Why do we feel obliged to fulfill someone’s last wish? For most of us, fulfilling last wishes brings us peace and eases the grief.
Ashley Trenner’s last request in her deathbed was for her story to be told to save at least one person’s life.
So dear readers after reading this I urge you to pass it on and let's fulfill Ashley’s last wish.
She said “If there's one person's life I can affect, that's a beautiful gift I can give to somebody,"
Ashley Trenner was from Washington State, she was beautiful, fit and outgoing person, she was naturally fair skin and thought that she was attractive being tan.
She loved visiting tanning salon almost every other day. It was first started when she was in high school just for prom and to develop a “base tan” before vacation, she loved the way it made her look and in her early 20’s her habit grew and became an obsession.
Her mom pleaded with her to stop tanning because one of her dad’s uncle had died from melanoma, unfortunately she couldn’t stop.
She recounted "I used to say that 'I don't care if I die from tanning, as long as I die tan.' I used to say that,"
In 2006, at the age of 33 Ashley was diagnosed with melanoma. A biopsy of the lymph nodes in her groin near the tumor showed that the melanoma had reached Stage III. After her diagnosis, she had the tumor and lymph nodes removed and began receiving treatment as well.
For three years she remained cancer-free. But in November of 2009 she noticed a black and blue lump on her right hip and was told her melanoma had recurred.
As her condition was getting worse, she then felt the desire to tell others her story and make sure her message was spread to prevent people from repeating the same mistakes.
In her hospital bed, with her half of her face paralyzed and tubes hooked up to her veins pumping in pain medication Ashley then gave an interview.
"I paid money to be in the position I'm in now," she said. "I literally paid to get this terrible disease that is killing me."
She wanted to warn others about her hobby that costs her life.
On March 15,2013 after seven-year battle with melanoma Ashley passed away. Her strong Christian faith helped her face death with grace.
Following her passing, Washington and Oregon passed new laws, giving much stricter regulation on the use of tanning beds.
Skin cancer rates have been increasing for years. Tanning beds are connected to more than 400,000 cases of cancer every year according to USA today.
People who are using tanning bed before the age of 35 increase the risk of melanoma by about 75% as per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Good thing,here in the Philippines the use of tanning bed is not popular since most of us are naturally born with tan complexion but it doesn't mean that we are not prone to skin cancer.
One of the risk factor is also excessive sun exposure (ultraviolet-UV-radiation exposure) So it is best to avoid long exposure to sun and UV rays. They are high between 10:00 AM to 4 PM. Stay in shade if you have to go out, use sunscreen SPF for face and body and don’t forget your umbrella as well.