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A sun-seeker has said that what she considered a pimple was ultimately skin cancer.
Radio announcer Janet Lujan said that surgeons had made her look like an "alien" half the inside of her nose, "like balls of melon," before using a reconstructive skin flap to cover the hole.
The radical surgical technique – stretching a flap of the living skin from one vein fed from forehead to nose it covered half her face – the 43-year-old felt like a freak.
Janet, who underwent surgery shortly before Christmas 2017, was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma ̵
She was humiliated after Christmas and said, "I cried because of the response I received from people."
"Strangers looked at me would look at them and immediately they would turn away, while the lady at the cash register barely said two words to me.
I had a broken heart as I left, it was such a shock to be treated that way. After that I needed someone with me, because on my own I felt like a freak. "
Even after seven traumatic months of treatment, Janet still felt" jealousy "because she saw other people tan.
She confessed, "I still miss tanning and feel a bit jealous when people say they are going to the lake or the park to lie in the sun, sometimes I go – I'm going from head to toe Be covered in the strongest canvas I can find. "
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When she first noticed the white head on the right side of her nose Her 46-year-old firefighter Ray suggested last summer that she should go to the hospital to be examined.
She remembers, "I thought," No way! I look like the biggest idiot who's going to see a doctor for a job. "
It was a bit weird because it hurt, but I just thought I'd give it a few days until it was good and mature and then squeeze it out, then two days later, it exploded itself and it just did not stop bleeding.
"It never occurred to me that it could be skin cancer, but when I finally went to the doctor after three weeks of bleeding, I found out that it was
Fortunately, despite the need for surgery, cancer had to be diagnosed because it was basal and did not spread quickly, it did not need chemo or radiation therapy.
Janet continued, "I went to a surgeon who gave me more shots to numb my nose than me After that, they basically took a melon-baller and kept scooping until all the cancer had disappeared. "
Then, left with a tiny hole in her nose, she went to cartilage, Janet had a reconstructive surgery, which means you have to rebuild it by pulling off a flap of skin from your forehead – with your veins and nerves still intact – and attaching them to the right side of your nose.
She continued, "The treatment is rarer than a smooth graft
" This dead skin would have a different color while the flap cut off from your forehead was turned around and with a vein in it This nourishes the skin with your nose for three weeks and keeps them alive. "
While Janet was sure that the result would look better than a skin graft, the treatment itself was exhausting.
During a consultation with the nurse a few days before the operation, she was even given a tissue box before she found herself
She said, "It was very overwhelming To see pictures of the kind of face I had to live with for three weeks. " Basically, I had a gash from my eyebrow down to my hairline, with a vein sticking out of my head
She finally had her removed and stitched on Boxing Day 2017.  Six months later, she tells her surgeon They have done an extraordinary job and added, "You never think about the degree your surgeon has at the medical school until they are above you and your face is stitched together.
"But he did an excellent job and people do not notice the sign where it was at all now.
Jane now released cancer and admitted that she completely denied her desire for browning before her skin cancer disorder.
She said, "It's funny because I never thought I was someone who had an addiction but now look back and see this pattern, I think.
The night before Reconstructive Surgery, I had a dream that I could not tan because this vein hung on my forehead and I was desperate because I could not. I woke up and thought, "Girl, you have problems!"
At least that taught me to check my relationship with tanning.
& # 39; I always wear sunscreen and now I am the one who tells my husband and children to wear it. It's important to be safe from the sun, because this is a process that, even if you're lucky, brings stress and worry in time, like me, for six or seven months. "