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    Posted December 1, 2012 by
    New Jersey
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    That Scar

    A couple of years ago, I had a biopsy of a freckle on my arm. The lab report stated that I had melanoma in situ. After a successful surgery to clear the cancerous cells, I was left with a disfiguring scar on my arm. A few months later, another biopsy -- this time on my thigh -- revealed a melanoma. I had surgery to remove the cancerous cells and then, when a year had passed since the first surgery on my arm, I had a scar revision done. My arm looks better, but not a day goes by without someone asking my how I got "that scar".
    These days, I feel less like "That Girl" and more like "This Girl With That Scar". In other words, these brushes with cancer have affected my outlook greatly. I no longer believe myself to be strong and healthy. I make poor dietary choices and avoid exercise whenever I can.
    I am looking for proof that my body is still capable of great feats and that I still possess the willpower to overcome great obstacles.
    I am 45 years old and play tennis 5 days a week but I have never participated in a race of any kind. I am about ten pounds overweight. I am a loyal friend, a funny girl, an enthusiastic person and a writer by trade. An editor recently reviewed my full-length poetry collection and described my work as possessing "a palpable ache". Boy, oh boy, did he ever get that right!
    I would love a spot on the team. I have something to prove to melanoma; it won't define me anymore.
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