In a lengthy, heartfelt post to Facebook, Lorin Ashton aka Bassnectar shared his experience being diagnosed with skin cancer and the valuable perspective that this diagnosis and surgery as well as a few other recent experiences have provided.

The bass producer explained the seriousness of the Basal Cell Carcinoma skin cancer due to its proximity to his eye. Fortunately, however, the surgery went smoothly and the cancer was removed successfully.

"It was extremely scary because it was about an inch under my left eye and they didn't know how deep until they started trying to remove it - there was fear that it could have fanned out and potentially spread too close to my eye," Lorin wrote.

He went on to express gratitude for his health and also took the opportunity to hopefully remind others of the consequences of sun damage.

"I wanted to pass on a note giving thanks, and expressing my deep joy to be able to continue enjoying life on Earth as an enthusiastic participant," Lorin continued. "But I also wanted just to pass it on that, apparently Sun Damage is a thing - and maybe if you are reading this, it can help you avoid this for yourself or a loved one."

He shared a quote that really hit home, reminding us just how fragile life is and how lucky we are to even be alive. He finished his post by telling a story about a 22-year-old burn victim named Sean Canepa that Lorin met while disguised as a fan at a festival. Sean inspired Lorin in the way that he carried himself and lived his life despite the scars and memories of his near-death experience.

Yesterday I read this:

The odds of you existing:
1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000
The odds of you dying:
1 in 1
You dying is no miracle.

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