2 thoughts on “Radiation Tattoos — Yes, They’re Permanent

  1. Random questions, how long did each of your radiation sessions last? Were the side effects really bad?

    Thanks again for the awesome Bondi Band. I wore it today. 🙂

  2. I am so glad you like your Bondi Band, Angela!

    Regarding radiation, the sessions were really quick. It took me longer to drive to the appointment than to receive the zap! I would check in, wait for a little bit, head back to the station, undress on top and wrap in a towel, and recline on the radiation table while the techs aligned all the machines, and, then, I took several deep breaths (I had to breath with a special tube since my treatments were on my left side, and I had to breath so that my heart moved out of the way) as a machine traveled around me and beeped. I felt nothing at all during the sessions, each of which lasted 10 minutes or so.

    My skin fared pretty well — I ended up with what was like a bad sunburn. I have a pic I can email you if you are interested, but I hesitate to publish it because it doesn’t look very pretty. The worst of it for me was how to comfortably wear a bra, so I used a bikini top because I could position the straps and tie them strategically. Radiation was like a breeze compared to chemo, the biggest inconvenience the hassle of getting there and back every week day!

    Please let me know if you have any questions — and here’s an article about radiation that I wrote many years ago: http://www.healthcentral.com/breast-cancer/coping-with-treatment-1497-5.html

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