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Amber's personal story


Unlimited tanning for $19.99 a month.

Like many young ladies, I was a tanning bed user throughout college. What started as a couple of times before a dance or trip, turned into a relaxing activity that I began to enjoy and do more regularly. I didn't think much about it. 

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. Heading out on our clinical rotations soon, I was due for many shots, tests, and blood work anyhow. My doc 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, 7 abnormal pathology reports, 19 scars, and 1 chest x-ray.

... hardly worth $19.99 a month.

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