Her Misuse Of Tanning Beds Led To All Her Current Scars
Judy Cloud was a frequent user of tanning beds in her younger years. Then, sunscreen wasn’t such a requirement as it is today, but she wishes she had knowledge of what it can prevent back then.
At 49-years-old, Cloud has had four surgeries to undo what her younger-self did to her body. The surgeries she underwent were to remove the cancerous spots on her body, all of which have left physical and emotional scars.
This is what Judy Cloud looked like before her world turned upside down:
“I had a three-hour surgery, and I was under general anesthesia. I spent two hours in recovery. I had 23 places surgically removed in one day – ten by excision (meaning I had ten places on me that had stitches) and thirteen by laser. I had to take two weeks off work because I was to spend the two weeks following surgery immobile, lying on a couch during the day with my legs elevated and lying in bed at night with my legs elevated.
I worried about blood clots and I worried about getting pneumonia, both of which could happen post-surgery with immobility. I couldn’t take a real shower for two weeks because my lower legs were wrapped and I couldn’t get the wraps wet.”
The following photos depict Judy’s scars the days following her surgeries:
Judy’s scalp is completely numb because doctors had to remove a nerve in her forehead and scalp. That nerve was sitting right in the middle of the cancer.
Cloud still couldn’t fully open her mouth and was unable to eat “crunchy” or “chewy” foods for 4 weeks after the surgery
Cloud says she wants to use her experience to help others stay away from tanning beds for good:
“I hear too many people say that they feel better about how they look after they go to a tanning bed or after they bake in the sun for hours on end. Look at the pictures. This could be you. Anyone can get skin cancer, even people who have darker skin tones. It is a misconception that only fair-skinned people can get skin cancer. Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate.”
In total, her surgery cost $27,000.
“I’m really hoping the thought of going to a tanning bed [is] no longer sounds quite so attractive to you.”