Monday, February 1, 2010

Radiation is done!

Woot! Radiation is now complete! I am so happy that I don't have to get up early and drive down Ironwood with the crazy morning rush hour traffic any more. I was really starting to get nervous...I can't tell you how many times I was nearly rear ended. The skin on my side is peeling horribly. It is no longer bright purple/red, but a very dark tan look. I can now get almost completely dressed. :) I will miss the radiation therapists though. They were really nice.

As of now, I am patiently waiting until I can get my next PET scan. I believe it will be sometime towards the end of March. I have to wait until the chest wall heals from radiation. I guess the inflammation from the radiation will cause the area to "appear" hot when it really isn't. I have been having some pain in my hip again. It isn't anything like it was, just an annoying ache. I am hoping that it is due to the arthritis affect rather than anything else.

It's funny. Once I got this diagnosis, I became a hypochondriac. I am so scared with every new ache and pain. I don't want to live with that fear, so I am hoping that with the next PET scan, my fears will be alleviated some.

I am hoping that I can start reconstruction sometime in May. I will most likely have the other breast removed (precautionary) and then go for the new "girls". I understand that reconstruction can be rather painful too. So not looking forward to that.

Things around the house are great. I have recently started the addicting habit of scrapbooking. I love it so much! (Although it can develop into an expensive habit). I have also been going to the gym so that I can work on my health. I want everything in my corner as I continue to fight. All is good and I am happy :)


  1. I am so glad radiation is over for you.... I am sure your PET scan will come up clean, and that will be a relief for you!
    I didn't know that you haven't done your reconstruction yet... my opinion would be to do the other mastectomy and reconstruction at the same time. That is what I did and it saved me from having to have multiple surgeries.
    Good luck!

  2. SCRAPBOOKING ROCKS! And you are very talented.
    Miss Jen