Monday, July 28, 2008

Another radiation update

Hi everyone,
I had my first "booster" radiation treatment today. Fortunately, the past day or so, the radiation burn has mostly healed. I have four more booster treatments and will finally finish radiation treatments this Friday! YAY!!

I did resist radiation treatments because I didn't want to risk losing the ability to have an implant. But it was nice to hear from my plastic surgeon awhile back that there is a Plan B for reconstruction. Next month sometime, I will ask about that process.

In the meantime, late last week, I noticed two black spots within the open skin wound. I asked the doctor about them today and her opinion was that these two black spots represented tumors that were forming and that the radiation has killed them and the black spots are dying cancer tissue. YAY again!! More evidence that the radiation is doing what it's supposed to be doing!!

I was only 1-for-3 playing softball yesterday, so Deechiro won't be in the paper this week. Darnit!

Well, more later .. . got to do some things. Have a great day everyone!


jeanne said...

Black spots? scary. Dead cancer? fabulous. Playing softball? Incomprehensible yet wonderful. (Hey batterbatterbatterbatterbatter-SWING!)

Carver said...

That's great to have signs that the tumors were being stopped in their tracks.

Wendy S. Harpham, MD said...

I just discovered your terrific blog through an article in
I'm a physician-survivor, in and out of treatment since 1990. I've devoted myself to writing and speaking about Healthy Survivorship.
You're in the home stretch for your XRT. Good for you.
With hope, Wendy

Dee said...

Hi Jeanne,
Yes, the black spots were scary but the consensus was that it was dying cancer tissue . . . yes, fabulous. And, I've played softball on and off since I was 10, so I have about 30 years playing. Your "batterbatterbatter..." made me laugh and then I thought of you gettin' a groove on listening to Love Shack!

Hi Carver,
I'm glad you stopped by to visit! Yes, it's wonderful to see signs that the treatment is working. Makes the discomfort of the radiation worthwhile.

And, Wendy, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by - wow! In and out of treatment since 1990. That is inspiring! (In the sense that you're still here to write about it!) I'm curious to see what you have to say about healthy survivorship . . . thanks for the comment!