It doesn’t bring us any joy to report this news, but with the blessing of the lady herself, we bring you news that SHIMMER co-founder Allison Danger will be undergoing surgery tomorrow for skin cancer and we ask that you all keep her in your thoughts tomorrow especially.
After undergoing a biopsy in late October after noticing an irregularity on her face, Danger got the bad news that the cancer – which has been identified as Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) – had spread and would require further surgery. We understand that BCC is the most common form of skin cancer, and that if you’re going to be unfortunate enough to contract any form of skin cancer, BCC is probably the best one to get due to its relative ease of treatment. It’s the same form of skin cancer which recently affected “The Wolverine” star Hugh Jackman, which resulted in him wearing a bandage on his nose for an extended period. Danger’s situation is more complicated, however, as the carcinoma has spread to an area around her right eye. Danger reports that at this time she has no idea just how much has to be cut away, but has been informed that the day surgery procedure is likely to last in the region of 3-5 hours.
The skin cancer diagnosis to end 2013 capped off a pretty awful year for Danger, at least as far as her health goes – a year when she retired from in-ring competition at SHIMMER Vol 57 in April following a stroke in January and the discovery of lesions on her brain (something she talked about quite frankly on the Women of Wrestling Podcast last July). As far as what caused this latest health issue – well, that’s never been specified, but it is entirely likely that the BCC was caused by UV exposure from the sun. Danger has informed us that she plans to upload post surgery pics on her instagram account as and when she is able. We feel sure that everybody reading this will join with us in wishing her all the best at this uncertain and worrying time – and you can, of course, wish her all the best personally on twitter.
– Stew Allen
– Photography by Adam Bouska for the NOH8 Campaign