I’m very light complected, so I was never able to tan but could get a sunburn very easily. Therefore, I never could understand those people who wanted to pay to lie in a tanning bed, or who spent every possible waking moment laying in the sun. Last week, my friend G and I were talking. She told me about an old friend she hadn’t talked to in a while. Her friend was enamoured with G’s “beautiful brown skin” and spent lots of time tanning nude outside. G got a call recently from this friend. They played catch up to see what each had done lately. G said her friend told her she had had 64 separate operations to remove skin melanomas and that now the cancer was in her bones. This woman is only in her 50’s…much too young for such an extreme case of skin cancer turned bad. I don’t know if she used tanning beds or just spent a lot of time outside. Either way…this is the worst case of skin cancer I’ve ever heard of. It’s tragic! And all because someone wanted to have “pretty brown skin” instead of what she was born with. When will we realize there are always consequences to our choices. We have to be careful. This is sad and leaves me with mixed feelings.