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End of rads. . . End of treatment

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Elizgrace7
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Hi all. . . I'm brand new to this particular community . . But have already enjoyed reading the posts from so many interesting people.

I find myself finishing radiation this week, which will mark the end of 8 months of treatment for me (aside from the tamoxifen, etc).  I'm scared, happy, worried, elated, mortified, anxious. . . Any thoughts? What did you all do out there to celebrate/commemorate?

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CypressCynthia
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I threw myself a "No Mo Chemo" party back in 1987.  Can you believe?  Lots of friends and family pitched in and it was really fun for me.  It will be 27 years this February since I was first diagnosed.

disneyfan2008
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cynthia...WOW 27 yrs...sounds like a great party...

Denise

disneyfan2008
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I did the Happy Dance my last day of Radiation...to celerate I treated MY self to a girls week at Disney. (helped me  get through it all knowing that was at the end)

I just reached the start of my cancer this week makes it 6 yrs...finished tamoxifen in Aug..

 

Congrats for finishing treatments..

Denise

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desertgirl947
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A friend of mine drove me to my final rad appointment, because I had had a little bit of a problem with burning.  The staff at the facility presented me with a certificate of completion.  Then my friend took me out to a neat coffee shop for us to celebrate.  I can't say I had a big to-do; but I did something I enjoy.

The time span between surgery, chemo, and radiation was about seven months.  I finished radiation therapy the end of September 2012.  I am doing the hormonal therapy.  My oncologist put me on a four-month rotation my last appointment since I am doing so well (and had asked him how long it is before I get bumped up to six-month checks).  My surgeon just put me on a 12-month rotation.  I have a radiation oncologist appointment in about two weeks and expect that I will be done with that, as that is what the DR told me last year, when I last saw him.

I know that different people get through all of this differently; but for me, I think I have done fine.  This past summer I was part of a group that went to Alaska to help with a building project for a church.  I helped with meal prep.  I was marveling then that exactly a year before this trip, I was just finishing chemo.

I hope that your getting through the treatments has been such that you will find yourself quickly getting back to a somewhat normal life.  You might want to pace yourself, but you just might be surprised at how well you feel.  You also will have a sense of pride in getting through what you have gotten through. 

disneyfan2008
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doesn't  have to be big ....even if our own celebration in our Head...I do that each year at surgery date etc..doesn't mean much to others but to me it does..

Denise

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VickiSam
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I wrote down several personal messages to myself - hopes, dreams, along with fears.  I chronicle my journey by date so I would never forget - believe in time you do forget dates, names of individuals who help me etc.   I look at my journal from time to time - it helps keep me grounded.

Strength, Courage and HOPE for a Cure.

Vicki Sam

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Elizgrace7
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts!

2ndxyvonne
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Joined: Nov 2013

Yeah! THAT is an incredible milestone.  Whatever you do, enjoy every single minute of every day.  You whipped THE BEAST. CONGRATS! BE HAPPY!

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