During Thanksgiving I was able to go back home and spend time with my family and I didn’t have any radiation treatments! I was so excited to eat all that good food and watch some football!
After Thanksgiving I had to get on a flight to Houston, TX because I was invited to perform at The 2016 Holiday Soiree benefiting the Toys4Tots! This is a great organization that provides kids in need presents during the holiday season. We were able to donate a lot of toys to the organization and I was able to share my story with the people in the audience and let them know the appreciation of organizations like this and others that help anyone in need!
During the event we asked everyone in the audience to be a part of the #MannequinChallange and the video below is the finished product! LOL!
So I’ve moved to Boston, MA and I started Radiation Treatment on Nov.15 2016. The proton therapy team at Mass General is so nice. Everyone from secretaries to the nurses, the residents, and the radiology doctors are really great and give me all the information needed. This is a tough time for me, since I’ve always thought of myself as an intelligent and strong person since I did graduate from an Ivy League school with a Bachelors Degree and I work out 4 times/week. Some of the side effects of radiation scared me, things like headaches, short term memory loss while on radiation, fatigue, but with all these side effects I just kept telling myself that this will kill all the cancer cells and keep the healthy ones safe.
The radiation started and the first week was the toughest for me. I had uncontrollable headaches and some vomiting. It wasn’t a pretty sight. I couldn’t keep any food down and I just wasn’t hungry for at least 3 days. This was some of the worst pain that I’ve ever had in my life but somehow I got through it. When people talk about cancer all you really see is the loss of hair but most people don’t know about the other side effects so its good to keep it real and let people know that its not a fun time.
During my second week of radiation, I started taking it better, I wasn’t getting headaches or any nausea, I was actually starting to feel like myself again!!
I’ve finished my 2 rounds of chemotherapy and now I go on to the next stage of my treatment plan.
I’ve had the chance to meet with a few doctors to figure out what type of radiation would be the best for my condition. There are a few different types of radiation that you can get and I chose to go with Proton Radiation. The only problem is that there are only 22 proton radiation cancer centers in the U.S. and there are none in New York. The closest one to me was in Boston, MA, so i had to go meet with the doctors at Mass General Hospital to figure out my treatment plan there.
Proton Radiation Maschine