I am extremely proud to report I have finished with breast cancer treatments!!! Today was my last day of radiation. Six weeks Monday through Friday is finally over. To celebrate, I baked my radiation therapy team of mini loaf each of Lemon Yogurt bread. They, in return, gave me a signed certificate congratulating me. I surprised myself and broke down and cried the whole ride home. I will still have to take an estrogen-blocking pill for the next 5-10 years, but treatments are done. As far as side effects, I did get a bit more tired these last two weeks. it came at me in waves typically late afternoon. I have tried to be diligent about taking my dog out for a walk though which I believe has helped me. Between that and a heck of a lot of gardening, I have had a lot of exercise the last few weeks.
My Radiation Oncologist said I was one of the lucky ones and faired better than most when it comes to my skin after radiation. He says genetics, I say the shea butter and aloe vera gel every day and night helped as well. I have had no peeling. The below photo shows the worst of it. Kind of raised bumps and red but doesn't hurt. He said that coloring will most likely go away in time.
Now, on to so weird stuff... peach fuzz. I was so happy to see hair growing all over my body, I didn't quite know how to feel when an abundance of peach fuzz grew on the side of my cheeks. After some research online, I found out this is a normal thing that happens to a lot of chemo patients after the fact. I have since then used my husband's clippers to remove the fuzz. My twin called me the bearded lady! No more of that! I also read online that a lot of people who shaved it reported it never came back. I'm hoping mine won't come back either.
Lastly, a little snippet on face moisturizer. If you read the earlier post, you would have seen how incredibly dry my face got. Not sure if it was allergies, radiation, post chemo or menopausal effects. In any case, I was using a facial oil serum I had been using the last couple of years, but when this happened I moved directly to shea butter with frankincense and myrrh essential oils. That has helped tremendously! Now I put that on my face every morning and night and it's not too much. Shows how dry I am now. Thankful I found something that works!
I have hair on the brain constantly. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I am doing everything I can think of to regrow them. Every time I take a walk, drink a green juice, or make a healthy food decision, regrowth is on my mind. So I was getting a bit worried a week and a half ago knowing I was going to take another pic documenting my regrowth. It didn't look like much happened until two days ago when all of my family members at separate times mentioned my hair has grown a lot. Yay! .magic to my ears! I guess it was taking it's time. So here is my monthly pic... look how dark!
More good news! as of tomorrow I will have completed four weeks of radiation therapy. That means only 2.5 weeks left and will be treatment free! I have been very pleased with the lack of side effects from this therapy. I had heard that it makes you tired, but thankfully, I have not experienced that. Again, my doc told me the more active I am, the better and less fatigued I will be. Therefore, I have been diligent with my walks with my dog, minus the rain storm we had here last week. Not to say it won't hit me like a ton of bricks soon, but hopeful my actions are helping.
Now for so not so great news... I have been so worried about my breast getting burned, I've been slathering it with shea butter constantly. Luckily shea butter is doing the trick and no burn or red yet. BUT my allergies have kicked me in the face, literally! I winterized 30 roses then mowed our lawn last week. After that, this is what happened to my face. I swear people might have thought I got in a fight. I asked my radiation oncologist if this was a side effect and he said no. I also asked a nurse practitioner/friend/cancer survivor and she said that chemo can have effects on your system in all kids of ways 6-12 months after your treatment. That is the only thing I can think of. So... if you have seen me around wearing my glasses a lot, you now know why. I can't put any makeup on this skin without it burning. I am calling an allergist tomorrow.
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