Treatment is over!

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Today was the day.  After 33 treatments, I am all done with radiation.  It’s a good thing too; my boob can’t take much more.   I am peeling but not like from a sunburn and have to go on antibiotic cream to fight off infection.  I’m also glad that I can now use regular deodorant again.  The stuff I had to use during treatment didn’t do a dang thing for perspiration and odor.  Sometimes I couldn’t stand being around myself.

After I finished in the treatment room, both the girls gave me a big hug and then I went and saw the Dr.’s nurse, Winny.  She gave me my discharge papers and let me know what was still ahead.  Even though I’m not getting zapped anymore, the treatments are cumulative so for the next 3-4 weeks, I will continue to turn red.  Well, that’s something I wasn’t expecting.  She also said that I will begin to feel tired.  I told her I hadn’t had any of that now and she said it usually hits at the end.  I may find I need to take naps in the afternoon.  I’m scheduled to go back to work on Monday so if I feel anything come on, I’ll just close my door and rest my head on my desk for a while.

I have a follow up appointment with Dr. Shimizu on July 12th and one with Dr. Wilde on August 1st.  After that, I’m not sure what else is down the pike with regards to doctor’s appointments.

I realize how fortunate I have been through all this.  I spoke with patients in the waiting area each day that were going through hell with their treatments.  Some were even going through both chemo and radiation at the same time.

I probably won’t be blogging as much between now and my trip (which is in 68 days).  🙂  During the trip I plan on blogging each day and sharing my experience on my trip of a lifetime.

I thank each of you for following along as I went through treatment.  You’ve been supportive and encouraging and for that I am truly thankful and blessed.

I invite you to continue with me on my Journey to the half century mark.

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5 Treatments Left

I am now down to my last 5 treatments. These will be, what they call, “boost” treatments. These last 5 will focus on where the cancer was found. Thank God, because the boob is really fried. 😦 I have one very raw burn spot that hurts to reach or sleep. I just keep loading it up with this great ointment I got with the cream I’ve been using. Thank you Jacqueline for looking out for me.

Yesterday was the first half of my teeth deep cleaning. That was fun….NOT! The part that hurt the most was the Novocain injections. At least next week I know what to expect.

I am looking forward to going back to work and then in 75 days…….Off to Alaska!

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Coming into the home stretch….

Today was the end of my 5th week.  I now have 10 treatments left and I am done!   My skin is starting to take a beating.  Dr. Shimizu says I have folliculitis.  It’s an inflammation of hair follicles.  It itches like crazy and doesn’t look very pretty.  With only 10 more treatments, I think I can tough it out.

This past week I was getting bored and felt like I needed a change so I cut all my hair off.

Before:

Long hair

After:

short hair

I feel like I’m going to be starting over and I needed a change.  It’s just hair.  🙂