I am a native Floridian and I've always worn that badge with pride. I'm 40 years old and many tell me I look like I'm in my 20s. I have a huge laugh and a great sense of humor and am a quick learner and yearn to do the best job at anything I do. So now, I am surprised that my life as a Floridian, which I'm so proud of because it's so "rare" these days, also gave me sun damage that has led to malignant melanoma. Lucky for me it's only Stage 1.
My friend at lunch after a rural hike pointed at a spot/mole just below my elbow a little less than 2 weeks ago. I usually cover my arms so it was unusual that I wore a short sleeved shirt, especially that it was cool and foggy that morning. My friend announced "What's That"... she's always had a direct way of stating those words for other things, but since I had also noticed that this weird mole was dark and sometimes peeled, I thought I would be testing fate if I ignored it.