External radiation - Nessa

Radiation Associated with Intermediate-Grade Astrocytoma. Posted on October 21, 2011 View this journey (7 Experiences)

While receiving radiation from the Novalis machine itself was not painless (I called it ONE of my boyfriends as I spent more alone time with it than any potential boy I could have been dating), but the side effects were pretty terrible. It gave me my signature right temporal bald spot (it is pretty cool as it shows off my scar - which always wins at "who's scar is the most badass?" contests). I will admit that it took me a year or two to accept it, though I fully embrace it now. And it WAS the radiation that made that hair fall out, not the chemo. I remember the day it started to fall out. I sat outside just pulling the strands from where they had so happily clung and dropped them into the wind with the hope that a bird would gather it for her nest - that maybe some creature could gather some warmth from it - I had already donated much of my long mane to locks of love at that point - mostly to lessen the load of nearly a foot of hair falling from one spot. Once most of the hair had fallen out, I went to the salon, got a mani/pedi, and shaved my head. Along with the hair, I was incredibly tired, thirsty, and wanted NOTHING to do with food. After six weeks of 5 days with Novalis and 2 days off, I was delighted to be finished with the radiation treatment.

Painless Experience: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  • geekling's Avatar

    Please let me know if/when your hair grows back ... best wishes

    over 5 years ago

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