I am happy to report that my arm performed well at the next CT scan and I was able to get it into the right position. Phew. They put four teeny-tiny tattoos (that look like birthmarks) to mark out the section that will be radiated (basically from the bottom of my neck to my lower ribs on the left side).
I am also happy to report that I will be starting radiation therapy this afternoon. Okay, maybe happy is not the right word, but I am certainly glad that this last phase of treatment is getting underway.
Here are the basics about radiation therapy:
The side effects are not nearly as bad as chemo. They mostly involve localized skin irritations (rashy/sunburny feelings, and the affected skin may turn reddish/darker during treatment), and of course, fatigue.
I will have 25 sessions. That’s a lot. It’s every day (aside from weekends and holidays) until mid-July.
The sessions are quite short. Each appointment is booked for roughly 30 minutes but most of it is positioning to make sure that I’m aligned properly and consistently from session to session. The radiation part shouldn’t take long.
Everything else is going okay right now. I feel much, much better from the surgery. My energy is okay. I’m doing some work and playing with Nate. And here is some photographic proof: me and Nate in a fort!