RINGING THE GONG

My last day of radiation treatment happens to fall on Guam's Liberation Day!!!! You can't see me, but I'm totally doing a *happy dance*! Thank you to everyone who has been there for me, especially to Ryan and Patti for driving me to my treatments. I have a scan this coming Friday, so stay tuned for [...]

DAY 6

So it’s Day 6 of radiation and so far I've been hanging in there. I feel nauseous from time to time but overall not so bad. I do feel tired, but I always feel that way so it’s hard to tell if it’s from radiation or just lack of sleep. I've also been having more [...]

DAY 1

Today is my first day of treatment. After checking in at the front desk, I was given a pager that prompts me to head to the fitting rooms to change into the hospital gown. I then proceed into my assigned machine, which by the way is the only machine I’m allowed to use. The nurses [...]

MY FIRST TATTOO

Before I go in for radiation treatment, I had to first get fitted into my machine. But first I had to drink a “protein” shake and as usual I feel like throwing up as I'm trying to keep it down. But the liquid helps to locate the tumor, so I do my best to be [...]

SO, HERE’S THE PLAN

This has to be got to be one of the most colorful and fun rooms at UW Medical. After meeting with the radiation oncologist at UW Medical, it has been decided that radiation treatment will take place prior to surgery. So why radiation over chemotherapy? Luckily for me, the tumor is localized and so doing [...]

MY HERO

I want to acknowledge and give a great big shout out to Dr. Venu Pillarisetty, my surgical oncologist. He exuded so much confidence in his own capabilities, I knew from day one I was in good hands. Working with him has been an incredible journey. He has always been so upfront about the pros and [...]