I’m over it. They lost. I accept it (sort of). I don’t get it, but I’m over it. As the headline in today’s Seattle Times promotes, “it’s time to move on.” Until next season #nextyear #what’snext? #whyinthehelldidhethrowthat? Continue reading
What a difference a week makes! Taking some time to think about why I was slipping into depression, writing about it and reflecting on it, helped me to push it aside. Thank you to everyone who sent me positive messages and support – I really appreciate it.
Having a more positive outlook Continue reading
The end is near! One more treatment, some doctor’s appointments, and I am done tomorrow! One more radiation session! I can hardly believe that this portion of my journey is ending. What seemed so daunting three months ago has been both easier and harder than I had anticipated. Continue reading
Today has been red-circled on my calendar for a long time, and not because it is treatment #23. On Tuesday I passed the half-way mark and while it feels like I am living at UWMC, I am really enjoying the experience.
The therapists in Suite C are efficient and friendly and are keeping me well informed. They let me know when we have delays and the reasons for them and alert me to any changes in our plan or issues with technology. Continue reading
My woes at UWMC continued this afternoon. I sat, tired and cold, wearing only a hospital gown for more than an hour, waiting for my treatment. I had stripped down early as I needed to be fitted for a bolus (more on that later). A nurse noticed my shivering and brought me a blanket, just as my pity party was starting in full force and as a staff member rolled a stretcher down the hall to the doors of the treatment room. I must have looked puzzled and she said: “Oh, the patient in front of you is a child; he needs to be anesthetized for each treatment so we need a stretcher to take him back to his room.” Continue reading
Twenty-five thousand people work at UW Medicine. Twenty-five THOUSAND people and I feel like I need them all. “The Radiation Oncology Services at the University of Washington Medical Center provide comprehensive and personalized evaluation, consultation, planning, radiotherapy and follow-up for patients with a wide range of cancers.” Yup, right off their website. Who doesn’t want comprehensive and personalized evaluation, consultation and planning? Of course I do. But right now I just want the PLAN. I was really hoping that today, after treatment number nine, Dr. Tseng was going to give me ‘the plan”; the number of proton boost treatments at ProCure, how many photon treatments at UWMC, and the date I would be going home. Continue reading
Four treatments down, almost ten per cent of the way. When I put it that way it doesn’t seem like very much, it sounds like I have just started, which is odd because after my treatment yesterday it felt like this is part of my routine; like I have been doing this for a long time. Perhaps all of the planning, the preparation, the diagnostics and the anticipation have made it seem like I have been at this for a while. I have thirty seven more to go; another in a few hours. I think it is 37. I have an appointment with Dr. Tseng today to sort out the photon plan and to review the proton regime to date. I hope the photon portion completely replaces proton treatments and does not add any. It will be good to get the overall plan, find out when we add photon, how that integrates with proton therapy, and determine dosage. Continue reading