Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thanks for the memories ?…….

A little strange to be thankful for memories that were a little…I should say bitter sweet.

So I am done, done with the 28 radiation treatments.  Along the way I met new friends.  linda feb 25 004 Some I might see in the grocery store, or while I am having lunch somewhere.  Some who have traveled here to do treatments and I may never come across again.

Each one of them had a story.  I didn’t know everyone’s story.  Somehow I felt it was theirs to share if they choose to.  Some had come before me and many will come after I have left.  Richard has 4 more to go and his wife Joy was there with him every day always smiling, the two them always laughing.  Thank  you for the yummy treat for my graduation Richard and Joy!  I felt very blessed.  I was one of the fortunate patients that was not battling cancer.  I didn’t feel like my story was much in comparison to others.  But none the less…..I was still there fighting my own little battle.

So here is the meme part.  Fatigue, sore throat, hard time swallowing, sensitive taste buds, no taste buds, sores in my mouth, dry mouth, VERY dry mouth, ear ache, sensitive ear, burning skin, some hair loss, but not enough to really complain about…and of course feeling sorry for myself.

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I have had great support throughout this whole ordeal.

#1 supporter………HUHONEY, thanks for taking such good care of me, even though I was….well, not always in the best of moods or very helpful around the house.  This was probably harder on you than it was me.

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This is on the door….



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this is the door…. pretty amazing huh.  Walls are concrete and led lined.


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This is control central, behind this wall is where all the action happens.  From here is where they monitored me, watch me and program RADA, tell her how much radiation and where to point it.

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this is RADA…



Good bye RADA…

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I almost look like I am ready to do a little “fencing” LOL  This is me holding “the mask”



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The sweet  “Radiologist’s” who took very good care of me.  Thanks Jenn…for putting up with  my mood swings every day.  We will have lunch…I promise.


Special thanks to all the hospital staff who were always there with smiles to cheer me on….

and of course thanks to all of you who are reading this, for your special prayers in my behalf.

My Certificate of Recognition of Completion of

Radiation Treatment

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The Muse said...

!!!! HURRAH !!!
there is no way to say how delighted i am for you :) how happy, and how pleased. your bright face "radiates" the joy!

you are a trooper of the highest degree :)

Diana said...

Wow Linda, all I can think of to say is you look beautiful! I am so happy that you are done as I imagine you are ecstatic! Love To You, Di

{Simply} Heather said...

Look at you smile. Congratulations and thank you for sharing the view of your adventure with us ♥

Barb said...

Dear Linda - You look amazing! (And so tiny compared to RADA!)I'll give thanks tonight that you are finished and will soon be back to your old self. You've never complained (well - except maybe to Huhoney!). Continue on your path to healing.

Wanda said...

I agree with look wonderful and I'm sure, very happy to be finished.
Smiles to you, Linda,

Bernie said...

Linda, I am so happy that you have completed all of your treatments, clear sailing from here on sweetie, the pinkness will fade soon Linda, I hated that sunburned feeling but I would always put baby powder or corn starch on it, it did help a bit.
Now you can rest, relax and enjoy huhoney.....:-) big hugs

Judy Nebeker said...

Linda, You did awesome! What an ordeal, now you can put it behind you.
I'm so glad your smiling face will be with me first thing in the morning again. Your a great example of courage and strength.

Love ya,

All Dolled Up Doll Clothes said...

You are so funny! only you would think to take your camera and make everyone pose and who would think to take a picture of the concrete wall? No one but you my sister. I love that you did this. You know I would have gone with you to each treatment too, if only I lived closer. Love ya tons. Terrie

Pat said...

Look at you with your radiation burn yet ever so stylish earings...a girl must always accessorize!
I thank the Lord for bringing you through this, and for your wonderful're one of a kind and an inspiration!
sending a really big, almost squeezing to hard hug!

Jientje said...

It's nice to put those two little words there, THE END. You did it Linda, from now on things can only begin to get better!

Sally and Paul said...

Your a real trooper Linda. I am glad you finished all of this, and you have my best wishes for getting back to a fun and enriching life.

All My Best, Meisje.


Eileen said...

God Bless you, Linda! I'm so happy for you and wish you all good health and happiness from here on!

I know exactly what you mean about the bittersweet memories of going through a not-so-nice experience, I've had a few of my own, and it's almost mind-boggling to think of how a radiation room, or a hospice room, or a hospital room, or a nursing home can some how feel like home! But I guess it those we meet along the way, the support we garner that captures our heart and gives us that wonderful feeling. I'm glad you had that throughout this ordeal.

You look beautiful!
God Bless!
Love to you,

Sniffles and Smiles said...

So glad you are done with it, and can put it behind you!!! And I must agree with look fabulous!!!! Love you so much!!! Janine XO

Duchess of Tea said...

Linda darling, I share in your joy for completing this horrible ordeal and pray with you for complete recovery and a long, healthy, happy and blessed life. I do a special prayer each Sunday, and this Sunday I will dedicate te prayer to you luv. Yu are beautiful both inside and out, so keep smiling so that life can smile back at you.

Love & Hugs