The radiation treatment may have ended but the effects soldier on to a ‘high’ point a little while afterwards which, for me, includes a small but critically located skin loss. Still, it’s good not to have to make the daily trek to the hospital and great to have the end marked with family members bearing flowers.
This is the week that was and by way of announcement, it’s not appropriate behaviour to grab, scratch or utter curse words when the treated area decides to prickle, stab or itch when you’re out in public.
That said, it’s been seven days of putting some new practices into action. Some of these are easier than others to achieve.
Alcohol and coffee are on the avoid list. I cannot bring myself to totally give up a morning cup of coffee or red wine. So the word ‘avoid’ becomes ‘limit’ on my list. This week that meant reduced strength coffee and two small glasses of wine over the week adding up to five alcohol free days.
Easier asks are:
- avoiding red meat.
- consuming no sugar except when it comes in fruit
- eating smaller portion meals
- oats for breakfast
- vegetables, vegetables, vegetables with broccoli as the hero
- exercise that matches capacity – no matter how small each day
- juicing (with pulp included) as a lunch option
- water, water, water
So far so good with the exception of a lemon tart. I’m feeling better for the change already and hopeful that all of the above becomes habit-forming sooner than later. A lot depends on it!