Actinic keratosis
seems hubby was right
liquid nitrogen’s burn — and tingle
deftly applied to
persistent spots
on my face, my legs
parts of me forever exposed to the sun;
denial, years in the making.


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  1. Turns out that Mom was right all these years….

    I’m in the same boat, Julie. Every 6 months it’s burn baby, burn!

    • I positively cringe, too, thinking about that year’s membership I had at the tanning salon in my 20’s. Laying out one sunny day, reading a magazine article about skin cancer, I looked up at the sun, went inside and never returned – halfway through the year – to the tanning bed.

      • Long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen comprise our future, Julie. That, and regular visits to the dermatologist.

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