Updates on Kathy's battle with breast cancer.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 1 of Radiation

I just returned from my 8:00 a.m. first radiation treatment.  It was painless.  I hold still on a table, they line the markings on my skin up with the laser beams for the machine, and then apply radiation from I think 4 different angles.  It was like having about 4 x-rays done.  Two lasted for about 40 seconds, the others were maybe 10 seconds, according to the specialists running the machine.  But, there was no pain.  I applied the green tea spray beforehand, the prescription cream afterwards, and will apply the green tea spray 3 more times today, and the cream one more time before bed.  So far, so good!

I just read the paperwork about fatigue.  It said if you have radiation following chemo therapy, the fatigue that occurs towards the end can last up to a year.  Yikes!  I hope that's wrong, or that it means a year until you're at your full energy levels.  I've loved this past 6 weeks of gradually-building energy.  It's been a really nice reprieve.  

The rest of the treatments will be at 10:45 a.m., lasting only about 20 min. in and out the door.  So, if I'm feeling up to it, I can treat my drivers to lunch afterwards.  So, one down, 30 to go!    

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