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"Tanned To Death"

Updated on March 20, 2010

"Tanned To Death"

Be thankful for who you are, even if you don't look as good as you want too.
Be thankful for who you are, even if you don't look as good as you want too.

"Tanned To Death"

Back in Foxtrott, Louisiana about twenty years ago, there was a story of a young lady killing her self by over tanning. I'll call her Betty Shayman, had just graduated high school and she was getting ready for her prom. Betty her prom to  be  extra special.  Bill and Lisa her parent wanted for her prom to be special too.  So, they told her to do what ever she had to do, to make this prom special for her. Betty graduated with a 4.0 average and her parent were quite proud of her. Betty and her friends made hair dressing appointments, manicure, and pedicure appointments for the day of the prom because they wanted everything to be perfect. They made an appointment for the tanning salon for the day before the prom and Bett was so excited becasue she had never had a tan before.  This was going to be a new experience for Betty it was her first time tanning. Her other friends had at least one tan before.   Betty so happy about graduating from high school and she thought nothing could go wrong, she was walking on air.  Betty about getting a tan so that her skin could be much darker, and maybe even hide some of her freckles that she was to keen on.  Betty and her friends went to the mall bought up a lot of things for the prom, like make up, hair ornaments etc.

The day before the prom, her parent geve betty money for tanning appointment, she was so happy,that she told her mom when she came back she would be a new person after her tan, she really had no idea how true that statement  would be.. Betty and her friends met at the Dairy Queen and left for the tanning salon for their appointment. Betty and her four friends sit waiting for their turn on the tanning bed. The lady called them one by one and put on the bed under the tanning lamp. The lamp was set on a timer and after the alotted time, the girls  were taken off the tanning lamp. After every one got finished with their time,they were happy with their outcome, all except for Betty, she thought that she should have been left on the lamp a little longer, But the assistant told her it was dangerous to over tan. Betty reluctanly listen to the assistant and discarded her words. Betty and the girls got ready to leave, but Betty made of an excuse and ditch her friends, they went home but Betty wanted to find an other tanning salon, so she could more time on the tanning lamp, to cover up m ore of her freckles. Betty found another tanning bed and paid for the same amount of time as she used at the other tanning salon. She had no idea that she was killing her self.

After Betty had been under the tanning lamp for a while, she started hurting and feeling bad, she finally got the tanning bed, dressed and left for home. Betty was sure she would m ake it home, but she did.  She told Mrs. Shaymanthat she was hurting and she felt really sick, Her mom asked if she ate something that did'nt agree with her,she said no. Her mother was concerned, so Betty finally told her mom that she think she over did it on the tan ning lamp. Mrs. Shayman. got very concerned about betty, maybe getting poison from being under the lamp to long, so Mrs. shayman called her husband to with them to the hospital. They called the family doctor and let him know what had happen and that they was on their way there. Betty continued hurting and throwing up now and then.Betty had no idea how dire her situation was at the time. The doctor was waiting when Betty and the Shayman's arrived. betty was taken in right away and was gone for about forty-five minutes, while the Shayman' was pacing the floor when the doctor finally came back with a look of horror on his face.They Shayman's was afraid to ask what the problem was, because of the doctor expression. Doctor Thomas told the Shaman's that he had bad new for them, They clung to each other as the doctor told the m that their daughter was dying because she had over cooked all of her organs on the ta nning lamp and there's nothing that can be done but ot make her comfortable until she passed. The Shaman's cried so hard, their only daughter had killed her self, but n ot intentionally, it was such a sad case. The Shaman; went to Betty to be at her side, the doctor had told her about her condition.  Betty had been crying and she told her parent how stupid she had been to re-tan her self. She told them she just wanted to look pretty for her prom and now she wouldn't be able to go to the prom.  They Doctor Told them that Betty, would last about five more days.  Betty told her parent that since she was going to die, she still wanted to go to the prom, since it was the reason she was dying , she wanted to at least take part in her prom. So the Shaman's help her the next day ,getting her ready. Mrs. Shayman did her finger nails and tor nails, just as Betty had planned, Betty didn't anyone to know until it was over. Then her parent could tell her story.

Betty, realized to late to be thankful for who you are, and accept that God made you the way he wanted  you to be. She now knows to  love yourself for who you; and never try to change your outward appearance to please someone else. It' so sad that her lesson was learned to late, to save her from dying.  This a true story, some of the situation and the names has been changed.

Benny Faye Douglass

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    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you cas, for your visit and comment and know I didn't know that. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      cas 

      6 years ago

      iwold never go under aanning bed have you herd about the mum who to her five year old daugther to a tanning bed oouuch!

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      creativeone59 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for your update on the tanning story, someone already set me straight. Thank you for caring. God bless. creativeone59

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      tanningexpert 

      7 years ago

      I realize this story was posted almost two years ago but I have worked at a tanning salon for the past 8 years and I can assure you that this is 100% an urban legend. There is absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever. A tanning bed is not a microwave, just merely a manmade creation to mimic the UV Rays you receive from the sun.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Mr Derf, for stopping by and leaving your comment and feedback. I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Well John, honey, this was a long time ago, and the person Y=that I got it from didn't know it wasn't true. But thank you kindly for your update. God bless. creativeone59

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      Mr Derf 

      8 years ago

      I used to own a tanning salon. Sometimes my wife would cook our dinners on the beds when our stove broke. The beds cook faster than any microwave oven I ever used. Anyway, the food was very good, except for the occassional taste of tanning lotion and pubic hair.

