Last Radiation!!

Yesterday was my last radiation!!  I have some mixed emotions about this part of the journey coming to an end.   I am at the same time very happy that this treatment is over and a bit apprehensive that this treatment is over.  While actively treating the cancer, it is comforting to know that something is being done to kill all those nasties. When the treatments end, you just have to tell yourself over and over that one nasty cell is not hiding in a corner waiting to pop out and yell “I’m Back!”.


I want to give a HUGE shout out to the radiation techs at SCCA.  They are the best. Here are some members of a great team of people.  I am so thankful and lucky to have had them on my side for the last seven weeks.  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  You all helped to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible.

I know some of you are wondering about Jody.  She finished radiation on Thursday and I finished on Friday.  Wednesday was actually a teary day for both of us.  We discussed our fear of radiation coming to an end.  Once again, it was nice to talk to someone who was feeling what I was feeling and understood what I am going through.  We have each other’s phone numbers and will keep in touch.

What comes next you ask?  Well for the near future, I will take a bit of time and concentrate on getting the rest of the house put together. Starting in January, I will add back more clients to my work schedule, which has been very minimal, to say the least.  I want to go on some trips in 2014, particularly a belated 30th anniversary trip with Scott.

I will have regular visits with the oncologist and the radiation oncologist.  I start hormone therapy soon and will continue that for a minimum of five years.  I also need to plan some “renovations” that are not associated with the house.  I will continue this blog as this journey is not over.  If you know of someone going through a journey of their own and they would like to talk,  I can be contacted via this blog or Facebook.  I am happy to help in any way I can.

Scott, David, Rachel and I went to a great restaurant to celebrate.  When Scott and I got home, this lovely surprise was waiting for me.  Thanks Diana and the Posts!  See the post Cheetos, Snickers and Peach Fuzz for back ground info.


10 thoughts on “Last Radiation!!

  1. Alexa Rosenthal

    Loretta you are an inspiration.

    Time to burn some bracelets! You will continue to be surrounded by support, light and love – always!

    Alexa and Michael

  2. Pam

    So glad this phase of the journey is over. Your lovely and determined spirit, sense of humor and grace carried you through. Thank you for sharing and opening your heart and soul.

  3. Mary Cantow

    Congrats! When you do your journeys, consider visiting the Connecticut and New Jersey and Massachusetts Cantows. There are almost always Cheetos at my house! Must be in the genes! Somebody said the journey is more important than the destination and what a journey you have had!!! All our love (and more)

  4. Cathleen Savage

    I never told you, Loretta, but the design for your blog is an exact illustration of my breast cancer location. Too weird!

    So happy for you! A little celebrating is in order for sure.


  5. Tina Cachules

    Congratulations, Loretta! I am struck by how much you have given all of us through your words, your actions, and your gorgeous spirit, throughout this difficult time. Thank you for sharing all that you have.

    With our hooting, hollering, confetti-throwing howls and hugs, we say YES–onward to healing and joy!!

    Tina & Jim

  6. Robin Gaphni

    You have been an inspiration to many throughout this journey, and will continue to be one as your path unfolds. I’m glad that you will keep writing!! Carry on, my dear.

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