It's the final countdown!!!! Only 9 more sessions to go!!
This is my 4th week of radiation and this past week I have been blessed with some great celebrations. It started off with a wonderful birthday/anniversary celebration with friends that reminded us how great love and life is. This past weekend we also celebrated my dad and his brothers birthday with a home BBQ and then to top it all off Jeff's BBQcancerbration and b-day! It was a week of celebrating life, family and friends.
In the mix here I still had my radiation everyday and my first follow up with my oncologist. Not too much was discussed during the appointment, it was just to see how things were going and to examine me. Dr. Alam stated that she didn't want to discuss anything further until I was completely done treatments which meant until I was done radiation.... then she wanted me to stay as far away from the hospital as possible and she would see me back at the end of August to discuss what was going to happen next. So..... my next appointment will be discussing my follow up treatment plan which she said would be more than usual due to my age and situation as well as reconstruction. As much as I wanted to know what the next step was going to be I am going to have to accept the fact that I won't know and just chill, relax, and recover over these next two months.
Even though radiation is much easier than chemo it is a different kind of fatigue and tiredness you experience. At the beginning of chemo the fatigue lasted normally a week and then your energy levels would rise. The fatigue did get progressively got worse as treatments went on. With radiation, once you get the fatigue it doesn't go away because you are receiving treatments everyday. I am holding up though and just trying to rest more and slowly start some exercise again in hopes of it bringing my energy levels back up. My skin is also reacting to the radiation and burning.... I am hoping that it holds up for the next two weeks and doesn't get to irritated.