(16-06-18) Update On My Physical State


Even though radiation ended on Monday, I was told that my symptoms would continue to get worse for up to ten days following my last session.  The area does look pretty nasty: sunburn, more sunburn, splitting skin in three separate spots, blistering in between my two “breasts,” dry patches, swelling, and bruising.  In two more days, I have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Walsh (reconstructive surgeon); hopefully, she is more optimistic about how this looks than i currently am.  (See below for a photo, but remember that i warned you!)

On Monday night, i got violently ill.  I’ll spare you the details, but it involved 2+ days of high temperatures (100.5-102.9), bathroom issues, an inability to hold down and food or water,and infantile crying for extended periods of time.  I assumed it was punishment for eating a veggie Whopper and fries from Burger King for dinner on Monday.  (Okay, okay!  I had a vanilla shake, too.)  My roommates assumed it was a reaction to my final dose of radiation.  We found out we were ALL wrong when Jenna came down with the exact same stomach bug 48 hours after i did.  Clearly, i stopped taking my immunity vitamins a bit too prematurely; my body is NOT yet ready to handle all the germs and bacteria that life throws at us on a daily basis.

Recent illness aside, my body continues to provide me with more strength and energy each week, and for that i am incredibly grateful.  I’m still not hiking mountains yet, but i think i will be ready once it starts cooling down in late August.



Author: breastcancerat35

I was diagnosed with Stage 3C Invasive Breast Cancer in October/November, 2015. This blog is my way to process my experience and allow my loved ones to have ongoing updates about my journey.

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