So, business first. I went in on Monday and met with my radiation oncologist. She decided pretty quickly it would be best to wait another week. I was still unable to even put cream on the burns without significant pain so it didn’t look good for doing more damage. I’m happy to report that the past couple days I’ve finally started to improve and I think I will be fine to start back on Monday. My underarm is peeling a lot and the skin is very stretched and dry but I think it will be okay. My “breast” (or mound of saline) basically looks like a big strawberry. The radiation has burned the hair follicles and here’s a close up of the skin, beautiful right?:
Also, I just got a call a few minutes ago from the dermatologist. They got my biopsy results back and I have psoriasis. So I need to do some googling, but compared to what I’ve been through in the past year I’m not overly concerned. The nurse told me they’ll go into a lot more detail when I go in next week but it’s an autoimmune disease that is in my genetic makeup (not caused by treatment) but all of the meds and everything have kind of created a perfect environment for a big flare up. I should continue with the steroid cream (which has been working) and we will discuss more next week.
Lastly, my knee is jacked. I don’t know what the deal is because I haven’t done anything to it that I am aware of, but I can barely get up and down stairs and it’s not good. So I’m going to my GP (who is awesome) this afternoon to see what he thinks.
Oh, and it’s my birthday today. I think birthdays will be a bigger deal to me now that I’ve been through this. I’ve never really been a celebration kind of person (at least as an adult) but it seems like marking another year is pretty significant right now. A big FU to cancer. I am thankful to all my doctors for keeping me here and for all my friends and family who give me support every day. I was supposed to finish treatment tomorrow but now it looks like that will actually be June 19th. After all this, I figured two weeks isn’t really that long to wait. So far the day has pretty much been like every other day, but I will figure out something to mark the occasion. To infinity and beyond!