Monday, June 27, 2011

Radiation Therapy Update: All Good

Varian radiation therapy machinephoto © 2007 Dina-Roberts Wakulczyk | more info (via: Wylio)My first two radiation treatments went fine.  The procedure is similar to the setup, but much quicker and without the x-rays.  The positioning takes five or ten minutes; the treatment itself, less than five.  It feels like ... nothing.  The therapist compared it to an x-ray, except that it lasts longer.

The machine in this picture looks more like the one I've seen.  Doesn't it look like it's reaching out to hug you? :)

On the second day, I arrived at the cancer center to find that the schedule was backed up because of a power outage.  But that brought an unexpected blessing:  three other women in the waiting room were having an impromptu support group meeting.  Everyone has a different story, but finding common ground was not difficult.

I spoke mostly to a woman who has had an extraordinarily difficult six months.  In addition to coping with her own cancer, she has had to deal with illnesses in her family, a significant loss, financial difficulties, and depression.  All I could do was listen, encourage, and promise to pray.  My own depression has been flaring up, but in comparison to her situation, mine sounds like a fairy tale.  God has a way of putting things into perspective for us!


  1. Yes He does ;)

    Glad all is going well for you with your treatments and that you are able to be a "light" in the midst of the darkness.

  2. Praise God for the opportunity He gave you to encourage these other women. May you know fresh supplies of grace from His hand today, Melissa!

  3. Wish I could reach out and give you a hug. ((hugs))

    Good luck with everything. You are in my prayers, and on the prayer list in my Sunday School class.

  4. I am so glad you could see the blessing in disguise when your schedule was disrupted.

    I will continue to pray....

  5. so happy that things are going great...
    and i think God works in great ways to let you all have a little time to talk and support one another :)

  6. how brave to keep sharing your story with us.


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