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Five Years Ago Today, I Got Fitted (for a Radiation Mask) & Became Jade Gangster

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Five years ago today, in the thick of scary drastic cancer treatments, I wrote this documentation of what it was like to get fitted for a radiation mask. At the time, I was only writing for my private care circle of generous-AF-good-hearted helpers. For some reason, this particular post generated some very moving responses from […]

My Toxic Heart Monitor

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When my cardiologist first suggested that I wear a heart monitor for two weeks, I pushed back on the idea, saying that since my echocardiogram and EKG turned out OK, I was fine with those results and didn’t want to explore further. I’ve been like this throughout my health challenges. I didn’t want to carry […]

Calling Radiation DONE!

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This past Monday was my last radiation treatment. And you’ll see in the attached photo that I was awarded with a certificate of completion. I’m also pictured here with Pat and John, the two technicians who worked with me most days. John is holding the dreaded mask and I’ve also got the sleigh bells in […]

Radiation progressing well …

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I’ve now had two radiation treatments and it hasn’t been too bad so far. Not fun, but not humiliating like the ‘anyone-else-want-to-see-me-naked?’ mask-making session earlier last week, and as it turns out, not quite worthy of a panic attack. The only side effect so far is that I’m fatigued. Today, I came home and crashed […]

Imprint of a Radiation Mask

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Yesterday’s radiation planning visit resulted in the production of this pictured face mask for the purpose of immobilizing my head and shoulders during treatment. I should preface by saying that I didn’t show up to this appointment carrying a ton of fear. On the contrary, I was actually treating this visit as a formality before […]