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Amber's story

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Unlimited tanning: $19.99 per month.

Like many young ladies, I was a tanning bed user throughout college. What started as a couple of times before a dance and/or trip turned into a relaxing activity that I began to enjoy and do more regularly. I didn't think much about it. "At the age of 23, I was diagnosed with stage II malignant melanoma ... hardly worth $19.99 per month."

During a lab in physical therapy school, a professor brought a funny-looking mole on my tummy to my attention and suggested I have my general practitioner look at it the next time I went in. Little did I know, she saved my life. I was due for many shots, tests, and blood work. My doctor did a simple punch biopsy and sent it away.

The call I received a week later would forever change my life. At the age of 23, I was diagnosed with stage II malignant melanoma.

To this day, I have had a total of 38 excisions, 67 stitches, 27 dermatologist appointments, seven abnormal pathology reports, 19 scars, and one chest X-ray.

Hardly worth $19.99 per month.

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