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Okay, so if you read my post on isolation or any of my blog posts, then you know my issue. Not going into all of it again, but basically I have a brain tumor and I’m on a different side of the US from where I live getting treatment. Basically, it sounds like I’m having surgery (AGAIN) to remove these tumor chunks. Thing is, if it doesn’t go well, I may need radiation. That really scares me, but mostly because I don’t know much about it. How does it work? Does it hurt? Could I get cancer? Could I die? Once you start, can you stop? If anyone has any info, links, or personal stories, I’d love to hear it. Also, please pray that I get to go home soon. I’ve been gone for almost a month, and I really miss my friends, family, and cat. It sounds like I could be here for another 8+ weeks, but I really don’t wanna be away that long, especially because of school (Junior year!!!). Thanks!

July 20, 2015 at 23:05
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Oh my I’m SO sorry you have to go through this. :'( I do know that both of my grandmas had radiation treatment, one for breast cancer and one for esophagus cancer. It really wasn’t so bad for my Grandma that had breast cancer. It was harder for my grandma that had esophagus cancer, but she let her cancer go so it was a huge, enormous problem. I think it also can be done close together or farther apart. I do not know of anyone that has gotten cancer from radiation; I don’t think the chemical levels are as high as in the nuclear disasters or as much exposure as some scientists have. I’m sorry you have to be so far from home. Can your family visit you or can you visit them? But I know that’s hard because saying good by is so painful. Do you think they would let you do radiation closer to home? I’m really sorry about you having to go through this. But, you are a very strong and brave girl, and you are doing well facing this situation. God will make sure you are ok; don’t forget to talk to him about your fears. Also, talk to your doctors. Maybe they can give you more information. Hugs šŸ™‚

July 21, 2015 at 00:46


I’m sorry šŸ™ I’ll be praying for you, God will indeed take you through this. Don’t worry, just trust in Him. I’ll continue to pray for your complete healing!

July 21, 2015 at 14:01


May your recovery be speedy in Jesus’ name!

July 21, 2015 at 14:02


I am so so sorry to hear that is how things are going.

I will not tell you not to worry or be scared because those are only natural feelings. Just don’t stick in those emotions. I’ve learned that most important thing about battling any illness is that you shouldn’t let yourself fall into a rut of bad emotions. Those are depremential. Stay as positive as you can in a situation like this, it really will help you.

As for radiation:

How It Works

“Radiation (also called x-rays, gamma rays, or photons) either kills tumor cells directly or interferes with their ability to grow. Radiation affects both normal cells and tumor cells. However, following standard doses of radiation, healthy cells repair themselves more quickly and completely than tumor cells. As the radiation treatments continue, an increasing number of tumor cells die. The tumor shrinks and the dead cells are broken down and disposed of by the immune system.”

So no worries about getting cancer through it.

“Radiation therapy usually is given on an outpatient basis. Radiation treatments are painless and feel no different than getting an x-ray. The patient must remain perfectly still until treatment is complete. Special equipment or medication can help infants and young children stay still. The total procedureā€”checking in, waiting , and receiving treatmentā€”should take between 10 and 20 minutes. The treatment itself takes just a few minutes. A typical schedule for radiation therapy consists of one treatment per day, five days a week, for two to seven weeks.”

That should describe the pain level and how it will happen.


Here Are Actual SIde Effects:

*Skin Problems
*Hair Loss
*Blood Count Changes
*Eating Problems


Hopefully that helps you and calms your nerves a bit.

July 21, 2015 at 15:23


So I hope you get good treatment and go into remission, however these are not questions we can really answer any better than if you were to ask them on Google. Talk you your doctors! They can give you all this information and help ease your fears, along with then answer any other questions that come along with it.
With what we can give, or the internet can give you, it will probably only worry you more, and we may end up giving completely inaccurate information. I think everything on radiation depends on where and what exactly they are trying to accomplish.

July 21, 2015 at 15:48


Thanks, everyone! @Gymnastics14, I can not go back and forth, but I may be able to have the radiation performed nearby. Hopefully that’s the case. Everyone else, thanks for the information and support. I just got an MRI today and we’ll see the doctors on the 30th for results and a surgery date. Hopefully, radiation won’t be necessary, but I just want to brace myself and be ready. Praying it all goes well!

July 21, 2015 at 21:01
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