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fullsizeoutput_1b0aOn Monday, December 19, I completed my 28th and Final Radiation Treatment…  YAY!  I am thankful that this phase is over and that we can relax and enjoy the holidays.

While the radiation treatments were not as debilitating as the chemo, it still wore (and continues to wear) on me physically.  I hope the fatigue will start to dissipate and I can get back to an adult bedtime as opposed to the 3rd grader’s bedtime of about 8:30pm.

dsc_0044According to Dr. Tao, my Radiation Oncologist, I was a perfect patient as I was able (with Lee’s persistence) to maintain my weight and keep my skin in good condition. The cancer being radiated can only be reached through the skin. That skin can be very damaged unless you don’t take particular care of it. In using the product Dr. Tao and her staff suggested, my skin looks great and feels pretty good.

Having completed six weeks of treatment, this part of the journey and seems a bit surreal. What started 10 plus weeks ago with a lot of unknowns and questions, and a flurry of treatment activity, now becomes “Half Time” of the process. This is the time I have to relax, decompress and – most importantly – heal.

fullsizeoutput_1b0fI asked Dr. Weis why there was a delay between treatment and surgery. He said that the radiation and chemo are rather destructive to the organs in the radiation field. That the tissues in the field would not have the strength to hold up to that much trauma.

dsc_0036I am grateful for the care that I received from both Dr. Tao‘s Radiation Oncology team and Dr. Weis‘s Medical Oncology team. I believe that I feel as well as I do thanks to their diligence in laying out a successful treatment plan.

In mid-January I’ll have another PET Scan followed by a Surgical consult with Dr Glasgow, with my surgery sometime in February.

fullsizeoutput_1ac1I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, but I continue to count my blessings. I truly appreciate all the kind thoughts, prayers, phone calls, cards, emails and messages! They brighten my day, give me strength and help me through this battle.  I know that part of my first-half success comes from the love and support of all my friends and family and I will never be able to thank all of you enough.

You’ll see another update in a few weeks once the next steps are scheduled. In the meantime, please have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a Blessed and Prosperous New Year!

Love,

Mark

PS – the heart in the snow was something somebody did in the courtyard for all the patients to see. Cool, huh?