I finished my final radiation treatment yesterday and am happy to report that all went very well. I really didn’t experience any side effects at all, for which I am very thankful. I’ll have a CT scan on July 18 to see how well the radiation worked. It completely destroyed the lung tumor in August 2015, and I have every expectation that it worked well this time, too.
Going forward, I will continue doing the same chemo I’ve been doing since January 2015 and hope that it keeps recurrence at bay or at least to a minimum like this recent tumor we treated. The only real problem with the chemo is my feet. They still suffer chemical burns and look and feel pretty nasty. My left foot actually had a split (like a deep cut) a couple of weeks ago, and I had to take a break from chemo to let it heal. I’m now taking a Vitamin B6 supplement which for some reason helps lessen the side effects. I also use lots of lotion and lavender essential oil and keep socks on most of the time.
I’m going to Tupelo, Mississippi for a speaking engagement next week and believe God has big plans for the event. When the lady called to ask me to speak, I almost immediately felt like I should go. When I called to accept, she said, “I prayed and prayed about who we should get and you were the only one who came to mind. I knew God wanted you to speak to us.” I remembered her words going into radiation and knew that I would not only tolerate the treatment but would feel good enough to travel to Mississippi for a speaking engagement shortly after its completion. And that is definitely the case. Praise God!
In the midst of all my good news, tonight I attended the receiving of friends for a 47-year-old mother of two who learned just a week or so ago that she had cancer. You just never know.
Life is short. Make yours count.