Suzanne McClendon’s September Challenge is comprised of 30 questions (one for each day of this month) regarding your background and history.
Day 14: Do you tan easily or do you burn instead?
I used to burn badly. And despite the pain, the blistering, and the peeling layers of skin that made me look like a zombie (or Steve Bannon), I continued to expose my epidermis to the sun, rarely applying sunscreen.
These days I stay out of the sun unless I’m wearing a hat, a long sleeved shirt, and long pants. That’s because five years ago I was diagnosed with skin cancer.
Fortunately, it wasn’t melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. It was squamous cell carcinoma, a common and treatable form.
I’m now skin cancer free, but I’m not taking any chances. So if you see a guy out walking his dog covered from head to toe in clothing, even on the hottest of days, that might very well be me.