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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tomography: 1 of 20 Underway

The first of 20 tomography treatments was completed yesterday. Amazingly, I only had a little mild nausea last evening, but a prescription to mitigate the symptoms. Of course, with only one treatment literally under my belt, who knows what degree the side-effects will reach, but they say that these will not be as severe as chemotherapy and mild nausea is the only thing expected? This technology is amazing, for sure. I am placed on a moveable gurney, as in the typical CT scanner, and moved under a huge cylinder, but other than the noise of the machine, I couldn't detect that anything was happening. There is no light or heat emitted during the whole process, hence there is no physical awareness that radiation is entering the body for the 5-minutes that they say the exposure is happening. I really had a surreal feeling that I was being treated by a robotic machine, even though I knew the technicians were in the adjacent room pushing buttons. Next up: We are back to COH today at 1 pm today and tomorrow at 10:45 am and we will get next week's schedule today or tomorrow. Now, of course, we spend more time traveling to and from Duarte than we do in the treatment room, except on Wednesdays when we have our 4-5 hour infusion of Rituxan for the next two weeks in the current cycle.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Adjusting to the News: Cancer is Back

Maybe in the back of my mind, I feared that my cancer might return. My thoughts, "How can this be happening to me again? Haven't I been through enough?" | @ltaLINK

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