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NOT BAD AT ALL!
The word RADIATION connotes all kinds of things in an imaginative mind. As the last step in a treatment regimen, it’s an unknown entity which you’ve heard about but haven’t experienced first-hand. You expect all kinds of side effects – lost hair, skin discoloration, exhaustion, and hallucinations, as if you’ve had some hardcore stuff that you didn’t want. Even talking to relatives or others whom you know who have already been through it, you’re still not prepared for the unknown — what will happen, how you’ll feel, can you take it, ad infinitum.
HOWEVER – that’s not how it is. I understand that each person’s reaction is different, depending on what part of the body is being zapped, the extent of their condition, etc. In my case, I thank God that it wasn’t half as bad as I’d imagined. Besides being tired to the point of not being able to walk Pooch around the block on a couple of occasions [that was scary], there were no other tangible side effects, PRAISE GOD.
And in retrospect, even that was solvable. Once a week, the radiation oncologist would check you out, to make sure you’re still breathing. And this particular day, the regular doctor wasn’t available, and her substitute was a guy. I went through my spiel about being too tired to walk the dog around the block, and what did he say? ‘Walk him anyway.’ I said, no, I’ll take him down the back steps and sit down for an hour, but he said, ‘And when you get through sitting down, walk him. When you get around the block, keep going.’ Of course at the time, I was appalled. However, this has proven the be some of the best advice that I received during the radiation segment. Thanks, Dr. Liauw.
In the midst of arriving, stripping and sitting there every day until called, you begin to realize there are other people going through this same thing. The men were down the hall. The diagnoses are different, and the demographics covered the entire spectrum of citizenry as in any great metropolis, but one thing we have in common. We all received a diagnosis, and are doing what we can to eradicate it from our lives and move on. I have never felt so blessed, as I found out through conversations the extent of life disruptions that these women have been and are going through. My ailments are benign by comparison. Yet, they can grace the covers of Vogue, some showed up so clean; they are valiant, they are consistently bringing their mothers, husbands, sisters, daughters or themselves to treatment every day without fail and without complaint. Who am I to talk about a dog making me tired? Please! I decided to spend my conversational time encouraging and informing, to the extent I could. Much more productive…
And while I’m at it, I want to also thank the people who helped make the radiation treatments go smoothly by removing my fear. If you’ve been reading my series, then you already know that I refer the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center:
A few days from now, I’ll find out what my marching orders are, in this quest for the obliteration of a name that’s NOT above the Name of Jesus. I’m reading ‘The Art of War‘ over again, because it’s totally applicable to this fight. Stay tuned.
Psalms 18:25-33, KJV — “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.”
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