The Providence Cancer Center has nice lighting. There are no buzzing fluorescent lights, only soft lighting and table lamps in the waiting rooms.
There is a library where you can check out books or cds (from music to guided meditation to kids' books to cookbooks to books specific to your cancer), get free information, use the Internet, and look through donated hats.
Support Services offers free counseling and support groups. Integrative Medicine offers Naturopathic doctors, acupuncture and massage.
But most importantly, the people who work here are nice. And seemingly trained well. If they are short staffed, (and they are sometimes, probably most of the time- who isn't?) they do not take it out on you.
That is my plug for Providence Cancer Center in Portland. Also, I said I would be more uplifting in this entry so there you go.
Back to ending RadiAtion. Yey! You might think that zap zap and zap - it's all gone, but that's not how it works. More like zap and the tumor blows up and the cells inflame as they die, so the pain worsens at first and the actual benefits of the radiAtion can take a couple months to see and feel. So my back hurts a little worse than before. But one thing I have noticed lately is that my chest doesn't feel like it is going to crack open when I sneeze anymore. It doesn't even hurt when I sneeze now. And I've been afraid to sneeze for about two months, so it's nice to not get panicky and try-really-hard-not-to-sneeze-when-I-have-to anymore.
Tomorrow at noon I have a CT scan to evaluate how well the chemOtherapy is working. Although I do hope it is working and that the scan confirms this, I will not be discouraged if there is a different outcome. My dad has helped me by researching a Plan B (involving immunotherapy) that we will use if Plan A does not work. Today I talked with Dr. B about plan B and after photocopying an article my dad had researched - specific to metastasized cervical cancer and immunotherapy - he let me know that Providence Cancer Center does a lot of work with immunotherapy and that he would help me find a clinical trial should the need arise.
And peeps, I also have a Plan C - which may involve the Kushi Institute for Macrobiotics or the Hippocrates Institute or some other alternative healing crazy miracle working I can't believe that worked kind of place.
But for now, let's hope the chemO is doing it's job. And let's say thanks to the radiAtion for doing such good work blasting away my "large mass." Bye bye radiAtion. It's been super swell.