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May 26, 2012 01:30 PM etherize wrote:
Wow, lots of activity on this thread since I last posted. I have trouble keeping up with who said what ...
Mckenna, we are on the same schedule; my last tx is on June 18.
Beachbum22, radiation has been more emotionally challenging than chemo for me, too. Part of it is just because I'm already tired from 3 1/2 months of chemo, so it's harder to be upbeat. But there's also something about radiation that makes the cancer so "in my face" -- having my shirt off and looking at my boob constantly (along with everybody else it seems).
Like somebody else said, I'm also getting to the point where I want to pull up my shirt and ask everybody, "you wanna look at this?" Since everybody and his brother is looking at it. And yes, this is more action than my boob has seen in a long time.
I keep my eyes closed during treatments because of all the little lights and I have this silly, irrational fear that radiation will go in my eyes if I open them! LOL So I've seen the manhole cover but not the teeth. ;-) I haven't counted how long the "zaps" are, but I think I get 5 areas zapped. I know it's at least 4, because it's the collarbone lymph nodes as well as armpit, breast, etc.
Started getting more tired this week (halfway finished) and my skin's getting a lot redder and now it's starting to ITCH! So far I've just been using aloe vera gel but I may need something else.
Oh, and Joanne2012, I'm 55. So, not very young. ;-)
Dx 8/17/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Hormonal Therapy ArimidexSurgery 09/14/2011 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Surgery 10/17/2011 Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 12/19/2011 Cytoxan, fluorouracil, methotrexateRadiation Therapy 05/07/2012 External