Friday, October 14, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Radiation

Underneath my left arm pit - signs of radiation.

You walk into a room that is basically a cement vault.  The door into the vault is a 4,000 lb. door.  The whole point is to keep the radiation in so that nobody gets exposed to that.  Well, nobody but me, and it's aimed directly at what's left of my left breast and under my arm to radiate lymph nodes too.  I had seven nodes removed under that arm, you can see the scar in my armpit.  All but one were positive for cancer.

The whole point of radiation is to kill and burn any residual cancer cells that may still be lurking after chemo and surgery.

Your skin burns too.  It swells and puffs and weeps and turns red, just like a burn.  I was lucky, my skin held up very well until almost the end of 6 1/2 weeks of daily radiation.  The last week was really hard, and even weeks after you complete radiation, you are still burning.

This is what it looks like when your breast cancer is not detected early.

I tell you this because it is my solemn prayer and mission that you will understand the difference in treatment and survival when breast cancer is detected early.

Just do it.

1 comment:

Rochambeau said...

Thank your for sharing this reality, Debbie!!! Often I go to the cancer center, but didn't know the realities of radiation until now. Are your treatments finito?


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