"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

One Day in the Life...

Yesterday was radiation treatment #12 of 15.  I was well cared for again by the "radiation therapists" of Unit 4 at the BC Cancer Agnecy.  Pictured below is your "Cancer Blogger" and the Unit 4 Team, Jana, Cara Lee, and Paul. 

I am again so impressed with the competance and compassion of BC's health care professionals.  The Radiation Therapists are truly an awesome group of people.  Each day I bring along another family member or friend, and each day the therapists patiently explain what is going on during the set up.

During the radiation cycle the Radiation Therapists are our main contact so they inquire about our health and well being and, in particular, any side-effects we may be having.  Their advice helps us to minimize any discomfort or problems that arise from the treatment.  My side-effects have been minimal.  I have managed the slight skin burn with Glaxol Base and handled the fatigue easily with an extra nap!

The measurements and alignment needed for the setup before the radiation treatment is very precise.  I have a few tatoos marked on my "behind" that they need to lined up with various lasers.  The care and diligence with which the radiation therapists work in this stage is a wonder to observe.  You wouldn't want to be out an inch or two!!   And you needn't worry with these teams!!

Apart from radiation...  I am totally enjoying the extended visit by daughter Robyn from Edmonton.  Today was lunch (tuna sandwiches) with Kelly and Robyn, and supper (sockeye salmon thanks to Billy B.) with Pam, Kelly, Robyn, Morgan and friends!  We are enjoying the very best of family time and seeing each meal as a veritable feast of loaves and fishes.  It means so much to us to be able to share these days and these meals.

The weekend ahead promises to be a continued time of deep thanksgiving!  A long weekend and an extra day off of radiation.  My last three treatments will begin next Wednesday.

Peace and blessings...  Rob; in Vancouver

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
"thank you,"  that would suffice."
Meister Eckhart


Anonymous said...

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Rob et al - enjoy your time together!

Anonymous said...

With all the family and a whole lotta love am sure it was a wonderful and blessed thanksgiving!


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving!! I love getting the opportunity to read your blog. I figure out new things while reading, and I appreciate your open sharing. The Radiadiology Technitions are patient. Paul really helped me to know what all the numbers were about on the screen. I wouldn't give up!!

Love you Dad,