A journal of my experiences with breast cancer to inform those who are interested and to help any one else who might have just been diagnosed.

“[She] will have no fear of bad news; [her] heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7

Friday, May 31, 2013

Radiation Treatment, week 3

I have done pretty well this week in terms of energy level. I do have some redness of the skin, but it is not too bad and doesn't hurt much at all. All-in-all a very good week. Thank you for your continued prayer.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Radiation Treatment, Week Two

This is the end of the second week of treatment, and oddly enough, I have more energy this week than last week. I am not able to do all the things I want to do, but I do get enough done that I am satisfied. My skin remains to be without any signs of burning and I am not having any other side effects to speak of. It has been a very good week. Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. It means so much.

Friday, May 17, 2013

CURE from Genevieve

A dear friend dropped by and gave me this bracelet to wear. Meanwhile she is wearing an identical one that says HOPE.

Radiation Treatment, week one

Well, I have made it through the first week of radiation treatments. The doctors and literature I read said that most people don't feel much of anything for the first three to five weeks, so I just planned life {schoolwork} as usual. No, actually, I decided to give my youngest a big birthday party on Saturday, so I had party preparations in addition to the school and house work. 

Well, folks, I have certainly felt it this week. First of all, during the first treatment, I actually felt the radiation. It felt like a cross between the warmth  of sitting in the summer sun and the warmth of a hot drink being spilled on you. I didn't feel it so much in the next treatments during the actual treatment, but during the ride home (it's about an hour away from our house) I can feel the heat radiating from my chest. So far I am not feeling too sore.

But that is not really what I mean about having felt it this week. I mean the exhaustion. I have not been able to do a fraction of what I normally do, and have been napping every day. Between party preparations and the exhaustion, I just had to say that we have an extra unplanned week of spring break and hope that the exhaustion gets better next week. At least I won't have a birthday party as well. : )

Monday, May 13, 2013

The First Treatment : 1/34

I began my first radiation treatment today. The actual radiation treatment was in two parts. The first part was from the side and then the machine moved. The technicians came back to make sure I was lined up correctly and then the machine came in towards the front. The actual radiation time was five minutes for the two. I could feel a warm, tingling sensation and afterwards I felt a little tender, like a mild burn. It surprised me that I would feel anything from the first treatment, but then again, my skin is sensitive. I hope that this doesn't mean I will have too much trouble with my skin. I will have treatments every week day from here on out an I will meet with the radiologist on Fridays. Unless something unusual comes up meanwhile, I will post after my meetings on Fridays to let you know how it is going. I have put a countdown on the sidebar to let you know how many treatments are left to go at any given day. It can't really filter out the weekends, so they are included in the timetable too, even though I don't get treatments on the weekends.

Thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts.

Friday, May 10, 2013

First Scans

Today's visit to the oncology radiologist had two purposes. First it was a "dry run" for how the radiation treatments would go as I went through the same process as I will when treatments begin. First I went into a little room in which I changed my shirt for a gown. Then I was led to the radiation room and I laid down on the table. My arms were put above my head in the mold that they had made for me. The technicians had the job of lining me up with the tattoos and the like to make sure I was perfectly in place. This took a few minutes. The scan took about five minutes and then it was over, and I  was free to go. First treatments begin on Monday.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers.