We met with the radiation oncologist today who explained all about radiation therapy to us. I'm not sure how much of what he explained I actually absorbed, but here is what I know so far. He plans to do 28 days of radiation combined with chemotherapy. Monday through Friday, five days a week, for 28 days. There are some common side effects of this treatment including fatigue, nausea, cramping and diarrhea. He told me to invest in Gatorade. This all sounds eerily similar to my experience with the colon cleansing project! I'm looking forward to some fun days ahead!
We will meet with the medical oncologist tomorrow afternoon to learn all the fun facts about chemotherapy (said with a small dose of sarcasm).
Following the weeks of radiation and chemotherapy I will get a 4-6 week break to heal and then have surgery to remove the tumor. Everything we are doing now is to decrease the probability of a recurrence of cancer in the future or the "seeding" of cancer cells in the surgical site. The idea is to kill the cancer cells before the surgery.
The good news is I am now the proud owner of a "Radiation Therapy Parking Permit" and my very own Radiation Therapy bar code check-in card! Not everyone can say they have those!!
The bad news is I will not be able to swim or sit in the jacuzzi during the weeks of radiation treatment! How will I survive a Houston summer without the pool?
Song in my head today: "All my delight is in you Lord. All of my hope, and all of my strength..."
"But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept. I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me...Victory comes from you O Lord. May your blessing rest on your people." Psalm 3