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Chemo schedule

137 day chemotherapy schedule

I am sure that many of you know that I’m a bit of an organizational freak so you won’t be surprised that I created a special bulletin board to track my chemotherapy, allowing me to check off days as they went by. I arbitrarily chose the end of this week (137 days in total) to end the countdown.

Well, wouldn’t you know it but today is the day I received my radiation therapy schedule – exactly in time to remove the first set of calendars and replace them with new ones.  Synchronicity?  I think so. OCD? That, too.

New Radiation Schedule

New Radiation Schedule

All I know is that 53 days from today, I will be D.U.N. (done) with radiation.  My treatment officially begins on June 9th and continues every Monday through Friday until July 24th. And you know I will be marking off the days until then.

Today, I went in for the first of three planning sessions.  This was the one where they placed three tats on my boob. It wasn’t bad at all.  The women technicians (Brittany and Jessica) who did the measuring and will administer the treatment were very nice. We will be seeing a lot of each other.

The Big Bad Machine

The Big Bad Machine

Brittany & Jessica - my new breast friends

Brittany & Jessica – my new breast friends

The room was freezing and the machine is rather ominous. I need to come up with a name for it. (Suggestions?)

They say that the actual treatment takes less than 10 minutes and the effect are cumulative so you don’t start to get red, dry and itchy for a few weeks. The most common side effect is fatigue. Let’s just hope I don’t discover all the uncommon side effects.  With my luck, I’ll probably glow in the dark.