Testimonials

Testimonials

Awareness is the key to prevention and early detection. Julie was diagnosed with melanoma after having a suspicious mole examined. She had the mole for years and agreed each time a friend or family member said "You should have that checked out." She finally did, but it was too late; the mole was cancerous and the melanoma had metastasized to her liver, lungs and breast. Julie made it evidently clear that she would not just sit back and let this go one. Through her blog and her story, she would encourage others to have suspicious moles checked, to wear sunscreen, the be generally sun-smart and more.

Read below for some recent testimonials from friends, family and new-comers to the blog:

"...Julie has personally touched my life. I went to the doctor for my second annual check-up (the very first time I went was right after Julie was diagnosed and had encouraged everyone on the blog to go). At that time, they removed a suspicious mole on my right shoulder blade. I received a call...indicating it was cancerous and I would have to come back in and have “the margins” removed. It certainly got our attention.I went for the outpatient surgery. Turns out, it was NOT cancerous (yet) but was “very abnormal”—so much so that the pathologist recommended the doctor remove additional tissues surrounding the mole, just to be safe. I was extremely relieved to find out that it is not cancerous, but, more importantly, because of my situation/Julie’s, my entire family is now going to be checked.God bless Julie for spreading the word. If it had not been for her, I honestly don’t think I would have ever even thought about going to the dermatologist—let alone actually go." friend of Jen Kerber

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"As I was lathering on the sunscreen the other day I realized that this might be the first year that I’m making sure that <we> are always wearing it and not just the kids. And then I realized that it was on my mind because of your dear friend <Julie>. Thanks for the reminder of this. It’s definitely had a serious effect on me." Heather

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"I was recently sun burned while doing an outside project. When I came into my house and realized just how much I was sunburned - I was so upset with myself for not applying sunblock. It would have taken literally one (1) minute, and potentially lowered my own risks of further damage to myself and my skin. I thought about the Lyons family today, as I purchased two bottles of block. Thank you...for reminding everyone of these risks." Kyra

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"It is because of Julie that I even know how serious skin cancer is. Two years ago I didn’t know and actually thought my sister (who is a doctor - I should have known that SHE would know!) was overprotecting her kids against the sun. I thought skin cancer was something that was removed when discovered and that was it…BUT - now I have realized that skin cancer IS bad and I do anything I can do to protect my kids. Thanks to Julie (& her friends/family) for teaching me this." Marianne

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"I get made fun of for being “pasty” because i really don’t like being in the sun. My response is that I am protecting my body. No, we don’t know all the causes of cancer, but for those we suspect, I will protect against." Kathleen

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To send in your own testimony, please email angie@bthomelanoma.com . By submitting your testimony, you are granting permission that your comment and first name be used on the BTHO website as well as any other marketing materials relating to BTHO.


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