Forgive me for not posting last week? Happy Belated Valentine's Day! We didn't go out for a big dinner but I bought new underwear! Ha! We'll just pretend it was a normal Valentine's Day. The woman that checked me out at the store even gave me a sneaky look and wished me a Happy Valentine's Day when I was buying them. Sorry, lady, while I'd like to say I bought them for the holiday of love, in reality, I have to drop my pants for a group of strangers on a daily basis and something needed to be done. Romantic, eh?
Ever wonder what radiation treatment is like for a cervical cancer patient? I walk in, drop my pants, lay on a table, and a giant machine rotates around me and zaps in just the right places. The picture below is of my actual treatment room. They gave me 3 tattoos around my belly (my first ink!) before I started treatment so they know where to line me up. Then they make sure I'm in the right position using lasers and machines in the room. I have a wonderful crew that sets me up each day and gets to hit the magic buttons. They're kind of my personal batch of super heroes. They get to shoot the bad guy every day! They're after you, Roid!
So this is the eve of week 5. 4 weeks complete! Yahoo! Yippee! According to the current plan, tomorrow will be my last chemo treatment and I'll finish up with about 3 more weeks of radiation. While it sounds downhill, we start a new adventure next week. These past 4 weeks I've been receiving external radiation. Starting next week, 1 to 2 times a week, I'll be receiving internal radiation - also known as brachytherapy. Unlike my current quick and easy daily morning zaps, these treatments will take hours and involve me getting anesthesia - like the epidurals I had with the kiddos. It's called internal radiation....so they're going in! Ugh. I'm not thrilled. I'll let you know how it goes!
Also, in case you're keeping tabs...still not keeping any food in. I'm looking forward to being done with treatment and being able to eat. This is ridiculous.