My journey continues

A quick recap; I was an idiot. An idiot who loved the sun too much. An idiot that thought a tan meant you were healthy. An idiot that believed a tan made you “honey bronzed and very very desirable”. This of course will make little sense to you if are a first time reader. Read my earlier posts, it will click. 

I am a run of the mill ordinary guy. A husband, a father, a friend. I mow the lawn on Saturday, help my daughters with homework and love my wife more than anything in the world. I appear nightly on your television, work tirelessly for local charities and I am driven to help make our little corner of the world a little better than we found it. I am a run of the mill guy, with skin cancer. 
 Squamous cell cancer grew undetected inside my lower lip. 7 MOHS surgeries in one day was followed by plastic surgery and 42 stitches. I lost a third of my lower lip. Not great for a guy on TV. Most days it feels like I just left the dentist. Numb lips, mispronouncing the letter “s”; guilty. By the way, I am not drooling over your new sports car, I just drool. 
My cancer was caused by exposure to the sun. The burning celestial orb that can overtake you at any moment and make you feel more alive, more energized than almost anything in the world. Resistance is futile. It is like trying to jump in a pool without getting wet. The sun is everywhere, even on a cloudy day. Avoiding the sun is impossible. I considered living in a cave but the damp, musty conditions would play havoc with my stylish hair. To go outside I have to protect myself. I now wear hats and use sunblock, everyday.
It is the end of April. The snow has long ago melted and the sun grows more powerful everyday. Cancer surgery was 8 months ago. Chemotherapy was 3 months ago. On ward to Spring and the marvelous month of May! Breaking news; May is skin cancer awareness month. More breaking news; Cancer sucks. Cancer is gross. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I have decided to share some of my surgery and chemotherapy pictures with you. My friends at http://www.coolibar.com will share them online. I will warn you now, the surgery pictures are gross. That is the message; Cancer IS gross. 

Before you ask…I am not being compensated for my message with Coolibar. They are a local Minnesota company, I love their sun safety products and I love their message. Together our skin cancer message is louder. If my cancer journey can empower one person or inspire one family to practice better sun safety then my cancer journey can have a positive side. 
As for me, I am not finished…next week I will be back at the doctor for another cancer checkup. I pray that I am clear. This journey is not one I would have chosen but it is one I must take. Thanks for taking it with me.

Thanks for stopping by.
God bless,
-Ian
Here I am with my marvelous wife…at US Bank Stadium where I emceed the Interfaith Outreach Gala last week.

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Author: ianmn

FOX 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard...love my life, love my wife, love my daughters and love my dog...kinda like the cat. I am the #stayskyaware dude.

17 thoughts on “My journey continues”

  1. Ian, I want you to know that there are lots of thoughts and prayers with you in your upcoming doctor visit. You have a good attitude with all this shit happening to you. I pray all goes well for you. Tell Jasper his dad will be just fine. Love your great wit.

    Linda Wright

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  2. Prayers for you as you continue to have rechecks. Positive attitude is so darn important! I always get scaniety when I have my CT scams for Esophageal Cancer-2yr ow no evidence of disease NED

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  3. Ian, I am so glad you got diagnosed & had successful treatment. And now you are a good spokesman for prevention. I had melanoma removed 3 years ago. Now I have ovarian cancer. Just had surgery & start chemotherapy on Thursday. It’s a tough road but we just need to keep going & pray that the treatment works. Take care.

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  4. Thanks for the update and reminder! We do need to be reminded lest we go out there in the upcoming, summer months and pretend we are exempt from the sun 😎🌞🌞🌞
    We are NOT!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your experience, you “forced” me to get a skin check and I had biopsy on a suspicious mole today. Thank you for the nudge I needed. Good luck to you Ian !

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  6. Ian, I am so glad that you are healing and Steve too. We all need reminders of being safe in the sun with warmer days ahead. And of course, cancer sucks…period! You guys keep getting well!!! 😊

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  7. May you find that our Father in Heaven has cleansed you from all cancer.  The fires we go through during our life test our faith in the Lord our God.  There are some people who are drawn to the Lord by way of their tests on Earth.  They become believers.  I will continue to pray for you and your family.  Please let us know how your test comes out. Just a side note:  I had no idea Steve Frasier had cancer.  Can you share what type it was?  Is he clear now?  He has lost way too much weight to the fact that I didn’t recognize  him when he returned to the air.  I enjoy his weather delivery as well as yours.  I will keep him in prayer also. Thank you for sharing your ordeal.God Bless you and your familly Ian, Dawn SperryCenterville, MN

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  8. Thanks for the good reminders! I discovered Coolibar before a trip to Hawaii this Spring. I covered up and only burned the tops of my feet from wading in the surf! Keep up the good work:)
    Love ya! Ruth

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  9. Praying everything will be A-okay at your check up this week. Looking forward to seeing you, Saturday, May 6th at the Depot for the Alzheimer’s Purple Gala.

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  10. Thanks for sharing Ian again! To my friend ( that I have never met 😂). It was nice having someone to go thru this extremely painful experience with! I am forever grateful for the advice & conversation. I will endure this chemo again once summer is over & am dreading every second of it! Thx for keeper no us all ousted on how u are doing! Much thanks! Sarah

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  11. Ian, I hope your checkup is a avoid one…always think positive, that’s what gets me through everything.. Breast cancer twice with reconstruction and now in March,,gall bladder surgery..going in Wednesday for a ct scan as there were precancerous cells found in and around area…so tired of this cancer stuff…anyway good luck to you…Judy

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  12. You didn’t tell us about your stupid cat..and the dog you love..I wish you all the luck in the world when you go to the Dr, May God be with you mt friend. Wanda

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