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[UPDATE 7/10] Biopsies Suck.

Mon Jul 7, 2014, 5:54 AM
  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: My air conditioner in my bedroom.
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Eating: Applesauce
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
They just do. Biopsies on your hands suck, too. Biopsies on the first knuckle on your hands suck even more.

My genetic heritage in my family is Norwegian Swede on my dad's side and what I call a "potluck of pasty" on my mom's side since her family is a genetic mutt of every lily white nationality in Europe. Because of our glowing pastiness, we are VERY prone to skin cancer. Both my parents have had skin cancer removed before, and my mom has a squamous cell carcinoma on her nose right now that she's having removed in the coming weeks. My oldest sister had skin cancer removed from her lip. My uncle has had TONS of skin cancers removed from his face and arms, one of which on his nose was as big as a quarter and required plastic surgery after removal. 

Coppertone loves my family.

Because of this family history I have kept a very close eye on my skin since I was a teenager, making note of every mole and mark on me to make sure they didn't change. So when a spot popped up on the back of my left hand — right on top of the first knuckle of the middle finger — at the end of February, I was on high alert to keep an eye on it. 

By the beginning of May the spot had grown to a little larger than a pencil eraser, and it was raised. I already had a routine doctor appointment set for June, so I waited to see what he had to say about it. After examining it closely, he said he thought it was a keyloid scar and NOT cancer. He previously diagnosed a spot on my mom's shoulder as a keyloid scar that ended up being basal cell carcinoma, though, so I didn't take that as the final word. He prescribed me some steroid cream to try for a couple weeks, saying if it was a keyloid I'd see marked improvement. If not, go see a dermatologist.

The cream did absolutely NOTHING, so last week I went to see a dermatologist I found after doing thorough research. She didn't think it was a keyloid, but she didn't think it was cancer, either. I forgot what she said she thought it was, but it's a fibrous growth that is common to women and benign. Given my family history, though, she still wanted to biopsy it to be safe. 

Numbing injections SUCK. Numbing injections on top of bone suck even more. Good GOD, ow. Owowowowow, expletive expletive how many more times do you need to stick me, expletive, OW.

While I was there I had her give me a onceover and at least that brought VERY good news. Not only is there nothing else suspicious, she said she rarely sees anyone with "practically NO sun damage at all" and that my skin is so healthy it glows.

Thank you for slathering me with sunblock all through my childhood, Mom! Thank you for hating being outside, self!

Back to the biopsy, though. I had to have stitches (which was the first time I have EVER had stitches, actually!), and they will come out on Monday the 14th. I'm hoping to get them out sooner, though, like Friday or Saturday. I'm going out of town on Tuesday the 15th so I'd rather it not be the day before I leave. I have stuff to do (and a work deadline to meet which might take a small miracle at this point for reasons outside of my own fault or control). But I digress.

If this thing had been on ANY other part of the back of my hand, or even the second or third knuckle, it wouldn't have been a big deal. I could have at least worn a finger splint to keep the knuckle from moving, but nooo. It has to be on the knuckle that is basically impossible to completely immobilize. And I was terrified I was going to subconsciously go to grab something and rip open the stitches because they're seriously smack dab on the top of the knuckle.

Do you realize how hard it is to not move your first knuckles?! You move your first knuckles to do EVERYTHING. You can't take off or put on clothes. You can't dry yourself off after showering. You can't drive because you can't grip the steering wheel. It's like when you twist your ankle or hurt your wrist. You have no CLUE how much you pivot on your ankle or move your wrist until it hurts to do so! I had to wrap my hand in ace bandages for the first two days to keep that knuckle immobilized. It rubbed me raw in other places, but I'd rather be raw in a couple places than have those stitches pulled open.

Then on the 3rd-4th days I accidentally grabbed at my sheets in bed — which made me make a fist — TWICE. Holy crap in a pita that woke me up really damn quick. 

Thankfully I'm healed enough now that I can grip things and make a fist, albeit not tightly for either. It still pulls on the stitches, but at least it doesn't zap me the way it did when the incision was fresh. My middle finger is also bruised to a lovely shade of baby poop green all the way up to my second knuckle for some odd reason.

Did I mention I have a work deadline among all this? Not like a commission that I can explain a delay to a client for, but a work deadline for one of the production companies I work for as a colorist that CANNOT. BUDGE. And my art director has been delayed by several days in getting the art to me for me to color, which has made an already tight deadline for me all the more stressful since I can only work for so long at a time before my back/neck and nerve hypersensitivity tells me to stop by making it unbearable to even sit down in my desk chair. Good juju would be appreciated to help me get this stuff done, please. :x

But I digress AGAIN.

I still don't have the pathology back on the biopsy. I really HOPE it isn't cancer, but I won't know for sure until they call me with the results. I'll either update this journal entry or make a new one once I DO get the results back. So good juju would be appreciated for THAT, too.

