There is a big old sea bell hanging in the hall of the St.Francis Radiation treatment center. You get to ring it when you finish your last day of radiation treatment.
I rang it today. Loud and long. Not that I have anything against the modern miracle that is microwaving a section of the human insides in order to expedite the exit of cancer from ones body. But I am also not going to miss my friend, Linear Accelerator, either.
They give you you a little diploma that is signed by all the technicians who have worked with you over the course of your treatment. It’s cute. I’m sure it will become more cute as time passes and the nasty side effects of treatment wear off over time. Radiological Oncologist thinks it could take two or three weeks for the fatigue and pain to wear off. Still, it’s a really cute thing to do. You know? The could have just shaken my hand and said — “Hope this don’t kill you before the cancer does.” Sometimes it felt that way, from the treatment not from the people.
There’s a short little check in my friends. Just a little something to say I feel like celebrating tonight.