I'll see my Rad Onc on Monday to review how I am doing and ask any questions I have. As I was told would happen, the areas to first show darkening of the skin are under the arm, and just above the breast at the center of my chest. The chest area is due to the fact that I've already received sun exposure there over the years from wearing V-neck tops, swim suits, etc. It isn't red, but more of a brownish color, almost like a tan.
I have treatment with my arms up over my head, my index fingers just touching tips. When I put my arms up over my head and look into the mirrow, I can see an almost straight line across my chest (just above the breast), which is where the radiation field ends.
One additional symptom I'm noticing is a very tenderness to my nipple and more sensitivity to my skin. I had read about other people having a major problem with this, to the point where they could not wear a bra or had to wear one of those tanks with the shelf in it only inside out so the elastic did not touch their skin. I suppose it may get worse to where I am at the point too, but for now it is bearable.
I'm using Calendula gel on the entire area every night and apply either aloe vera gel or the Aquaphor cream immediately after radiation. Then I wait until after treatment to again apply anything as they want these creams/gels to have at least four hours to absorb into the skin before rads.
So three weeks down, and four weeks to go. Bring it on!!!
But I can't close without a couple of new pictures of our new grandson, Nicolas. We visited on Wednesday and Mark was introduced for the first time. Isn't he beautiful?
|The proud mom and dad, Alura and Stephan, with newborn Nicolas at 4 days young|
|Grammie and Grandpa|
|Auntie Sarah with little Nicolas|
Debbie... aka the cancer warrior; AND Survivor