t fearsome like most.

It doesn’t kill.

It scars.

Scars I can handle. I gots me quite a few.

Mostly on the inside.

Never had me a pretty face anyways.

Ain’t getting any prettier.

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Blogger Fiona said...

Jonas, I hope all goes well.

I have a few small scars myself from this affliction and the important thing is to keep a good eye out for early signs. Mine are, I believe, the result of many hours in the strong tropical sun and the ignorance of people in 'those days' as to the damage being done.

Good luck with the procedure. Rather a scar than, well, the alternative.

Tue Jan 11, 02:27:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Thank you, Fiona.

Funny thing, I know EXACTLY when I invited the cancer into my head. I was driving west in a convertible across the high plain of Colorado. It was July. The sun broiled my head, to the extent that I ended up with 3rd degree burns across half my face. Decades later, the bill comes due.

But, hey! According to the Chinese, I'm a rabbit and this is the year of the rabbit! What me worry?

Tue Jan 11, 03:27:00 AM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Ah... the price we pay for sins long past. Scars are what we show for the living we've done, right? Hope you get it taken care of asap, Jonas.

Tue Jan 11, 07:02:00 AM  
Blogger secret agent woman said...

I'm not such a fan of cancer. But I always thought scars make people more interesting.

If you're going for the luck of the Rabbit, you may want to wait until February 3rd, when that year starts.

Tue Jan 11, 07:17:00 AM  
Blogger Woman in a Window said...

It's all around us, and for some, in us. I've had cells turning for twenty years. I hope to stay in the turning stage and not quite get to the turned. But as far as cancers go, yes, my partner has gone through this and not even any scars. My mother goes through this now. But somehow even the numbers can't dilute the strength of such things. But I hope you kick its ass.

I'm with secret agent woman, scars are the proof we're here and life is inside of us. They're attractive, so here you are growing handsomer.

all my best

Tue Jan 11, 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just started an oncology course Jonas. Learning all about mutations, proto-oncogenes, p53 and carcinogenesis.

I understand how and why it happens but it doesn't take away the fear. I'm hoping all will be well. And cover up your damned head man!

Tue Jan 11, 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger Wine and Words said...

What is it with men and the aversion to sun screen? Is it sissy? Is it equated with lotion = primping = make-up? I beg my boys to wear it, hope to shield them from that bill coming due. In the end, I have no power.

Sorry Jonas. Not so much about the scar, but more about the process.

Tue Jan 11, 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

No worries, Ponita. Surgery is on my "to do" list.

My scars do tell a story, Covert Operative. They may not interest others, but I tend to muse upon them ever now and then.

No probs waiting til February. My HMO serves me with the alacrity of molasses in January.

Growing handsomer, Erin!?! No. Not really. But I really, REALLY appreciate the thought!

This form of cancer doesn't particularly induce fear, Lilith. Mostly aggravation.

Trust me, Annie, if sufficiently inspired, I'd gleefully marinate my hide in seductive perfumes and rich emollients. No, it's more a timing thing.

My peers and I basked in sunlight long before it was recognized that such doin's had consequences. Once it became widely recognized that sunburns can lead to disfigurement, I donned my hats and slathered sunblock all over my exposed bits. I kinda like the way the lotions left my forearms silky smooth and baby soft (he coos).

Thu Jan 13, 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope all goes well. It is hard to avoid these types of things, especially if we like to get out in the sunlight and see the world. In Australia, it is very common.I am sure you will be fine but I will offer up some prayers as well just to be sure.

Fri Jan 14, 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Thank you, Selma! I appreciate any and all good thoughts sent my way.

Fri Jan 14, 11:16:00 PM  
Blogger anna said...

When is the surgery? Has it been scheduled yet? I'd like to send some positive vibes your way when the time comes.

Sat Jan 15, 06:21:00 PM  

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