Last week of treatment

Hooray! I cant believe its finally here! Two more days and I am finished.  I cant believe how quickly time has passed and I can finally stop getting up at stupid o clock in the morning! Cant beleive I’m still complaining about that! ha   Most of the people I met on the bus finish this month too and we are all going to have a get together and have a meal and some wine to celebrate!  What a fine idea!

How was your weekend? I spent mine with my family at the Polis campsite.  Its the coolest place to be in the middle of a heatwave, even if I did not go for a swim the entire time.  The salt will not give my armpit a desirable effect. So I just stayed in the shade and listened to all the noisy idiots play music and scream obscenities till about 4 in the morning in my tent.  So much for a restful weekend!

Side effects have well and truly kicked in now. My arm is constantly stiff from where the muscle has contracted and the nerves too so even my wrist hurts and the pain in the morning and then after treatment is very bad.  My scar has opened up every so slightly too.  I have to be so careful as were I had an allergy to the tape I now have a very thin layer of skin. Walking around half naked seems to be the only option at the moment.   But before you go picturing that, I have one of those strapless beach dresses that I am able to cover up my dignity with and leave my sore bits out! ha  I do look an untidy mess though ha

I am putting a list of questions to ask the melanoma and chemo therapist specialist on Wednesday morning, and was wondering if you have any suggestions? Here is what I have so far:

  1. Why did I get melanoma, is my case definitely sun related?
  2. Why did it come back when I got the all clear last year?
  3. What can I do to help prevent it from returning?
  4. What are the chances of it coming back in my case?
  5. Can I ever sunbathe or go out in the sun again or must I hide from the sun for ever?
  6. Can I use fake tanning booths or sprays?
  7. Do I have metastatic melanoma?
  8. Why am I not having chemotherapy or interferon injections?
  9. How often will I need to have a CT scan?
  10. I would like more children, how will this effect my follow up treatments?
  11. What happens if I am pregnant and melanoma comes back?
  12. Please specify the stage of which I am in.

I dont want to know the survival rate and stats etc as if we all lived by that we’d all be dead now! ha

Here are some before and after images of my armpit..  my bald armpit! But if you are undergoing radiotherapy don’t worry as each person is different, no one on my bus has had this as bad as me. Plus its worth it!

One fried armpit for takeaway please..

I will update you after I see the doctor..

Thank you all for your support and for following my progress.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zhanna P. Rader
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 07:46:02

    Hi, Alethea. Would you be interested to ask your oncologist what he/she thinks about the vaccine Rigvir developed in Latvia. A certain virus in this vaccine kills melanoma cells in 50% of cases, as far as I understand. Also, if you pick into the Facebook page “Ed Rader WILL Help US ALL Whip Cancer’s Ass,” you can find an information about a wrist band that shows when a sunscreen needs to be re-applied. One can order such band. I am glad your treatment is coming to the end. Hopefully the doctors will find that everything is fine with you, and you do not have any cancer anymore.


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