After seven treatments (21 to go) at Seattle Proton Therapy Center, I’ve learned patience and humor are key.
I keep reminding myself that there’s a particle accelerator somewhere “up there” and that the physics alone should make this awesome. But awesome doesn’t keep the blood flowing to my left arm when I’m stuck in an awkward “don’t move” position for a half-hour while the techs coax the machine out of a work stoppage!
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It’s not really day one, because that was two weeks earlier, when I had my initial visit and setup.
This is day one of my proton therapy treatment. There are 27 to go.
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The past 4.5 months have both zoomed by like a Ducati on the racetrack and crawled like I-5 at 5 pm when there’s a week night Mariners or Seahawks game.
This exercise – write a post a day for a month – has grounded me in the reality that is breast cancer in ways I did not imagine when I got a wild hair and decided to do this. It’s been challenging in the time commitment, in the search for a nugget to jumpstart 700-1000+ words each evening, in the discipline needed to write when I didn’t feel like writing.
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What is cancer?
More than 150 years ago, Rudolf Virchow described cancer as “pathological cell growth.” However we still have no scientific consensus for the cause of this disease, which Hippocrates (460–370 BC), the father of medicine, is credited with naming the carcinoma.
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Since it’s PinkTober, you might be asking yourself, “What can I do to support breast cancer research?”
Before you buy any pink product or donate to any cause, first head to Charity Navigator. It turns out that the top-of-mind non-profit may not be the one you want to give your time or your money.
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