After appreciating the fall colors at the Blue Ridge Parkway and doing what I need to do like there’s no tomorrow, my first day of radiation therapy arrived. On Nov 3, I started my first day of radiation therapy to lessen the chances of recurrence of my brain tumor and eradicate the remaining tumor cells. Our schedule was mid-afternoon and they were generous enough to have free parking for treatment patients.
We arrived there early and stopped by the nurse station to pick up a gown. I went to the dressing room and just wore the gown on top of what I’m wearing as the nurse advised me that it’s fine.
We then headed to the waiting area of machine room 1 (they have 5). My husband brought his own antibacterial spray which he sprayed down the seats we will be using. After two patients, I was called in. I left my glasses and hair tie with my hubby.
Inside, I removed my mask and put it in my gown. I removed my shoes and was asked to lay down on the machine bed. They tuck my hair under my shoulders and lock in my mask. They gave me a plastic ring to hold onto just to calm our nerves. They asked my name and my birthday then proceeded to check if I’m correctly aligned. After all checks are done, they said it will start and they left the room.
The whole thing was roughly 5 to 10 mins. The machine was a bit noisy but not pounding or loud. The machine bed I’m in moved a bit after each beam. I didn’t dare open my eyes as I know there were lasers. While the treatment is ongoing, I just pray to help calm myself and take my mind off what’s happening around me.
Luckily for me, only mild fatigue happened after the treatment. I didn’t even feel where exactly the radiation was done. You could say it was quick and pain free. It was a bit anticlimactic. I was gung-ho and psyching myself out that I’ll be ok but it was like nothing.