Tanning Beds and Melanoma: A Survivor’s Journey and Lessons Learned

Leah Adams –

As a melanoma survivor, she knows the importance of protecting your skin. Her story inspires others to take action and make sun safety a top priority.

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Ep. 110

Welcome to the 2023 Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Series. 

The first guest of this multi-part series is Leah Adams. She is an avid runner, loves to travel and is a melanoma survivor! Ever since she was touched by cancer, she turned her life around for the better. Her experience led her to become a skin cancer and mental health advocate. She is also is the daughter of and caregiver for her dad, a Stage IV metastatic melanoma patient. 

Leah had a love for tanning that started at a young age. Growing up in Ohio, she felt the pressure to maintain a tan all year round, leading her to use tanning beds frequently. However, she never thought about the risk of skin cancer. That all changed when she received devastating news at just 26 years old…

Today she will share with you her journey from diagnosis to advocate and from patient to caregiver.

Her story is one of hope and strength.

…that’s all connected by the same cancer melanoma. Yes. It’s amazing how I had like a 180 shift in mindset, in lifestyle, and it’s all for the good. I mean, I’m a person where I don’t want to live with regrets. I mean, I can sit here all day and say, oh, I shouldn’t have done that, or I would have done that. But that doesn’t help me. The only thing I can do is move forward in a positive way and learn to love my pale skin, learn to embrace my moles, learn to embrace my scars. And it hasn’t been easy, I’ll be honest…

Supporting  those who have been affected by skin cancer, whether they are the patient or the caregiver, is vitally important. As we heard from Leah’s experience, the tight-knit community that exists among people who have been diagnosed with Melanoma has been a great support system. The awareness provided by organizations and communities can help patients and caregivers deal with the physical, mental and emotional impact of this disease. Let’s bring more education and awareness to preventing and treating skin cancer to make our world a safer and happier place.

Leah hopes to continue to educate others and share her story to prevent others from going through what she did. She encourages everyone to prioritize sun safety and protect their skin from harmful UV rays. 

To connect with Leah on Instagram- @theleahalexis 

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Living with the Emotional Toll of a Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Survivorship 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting millions of people each year. While it can be easily prevented and treated in its early stages, a skin cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on a person’s emotional and mental health. The experience of facing mortality, undergoing surgery, and coping with the after-effects of treatment can be overwhelming and traumatic. Surviving skin cancer often comes with a range of emotional challenges, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Many survivors also experience survivor’s guilt, feeling guilty for surviving when others did not.

The emotional toll of skin cancer can be especially difficult for those who have lost loved ones to the disease or who have been diagnosed with advanced or metastatic cancer. Support from family, friends, and healthcare professionals is crucial in helping survivors cope with the emotional impact of skin cancer.

Connecting with other survivors and support groups can also provide a sense of community and understanding. It is essential to prioritize self-care, including practicing stress-reducing activities, getting enough sleep, and seeking mental health treatment if necessary.

Ultimately, prevention and early detection remain essential in combating the emotional toll of skin cancer. By taking steps to protect our skin from harmful UV rays and staying vigilant about changes in our skin, we can reduce the risk of developing this disease and improve our overall health and wellbeing.

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** Sailing Through Life Podcast is intended to educate, inspire and support you on your personal journey and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only. If you are suffering from any psychological or medical conditions, please seek help from a qualified health professional.

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Published by Lorie

Hello and welcome to Sailing Through Life! My name is Lorie. I am a 2-time melanoma cancer survivor and a sailor - in my heart and on the water. I want to be a beacon of light to others with life challenges and be an inspiration to stay positive while going through these life-altering events. Join me as I set sail on this new adventure... Sailing Through Life.

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