dear 16-year-old me...i'm proud of you. keep doing what you're doing. don't give in to peer pressure. and...watch this. (actually EVERYONE watch this!!)
at age 16, i tanned on my house roof, laying on a silver mat, to attract as much sun as possible. and sometimes i added baby oil to the mix. often, i tanned until i blistered.
in my 20s, my cousin was diagnosed with melanoma on his chest. major, massive surgery. he lived. and thankfully continues to do well today. but, you're never totally cured from melanoma.
as a nurse, melanoma scared the shit out of me.
today, i'm 41. i avoid the sun and use sunscreen. tampa is brutal; the sun here is vicious. i also get skin cancer checks every year by my dermatologist.
wish i never laid out in the sun like i did. wish i saw this video when i was 16. hoping to spread the word.
...or the sunglasses fad.
rosie, you ARE a young genius. sorry i missed you in utah. next time, for sure. thanks for the share. xo.