There's an especially long hair on the right. It's my favourite.
Radiation Treatment Status: 14 done. 16 to go! All in all, still not too bad. Last night my back felt more burnt than it has before. After today's treatment, my breast feels its most tender, too. I've been cupping it gently with my hand this morning. Not that doing so helps, but it just feels like the right thing to do.
This is my first day off Arimidex. I was so glad not to take that pill this morning since learning that it's the culprit! Last night was my worst time to date. Even my back ached. My heels hurt the most they ever have. Standing even for a short time was out of the question. I haven't seen improvements yet, but hopefully soon. If the oncologist hadn't instructed me to stop taking the Arimidex, I think I would have stopped on my own. Enough.
Last night brought some special pleasures, though. I munched a few of my favourite shortbread cookies, had a nice conversation with Mom and then a nice, long one with Hannah, too. Hannah was in especially fine spirits and having great, disciplined progress with some papers that are due right away. It was a beautiful day to be cozied up in her apartment, working on papers with the sun pouring in her huge windows. She keeps reminding herself that even though she's under some time pressures, to enjoy the paper writing process because, in fact, this is what she loves. Doing research, writing papers and time management --- even helping her friends manage their time. She loves those things. Her friend, Dani, is home from New York for a week and she's on cloud nine about that. Hannah can be so fun to talk to. She has perspectives on things that never occur to me. It has never struck me that pomegranite seeds are each like little "pick-me-ups" just like each piece of popcorn, which I hadn't noticed either. She's been thinking about how successful Luke will be some day and how she might choose to live above his garage. Maybe she'll write papers there. Money isn't such a motivating factor for Hannah, so she's decided to leave it to Luke to take me to Paris. She has also developed a new appreciation for the value of team sports on the individual. Oh, the conversations we have. She kills me. Mom and Hannah certainly took my mind of my little zone of misery here. Thanks, you two!