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June 2, 2014

WHOLE FAMILY: Know the risks, benefits of sun exposure

I bought a bikini top. It’s red, has two triangles to cover my important parts and strings to tie around my neck and back. At 42 years old, this seems a little, well, immodest at best, I know.

But neither you nor most anyone else will catch me in it. I did not intend it for public viewing. The tiny bits of fabric and strings, designed to leave as much skin exposed as I dare, are for lounging around in private places where there is full sun. See, even though I understand the risk factors for skin cancer, I enjoy a hearty suntan and always have.

But there’s a reason for my bronzing that goes beyond looks. Honestly, a wrinkly, too-tan suntan on an old lady like me is, in my opinion, just a little tacky anyway — especially if she’s wearing a too-tiny, red bikini top.

I grew up with and still have a skin condition called psoriasis. It’s an autoimmune disease, not contagious, and makes for ugly plaques of extra skin on my body. In the 35-plus years I’ve had it, my psoriasis has had its ups and downs. It was so bad in the 1980s I was hospitalized for intensive treatment to calm it.

For a week on a pediatric unit in a university hospital in Michigan I lathered up in thick lotions, wore a plastic “sauna suit” and was escorted down the hall for what really made the difference — phototherapy.

“Phototherapy” is a fancy way to say “suntanning.”

From the time I was a mere 5 years old, I have toasted under every kind of sunlamp, stood in numerous light boxes and wore as few clothes as I dared in my backyard — nature’s “light box,” I guess — during the heat of the day, all with doctors’ endorsements.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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