Dear Friends, Please keep our friend Celeste Yarnall (Yeoman Martha Landon, The Apple) in your prayers, and let’s continue to send her healing thoughts. As you may recall, Celeste was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian cancer in November of 2014. With the help of surgery and immunotherapy, Celeste has been cancer free since August of 2015. Most recently, she has had successful hip surgery, and as you can imagine, her medical bills are practically continuous. I urge you to please contribute to Celeste’s GoFundMe account to help with expenses. The good news is that she is finally under $10,000 toward her final goal of $50,000 ($40,070)
However, a new challenge was discovered today, a form of skin cancer on her left cheek (Squamous Cell Carcinoma). She is awaiting to have surgery scheduled to remove the lesion.
Yet despite this frustrating news, Celeste posted pictures of her cheek before and after the biopsy to let us see what it looks like. I’m so thankful that she took this opportunity, in the midst of all this, to share these images, and to show us what a skin carcinoma looks like. I have no doubt that these images will help thousands of people who have questions about their own skin.
Please keep Celeste and her husband Nazim in your prayers as they go through yet anther trial. She is very dear to me, and I am so blessed to have her as a friend. <3 And please donate to her fund; every little bit will help. https://www.gofundme.com/kvo9xs
Here is Celeste’s message that she posted today:
I just got a little scary news from a biopsy I had done last week, on a suspicious lesion on my face (my left cheek). I had already had it biopsied a few years ago and it then it was not something to worry about and I had it treated then with what was deemed appropriate but now it has come back and is more serious.
It is called Squamous Cell Carcinoma and I am awaiting a date for the surgical procedure which will be done at a surgery center to remove it. The doctor will excise it, and hopefully be able to give me clean margins and do the reconstruction on my cheek all at one time. This is not the best Christmas present in the world but I am coping with the news and awaiting the date for this surgical procedure which will be done in a surgery center.
I will keep you all posted and am so grateful to you all for all your help and blessings thus far. This is a different type of cancer then what I have been dealing with (ovarian/peritnea)..as I said and this is a type of skin cancer which is called Squamous cell but it is not connected to my history..it is UVA exposure and what’s weird I have kept my face out of the sun all my life but UVA light coming in from the windows of our cars are lethal for this type of thing.
I still have to go back to Grand Cayman soon to PerseusPCI for one of two booster immunotherapy personalized cancer vaccine’s and we are still raising money for that effort so anything you can do to help as this facial surgery precludes me from being filmed right now and doing other income producing events which i was so hoping to be able to do now that my hip replacement surgery is healing nicely.
I will be at the Hollywood Show January 6th thru 8th but may have a bandage on my cheek but I love you all and want to see everyone who is coming out to see me and all the other Star Trek actors.
The first photo is of me at the doctors office, before the doctor did the biopsy and then a close up of what the lesion looked like and then a photo of me just after the procedure before the doctor put in 3 stitches..I am sharing this so you all and others can see what this is all about and not let something suspicious on your skin go un-treated…I have bared my soul here thus far to be of service and I am doing that again… you can see in the photo’s I am obviously stressed but now we have the results which are as I said Squamous Cell Carcinoma and I will move forward hoping all will be ok, first and foremost for my general health and secondly, how I look after this so I might be able to work again in film if possible.
Please do not ever ignore something suspicious on your skin!!
Life is full of challenges but we carry on don’t we…
Love and many blessing for the holiday season to each and everyone of you,
Nazim and me