For most of my life I have been told that I am rare or unique. I have a few things that I would say are unique to me. One of the easiest things is that I am 6’7″ tall. This means that with an average height of a man in the US being 5’10” and a standard deviation of 3 that I am 3 standard deviations away from average. This means that I am a rare guy.
A couple of months ago I noticed something growing under my beard. I had thought that it would simply go away but it didn’t. I went into the doctor’s and had it checked out. They took a biopsy of the growth and it came back as Hidradenoma (Acrospiroma) with Atypia. I was very concerned that this might be cancerous but it came back clear.
I then made an appointment with a dermatologist to have it removed. When he saw the growth and the results of the biopsy he was excited. He said that I am a very rare guy. This confirmed my own thoughts that I am unique. He said that he had not seen this type of growth in many years. He told me that it was a sweat gland growth issue. The doctor removed it and sent it away to be tested again.
Thankfully the results of the retest were the same and that I should only have a little scar near my beard line. I am very thankful that I was able to get this taken care of quickly. I am also very encouraged to now have more definitive proof of how rare I am.