No, it’s Not My Halloween Mask

My last day of chemo + radiation was Wednesday October 24th, 2012. It was a relief to finally put an end to my brain getting fried, literally. The lead door to the treatment room was a foot thick-I think I was on the wrong side. For the duration of my 6 weeks of radiation I went on and off the chemo because the side effects (especially nausea) were so intense. I was sick in bed most of the time, with an occasional break on the weekends when I wasn’t getting radiation. The radiation would heat up my head so much that I craved eating anything cold, especially frozen sorbets. Normally cold foods would give me “brain freeze”-but not when I was exposed to the radiation. As a result of the radiation I stop growing hair from the middle of my head all the way down. It looks like I have a “jar head” haircut with a perfect line all the way around. My ears were burned pretty badly after the radiation treatments and I had to apply lots of lotions to help it heal. My memory was also effected by the radiation. The side effects  are supposed to last 6 months to a year. DSC02129

At the completion of my treatment I received my souvenir radiation mask along with a certificate of completion signed by the doctor and his staff. This is the radiation mask that I got to wear when I was bolted to the table, 10 minutes a day for 6 weeks. The mask was so tight up against my face that I couldn’t move my mouth or chin.

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3 Responses to No, it’s Not My Halloween Mask

  1. Ee says:

    Robert, I am glad radiation is over with and you fought through it! 2013 will bring a healthier year for you! 🙂

  2. Shelsi Stolworthy says:

    I so wish we COULD stop brain cancer, and all other types! I still have my souvenir from brain radiation. I actually thought about wearing it for Halloween once and draping something over the back of it. Haha! My burns were bad too. It’s weird cuz the radiation to my chest for my non-hodgkins lymphoma did not get burned at all. It just left a slightly tan rectangle. At least that’s what I remember. Anyway, so happy you are through all that! How much memory loss do you or did you have? Sometimes I really feel like my brain was affected by that horrible radiation. Anyway, so happy you are through all that! Stay well!

  3. Patty K. says:

    It’s scary to read your posts, but also inspiring to read how you deal with all you have to face. Everyone reading wonders how they would react if they were in your shoes, but to see you actually walk through the fire and come out on the other side, puts me in awe of you and your family. Prayers to you and your family, although Heavenly Father is well aware of you, I’m sure. Write some more about your recovery when you can. Love, Katashimas at 6th Ward in SD.

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