Staying tanned is a part of looking good and sometimes people use tanning beds to keep it that way, especially in winter.
It’s pretty common to go up to a tanning salon to look their very best.
Jude Thrasher was a regular customer but only until it changed her life completely and lost an entire part of her face.
This is what happens when you use tanning beds.
Jude had been using it since she was 13 and never stopped.
She would do twenty-minute sessions when she went to the salons instead of using the one her parents has at home. This was already excessive for her, but by the time of her wedding, she had upped it to going to six to seven times a week, still doing her twenty-minute sessions.
Jude knew her skin was gradually getting damaged and a strange sore started to develop on her nose.
“The sore had burst open overnight,” said Judy Thrasher, “I just thought I must have scratched myself in my sleep.”
Then just one month later it came close to healing but burst again. And she suddenly had a hole in her nose.
It was at this moment that Judy pieced together the puzzle. “After a few months when it failed to heal, being a nurse, I realized what was going on,” she said.
“I just knew. I went to my local doctor and said, ‘I have cancer on my face.”
However, she did develop cancer on her nose. But fortunately she survived the cancer and has a scar on her nose.
She now always applies sunblock, wears an umbrella in the sun, and has full body check ups every three months. And she will for the rest of her life.
“When you’re a teenager you think you’re invincible,” she said. “But I covered my face while using the tanning bed and still got cancer.”
Judy now serves as an inspiration to some: “I have had tons of girls saying I have saved their skin, after they’ve seen my picture and been put off sunbeds.”
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