I have 17 of my 30 radiation therapy treatments done. So far things haven’t been too bad. I have just the slightest little bit of pinkness starting on my skin. During radiation therapy, it’s important to keep your skin moisturized. As soon as each treatment is done, I apply cream to the radiated area. One added treat is getting a back rub every night. Mark has to put cream on my back where I can’t reach. 🙂

Medline Remedy Olivamine Skin Repair Cream is what they give you to start out with. As soon as my skin started to show signs of color, we switched to using Aquaphor Healing Ointment, which is much thicker and greasier. I feel fortunate so far that I am not burning too much. Let’s hope it stays that way.

I was glad to be able to get our camera into the radiation room. This part of my cancer treatment has been a little different for Mark. He has been right by my side through mostly everything else. With the radiation, he has to sit out in the waiting room. The staff was great though to let me take Mark in and record a little of what the room and the machine look like.

For a little bit more detail, check out the video and blog post by Nalie, a Canadian breast cancer blogger I follow. She was able to get in and actually show how she has to get lined up and positioned. We don’t both go through quite the same thing, but her being set up in the machine is very similar to how they get me ready.

We spent most of our Memorial Day weekend doing yard work like so many people do. For many years we have had two garden beds of tomatoes. This year we decided to take a break and do a flower garden instead. We scattered a combination of wildflowers, sunflowers, and a hummingbird mix of seeds. We had to make a fresh cut in the grass around the two beds, and decided to line them with paver bricks. I think it looks so much better. Now all I have to do is figure out which sprouts are weeds, and which are flowers. We also cut down the three elderberry bushes that didn’t survive the winter.

Racine First Fridays: Sharon and Amy at Metamorphosis Arts in downtown Racine

Our friend Sharon was in town for a visit recently, which was a blast. We got to show her our wonderful downtown during First Fridays. While she was here I got to share with her my love for one of my favorite comedians, Marc Maron.

After Sharon went back to Chicagoland, I realized that Marc was doing a stand-up comedy show there on Saturday night. Sharon insisted that I come down and go to the show with her. It was a perfect night! The show was fabulous.

Marc Maron with Sharon and Amy, Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago

The best thing was we hung around afterwards and we were able to get our picture taken with him. I can’t tell you how giddy I was, like a crazy schoolgirl for the rest of the night. Marc is really a special person. He has found his niche interviewing people on his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. I am so happy for him, and for all of us that get to listen.

We have had a little family of House Finches nesting outside our dining room window. This week they all took flight. It was so much fun watching the whole process.

School is out for the summer, and I am more than half way through my radiation.

Take care — and thanks, everyone, for checking in.

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