...so, before I tell you about the start of my radiation treatments, I need to mention the article that appeared in this past Sunday's Austin American Statesman:
Marques Harper called me a few weeks ago to talk about my fight with breast cancer and how it affected my family, my work, my style...my life. He turned it into an amazing article that both overwhelmed and humbled me. I hope that you are able to cut and paste in order to read it because I don't know how else to get there.
The article ran along with an almost full page portrait taken by Laura Skelding as well as photos of the women in my family, Evan with me & the twins and a pre-cancer photo of us as a couple.
In addition, I have had calls for an interview from a national magazine (sshh!) and yesterday I had an audition for a national TV commercial. I doubt very seriously that I'll get the latter but it was fun to be considered and also ironic that the woman auditioning before me was tall, thin and bald...oh, I am soooo not unique!
But life goes on in the cancer treatment world. I started with the first of my 33 treatments of radiation this morning. I will go every Mon-Fri (except holidays!) for a little over 6 weeks - so to be finished around July 8th!!! The first 28 of the rads will be aimed at the whole breast; photons or x-rays shot at the area in a rectangular shape. The final 5 will be electrons shot straight in and focused on the tumor site. Major side effects can include fatigue and skin changes - burning or tenderness of the radiation area. I am already exhausted so we'll see about the fatigue.
Years ago, my dear friend Seth brought me 24 black bangle bracelets from India. I have added to them another 9 and put them on my right arm symbolizing my 33 days of radiation. After each treatment, I remove one and pass it on to someone in my life...I'm off to give away the first one right now...