Radiation continues

November 20, 2017 Monday

I’ve now had eight radiation treatments and they are going just fine.  So far I’ve had no reactions to the treatments but I expect that as treatments progress, my breast will begin to redden and get sore.  We shall see.

I’ve been feeling fine in all ways as the side effects of the chemo have been going away.  I seldom get hot flashes and I have much less diarrhea but it has not gone completely away.  I have one toe nail that is quite dark and has started to grow out, just a tad.  One other toenail appears to be a much darker pink than the other nails, but it may recover without coming off.

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I do have four white curved lines on most of my fingernails and I do not think I will be getting any more.  My regular doctor agreed with me that I probably have one curved line for each chemo treatment even though the oncologist kind of laughed about it when I asked her about it.

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My hair has really started growing and now my hair is long enough that I can pinch hair all over my head.  I don’t know yet if I have more or less white hair than before chemo but I know I do have some of each.  I don’t have a good photo of my hair but I’ll try to post one next time.

Sue went with me to my treatment today and she was able to see the big, thick door to the room close (I didn’t even know there was a door there!) and to watch what was happening during the treatment.  She took a few photos during that time.  One photo is of the screen with different areas shown on it.  She was also able to see the x-rays they make to make sure the machine is lined up with my body correctly.  She said it was interesting and enjoyed it.

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In the second photo of the treatment, you can sort of see how the machine turns.  It moves into quite a few positions during the treatment. The people who provide the treatments are all very nice people who seem to have a really good attitude about everything.

I really don’t have anything else to tell about what’s been going on so I’ll wait to post next time until I do have something to say.  Have a nice Thanksgiving!!!!

Author: melaniesjourneythroughcancer

I am a retired teacher who was recently diagnosed with triple negative ductal breast cancer. I decided to write this blog to record the actions and emotions that occur as I make this journey through the cancer experience.

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