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It’s all relative

Writing this blog has shown me that there are several small stories that happen within everyone’s day that may be worth telling, but if we don’t write them down, we don’t remember them. So I digress…the townhouse building that I’m staying in has three apartments, one on each floor. I’m on the top floor. There is an old woman (I’m not sure how old though…old starts getting older, as I get older); ...

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Day Thirteen and Fourteen

My friend Leslie and her daughter arrived on Thursday from Long Island to take me, (feels more like rescue me after this week) from Boston and bring me home.

This has been a hard week, both emotionally and physically. I feel sicker this week than I did last, and the novelty of the travel back and forth has worn off. I like Boston, and I love seeing all my friends, but I miss my ...

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Day Twelve

Got together for lunch with two longtime friends from college today. We all went to school at BU. They stayed here, I went back to New York. It was great to see them, it had been a while since we all sat together eating lunch…the dining digs were definitely more upscale than back then, the conversation topics were different, what we ate was different…back then it was more like a Greek Pizza and ...

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Day Eleven

Don’t know which is more tiring,…Mondays, when I travel and radiate on the same day, or Tuesdays,…the day after I travel and radiate. There is something about the day after Mondays, that feels like a hangover…sort of a delayed reaction to all the schlepping which is really draining. Tuesdays are starting to feel like a day to just slog through…I really need to take it easy on Tuesdays.

My friend Joe came today, he ...

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Day Ten

I don’t know which is harder…having radiation or traveling to Boston on Mondays and then having radiation. After a long weekend, and just starting to feel a bit less worn out, it’s time to hit the road again. This time I’m not driving, I’m training. Jon drives me to the Amtrak station in New Rochelle so that I don’t have to hassle with the Long Island Rail Road that I would need ...

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Day Nine…I just want to get out of town

It’s been a long week for a short week. The heat, the scheduling changes, the crowded waiting room, because of the scheduling changes, the traffic coming up to Boston, all the people that are in Boston for some genuine Independence Day fun,…I just feel worn out, and I’m ready to go home.

Jamie and I get to Proton Center at 8:30A, my scheduled time, but do you think they’re on time? Nope, that’s right, they’re ...

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Day Eight

Don’t know what it is about today, but I felt really crappy. Don’t know if I did too much yesterday, or that it’s the cumulative effect of the radiation; but starting last night I was feeling bad and sad (they often go together). My tongue felt weird, my head hurt, and I felt like I had a fever. I woke up feeling not as bad, took it easy (okay maybe not that easy, ...

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Day Seven

Proton Center is down again. At Noon I received a call asking me if I could reschedule my 4:30P Proton session to a 3:30P Photon (conventional) radiation treatment. Is this really a question, or more like a redirection with a please? They say jump, I jump; it’s the whole reason I’m here, I’ll do whatever I need to do.

Jamie and I decide to visit the New England Aquarium (just a short ...

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Day Six

Jamie and I set out at 10:30A for a 4:30P Proton appointment, on what usually is about a three and half hour ride form Port Washington, NY to Boston, MA. What do they say “best laid plans”? Instead it turned out be a five and half hour ride, we got into Boston at about 4P. It wasn’t like this last week, maybe it was because of the holiday coming up, but it ...

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The Weekend

What can I say…I was really glad to get home, and then it was Sunday.

I felt strong enough to go to my 8A yoga class on Saturday…very happy about that. We created a healing circle, and then my yogamates asked me how I was doing. I said that I was feeling okay and that I had just completed my first week of radiation. The group clapped and congratulated me as if I ...

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