Done. Radiation is DONE!! My last treatment was today, but it has not really sunk in yet. I did get to ring a bell outside of the radiation room and my technicians threw confetti on me, but still it does not seem real yet. I don’t think it will seem real until I have my mornings back to myself for a few days. I do have to say though, 7 weeks and 33 treatments went awfully fast. Books on tape during the drive were key, and I actually looked forward to getting into the car for the books.
But overall, it truly was not that bad. Yes, I was/am red, sore, tender, got an awful skin rash around week 4 that itched like crazy, could not find a comfortable position to sleep in, J always hit me on that side and am still so ridiculously tired that I cannot see straight most of the time, but it is over.
I could not have done it without the immediate support of Nate, Nancy and Ken, Emily and Joleine for the daily care of Jackson, and my Mom, Sister, Mark and Grandma who came and spent last week with J and I while Nate was on the road. All of you checking in, calling and e-mailing also helped so much.
Now that the immediate care is done, it is on to the “let’s prevent any future cancer” part. My oncologist has recommended that I take tamoxifen daily for 5 years. While I am not thrilled about it (possible side effects – http://www.breastcancer.org/questions/tamoxifen) as it essentially puts your body into menopause, I am going to give it a try and see how it goes. I am going to start in June after my body has had a couple weeks to rest and the effects of the radiation have worn off. I will check in with my Dr. in 3 months to see how I am doing. Other than that, he said to stay healthy, watch my weight and what I eat and exercise. If anything is going to make me do those things, it is keeping the cancer away!
It has been a little over 6 months since my diagnosis and looking back, that is how long I said 2013 was going to suck. 6 months, tons of tests, 2 surgeries, countless Dr. appointments and 33 radiation treatments. I am ready to be done with cancer. I am a cancer survivor. Now back to the rest of my life.
*** This is the last post regarding Cancer Round 1***