One year ago today, I finished my radiation treatments for breast cancer. Incredible to think it has been a year. I decided to stop in the clinic to say “hello” to Melinda, who was the technician who attended me each day and Dr. Jong, the administrating physician.
A couple postscripts:
Dr. McGinnis at KU Med, the surgeon who performed my lumpectomy, has commented several times how good my incision and breast look. Dr. McGinnis had never worked with Dr. Jong, and I think she believes it was his good work. It might be, but there were some other things at work:
- I did not use the breast crème that Dr. Jong gave me to apply during radiation. Dr. Denise tested his recommended crème and I tested weak. Instead I used her recommended MSM therapeutic lotion. I used it during radiation and for a couple months after. My breast never got red. And truthfully, I think this lotion protected my breast tissue. Dr. Jong told me that the texture of my radiated breast would forever be different. I don’t notice that it is.
- Another thing I did was to use a laser on my scar. Dr. Denise sent me home with a laser device, set for the specific frequency that my body responded to. I took the laser home once a month and used it every day for the week I had it at home.
- Since I started acupuncture in 8.2012, Dr. Yennie treats my incision each time I see him.
- I also took some supplements during radiation to bolster my immune system to withstand the assault.
I have such a good team!