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.
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.