Hi, my name is Fiona.
Mother, volunteer, nutritionist, agricultural scientist.
I was diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago while pregnant and also had my first skin cancer cut out. I had increasingly bad joint pain and was getting sunburnt within 5min of being in the sun even with sunscreen on! In hindsight it was more likely the lupus rash flaring.
While dealing with the lupus diagnosis I noticed a sore that wasn’t healing which was a skin cancer. So far it’s been one skin cancer per year. UV rays flare my lupus which is really hard in Aussie summers!
I am really strict with sun exposure now. I hate wearing sunscreen so I wear full length UV protective clothes, big hat and sunscreen on all exposed areas if I have to be out in the sun. Otherwise I stay indoors through UV higher than 3.
I would tell my younger self (younger than 16!!!) to get educated. Stay out of high UVs, wear sunscreen and protective clothing!! It is not worth the risk. Thankfully my kids are seeing my struggles and are willingly getting sun wise. I am still learning about the hidden UVs like through car windows and fluorescent lights but wearing Solbari clothes give me peace of mind that I am protected.
Thank you Fiona 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, skin conditions and sun protection.
If you are interested in sharing your story, please answer the following questions from the relevant questionnaire and send us a picture of yourself being sun safe in the outdoors.
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important, as the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin. It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.