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allmost60
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Well...I tried laying out in the sun today, and once again I just couldn't handle it. I've tried it 3 times this summer.Each time after 15 minutes, I get hot "very" quickly..light headed and dizzy. Today, I even felt sick to my stomach after 10 minutes. Sooo weird! I'm done trying...guess I'll just be pale for the summer. Self tanning lotions look like crap and the professional spray tans cost too much for the little amount of time it lasts. Oh the joys of having cancer! The sun NEVER bothered me before chemo, and I think having the Rituxan every other month might be part of the problem also. Oh well..it is, what it is! Have a "Happy 4th of July" peeps! Love...Sue..(pale face..ha!)
(FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

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The sun never bothered me. Hell,I look like a Jamaican already. I did notice the sun does bother my eyes a lot more than usual. Now I have to wear sunglasses whenever I go outside.I look like a cool Jamaican now LOL. Seriously I have heard a lot of meds do make people sun sensitive. John(FNHL-1-4A-5/10)

cooky38
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sue i know when my thyoid level droped, i could't tolerate the cold and i've heard you can't tollerate the heat either. have you had yours checked? blessings denise

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Hi Denise,
I've had 3 CT Scans, the last was done on April 13th/2011. All 3 scans have come back..Thyroid and Thymus..unremarkable. So..I can only assume all is good in that area. I'm pretty sure I've become sun sensitive because of the chemo/R, or combination there of. Summer of 2009 I was tan as a berry and spent endless hours in the direct sun fishing in our boat. No problems at all with getting hot/dizzy or sick. The only thing that has changed since then for me is having cancer/chemo and now R maint. Kinda makes sense to me that it's the chemo, etc. Anyways...like I said before...it is, what it is. The cold doesn't bother me a bit...keeps the hot flashes to a minimum...ha! Take care..Love..Sue
(FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

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Hey John,
Jamaicans call sunglasses....Darkers (dah-kahs)- Sunglasses, shades. You be lookin cool in your dah-kahs! I wonder if high humidity helps the tanning process? No humidity here. Have a "Happy 4th"...Sue (FNHL-2-3a-6/10)

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Hi Sue - if you lived in FL where it takes 6 months to get an appt. with a Dermotologist, you'd know being a "paleface" is much healthier than a tanned one! I did serious damage to my skin the 7 years I lived in Naples, FL on the south West coast. Like most, I knew I looked much prettier with a tan, and basked on the beautiful white sand of the Gulf almost daily. Am I paying for it now! Have had many squamous cancer cells removed from my chest, arms and face - going for 3 more on my face next week to be cut out with stitches to follow. Regardless of what is causing you not to be able to lie in the sun, count your blessings for it! I know you don't get as much sun as we do in FL living in WA and it must feel SO good on your skin when it does shine. But please take it from one who seems to live in my skin Dr.'s office when I'm not in my Oncologist's and either use a high sun screen in your boat and/or avoid the sun the rest of the time - you'll be glad later! Cancer doesn't show up for many years (even 20 or 30) after the damage is done. Fran

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Hi Fran,
I've always used sun screen throughout the years. My PCP checks me from head to toe every year when I go in for my physical for signs of possible skin cancer...so far so good. I keep a light weight cotton long sleeve shirt in the boat and slip it on when I feel like I'm starting to get too much sun. I also have a big floppy hat I wear. Steve said we are changing our fishing times to early mornings and then evening fishing once the sun is down. There's just no way I will be able to sit in the boat feeling like I did today because of the sun. My sister is going through removal of multiple squamous cancer cells. The last one was on her nose and she now has another one on her cheek to be removed. She went to the tanning beds every other day for the last 20 plus years...winter, spring, summer and fall...always had a tan, year around. Not now...this latest scare on her nose finally convinced her to quit going. My tanning days are over,I know, and as you said..it's for the better...it's just disappointing always looking so darn pale. I'll get over it. Thanks for sharing AND caring Fran. Have a wonderful 4th of July! Love...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

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Hi Sue - sounds like your hubby knows what he's doing by suggesting early morning or evening fishing - good for him! The long sleeve shirt's a good idea.

Good luck to your sister - I had a couple of friends in WV who did the same with tanning beds - I could NOT convince them of how dangerous they are and now they are sorry and paying for it too. The fitness club we used to belong to (but have now joined a newer and closer one owned by our hospital) had 4 tanning bed rooms in it - I couldn't believe it! It was Planet Fitness - I had to bite my tongue every time I saw someone enter the room to tan - wanted so badly to tell them not to do it!

You're right about the humidity, John. And is it high in my neck fo the woods (and know NC can be too in the summer)until about mid October. Not my favorite time of the year in the south! Happy 4th to all - Fran

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Sue,
Believe it or not I do not even have to go out in the sun and my skin turns dark from the heat. It has always done that. I guess its the melanin in my skin. Now if I want to really get dark I will have to go out in the sun for at least a couple of hours a day for about 2 weeks. I think the humidity helps a lot in the tanning. The humidity makes you sweat and the oils come out in the skin and speed up the tanning process. Without humidity the sweat would evaporate quickly. The thing about humidity it is a pain in the butt. John

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