I’m cancer-free!

Back story: A month ago, a mole I have on my elbow began itching terribly but after asking my mother about it (she works in the medical industry), she told me there wasn’t anything to worry about so I left it at that. But last week, I noticed the same mole had a layer of scab over it and there was a lot of redness surrounding the area. I googled this up like any techy young adult would do and Dr Google diagnosed my symptoms as that of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Ensue crazy panic attacks and general freaking out.

My puzzling skin condition has been solved after leaving two doctors bewildered by my irrational mole (yes, I did just call it that – irrational). I was referred to the Skin Cancer Foundation for a thorough diagnosis, and what they actually mean by ‘thorough’ is a 5 minute chat with the doctor about the mole on my elbow and some careful prodding with that weird magnifying glass you often spy on a doctor’s desk. I was expecting to see more complex equipment to be frank: glasses with an endless number of magnifying lenses that you can slide in and out, one that would allow you to see the party of ruptured cells on my elbow. Maybe the magnifying glass dermatologists get are 10x more powerful than the standard issue.

The doctor tells me he doesn’t think it’s melanoma since my ethnicity, medical history and staggering ability to stay out of the sun makes it nearly damn impossible otherwise. I’m feeling kinda relieved at this point but mostly I am thinking, “Damn doctor, you’re pretty cute”. Kayz Ilyana, keep your hormones in check.

We decide together that it’s probably a layer of eczema* that’s just happened to cover my mole, no more but wicked chance. My doctor gives the head of the clinic a call, a Professor Robin Marks, and I’m thankful another woman would be in the consulting room because I need a distraction from Le Smoking Hot Asian Doctor. Of course, Professor Robin Marks turns out to be an eccentric old man who walks with a slight limp and carries an actual Sherlock Holmes type magnifying glass wherever he goes. I didn’t know what to think. He whips out his magnifying glass and holds them over my hands – “My goodness you have gold on your nails!”

I like him already.

Why my nails looked so frickin’ amazing yesterday:


Chanel Varnish in Peridot. THE NEBULA IN A BOTTLE! Twas a birthday present from Catherine, she spoils me so much omg THANKS DARLING <3

Anyway, Professor Marks touched my mole for 3 seconds and said, “This is just plain eczema, can’t you feel it?” in this singsong ~~ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON!~~ manner. Hot Asian Doctor was looking at us both sheepishly, prolly feeling guilty for calling the Prof away from his office awww :3

And then the worst happened: The Prof told me to strip so the both of them could examine my back. KILL. ME. NOW. The contents of last night’s dinner swirled in my head like a tragic bowl of punch: sweet chilli tofu, grilled chicken, some carrots, a mountain of rice and half a chocolate muffin. DAMN IT THAT CHOCOLATE MUFFIN. So while I was putting on my sad strip show, Hot Asian Doctor had a little chat with the Professor about some other patient business in an effort to keep things less awkward for me. I really appreciated that omg ;__; In Singapore, if you had to strip for the doctor – he’ll barely give you two minutes to get your shiz together before saying, “HELLO, READY OR NOT?” True story, k.

The two doctors gave my back a quick glance and satisfied by the lack of melanoma symptoms it showed, they thanked me for my time and walked me out to the reception (so nice and polite omg SINGAPORE Y U NO HAVE GENTLEMEN?!)

So yay, I’m cancer-free guys! I’m so thankful it was just a false alarm but er I am a little scarred that Hot Asian Doctor had to see my love handles .__. I’ll get over it eventually but I still cry in the shower thinking about my strip show HAHAHAH ok no.

But in all seriousness, skin cancer is not to be trifled with. If you have a mole that’s been bothering you for a while, I urge you to have it checked out! Remember to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun. Thanks to everyone who was panicking along with me on Twitter and in real life LOL, I appreciate all the love and well wishes <3 <3 <3

Note: I suffer from contact dermatitis – I’m allergic to nickel, which sadly is what most costume jewellery is made of. Whenever I wear my rings or any other non-silver/gold jewellery for long periods of time, I eventually get eczema as an allergic reaction. To put it simply: I suffer for fashion. The good thing is if and when I get married in the future and I shop for jewellery with my husband, I can say, “Honey, it’s not my fault I have expensive taste, I WAS BORN THIS WAY!” 8D

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23 Responses to “I’m cancer-free!”
  1. Dejiki says:

    Your last paragraph: I can foresee potential life savings spent at Tiffany & Co. LOL

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    ilyana's reply:

    And Cartier, Bvlgari just to name a few more HAHAHA >D

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  2. Jamilla Camel says:

    Such great news! Enjoy shopping!

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    ilyana's reply:

    Thank you Jamilla! ;D

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  3. Kaysee says:

    Argh I’m so awfully sorry for not knowing about the suspected melanoma and replied to your tweet in a rather insensitive way. I’m really thankful and glad that you’re alright now! Phew, better be safe than sorry. Love the way you wrote about your doctor trip and boohoo for no photo of the cute Asian doctor. Take care of yourself!

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    ilyana's reply:

    Oh nooo it’s okay lol, I didn’t even think it was insensitive! Plus no one actually knew my scare was a melanoma-related one because I was keeping it low ;) Sorry no photos of him! He’s really cute though, the sort of person you’d know your mother would love to have as a son hehe.

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  4. Oh geez >.< That's a pretty crazy scare! But I'm really glad you're ok, and I will sheepishly admit that I stopped reading halfway through just to ogle your nails. DANG that's a gorgeous color.

