Two Weeks from Today

Two weeks from today I should be coming home from my final zapping.  Excellent.

10 Spoons

Treatments completed: 18

Treatments to go: 10

The Zappings Continue

I saw my doc today and so far, so good.  My skin is holding up and the zappings may continue.  Good.

11 Swedish Fish

Treatments completed: 17

Treatments to go: 11

Congrats Nephew!

Today my youngest nephew, Alex, received his Officer’s commission in a ceremony at Fort Lewis.

His parents have come west and his brother has come north.

We were able to join them briefly last evening–taking that usually short drive on Interstate 5.  Construction and heavy traffic from an accident cut our time short but we did manage to eat together and take a few photos.

Here I am with the newly commissioned Second Lieutenant Kolkena.  His dad, retired from the Air Force, pinned on Alex’s new bars and proudly saluted his son.

Congratulations Alex!

I returned to radiation today, beginning my fourth week.

12 Hearts

Treatments completed: 16

Treatments to go: 12


13 Sweet Tart candies

Treatments completed: 15

Treatments to go: 13


I am halfway through the daily radiation treatments.  Break out the wine and snacks!!!

14 Purple Weed Flowers

Treatments completed: 14

Treatments to go: 14

Help from the Saints

My parents were devout Catholics and I was raised with an appealing amount of ritual and tradition.  I attended first grade at the beautiful Cathedral of the Madeleine with its vivid altar murals.

One of my favorite feasts was the Feast of St. Blaise when we’d have our throats blessed with crossed candles: 

Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God free you from illness of the throat and from any other sort of ill. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

I like having different saints who can intercede on my behalf in issue-specific ways.  The Catholic Patron Saint site lists FOUR saints for breast cancer:

  • Agatha
  • Aldegundis
  • Giles
  • Peregrine Laziosi

That’s a lot of heavenly help.

15 Catholic Medals

Treatments completed: 13

Treatments to go: 15

Nature Heals

This morning I saw the excellent Tony, who is a massage therapist with the Integrative Medical Clinic.  I learned that radiation can limit range of motion and bother the soft tissue in my shoulder joint.  Wha???  Yes.  Although the radiation is aimed at me with pinpoint, laser-accurate precision it DOES diffuse and exit in a broad and less predictable way.  All righty then.  Fortunately massage and stretching will help to counteract the effects.

Afterward I walked some of the trails at the Audubon Sanctuary.  Strolling among the tall trees in that quiet expanse did as much to counteract the effects of cancer therapy.  Mother Nature is such a good mom.

16 Raffle Tickets

Treatments completed: 12

Treatments to go: 16

A New Week

I enjoyed an excellent weekend that included some dancing and ended in a quiet moment under the rays of the full moon.  Summer is really a very nice time to be in rest and recuperation mode.

17 New Leaves

Treatments completed: 11

Treatments to go: 17

Two Weeks

Ahhhh…two weeks of radiation completed.  Two days off.

Trotting off to the clinic everyday has become routine.  They run a tight ship and I am in and out of the place after just 20 minutes.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

18 Colored Pencils

Treatments completed: 10

Treatments to go: 18


19 Quartz Beads

Treatments completed: 9

Treatments to go: 19