Today I rang the bell

I rang the bell for my last radiation treatment today and they gave me a graduation certificate.

The radiation will continue to work for about 5 more weeks even though I am no longer getting treatment.

The skins peeling good and no longer itching and the new skin looks really good.

I feel like a new person today. Honestly, I was not prepared for all the emotions that would go with this day.

Tonight my husband and I are going out to eat to celebrate.

Tomorrow my sister and I have a day planned we’re going to have a little fun. Next week our daughter Jeanelle and her kids and I will do something fun. Then another day I have a lunch planned with a really close friend of mine.

I am relieved it is over and I pray Cancer never comes back again.

Life is good and I will always fight like a girl.

 

Fight Like a girl

 

 

 

Week Four and Five

Radiation has been flying right along week 4 and 5 are now completed.

I am still turning reddish purple but only one small crack in the skin so far. It is very irritating and starting to get itchy. I am not sure what is worse under my arm or my neck both are in the creases of the skin.

I have 9 treatments left only one full radiation and the other 8 are targeted at where the tumor was at. They told me the burn areas will start healing while this is going on.

My bone scan results were a bit odd and I have not gotten to talk to my oncologist yet.

I had one 10 years ago and had a decrease of 13.4% of the Axial Lumbar.The left femoral neck had an increase of 7.8%. Now how did that happen?

Impression stated: Osteopenia of the lumbar spine. The way I understand this it means the step before Osteoporosis but not bad enough to be diagnosed Osteoporosis.

Calcium and exercise should improve this and once my burns are healed I will get back on track with that. At this time sweat really irritates the burn areas.

I have been able to do a little photography but just have to limit the sun exposure.

I wanted to say a special thank you to my family and friends that have been there for me through this whole ordeal.

I am still fighting like a girl.

 

Fight Like a girl

 

 

Spring is in the air

Today is the first day of spring and pink is such a great color.

Our azaleas started blooming about two weeks ago and they have been stunning this year. Normally the March winds blow off all the blooms but that did not happen this time so we have really gotten to enjoy them.

Happy Spring everyone.

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Second and Third Week

The second week of radiation went pretty good I was nowhere near as tired.

I had one painful day where it felt like a stabbing pain under my arm other than that all was good. I used an ice pack to help with this.

The third week has been good and I am a little more tired this week. I am trying to stay busy to keep my mind off of being less than halfway through with this.

Week 4 – 5 is when the burns generally start to happen next week will be my week 4.

Next week I have a bone scan for a baseline before I start the hormone blockers in 3 1/2 more weeks. I made sure to schedule it right after my radiation appointment you have to coordinate these things are you are back and forth all the time.

I ordered myself the prettiest necklace for breast cancer. My sister bought me a tee shirt that says “Rebel with a cause”.

She and I get together one time a week for shopping and we are truly enjoying ourselves. Sometimes we even go out to lunch and make a long day of it.

We might go to Resale stores, Tuesday Morning, Habitat Restore, Hotel Liquidators, Garage Sales or shop auctions online needless to say we have found some pretty cool stuff.

I won a beautiful dresser at an auction for $100.00 it was brand new 8 drawer white dresser it’s in my office to give me more storage. The retail of this dresser was $350.00.

My sister found me a plastic cow head I will be doing something with just not sure what way I want to go with it. Some people paint them wild colors, some use the silver or gold leafing on them, some glue fabric on them. Some people spray paint them there are just so many ways to go with this plastic cow head.

She also found me 3 of the wooden room service trays they are HUGE I used the liquid sander on them to remove the varnish and I have them primed. I know one for sure will be getting a liquid paint treatment I love the look of the paint and the cells. Of course, I had to buy the silicone and the Floetrol to do it with. Another craft to get into lol.

I am still fighting like a girl.

Fight Like a girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 of Radiation is done

I have completed week 1 of my radiation.I am now starting week 2.

The first few days the appointments took longer because they needed pictures of the exact locations etc. Those appts were about 30 minutes long. We are targeting the breast and the lymph node chain from my underarm to my neck.

My main problem is being still for that long and only breathing not moving at all. For some reason, I get itchy lol.

The normal time it will take will be 15 minutes.

To be honest it takes me longer to drive to my appointments than it does to get my treatment.

I am extremely tired. I take a nap most days ( not like me at all ) and I am sleeping more at night instead of my usual 7 hours I am sleeping about 9 hours.

They have told me to only use Aquaphor on the scars.

The radiologist said the tiredness will get worse and so will the burns in the coming weeks.

I am still fighting like a girl.

Fight Like a girl

 

On a good note

I was very lucky my oncologist ordered the Oncotype – DX testing on my breast cancer tumor.

This tested for over 20 genes and it lets them know some important stuff such as chemo would only decrease my chances of not getting cancer again in 5 years by 1%. That little detail let myself and the doctors decide it was not worth the side effects for 1%.

I am grateful for this new testing for breast cancer because without it I would have had to do chemo.

Today I had to pre- register at the hospital to get the chemo port taken out since it will not be needed. That will be done this week and its a 10 minute thing.

I then went to the radiologist/ oncologist appointment to get molded for the position I will be in each time I receive radiation so they are sure I am in the exact same position each time. While I was there they did a CAT scan that was an easy test since I can see out both ends. I can not do a MRI.

The Dr. will now configure up everything to pinpoint the exact locations for my chemo. They are targeting the breast and the lymph node chain.

They gave me some tiny little tatoo’s that felt like a tiny needle that helps with the locations.

Next week I should be starting radiation and this will go on for 5 weeks x 5 days a week  I was able to reduce it by 1 1/2 weeks with my second surgery.

Life is good and I am so grateful to the wonderful people I have in my life. Your support has meant everything to me.

I am still fighting like a girl.

Fight Like a girl

 

 

 

Cancer update

I am doing really good & healing quite well from both surgeries.

The biggest problem I am having right now is I cannot lift my arms above my shoulders. It seems that everything I want to do I need to lift my arms lol.

There is still some test we are waiting for but the surgeon said they should be back next week. These test will tell us my exact treatment plan since we had some unexpected things show up after the lumpectomy and lymph node removal testing came back.

This could change what happens first in my case but there is lab testing that helps the oncologist decide. They are running the Oncotype DX on my tumor this also tells us the chance of recurrence.

I have a very positive outlook on life and my cancer even though it was IDC which is aggressive cancer but it was caught early. I have an amazing team of Dr’s. who are looking out for me?

My husband Jack is my rock and he has helped me so much since this all started in November.

 I am only surrounding myself with those family members and friends who are loving, supportive, positive, and truly care about me.  I do not know what I would have done without you all thank you all for being there for me on this journey you are all wonderful.

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and how fast you react determines the outcome.

Cancer I will beat you and I WILL WIN!

Fight Like a girl