For me, radiation therapy came a year into my treatment. I received my diagnosis on the first of February 2017, after a hectic week of being rushed around having tests. I knew before the GP told me what the answer was: the urgency told me everything. Knowing but not knowing was the first of many challenges I was to face.
One of the biggest challenges has been dealing with having major changes to my body thrust upon me, and radiation was a big part of that challenge. I’m going to walk you through the story of my diagnosis and treatment in that context. The team at Icon Springfield (then ROC) helped me to maintain a positive mindset and to feel better about what was happening to me.
A little bit of background: since adolescence, my breasts have been a big part of how the world has reacted to me, and how I have presented myself to the world. I was one of those girls whose body matures way ahead of the rest of them. I was happily oblivious to my body as a child but naturally energetic and active. The way I remember it my boobs arrived suddenly, without me noticing, although of course that’s not true. I just wasn’t paying attention.