Nikki Murtaugh (second from left) and her husband did not tell their children that their mother had cancer.

My tanning addiction left me with a hole in my head – New York Post

A London mother of three revealed, on Wednesday, a hole in the top of her head as a result of skin cancer caused by her addiction to a tanning bed.

Nikki Murtag—who started going to a tanning salon when she was in her twenties—has been visiting her tanning bed at least twice a week. But she first noticed something was off in 2016 when she discovered a spot in a portion of her hair that hadn’t healed, according to Jam Press.

“I visited my doctor [general practitioner] Twice and both times she was told it was a cosmetic problem and it was just a cyst.”

“They said that if you wanted to [removed] It will be by special appointment.”

However, her condition did not improve. By February 2018, the lump had grown, but the doctor kept insisting it was a cyst.

Murtagh visited a dermatologist who immediately raised concerns and ordered a biopsy. In May, it was revealed that the “cyst” was actually cancer.

Nikki Murtaugh (second from left) and her husband did not tell their children that their mother had cancer.
Jam Press / Nikki Murtag
Many of Murtaugh's doctors insisted that the wound be cosmetic and would heal.
Many of Murtaugh’s doctors insisted that the wound be cosmetic and would heal.
Jam Press / Nikki Murtag
Nickie Murtagh first realized there was a problem when he was "bag" will not heal.
Nikki Murtagg first realized there was a problem when the “sac” wouldn’t heal.

“I work at the Royal Marsden Hospital, so I’ve seen a lot of cancer, but that word gives me goosebumps,” Murtagh said.

“We didn’t even want to tell the kids because we knew they wouldn’t be able to see beyond that word.”

In December of the same year, Murtag managed to remove the growth and get a skin graft.

Nikki Murtagg has been diagnosed with skin cancer called melasma.
Nikki Murtagg has been diagnosed with skin cancer as well as a condition called melasma.
Jam Press / Nikki Murtag

“I was awake during the whole process, and it was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in my life,” Murtag said with regret.

Doctors were able to remove the cancer and try to repair the damage to her face and hair. However, Murtagg is still not free of symptoms. She also has a skin condition called melasma, which is characterized by brown, gray-blue patches or freckle-like patches on the face. The more you go into the sun, the spots reappear.

“I don’t like how I look now – but these are battle scars and a constant reminder that I have my life, so I will do everything I can to help spread this terrible cancer awareness.”

Because of her condition, Nickie Murtagh will have discolored skin and the condition will return every time she goes into the sun.
Because of her condition, Nikki Murg’s skin will be mottled and the condition will return every time she goes into the sun.
Jam Press Vid / Nickie Murtagh. Jam Press Feed / Nikki Murtag

Murtag documented her journey on TikTok in an effort to raise awareness of skin cancer with many of her followers calling her brave.

One user commented, “Thank you so much girly for posting this video that really opened my eyes, I’m throwing in the tanning lotion and giving up now.”

“I was literally thinking how pale I am and have never used a sunbed but wanted to, thank you for changing my mind!” Another said.

Murtagh also faced backlash for her videos, with some people calling her absurd and reminding her that what happened was her fault.

“Some people remind me that I did it to myself, that I was in vain, and that I deserved it,” Murtagh said.

“I’m fortunate that I only have scars and I still have my life on it, so I’m going to use it as best I can to save people’s skin and their lives too.”

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