A middle radiation beam
B side radiation beam
C bright yellow area indicates place where radiation is given to the breast
D rib cage/chest wall
H sternum/breast bone
in cancer circles, radiation treatments are called "rads". i'm getting hip to the nomenclature because like it or not, i'm in the cancer club. it's a lifetime membership. even when i'm cancer-free for a year and technically a survivor. even after 5 years with no reocurance, when i'm in the "cured" category.
happy monday, my friends. i promised a report on how many weeks of chinese herbs were covered by donations. for those of you just tuning in, saturday evening i posted my need "would you sponsor a week of chinese herbs"?
since then, 4 1/2 weeks have been covered. behold, the power of positive intention. behold, the innate goodness of others. 3 1/2 weeks of herbs are still needed.
i am awed, humbled and so thankful.
my first day was ok. walking through the long halls of the hospital, i was listening to my amelie soundtrack and picturing myself walking in paris, the star of my own movie. when i got to the radiation department, i talked ramone, my radiation tech, into letting me have my ipod during the treatment. it was longer today than it will be in the future, as they had all sorts of positioning x-rays to do. my wrists and shoulders are sore and tweaked from gripping the bar above my head for 45 minutes. but i am ok.
i am ok. i am ok. i am swallowing my herbs, drinking my veggie juice and green tea and i am going to be ok.
positive intentions. i lay there on the table and imagined the northern lights beaming down on me.
there will be 33 treatments in total. everyday at 9 am. rad.