This little piggie

Sam’s painting from the art lesson I taught yesterday sure beats the last image I posted, right?

Thank you to everyone who expressed concern for my skin!  It’s healing quickly.  Radiation and its side effects were definitely the easiest of my treatment trifecta (chemo/surgery/radiation).

Next month, I’ll see Dr. Woods for my first post-radiation expansion.  And I’ll go back to Turning Point – I’m still wearing the compression sleeve, but no lymphedema massage until my skin heals.

Last week, I joined another research study – this one monitors the effects of exercise on survivorship.  For the next 6 months, Winship will pay our YMCA dues, while I log my physical activity and meet with the fitness director at our local Y each month.  She’s awesome and a little scary – the perfect motivator!

It seems that diet and exercise are the only things I can control now to help keep a recurrence at bay, so I’m all in!  I don’t quite have full range of motion in my arm, and static stretching is discouraged because of the burns, but I can move – just Zumba (not teaching, yet) and cardio/strength classes, so far – and it feels great.

Being back in a classroom was great, too.  25 first-graders, messy paint and dancing to a kid-friendly hip hop song is a heck of a lot more fun than cancer treatment.

Almost as tiring, though :)  You full-time teachers out there are rock stars!

Nicole

Skin after radiation

Yes, this hurts as much as it looks like it does.

Cue the fireworks

Today was my 30th and final radiation treatment.

Thank you, Erica, Debbie and Melissa.
Best of luck, brave souls who have come and gone through the waiting room.

Good riddance, gowns that have been a wardrobe staple for the past 11 months.

Happy 2013, friends and family.

Now sending all of my healing vibes to Oregon,
Nicole