Monday, July 12, 2010

Radiation - week 2

As I come to the end of week two of radiation, I am starting to notice things are changing. The first thing I have noticed is that I am getting more comfortable with being half naked in a room full of strangers. I have also become quite talented in getting on and off the table without showing my girls to every one in the room. Another thing I have noticed is that I am more aware about my positioning, so the radiation technicians only have to do small adjustments and don't have to yank me by my ankles. Once I am lying on the table, I move into the position that I feel most uncomfortable, and then I know I have to stay like that for the next 40 minutes. I am also started to get radiation tan lines. I saw a lady the other day who was having radiation on her face and it was bright red. I have been told that the radiation has a stronger affect on areas of your body that have had sun exposure. Since I haven't been topless at the beach since I was about two, I am hoping that the redness and blistering is minimised. I have also been drowning my skin in the cream and have become quite a good contortionist at rubbing it on my back.

I have also started Pink Pilates, which is specifically designed for women who have had breast cancer. Which has been great, as I have started to feel very stiff down my left side due to the radiation. I was a little bit nervous about getting back into exercise, but I was inspired by my friend who did personal training and weight lifting through her chemo! I was also nervous about what to wear on my head during the session. I know it sounds silly, but I am not comfortable revealing my semi-bald head outside the safe confines of my house. I didn't know if it would look stupid to wear a beanie or would I look like an idiot if I wore one of my Oroton silk scarves. Decisions decisions! Life was so much easier when I had hair to wear. My hair continues to come back, but still in the places that I don't want it. I am still without eyebrows and eyelashes. My hope at the moment is that I have eyebrows for the Wallabies v All Blacks game on July 24!

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