Day 1

This morning started off busy, because my sisters and niece showed up at my house with their organizing gear. LOL. My entire kitchen has been reorganized and labeled. Thank you Twanda, Sylvia, Mary and Lisa for all your help today.

My first appointment for the radiation therapy treatment was scheduled for 3:15pm. We all arrived at Alliance Cancer Center at Clearview around 3pm. We said a quick prayer to asked God for His guidance through this process. And right at 3:15pm they called me back.

I met several other members of the therapy team:

Radiation physicist
The person who makes sure that the equipment is working properly and that the machine delivers the right amount of radiation. The physicist will work closely with the radiation oncologist to plan your treatment.

Radiation Therapy Technologist (RTT)
The person who delivers the prescribed dose of radiation under the direction of the radiation oncologist.

The treatment itself was only 10 minutes, but since it was the first session the setup took awhile.

10 minutes can seem really long when you can’t move and have a mask across your face.

The first question that everyone asked after the treatment – “Did it Hurt???”

During the treatment, I didn’t feel any direct pain. They told me that I won’t feel anything for the first couple of treatments. But as the radiation builds up in my system, I could start to feel some side effects.

The next question – “How do you feel???”

My response – I really don’t know how to describe how I feel. I don’t feel bad, but I don’t feel 100% either.
1 treatment down – 14 more to go.