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

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Celebration Breakfast at Mazarelli's

 We celebrated my finishing up radiation therapy with breakfast at the local restaurant.
 It is just a block or so from our house.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Finished Radiation Treatment

I am so happy to say that I am finally finished radiation therapy, so now it is just regular check-ups and continuing with the Tamoxifen (for five years.) Thank you again for all of your continued encouragement and prayers. Thank you for being a part of my recovery.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Radiation Treatment, week 6: One More Week To Go

Well, today when I saw the doctor he was sufficiently impressed with my burn. He prescribed some Lidocane in Aquaphor Cream to put on it. I can use that or some Hydrocortisone cream when it begins to get better. The blisters are dry enough however because I have been faithfully using cornstarch. I only have one more week of treatment and the areas that have been most affected are now not in the area of radiation, so I should be healing there. I am very grateful for all of your prayers and encouragement.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Switching Focus

Today they look pictures and measurements because they are changing the radiation from a wide-beam to a narrow-beam. What this means is that instead of radiating everywhere from under my arm to the whole right side of my chest, they will be radiating only the incision-lump site. This should mean that the areas that are now burned and sore will begin to heal. So far the incision site isn't as bothered because the skin there is a little tougher than the rest. I am pretty happy that we have gotten this far without too many problems. Only 8 more sessions to go. Thank you all for your prayers, kindness and loyalty in this difficult time.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Radiation Treatment, Week 5: Still Hanging In There

This has been the most difficult week yet in terms of fatigue and skin burn, {the doctor did describe some cream for it this time}, but I have nothing but gratitude for how easy it is for me.
One morning this week while waiting for my turn, I sat in the waiting room with a pre-teen girl and her mother. The girl had several blankets folded on her lap and she did not look well. She was scared because she had vomited the day before after her chemo treatment and she was afraid she was going to get sick again today. It seemed to be partially that she did not want the discomfort of being sick, and partly because she did not want the embarrassment of it. He mother was kind and reassuring, but I could see how painful this whole situation was to her. Of course. I can't imagine having to see my own child suffer like that.
Please add them to your prayer list this week. I don't know their names, but He will know who you are talking about. And, may gratitude linger in your heart for all that you have.
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Radiation Treatment, week 4

I am sitting in the changing room waiting for the radiation therapist to call me to the radiation therapy room. I only wait there for a few minutes. It is not a long time, but in that time I can see down the hall to the other room in which people are sitting in recliners as they get the chemotherapy treatments. And I am grateful. I say a small prayer for their recovery and to tell Him that I am grateful that my treatment is going so well. Yes, I am bone tired and I can't get done half the things I am used to doing. Yes, I am sore and red, but this is so small. Thank you all who are taking my hand and giving me a hug every once in awhile during this walk toward recovery. It means a lot more than I could ever say.