I really do hate my frickin' body sometimes. :stare:

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UPDATE 7/10:

IT'S NOT CANCER, YAY. :dummy:

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Kristin Bergh
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Freelance Illustrator, Designer, and Colorist

Hello there. I'm Kris. I've been drawing since I was three years old and grew up with every bit of art supplies I could ever want thanks to my incredibly supportive parents (who didn't say "Oh, God, where did we go wrong?!" when I told them I wanted to go to art school for college). I earned my BFA in Illustration from Ringling where I met some amazing artists in my classmates and learned some amazing things. I now work as a freelance illustrator, designer, and colorist for individual clients as well as Brown Cow Productions, Smoking Mouse Design Studio, and ARC Interactive. I specialize in children's illustration but can do just about anything a client could ask of me including graphic design. I enjoy illustrating stories and conveying emotion in my work through facial expression, body language, and movement. I also love playing with light and shadow.

When I was growing up I didn't really have any other artists around me to learn from despite how hard my parents searched for an art tutor for me. Because of that, I'm always happy to help younger artists through answering questions about art school or giving constructive critique when asked. While I don't sugar coat my crits, I'm not mean, either -- I do my best to offer solutions and suggestions for art books and artist resources in order to encourage improvement. If you would like for me to critique something for you, don't hesitate to note me!

On the fandom side, I draw fanart in my free time for my own enjoyment and dA is where I showcase it all. I am also crazy about Inuyasha. It was my first true anime love and over 10 years after first discovering it, it's still by far my favorite series. Kagome and Inuyasha are my OTP which is why 99% of my Inu fanart is of the two of them. I'm best known in the fandom for drawing them in my own style rather than the anime canon style, or at least that's what I've been told.

Oh, and contrary to what most people on dA assume, I am not a boy!
I have the boobs to prove it.


"The greater the artist, the greater the doubt; perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."
-- Robert Hughes


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AnilCorn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thanks for the :+fav:'s.
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sarahhite Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014   Digital Artist
thank you for the fave!~ <3 sesshhandsomeplz 
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The-Psychid Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   Writer
Hi.  How are things going?
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So so. Not fabulous, not horrible. My doctor just upped my antidepressants to the maximum dose, so hopefully that will help. : P

How about you?
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The-Psychid Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014   Writer
Lonesome, but hopefully things will improve.

Not to sound like a stalker, but is there any way we can keep in touch easier (like e-mail or Skype)?
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure... my email is kristin@kristinsstudio.com.
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Fayerin Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for faving :hug:
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BeyondFireComic Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the fav! I really appreciate it! :)
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psychoZeka Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Thanks for the fav! :D
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Cerutwi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Your art is so gorgeous! I could stare at it all day!
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it. :meow:
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CelestialDarkMatter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I have a question. How hard is it to be a freelance illustrator? I want to do a diploma of illustration after my degree, and I was just wondering. :D
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It depends on what kind of illustration you specialize in, really, and how much you self-promote and network. It can be difficult at first when you're unknown and just starting out with no real contacts and minimal networking. Illustration agents also make being a freelancer a LOT easier, though, because they have the contacts with art directors to get you jobs. They handle negotiations, contracts, taxes, invoicing, etc., in exchange for (usually) 30% of the cost of the job. The usefulness of agents can also depend on, again, what kind of illustration you specialize in. I'm personally trying to break in to the children's publication market, so there are a TON of illustration agents out there for children's illustrators. 
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CelestialDarkMatter Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh okay. Any idea about the medical illustration field? That's something that I'm interested in, but I can't find much information for it online.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Actually one of the girls in my illustration year went in to medical illustration. She actually went in to pre-med school after earning her undergraduate degree in illustration. There's always a need for medical illustrators just because it IS such a specialized field that requires additional education.

They do illustrations for medical textbooks and materials pharmaceutical companies use to promote their medications to doctors, as well as the posters you see in doctors' offices about respiratory illnesses, heart health, blocked arteries, etc., and gestational illustrations in OB/GYN offices. Basically ANYTHING medical that needs a visual.

I actually found contact information for the girl I was talking about, Tara Rose. It's on her employer's website, MediVisuals: www.medivisuals.com/staff-tara…

You could try emailing her with any questions you have about being a medical illustrator... Just say one of her Ringling classmates, Kris Bergh, sent you her way. :meow:
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I AM going to answer you, but I'll have to wait until I'm at a computer instead of a phone so I can type on a physical keyboard. I get really verbose when it comes to subjects like what you asked about!
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CelestialDarkMatter Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay, thank you for that! :D I'll be waiting then~
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thanks for the fav
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You look nice and beautiful!
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Thank you! c:
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You're welcome.
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:icongoobyplz:: hi
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That warped Goofy icon is a little terrifying. :omg:
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The-Psychid Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Writer
Actually, this is who we'd like to call "Gooby", a character from the Dolan franchise. :icondolanplz:
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If it ever comes to Toonami I may give The Final Act a shot. I know you don't like anime in English, me I'm not picky though.
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