I started my radiation treatments on my lungs today. The process itself is very simple, I just lay there for an hour while the machine rotates around me. The nice thing about this treatment though is that the side effects should be much milder.
Bowel movements are still painful, but not nearly as bad as the past few weeks. The cactus coming out seems smaller, and the pain goes away much faster. The fatigue is still a major factor though. I’m sleeping most of the day and not getting anything done around the house really. I haven’t been to work in over a month now, and probably won’t be back for another couple of weeks.
The scans have been scheduled for next month, and so have the appointments with my oncologists to go over them. The last doctor we see will be the surgeon, so will hopefully have an idea when surgery will take place by the end of next month.
The closer I get to surgery, the more apprehensive I get about it. Having a permanent colostomy bag will be a big lifestyle change. And other than the surgery I had to put my chemo port in, and the colonoscopy right before, I’ve never really had any surgeries.
But, new days are ahead. God has put me on this path for a reason, I’m trusting he will show me one day. It’s been quite rough on the family though. Not only am I stressed, but so is my wife and daughter. My wife especially is feeling overwhelmed. She has to go to work still along with taking care of me. She’s run down, overworked, and stressed out beyond belief. Please pray for her.