It's been almost a month since my last radiation treatment and I think things are finally moving towards some sense of normalcy.
The sunburn is gone. There is still some strange coloring, but no more burn. No one is truly symmetrical, but I still seem a little more lopsided than I was before treatment. Still most of the swelling from the radiation is gone, so I will need to get fitted for a new bra. Not exactly my idea of a fun shopping trip.
Most of the tamoxifen side effects are gone. My hair still seems to be coming out in alarming rates, but I seem to be growing plenty of replacements. The hot flashes, chills and nausea are gone.
So, now instead of being caught up with feeling horrible, I'm beginning to appreciate just how wonderful I feel.
I'm working my way back into a good walking routine (those 39 miles in the Rocky Mountain Avon Walk are not going to walk themselves), getting more involved with breast cancer awareness and support, and continuing to make sure I'm well informed. (I think I may have checked out every book two different library systems have on breast cancer.)
Speaking of being involved with awareness, on Saturday Tony and I participated in our first Breast Cancer Motorcycle Poker run of the 2011 riding season.
I know I look like I'm really ticked off in this picture. I wasn't. It was just the sun. Even though it was a little chilly, it was great ride. This was the annual Deb Tryon Cancer Run. All the proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation.
On Sunday, Tony had training for the Motorcycle Crew for the Rocky Mountain Avon Cancer Walk. While I'm walking, he will get to ride around on his Harley.
In June, I'll go to my first Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group meeting. I was scheduled to start last week, but I had a job interview. (And I got the job!) In July, after I've had several weeks to decompress after the completion of radiation, I'll have an appointment at Penrose to talk about what's next - medical wise. I'll keep you posted.
As for my Life Celebration list, I haven't given up on that. I'm just trying to get through the end of the school year before I start on it in earnest. Though, I might be marking one thing off my list this week - the tattoo. Stay tuned for pictures.
As I look back at my busy weekend and look ahead to all that I have going on over the summer, I am reminded that John Diamond was right. "Cancer is a word, not a sentence."