I am DONE with Radiation!


I am DONE with radiation treatments, friends, and I am SO HAPPY about that!

I’ve really slowed down the last couple of weeks.  I’ve just accepted it for the most part, treating life as if we were on a beach vacation where it rained the whole time — slowing down, playing legos with the kids and cards with the grandparents, sitting in my recliner doing puzzles or keeping up with the news magazines, and writing my NASA book.  I have gotten quite a bit done on the book for being in treatment, actually — 135 pages, a whole chapter, started and finished since my surgery!  I put it aside as less of a priority (sorry, scientists) than holding, reassuring, and being there for my children during the times that I am awake, but I keep coming back to it.  Work is an irresistable call for me, a siren beckoning me to use my brain, and it gives me energy and fulfillment to hole up in my office and write after the chidren have gone to sleep.

I was also able to get out twice this week, once to visit the new Fire Station One restaurant in Silver Spring (ohmygosh that was fun! Thanks, Jessica, for the tip!) and once with the grandparents driving, to take the children to their VERY FIRST MOVIE ever, Horton Hears a Who! (reviewed at Common Sense Media by our favorite reviewer, UrbanMama!)  The special children’s showing had lights on and sound turned down (after I reminded the manager, ahem, that the loud and scary previews were scaring the bejebus out of the children), and it was the perfect introduction to the movie theater for 3.5 year old Little Bear and almost 6 year old Widget!  Plus, booster seats!  Theaters have come a long way, apparently —

It is so easy to blog weekly activities when there aren’t many!  🙂  I kid, I kid.  We also went to a friend’s house this morning.  She picked us up and we had a quiet hour playing and catching up.  And then I came home and slept for five hours.

You play some, you sleep some. 

But when radiation is OVER, you CELEBRATE!

Note: The next two weeks will still be hard on me, as irradiating cells actually doesn’t kill them at once — it disrupts their life cycle such that at the end of cell lifetime, cells die instead of dividing.  Even though I didn’t have treatment today (HURRAY!) my skin is actually getting redder, and I’m still whupped.  But each day, that will get better, and better, and, my radiation oncologist told me yesterday, I should get up to 70% of my energy back by BlogHer!   Amazing.  Maybe I should have registered for the parties!


25 Responses to I am DONE with Radiation!

  1. Lisa says:

    You go girl!!! Thanks for getting some rest for me 😉

  2. This is beautiful news! You are so strong.

    And you know whether we actually make it to the parties or no at BlogHer, our room will be one big slumber party.

    love you.

    • whymommy says:

      I don’t think I’ve signed up for any events for a month — I could easily sit in the lobby and talk all night and be happy!

  3. Bon says:

    without wanting to minimize the exhaustion and pain still ahead as the radiation does its job, i am so happy for you, that the grind of going there is done. may you have nothing but rest and healing and looking ahead from here.

    and i meant every word i said about strength. xo.

  4. clifford says:

    Air guitar. Often.

  5. NYFriend says:

    I’m so happy for you! And wow – their first movie, very cool. We have yet to do that. I wondered about the previews, you would think the managers would have a little common sense.

    Congratulations again on being done with radiation, I hope you are able to rest deeply. Please call me when you are feeling up to it. 🙂

  6. Cara mamma says:

    This is such good news!!! Sending you Lots of rest and pampering vibes!

  7. Susan says:

    So happy for you! (and also jealous that you live somewhere with children’s showings in theatres–that would be great!)

  8. JavaMom J.J. says:

    We’ll be pulling you off swinging chandeliers in no time! WooHoo!!! So proud of you! Even “slowed down” you move at a pace that amazes me!

  9. Yay! I am glad to hear it.

  10. Sandie says:

    So happy for the good news! It *is* a time to celebrate.
    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the time with your boys and your in-laws. You have an amazing family.

    And you know, that’s a very special review/movie to me, because it was my very last review before J was born, and because of the movie, the kids called their baby brother “Baby JoJo.”

  11. Kate @ upsidebackwards says:

    Yayyy!!!! 135 pages? Wow! Can’t wait to get your book in my hot little hands 🙂
    Celebrate, enjoy, rest, heal. We’re celebrating with you (husband looking askance at my happy dance) all around the world.

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  13. Amelie says:

    Yay for being done with Radiation! And 135 pages in your book sound impressive! Now relax to let all those bad cells die and your body recover.

  14. Jessica Lippy says:

    Great news! Have a wonderfully restful rest of the summer with your boys!

  15. “I’ve just accepted it for the most part, treating life as if we were on a beach vacation where it rained the whole time”

    This is just beautiful. To think I was just complaining about the weather a while ago. Here you are with a much bigger problem but a much better outlook in life. Keep it up. You’re inspiring the rest of us. Oh, and congratulations!

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  17. planetnomad says:

    Woo-hoo! Hang in there!

  18. Kristin says:

    Hooray for the end of radiation and the beginning of whatever comes next in your life, including movies with your boys.

  19. Linda Lawrence says:

    Happy for you! 🙂 🙂

  20. Stimey says:

    Congratulations! Rest up. You’ve earned it!!!

  21. Byrney says:

    Yay…great news

  22. Brian Morse says:

    Way to go!!! Keep up the good work. Hope everything works out great.

  23. Amanda says:

    I’ll sit with you 🙂

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