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    ilyana's reply:

    I KNOW, Peridot is sooo beautiful – you have to get a bottle if you see it at your local counter!!

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  5. daisydiana says:

    I can totally relate!

    Cancer is like the biggest fear on earth for me. When I was 18 and going through A Levels, I first had migraine I thought I had some brain tumor and I too googled my symptoms and MAJOR FREAKED OUT OK. Amongst the symptoms was, inhaling of plastic. I realised tt I had burnt plastic accidentally and thus inhaled it a week before. So basically I went to FOUR doctors/clinics to tell them about it before pouring out my panic woes to the last doctor who laughed and said that you have to breathing burst plastic for 10years.

    And guess what he diagnosed me with (other than migraine)…..

    DEPRESSION…………………………………..

    I am not surprised. Haha I really had the whole no appetite thingy going on. And cancer still remains my worst fear.

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    ilyana's reply:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA DIANA THAT IS SO FUNNY LOLOLOLOL I CANNOT!!!! HAHAHAHA I feel like posting this up on Twitter but I respect your privacy so I shan’t lol! Aww well I’m glad you’re still alive ;D I can totally get why you freaked out though, A Levels is 1000x harder than university (ok lah I didn’t take A levels but everything my friends say seems to confirm that)

    I don’t want to get cancer too D: and the worst thing is that it’s such a silent killer, I guess we just have to try our best to remain healthy!

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    daisydiana's reply:

    hahahaha pls la its old news and everyone knows abt it so you can post it in anyway you want!

    this is i wasnt even that stressed up or maybe i just didnt know it. haha

    but ya i pray that it NEVER happens to any of us!

    *shudders*

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  6. KC says:

    That’s great news! And LMAO about the hot asian doctor. Gawd, made me laugh so hard after reading your post. By the way, I love the color of this nail polish :) Talking about having allergic reaction, you’re not alone… I’m still suffering from it right now. I recently wore a costume jewelry and it made me itch soooo bad :( and it’s still there…(looks sooo disgusting).. not wearing anything unless they’re REAL! :D How have you been lately??

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    ilyana's reply:

    Yay KC I’m so glad you’ve bought the nail polish after reading this post!! It’s beautiful isn’t it? gilded gold and green? Thanks so much for reading and I’m happy you got a couple of laughs from my experience lol ;D I’m good, how are you??

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  7. Catherine says:

    OMFG girl you have no idea how relieved I was when I first saw this post!!!! So glad you’re ok :D & I have to say I totally loled at your description of your visit – sad we don’t get a pic of the hot asian doctor, but um… pretty sure I’m even sadder not to have met Professor Robin Marks hahahaha, he sounds AWESOME, LOL! :D & dude!!! Peridot looks stunning on you! I’m actually wearing it right now too so we’re polish twins! :D :D :D I’ve actually already worn Peridot 3x since I got it (and like dude – 3x out of 4 manicures so you know I’m like totally hopelessly addicted lmao), but heeheehee, so glad you love it too! :D :D :D

    & dude… I’m so thankful that as far as jewelry allergies I only seem to suffer from cheap earring posts so far. I have a couple pairs that I can’t wear for consecutive days, or for too long during one day, but nothing worse than that so far… nickel allergies are really hard to deal with! I haven’t tried coating my earring wires in nontoxic nail polish yet….. but it’s been on my to-do list for a really long time. Need to get nontoxic clear polish first though haha. & ROFL @ your last line – this is why I love you, Ilyana! =P

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    ilyana's reply:

    THANK YOU CAT!! I love this nail polish so much, I was so sad when I had to remove it the other day lol (btw is it just me or does it go off like a breeze??) I’m sorry I got you so worried but yay, I’m all healthy now thank goodness! Professor Robin Marks is quite the character lmao, pity I didn’t get a photo of him.

    IKR sometimes I hate this nickel bullshit because some of sandals have studs on them and after a day in them, I take them off and see rashes beginning to form ugh…jewelry I can deal with but not my shoes D: D:

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  8. Thank god! Btw, that is an awesome nail colour! :D

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    ilyana's reply:

    Thanks sweetie! :)

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  9. OH THANK GOD. Jeez, cancer is no joke. So many people in my family have had cancer uuugh it’s the worse thing ever. :( Thank goodness it was only a false alarm! I remember when I had the PCOS thing I heard the words “diabetes” and I freaked the eff out like no bodies business, so I can’t imagine how scared you must’ve been. :(

    So a big PHEW.

    xx Renee

    P.S. My Mom’s friend passed away this week. :( Take care of your health V, life is so precious.

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  10. lenny says:

    ahh, so relief to hear that ilyana! having to sit through different doctors and not having a final answer for it must have been scary for you. i hope you didn’t go through all of that alone. but anyway, i’m really glad that all is well and that you are healthy :)

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  11. Dee says:

    Awesome, great relief!

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    Dee's reply:

    I didn’t even finish my post, and it posted. RAWR! LMAO. Peridot is such a pretty shade, too bad I don’t like wearing polish, lol.

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  12. amy says:

    Wow. What an experience. So glad to hear you are OK – there’s nothing scarier than when your symptoms seem to match up exactly with a description on the internet.
    Enjoyed hearing about the hot doctor. Hehe

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  13. Jen W says:

    Oh honey I’m glad you’re ok, am I’m sorry you had to do the strip tease thing after your half a choc muffin. I can’t help it but this post is so freakin hilarious

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