A woman added this one thing to her beauty regimen and wound up with more than she bargained for when a gaping hole ended up on her face. Warning: These images are graphic.
The Tennessee resident is now speaking out after her common and ordinary habit left her with the huge hole on her nose. This story is not for the faint of heart, but it is a huge wake up call to anyone who may find themselves in a similar situation.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Jade Thrasher was just your average woman who worked as a nurse and was married to her longtime love, Matthew. However, she admitted that she had an addiction that almost cost her her life.
It started after her father, Charles, noticed an odd sore forming on Jade’s nose. Little did she know, that sore was a precursor to something more more insidious.
“There was so much pressure to be tanned — everyone wanted to be bronzed,” Jade explained. “It is seen as unattractive to be pale where we live in Nashville.”
So in 2014, Jade became increasingly concerned over the spot her father noticed. The sore burst and did not heal. So Jade knew she needed to get a biopsy done to ensure her habit of skin tanning wasn’t leading to some form of cancer.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what it was. Jade was then transferred to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to work with the specialists there. She had surgery and the doctors had to cut a dime-sized hole out of her nose.
This left her with a gaping hold in her right nostril as a result of her tanning habit. The doctors replaced the skin with flesh taken from Jade’s chest, leaving her with a six-inch long scar where the skin was removed.
Jade is sharing her story in hope that others learn the potential problems associated with self-tanning. Beware, this habit is not good for the skin.
“I want teenagers to see the photo of the hole in my nose so that they know what could happen,” Jade stated. “I used to have a sunbed in my house, but I’ve thrown it in the trash. I didn’t want to sell it, because I didn’t want anybody else to go through what I went through. I definitely regret the years of tanning, but in a way I saved my skin at a young age because I got cancer.”
Jade was lucky that she did not have to undergo chemotherapy, though it has taken her months to fully recover. She realizes just how lucky she is.
“When you’re a teenager you think you’re invincible,” Jade explained, “but you’re not. You have to be confident in your own skin, regardless of what color it is.”
H/T Mad World News
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