Radiation: Day 2

Radiation: Day 2

“It will either kill the cancer or kill me,” I overheard the gray-haired man with the fleece vest say to the woman sitting next to him. We were sitting in the waiting room of the radiation department with half a dozen other people – both patients and...

Radiation: Day 1

I laid on the table being tugged and pressed into the proper position, the green laser lights forming lines on my abdomen. With a blue sharpie, the radiation technician drew Xs where the lines crossed, semi-permanent marks to help them position me every day for the...

Radiating Grace

So, I get up every morning and race around the house trying to find my clothes, pack my lunch, feed my dog, check my email. Sometimes I am putting my earrings and shoes on at the same time, and I always, always, eat breakfast in the car. Chugging a glass of milk and...

Going Nuclear

It’s official — tomorrow, I am going “nucular.” That is, I have my first of 25 daily radiation treatments tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. I believe it was my younger brother, Nick, who jokingly told me that I would soon become a weapon of mass...

Living With Cancer

Over the past few weeks, it seems like everyone is dying of cancer. Two beloved members of my church have passed away. Former White House press secretary Tony Snow tied two weeks ago of colon cancer; Last Lecture professor Randy Pausch died yesterday of pancreatic...