Hi, my name is Debbie.
Caring, kind, friendly.
I discovered my skin problem through my rheumatoid arthritis which was diagnosed about 8 months ago. Unfortunately the medication I'm on does not react well with the sun and it caused red itchy rashes on my hands and very itchy skin on my arms.
I have always been a person that stays out the sun and I don't like to be burnt.
All over tan has never worried me even from a child. I suppose if we new back then what we know now things would be a lot better.
I would tell myself to always cover up and protect against the sun.
Thank you Debbie for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing some stories from the Solbari Community to help raise awareness about skin cancer, melanoma and sun protection.
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I grew up thinking pale was beautiful till I started university in the mid 70s. Then I took a U turn and decided a tanned look would make me look more attractive. I went all out achieving a tanned look, lying out in the sun during the summer holidays, after my summer job hours and all weekends. That went on for many years.