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Weekly challenge – ‘self portrait’

Welcome back to my 52 week photo challenge, where each prompt is designed to help you build your photographic skills.

This week we are exploring … the dreaded ‘self portrait’!

Like many of you, I really do not like my own photo, but in the spirit of participating in all of the weekly prompts this year, here you are:

This photo was taken earlier this winter, just after I purchased a remote control for the my camera.  I had never used one before and the out-takes were many!  Here is the best result:

self portrait 1.jpg

I’m not a fan of the popular ‘selfie’. This one, I feel, turned out fairly well.  There was a project at work, where we were required to send in a photo of ourselves at the office; this was my effort.


Now for something a little more serious, making this next self-portrait very difficult indeed. Recently I had a bit of a health scare, very recently actually, as in I am still recovering.  

I had a very small, insignificant spot on the bridge of my nose that refused to heal. This spot was smaller than the head of a pin. My doctor treated with liquid nitrogen, but it did not get better. The next step was a biopsy that was to remove it and be tested. Sadly, the result came back saying that it was indeed cancerous, and what was worse, there was still more to be removed. When the next procedure was completed, I was the proud owner of 22 very uncomfortable stitches, smack dab in the middle of my, now very, very swollen, face. 

It was very uncomfortable, and to be honest,there were lots of tears. I experienced many stages of swelling and went through a rainbow of rather non-complimentary colors, each day different from the next. Recovery was made more difficult by the fact that I wear glasses, which would have been perched right on top of those stitches, as I am unable to wear contact lenses. I spent lots of time listening to audio books and trying not be a whining burden to my husband! He deserves a medal. 😉

Though there is still a long way to go; I am finally able to wear glasses again. There is still a lot of healing that needs to happen, but after 3 weeks, here is my most recent self-portrait:

self portrait 4 copyThe scar will still fade and the redness & lumpy areas will slowly disappear. So, I want to take this opportunity to remind every one of you to make sure to get those little spots checked right away! I had no idea this is where I would end up. This is the result of many years of sun exposure, starting from my childhood; it could have been much worse.

Wear sunscreen! Wear a hat! Stay out of the noon-day sun! Check your skin regularly! Don’t hesitate to see a Doctor.

Thank you for visiting. Until next time, Connie 🙂


I am living my dream life in the country! I love photography, travelling, cooking, baking and I even try my hand at quilting.

6 thoughts on “Weekly challenge – ‘self portrait’

    1. Thanks, Joanne. Me too…it has been a bigger challenge than I would have thought. All the more reason to make people aware that all spots should be checked early…it went from the size of a pin-head to larger than a quarter in less than six months…

      1. wow!! that was fast growing 😦
        I’m über paranoid about any new spot and mole I see – not only on me, but on my husband and sons. This is not a trivial matter.

  1. I had a spot on my forehead. Doctor said it should be looked at, and it turned out to be cancer. I know I should have stayed out of the sun growing up but what did we know? And did we ever listen to our mother? No we did not. So anyway I had it taken off and i’ll have to say going to work with a huge bandage right on my forehead was not easy. But it was a lesson for everyone else…right? Just like you’re doing now, sharing your story. Maybe some young one will see and listen and not end up where most of our generation has. Thank you for sharing!

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