Today is my husband’s birthday – And it just so happens to be the first day of my Chemo and Radiation. I had my first set of treatments today – the first of 30 over the next 6 weeks. I think it went pretty well. I’m not feeling too sick. I have a pretty delicate stomach so it’s good that the chemo isn’t making me puke my guts out at this point. The radiation didn’t feel like anything but maybe because they were radiating my brain I do feel a little odd about it.
First off – I’ve been receiving a lot of emails and messages asking if I’m feeling better and hoping I’m recovering quickly. As far as the surgery goes – I am feeling better, and I am recovering fairly quickly. The incision is healing well and the swelling is down to a minimum. As far as the cancer goes – I still have a ways to go with that. As you can see by the update videos I’ve been posting – the tumor is still affecting my left side, and my speech is still a little slurred. And I still have headaches pretty much constantly. I don’t expect to see a real change in that until my radiation and chemo starts having an affect on the tumor. That will start in the next few days. But I’ve been going for long walks and working at strengthening my body every day, and that feels great! Yesterday I had my Aquaplast Mask made. If you’ve never heard of this before, neither had I. It’s a molded mask that they use to target the radiation. I get to wear it for my CT scans and radiation treatments, so that my head is in the exact same spot all of the time. The important thing when making the mask is for me to remain as still as possible. The better I do at that – the more effective my treatment. Through this whole thing – every time I’ve been asked to remain as still as possible, I’ve focused on my modeling – and all of those years of being asked to hold uncomfortable poses in ridiculous conditions, just to get the perfect shot. The perfect shot is more important now than ever. So I did my job. This video is a look at the making of my mask. Sorry it’s only a head mold. I think a full body mold would have made for an excellent video and photo shoot.