Thursday, October 4, 2012

We Need More Hats

by Kathy F.

A little while ago I noticed a small bump on my ear. It didn't go away, so I got in to see a dermatologist. He told me the spot looked weird (what everyone likes to hear, yes?) advised cutting it off (the bump, not the ear), and sent it off to be tested. I'm going to skip the gory details and just say "Ow!" Fast forward a couple of days and I get the call that they found skin cancer cells.

That "c" word is a bitch to hear, isn't it?

Luckily they were small cells and it looks like they got it all. I'll be going back in soon for a follow up, and you better believe I'll be scrutinizing every mole and bump. I'll also be going back for regular checkups, making sure I've got sunscreen on more than just my face, and I'll be rocking the hats year round.

I seem to skip between the "Well, shit" response, relief that it's not as bad as it could be, some freaking out, then back to "Well, shit." I know that's all normal, and my brain will sort it out eventually. I'm now at the point where I can say the word cancer, so that's progress. I did do some retail therapy with a good friend to pick up a couple of new hats. I got the obligatory floppy sun hat (on sale since summer is coming to a close), as well as a cloche hat that should do well this fall. I need to add more to my wardrobe.

I think in general people remember to wear hats and use sunscreen in the summer, because it seems obvious, but although the weather is cooler (and even on a cloudy day), those rays are still there. Also, as completely un-fun as it is to add to the list of medical checkups we all have to schedule the older we get, it's a good idea to add a visit to the dermatologist, especially if you have any weird bumps or moles. Double-time if something changes quickly or grows. I had a friend who went in to get a spot checked after they heard my tale. Yep, same deal, but the good news is it looks like they caught his early too.

It's not really in my nature to dwell too long on things I can't change, so now that the PSA is over, let's get on to something fun: what kind of geeky hats should I get? Etsy, Thinkgeek and SuperHeroStuff to the rescue!

For inspiration, I went to Sara's post on genre hats, as well as perused my fav online stores.

The Fedora: You can get a replica Indiana Jones Fedora from Thinkgeek, but that's a little too on the nose for me. I'm not sure I can work the fedora, to be honest. Some of them are really cute, but would I look wannabe hipster?

From ThinkGeek

There is the silly (but still awesome):

Tim the Enchanter from ThinkGeek

Star Wars Chewbacca Peruvian cap from SuperHeroStuff

The "Sci Fi Princess" **cough Leia cough** hat from CraftyRidge on Etsy

I think I really want the Leia one, but I don't know that these are doable day to day.

For the crafty among us, Sara has the goods on knitting your own Jayne hat. I'm eyeing this for the winter months.

All of these are very fun, but I've saved my favorite for last. And that, my friends, would be hats inspired by Downton Abbey.

And so much more. Seriously, here are the Google results from searching "Downton Abbey hats."

Oh, the pretty! I think some of these are doable. I can pull these off. I found a few on Etsy (duh), like:

From bethanylorelle

Feels a bit more summery, but I like. From EMarieDesignsShop
And here's a bunch more from searching, you guessed it, "Downton Abbey hats" at Etsy.

The American Cancer Society has info on staying safe in the sun.

Thanks to all of my real life and cyber friends for being so supportive. It's easy to encounter ass-hattry on the internets, but I've lucked out that I've met so many caring, wonderful people.

Wear that sunscreen, get yourself checked, and lets bring back hats!

What hat style is your favorite?

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  1. Hats on to you!

    My head is very small so doesn't do well with hats but I tend to wear visors or a floppy gardening hat when I spend any time outside.

    I've always tried to remember to do my ears when I sunscreen too - mine tend to stick out a bit so are sun magnets.

    Wear your sunscreen year 'round people!!

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    1. By the way, if I had mentioned it before, I'm so glad you did this post and I'm so in awe that you've handled the whole situation so well.

  3. Aw, thanks! :)

    I know a big part of me being able to handle it is all of the support I've gotten from friends & fam.

  4. Kathy,

    So sorry to hear this. Hope they got it all, and that you are getting the best care possible!