After reading this post title – start singing the well-known Beyoncé/Destiny’s Child song here (Survivor). Yes, its cheesy, I know. However, I can’t get that stupid song out of my head!
I walked into the cancer center today (July 18) believing that I still had 3 days left to go. I got changed and sat in the waiting room. My neighbor works as a tech in my radiation oncologist’s office – she’s not my tech, but she has filled in a few times and been there for my appointments. So, she came back to get me today and she threw her arms up in the air and declared, “last day.” What? I thought I still had 3 more rounds left. I didn’t want to let myself get excited, so I just insisted that she double-check. Sure enough, my notes said 25 rounds to the whole breast and 8 for the boost. Hmm, how did I get this mixed up? So, in for my treatment I went and then celebrated by ringing the bell (everyone rings the bell when they’re done with radiation). I only rang it twice because its super loud. I gave hugs to Janet and was kind of sad that my regular techs were not there today.
I was kind of caught off guard and didn’t know how to react or what to do. I wasn’t expecting today to be my last day and I was definitely confused and not exactly prepared. Other patients heard the bell ringing, so they stuck their heads out of the changing room to congratulate me. I was starting to get teary eyed. Before I could sit down, I was called back to meet with the doctor (actually another fill – in doctor).
As I was waiting, I just got really emotional. I was alone and just really worked up. So, in walks the fill -in doctor – a young and quite handsome (sorry Bri) man. He asked me a few questions and then I heard Dr. K’s voice. He was back from the hospital and wanted to see me! Dr. K walked in and I just lost it. I was hysterical crying! The young doc and Dr. K were just looking at each other and probably wandering what the heck was wrong with me. When I finally got a moment where I could breathe, I was able to tell them that they were sincerely tears of joy. I was totally not expecting to get so emotional. The young doc left and then Dr. K had a few words with me – basically just congratulating me and telling me how happy he was. He also told me that the boost was a little higher dose and I had not counted my 2 simulations in my count for 35 rounds – so that’s why I was done earlier than expected. Sure, I’m not going to argue with that.
I am so happy to be able to put all of this behind me. I have a bunch of follow-up appointments in August and I’m looking forward to getting things back to normal. And I’m happy to report that radiation was definitely a walk (or a run) in the park compared to chemo!