Today i am 1/2 way done!
I have had 14 of 28 radiation treatments for my colorectal cancer. So strange because i feel like it is flying by but also taking forever to complete.
I am doing Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which is a high precision radiotherapy that delivers a precise radiation doses to my tumor. IMRT also allows higher doses of radiation focused on the tumor while minimizing the dose to the surrounding normal structures (although it is inevitable that i will be put into menopause because of the location and the fact that my ovaries are right there too- so yay me 😐).
Each treatment lasts 106 seconds (yes, i count each day) and that is it. It is important for me to count each day because i know I’m 106 seconds closer to the finish line (for this part at least). So i have had 1484 seconds of radiation since starting. After today, i have another 1484 seconds to go. Doesn’t seem like a lot of time in the long run.
Also to update everyone, I’m doing ok. I am a bit more tired but that is to be expected. I am enjoying the days where i can sleep in (usually til 7:30 which is late for me) but i also like getting up early and going to Orange Theory to work out before i go to radiation and then work. I’m trying to stay as active as possible because i know that will help my recovery from surgery. I have no radiation burns (yay!) but i do have some pain in my lower back/bum from the radiation but it is manageable. So when i say I’m ok, i am really ok!
Thank you to everyone checking on me and sending me prayers. It is much appreciated. 💙