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Aug 31, 2021 11:00PM
Ivy, you are so funny!! Ok, so it sounds like you are getting your mapping done on Friday and starting on Tuesday. I will be lifting you up as you begin. I'm still X'ing my wall calendar with pink highlighter X's. It feels good to turn the page today.
Jasmine, I'm sorry that was emotionally difficult. I totally understand. You do have us as your friends, and we're not going anywhere. We'll be here cheering you on and not just through your radiation. I was in rare tears today but for a totally weird reason. When I walk out of the radiation room, I always pass this older lady on a stretcher. She is lying there covered by a blanket, wearing a mask, with her eyes closed. She is all alone lying on that stretcher and looks so sad and vulnerable. I know she can hear what's going on around her. It breaks my heart every day when I see her. I have started praying for her. Today I whispered words of encouragement to her as I walked past. But by the time I got outside walking to my car, I was in tears. I feel so badly for her. I hate that she's left lying there alone - even if for a few minutes. I wish someone would stay with her. Her nurse who brings her sits in the waiting room by the lockers and just texts on his phone. She must be just as scared as we are. Anyway, I pleaded with God to please heal her and I just have to leave it there. I can't cry while driving and it's not the best for my immune system. I did notice that I am more emotional during these cancer treatments. I wonder if that will ease off with time.
And Jasmine, I'm so happy about the massage lady. I think that will be invaluable. You've inspired me. I am not certain that I have the best PT so I think I'm going to call the place right at the hospital. Massage is HUGE for helping us feel better and can help offset lymphedema.
Hey Swimgal, that BeeCure Radiation Cream is THE exact one recommended to me by a friend of a friend! She said it was the only one that worked for her. Yes I can also recommend it. I use it and it seems to work well. Hey, it's also on sale!
Jen, I had a feeling you had a ton going on. You are one busy bee! It is overwhelming, isn't it? It's so hard when we have to keep doing everything we did before cancer- cooking and cleaning and laundry and errands, even when we're dead tired. Today I had to take my mom to her quarterly blood draw for labs, and I accidentally made the appt too close to my radiation. Well, it all worked out but I was a bit frazzled. Plus I have my family on our new keto diet so none of us ever gets cancer again and I am running out of recipes. Someone recommended Keto Cooking shows on Youtube! Why didn't I think of that?
How weird that they were playing music that wasn't at your request. I have often thought that I'd like music, but then worried that I wouldn't be able to hear them tell me when to breathe, just like what happened to you! It makes me upset that they reacted poorly to your request. That is so unacceptable on their part. It sounds like the music was for them and not for you? How I wish I could go with you and straighten them out. I'd sit in the waiting room and wait for you. We all are now here for each other. Remember when you're in there that each of us have grown to love you and we are cheering you on. xoxoxo
I haven't had nausea after rads but have read that can happen. I wonder if it might be related to not having had a chance to detox yet from chemo and rebuild the immune system. I don't know what time your sessions are but I wonder if going in fasting (just water) would help. My doctor had me do that the day before the surgery. Please don't worry that you will have tingling/neuropathy/brain fog and other side effects forever. We can detox and feel a lot better after this. it's never too late to detox. Exercise and walking will help throughout rads, even though it can be hard when fatigued. Yucky, I know! My sister has to keep at me to get me to go walking.
We will get through this together.
Love you gals,
Grateful to Jesus, that His love finally broke through to me. "With one touch, You just rolled away the stone that held my heart," - Lyrics by Keith Green, " 7 weeks of Radiation including supraclavicular nodes.
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