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   Posted 5/28/2005 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have my first rads on Tuesday.  I will find out the results of the CT as well.  Wish me luck!
L & H,

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   Posted 5/28/2005 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with rads !! You need to get your rest because it can
whipe you out. I worked during chemo and rads but I was SO
darn tired. Take naps if you need to...Hope the scans are good.
Keep us posted.


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Jean in WA
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   Posted 5/29/2005 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kathy,
You will be surprised how quickly the time goes by. As you know by having read all the ladies' suggestions here, be sure to take good care of your skin. "Slather" up with aloe vera gel and any prescriptions your doctor prescribes, although remember, no gels within two hours of your treatment. Also, my prescription ointment had to be totally washed off before treatment.

I had four tattoos to mark the location for the beam, but at times, they also used a pen. This pen marking got on my clothing a couple of times, before I realized it. So, you may want to visit the restroom right after a treatment that includes "pen marks", and wash it off before dressing.

And my last little tidbit of information... being the "chocoholic" that I am, I brought a big Costco sized bag of Hershey's Kisses to the Cancer Center receptionist. She doled out two kisses to me after each treatment, as my "reward" for being a good patient! I also asked her to share them with anyone else who might need a chocolate fix. Then, on my last treatment day, I took a party bag full of Kisses for the patients, and one for the staff as a thank you for all their loving care. I may be forever thought of as the Kisses Lady!

Good luck to you, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care, Jean In WA

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   Posted 5/30/2005 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   

I've never had rads but will be praying that it goes well for you.  My friend had them two years ago and it went very well and she is doing extremely well even though she had a very aggresive form of cancer and 4 positive lymph nodes.  She has had no problem with recurrence.  She did A/C, Taxol and then rads.

Keep up informed!

Teresa King

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


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   Posted 5/30/2005 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Kathy: Jean and Cathi have given you some great info. I had actually forgotten about the pen marks leaving stains on my clothes. Also, some of the gels that they give you will stain clothes. I have a robe that has permanent stains in it. No matter what I do, they just won't leave! Also, they told me not to use any deodorant under the arm that was getting the rads. The time will pass quickly. Plus, you will make some great friends as most of the same people will be there day after day like you. I didn't take candy but we gave a yellow rose to each of our "group" that grad and would go out for lunch or dinner. I also got very, very tired. Like with chemo, if you don't listen to your body, it will let you know. I felt like I had run into a brick wall and had no choice to but rest.
Good luck!

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   Posted 5/31/2005 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Rest all you can, Kathy. That seems to be one of the things about rads, it makes you tired, so tired. But you will do well, you have a great attitude and seem very strong. Hugs MK

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   Posted 5/31/2005 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the advice.  I didn't get the first treatment today as I thought.  They did a lot more measuring and I was on that d___ table with my arm up and head to the side for a VERY LONG TIME!  I thought my arm was going to fall off.  The tech was having some trouble with the equipment and called in someone to help.  Didn't make me feel very confident in what she was doing, but she said the doctor has to see everything anyway, so that made me feel better.  I (hopefully) will get the first treatment tomorrow morning.  This thing better get started or it will mess up my vacation plans.  Right now, it's perfect!  
L & H, 

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   Posted 5/31/2005 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope your next visit goes more smoothly, Kathy. You got great advice from Cathi and Jean. Do take extra good care of your skin and get as much rest as you can. I was exhausted by the end of the day during my rad treatments. Good luck. Hugs, Lauri
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