I have 13 treatments down and 7 more to go! The good news is that my spinal cord MRI came back clear, so the doctor stopped treatment on it! Apparently since I had just finished my last round on the spine in June and he was pretty aggressive this time, he doesn't think more radiation is needed. So now I just go in for my brain, which is nice since it only takes about 5 minutes and I don't have to change into a hospital gown!
The only side effect from radiation that I've gotten so far is hair loss. It started coming out in handfuls this weekend. I decided to shave it off last night, so it wouldn't drag on and get hair everywhere. My mom did the shaving and we were both in tears. I think this is the third time I've had to shave it, but at least now I can go buy new hats! (and new shoes, while I'm at it! :)
Over the past 10 years, I've noticed doctors can be hard to read by their facial expressions. My family and I think that medical school must have modeling classes on what "looks" to use when delivering different types of news, almost like "Magnum" or "Le Tigre" from the movie Zoolander. The "I Have Bad News Look", the "It Could Be Good, but Let's Not Get Too Excited Look", and the "You're Really Not Having Side Effects? Look" (which I get a lot). They all kinda look the same, like in Zoolander, so sometimes I have to ask for clarification or challenge them to an underground walk-off!