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      John 

      8 years ago

      That "story" has been going around for decades. Yet you still find people to believe it. Tisk Tisk.

      http://www.tanningfacts.com/mythbusters

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      makko 

      8 years ago

      THANKYOU LOVE

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      makko 

      8 years ago

      THANKYOU LOVE

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you RayneMJ, If it was an untrue, I have no control over it. Like, I said I was told this story, I didn't make it up. I'm a person that pride myself on being truthful on what ever I write. I really appreciate you and your feedback. God bless. creativeone59

    • RayneMJ profile image

      RayneMJ 

      8 years ago from Sheboygan, WI

      Thank you, Creativeone59 for posting this story! Unfortunately it isn't true.

      The ultra-violet rays used in tanning beds can not penetrate to internal organs. External burns and skin cancer are the real threats of tanning beds, not "cooking".

      Though tanning beds have their dangers cooking is not one of them:

      http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/tanningbed....

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Michael for your visit, I appreciate you, your comment and feedback. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      You brought up a good point & it's true!

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you so much thevoice, for visiting my hubs, I truly apprciate you, your comment and your feedback. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Audrey , I haven 't watched the movie yet, but I'll put it on my must-see list. Tanning is safe. and it sad that people go to such extremes to become darker. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comment and feedback. Blessings to you. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you always exploring for your visit, Tanning is hot business now days, I guess you have to make sure,you don't over do it. thank you for your comment and feedback. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      thevoice 

      8 years ago from carthage ill

      Beautiful loving hub thanks

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I always think how absolutely silly a thing to do to be honest! I would not be able to sit still or lie still for that long - too much to do! I know some folks swear by it before going to sunny climates and all that - or just because - before summer - not this old lady! I think one of the funniest scenes from the movie Old Dogs was the tanning scene - you have to watch it if you haven't seen the movie! TOO hilarious!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Iv,e heard of this happening before.I used to tan when i was younger, now i hide from the sun.This is a good lesson for us to learn to be happy whatever color of skin we have.

      You are lucky Creative 59. You have a natural tan.

      CHEERS AND BEST WISHES

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you ladyjane, I guess if you don't over do the timing under lamp ,your safe, but I wouldn't taken an y unecessary chanes on my life. Thank you for you for your visit to my hubs and leaving important feedb ack and comment. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Micky,it sounds like you opt for the natural tan, which is safer. Thank you for your input, comment and feedback. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Tom, for coming by my hubs and leaving positive feedback and comment. I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Hello, having these's tanning beds is just one more way greed is extracted. Thank you for your visit and for your comment,and feedback . Godspeed. creativeone59

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      ladyjane1 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Wow what an interesting story and I never heard of this before, I mean I knew there was danger of cancer but not something like this. Oh well I don't like tanning beds anymore anyway, I live on the coast so I like going to the beach. Great hub.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Too many folks are too concerned with the outside of the "vessel". I don't care for the beach. I don't sit in the sun for a tan. I lube myself with sun-protection and ride my bicycle.I get a farmer's tan on my arms that I'm proud of. I like the fact that my tan stops at my shirt sleeve. Of course most ladies look at me and say, "You know that guy isn't caring about looks!" Thanks Faye!

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      Tom Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      A tragic story that needs to be told. Thanks for putting this on.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      You wrote a great hub, creativeone, in every way. To me these sunbeds should never been allowed. The amount of people dying of skin cancer because of that. You hub also ended with a very good and thoughtful advice. Thank you for a wonderful hub.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you BK, for stopping by and leaving your commentand feedback, I apprecaite you. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Ghost whisper for stopping by and leaving positive feedback, I truly appreciate you. Blessings to you. creativeone59

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Good grief! I've read that lately, there has been a move to ban tanning beds in certain states, as the damage is not always immediately noticed. I think part of the problem is wanting to do things - instantly. You can get a tan by doing a little sunning each day - that is even beneficial. How can it possibly be good to bake yourself? Why would parents encourage this?

      One day we may all be happy with who we are. Until then, we will keep buying and buying and buying any thing that is marketed. Sigh.

      Thanks for this hub - it's a great reminder to think of safety first, not a fake appearance.

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

      8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Yes, this is true and a real danger. The tanning beds are made for a selected short time due to this girl dying-and many others going to other places and basically cooking themselves alive. I have seen one girl who tanned so frequently in these beds-allotted amount of time--and when she scratched her leg or arm--her dermal layers were coming off in chunks! No tanning beds for me anymore! Horrid! The best way is moderate sunshine-or get a tan spray of sugar and coloring!

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Veronica, for coming by and leaving your comment and feedback. I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I did hear of this story - I'm not sure if it's the same one or not. Nevertheless, the outcome was extremely sad. Thank you for reminding us of this hidden danger.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you msorensson for coming by and leaving such important feedback and comment. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      I am glad you posted this, creativeone59. Thank you.

      I will never understand why people would like to tan, perhaps because I come from the Philippines where the sun is so intense that we actually carry an umbrella always and use it even if we are only going to the next building 200 feet away.

      The possible reasons she died..she over heated and had a heart failure..or a stroke..

      She could have been dehydrated.

      Even a few minutes exposure to the sun or any form of ultraviolet radiation results in DNA damage.

      At the molecular level these damages are repaired. There is point at which the body could not keep up repairing all the damages and the damaged cells could become tumorous/cancerous.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Yes we do,thank you kowality, for stopping by and leaving your comment and feedback. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      kowality 

      8 years ago from Everywhere

      Tragic story. Thank you for sharing. We put so much emphasis on outward appearance.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Yes. maam, Thank you for stopping by Rochelle, I appreciate you,yor comment and feedback. apprently this can happen, I didn't know the young lady, I was told of the episode. I gues we can over do anything.Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Rochelle Frank 

      8 years ago from California Gold Country

      How horrible! I didn't even know this could happen.

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