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I'm Halfway There: Navigating Radiation

I am halfway through radiation treatment (15/30)! So far so good. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Like everything, I was doing way too much research and preparing for the worst.

Radiation is a local treatment impacting just the area of cells being radiated (unlike chemotherapy). In my case, we are using radiation as part of my preventative care and to be extra sure that the cancer will not recur. By going through radiation, we are “killing” any residual, or leftover, rogue cancer cells that were not removed from surgery, or did not “die” from chemo.

Overall, I have to say, I am responding to radiation pretty well. The skin looks good and after 15 rounds, I’m not too red (yet). I like to thank my Italian genes for allowing me to tan well!

Outside of skin irritation, other side effects include fatigue. While I am managing this well, I do get tired and nap when I have to. If anything, just listen to your body as it knows best!

When going through radiation, it is important to speak with your doctor about the pros and cons. Like any treatment, a benefit analysis needs to be taking into consideration. In my case, because we are radiating on my left breast and lymph node area (which I did not realize goes up to your color bone!) a few key risk factors needed to be hashed out. For example, the impact radiation would have on my heart and lungs were a big concern for me! I am a very active person and plan on remaining active for a long time! Having heart and lung problems are not things I am looking forward to! Nor is the potential development of lymphedema, or other cancer in the long term. While there are a few risks to manage, I cannot lose sight of my initial goal which is to be cancer free and ensure breast cancer does not return!

As such, radiation and onward.

Moisturizers I recommend:


Meditation Mondays:

Chakra Chanting with Gloria

Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ET 


Thursday Night Thrivers:

All Stages Support Group

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Thursday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


The Caregiver Huddle

Third Tuesday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Grupo de Apoyo en Español

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Encourage and Empower

For Newly Diagnosed

September 10, 11:00 a.m. ET


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month



July 19,  10:00 a.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

July 15 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

July 22,  6:00 p.m. ET


Art Therapy

August 5, 6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

August 13, 11:30 a.m. ET


Forest Bathing

August 13,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

August 20,  6:00 p.m. ET


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Upcoming Events


Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


Después de un Diagnóstico

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