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A Grim Reminder

December 14, 2009

29th May 2008

It’s almost 2 weeks now since MrsD completed a course of radiotherapy to try and reduce the size of her brain tumour. Next week we see the specialist to hear how successful that treatment has been and to find out if the cancer has spread to parts of her body other than her lungs and brain.

They warned us it would happen, and it did. Three days ago, her hair began to fall out. Rather than wait for it all to fall out in clumps, at her request I cut it all off for her – just leaving a light ‘fuzz’ all over (a bit like Sinead O’Connor).

The radiotherapy has left her feeling very, very tired – much more so than when she had her chemotherapy, and previous radiotherapy to her chest.

She is also in a lot of pain, although this is easing a little. Immediately after her radiotherapy treatment ended she rated herself 11 out of 10 on a scale of how ‘crap’ she was feeling (a score of 1 = feeling good, a score of 10 = feeling bloody awful). Almost 2 weeks later, she reckons she’s about an 8. So at least we’re heading in the right direction, albeit slowly.

At the end of her treatment, the hospital gave Mrs D a grim keepsake. Each patient being given radiotherapy to the brain has a mask made prior to treatment (each one individually moulded to the shape of the patients head). During treatment, the mask is fitted to the patient’s head and is then bolted to the table to prevent the head being moved while the radiotherapy is being administered.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2009 3:38 am

    That is absolutely grim! You have both been through so much.

  2. December 14, 2009 5:31 pm

    11 days…

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