Thursday, January 15, 2009

Treatment is Finished!

Yesterday I had my 30th and FINAL radiation session. I am DONE with all my cancer treatment! The marathon is over and it only took 10 months to complete (ha ha). I am so, so happy.

Of course, there are still next steps. I’ve got several doctors’ appointments in the next months to check up on me. And I need to recover from the whole ordeal. I am still very fatigued, but try to nap as much as possible (hurray for the fabulous au pair who is still with us). I have a radiation burn that I need to apply cream to on a regular basis – for the next year! I should only be red for a few more weeks though, with some peeling like a sunburn. And then, once I have my energy back (at least 6 weeks says my doc), it’s back to work and life as normal-before-cancer. I can hardly remember those days but am looking forward to it too.

My hair keeps growing in the wrong color. Definitely light brown, I can no longer pretend it’s an indiscriminate color. Let’s have a moment of silence for the fallen tresses. On the plus side, my eyebrows are back and I can go out and about looking like a semi-normal person who just has really short hair. I call it the GI Jane or the Militant Lesbian hairstyle.

As I’ve said before and continue to mean it, thanks everyone for your support during this long journey. It’s good to be on the other side of this huge milestone with you. Sometime soon we’ll have a big party to celebrate.

14 comments:

Joe said...

Way to go Martha! I'm so happy for you.

SarahB said...

Great news! So glad for you that all the treatment is over.

Aunt Kathy said...

Hi, Marty!

Hooray for you!!! The sky's the limit now! Sending you a big hug from all the Cassioppis!

Love, Aunt Kathy and Uncle Peter :")

Meredith Buckley (Klein) said...

Hi Martha-

That is such great news! I can't wait to see you back.

Meredith

Rachel said...

Yay, Hoggy! I am so happy for you! Congratulations! Good luck with your upcoming appointments, and I hope you're feeling back to normal quickly.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you are done ! Let's give that hair a little longer to reveal its true shade. I wouldn't be surprised if it got its color back when it got a little longer or got more practice at growing.

Anonymous said...

Great news!


-- Dan Burke

Elaine said...

Wonderful wonderful wonderful. And I agree with Karen Hamilton about your hair: it will probably figure out soon enough that red is really the way it's supposed to be. If it stays brown, though, there's always henna, lemon-juice, dye, or visiting me out here in sunny Southern California, where this sun lightens all new-growing hair.

Compared to all the rest of your ordeal, though, hair color is such a great little thing to have to worry about. I'm so glad for you.

Happy 2009!

Rachel Bergman said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you. =) I miss you all, and hope this year is much, much, much better than the last! Colin said you were planning on going to Vermont for a vacation next month. Have a blast!

Cindy said...

So great you're done Martha. I've been following along by blog. Keep up your spirits.

Cindy.

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how very very Happy I am to hear your good news!!!

Love,
Kaiti

Michael Cayley said...

Wow. So happy to hear this news Martha. Nice work.

Troy said...

Martha, this is fantastic news! I hope to see you back soon.
Best wishes, Troy M

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