Yesterday, day 15, my face continued to burn and itch throughout the day. I noticed some deepening in color of some of the lesions and some slight shedding of the skin near my mouth.
Today there are more spots showing up on my forehead all of a sudden and the lesions on my cheeks are getting even darker and some of them look like little scabs. My forehead seems to be the last part on my face to react to the drug. Hopefully that does not mean I will have to continue for another week. I will know more when I check in with my doctor again at the end of this week.
Yesterday I had a consistent combination of itching and burning throughout the day with a couple periods of calm where I could actually focus and get some work done.
**Lovely photo of the day – lesions are getting darker, more inflamed and burning a lot.**
Today is a different story. My face has been on fire for the majority of the day, I have a headache, and am extremely tired. This three weeks straight stuff of discomfort, pain, itching, and less sleep has definitely taken a toll on me in many ways. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and in my ability to be productive.
To ease some of my stress, my wonderful partner created a GoFundMe page to help me with the costs of my co-pay for my surgeries and treatments. I am personally very shy about those types of things and don’t normally ask for help. But this was definitely not an expected expense on my radar for this year. Such is the life of the working artist. So, if you feel so moved here is the link to the GoFundMe page: http://www.gofundme.com/hgdvmk.
I am one who likes to give in exchange for giving. So, if you would prefer to help out by purchasing some of my artwork instead of just a blanket donation, here are two places you can do that along with discount coupons for each:
My Etsy Shop (handmade polymer clay jewelry): http://www.etsy.com/shop/zeninthegarden – Enter coupon code: WPSKIN1 at checkout and receive 30% off your total purchase. A portion of the proceeds for this shop will be donated to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
My Fine Art America gallery (fine art photographs): http://tracy-thomas.artistwebsites.com – Enter coupon code: PLMVBU at checkout and receive 30% off your total purchase.
And if none of these appeal to you please feel free to share this post or those links along with coupon codes. You are all, each one of you, appreciated for your kind and encouraging words and especially for continuing to travel along on this journey.