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[Update] Radiation therapy complete, awaiting surgery

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Told you you'd kick its ass.

And yeah, if you grow up in a developed country that is not USA, it's easy to take our universal healthcare for granted. So you could consider that an additional factor of motivation.



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Happy to hear it hasn't spread. I'll keep you in my prayers, stay strong Curl!



 

Have a nice recovery!



i'm glad you're beating it. Keep on keeping on.



Officially halfway through radiation therapy; 14 sessions done, 14 more to go.
 
The medical setting does pose some challenges due to my OCD, but my doctor and the rest of the staff are really nice, as are my fellow patients.
 
The technology is amazing; they’re now able to hit the tumor with millimetre precision, with the aperture of the emitter changing shape to match the outline of the tumor as it goes around you, so it zaps the whole thing from every angle. They can also control what they call the "run up speed" so that it doesn't reach full intensity til it's passed through the healthy tissue and reaches the tumor.
 
It’s still really scary having cancer, but I think I’ve finally gotten over the initial icy shock and am focusing on working through each stage of my treatment, one day at a time.
 
I’m trying to think of it as just the latest hurdle in my life, like being housebound due to OCD when I was 18, or overcoming self-harm at 22. And if my past challenges got me to where I am today, then once I get through this I’ll be unstoppable.


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curl-6 said:

Update 2: Finally some good news; scans show it hasn't spread beyond the primary tumor, and I've started radiation therapy to kill that one.

Finally you have a better chance of beating this. ^^



Some days I just blow up.

Show this thing no mercy. Best of luck curl!



curl-6 said:
Officially halfway through radiation therapy; 14 sessions done, 14 more to go.
 
The medical setting does pose some challenges due to my OCD, but my doctor and the rest of the staff are really nice, as are my fellow patients.
 
The technology is amazing; they’re now able to hit the tumor with millimetre precision, with the aperture of the emitter changing shape to match the outline of the tumor as it goes around you, so it zaps the whole thing from every angle. They can also control what they call the "run up speed" so that it doesn't reach full intensity til it's passed through the healthy tissue and reaches the tumor.
 
It’s still really scary having cancer, but I think I’ve finally gotten over the initial icy shock and am focusing on working through each stage of my treatment, one day at a time.
 
I’m trying to think of it as just the latest hurdle in my life, like being housebound due to OCD when I was 18, or overcoming self-harm at 22. And if my past challenges got me to where I am today, then once I get through this I’ll be unstoppable.

That's the spirit! Keep it up, my friend!

By the way, I don't know if I told you, but a friend of my mother had cancer last year, and she did radiation therapy too. A couple of weeks later, the doctor said her tumor got destroyed. She still have to do a surgery to remove what's left of it, though. But yeah, she's cured.

It's good to see that medicine and technology are evolving like that.



Radiation therapy complete; just got home from my final session.

I feel absolutely exhausted, but that's a small price to pay. The cool part is that even though the treatment itself has ended, the aftereffects will continue to kill the cancer cells for weeks to come; the radiation damages their DNA so they die off over time.

They reckon it'll be about 6 weeks til I go in for surgical removal; cos they're doing a nerve graft of the big main nerve in my leg, I'll need rehab to learn to walk again and may be left with impaired limb function, but again, small price to pay, I would've been fine with amputation tbh. 

The war's not over, but this particular battle is. If all goes well, in less than two months I could be cancer free. 



One step at a time Curl. Rest up and recover and take it easy.