Today was my fifth radiation treatment, bringing to close the first week of my seven week treatment plan. I have the routine down pretty well now. It's been so far, so good with the treatments. My skin shows no sign of damage yet. I have some weird discomfort when I reach with my left arm, but that could still be nerve trauma from the surgery. Dr C told me it could be up to six months until that goes away completely. At any rate, it is more "bothersome" than painful.
This week, I had meetings with the radiation oncologist, the oncologist's nurse, and someone called a "cancer guide" who gave me information on the holistic services offered at the cancer center. Some of the programs sound like fun: a monthly meeting of patients and surviors, healing touch therapy, and even acupuncture. The problem is, many of the programs are offered during my working hours, and my office isn't close to the clinic. If I want to attend these offerings, I will need to use vacation time to do it. I took the pamphlets, but I'll make my mind up later.
Yesterday, my wonderful friend Johnae got the dreaded "call back" on her mammogram. Our local clinic sends a letter if all is well. The call means there is "something" on your films. Not every "something" turns out to be cancer, and the clinic asked Johnae to come in next week for a follow up. With me, they wanted my butt (well, they actually wanted my boob, but I digress) in there at 8 o'clock the next morning. So to me, telling Johnae to come next week is a good sign. She didn't want to wait (of course!) and asked to be put on a cancellation list. They must have heard her anxiety because they told her to come tomorrow, early, and prepare to wait. They will work her in at some point during the day. Johnae credits my cancer with prodding her into her mammogram. She was two years out from her last one. Hopefully, she'll have an all clear by lunchtime tomorrow. If not, well, we can travel this journey together. If you're a praying sort, please think of Johnae. Otherwise, we appreciate the powers rabbits feet, four leaf clovers, horse shoes, and crossed fingers, too.