WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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feeling and "what was left of me." I told them that I felt great, albeit a bit tender and showed them the bandages that would keep the "new me" under wrap for a bit. The "real" talk we had was a balm. * * * While I had had surgery several times in my life, I had no idea what to expect from radia- tion. My treatments took place in a linear accelerator, which delivered high-energy X-ray beams to my chest, destroying any remaining cancer cells. For five weeks, I spent six min- utes a day, five days a week, in this large piece of equipment, which was located in the base- ment in a room with walls a foot thick. Radiation is a very precise undertaking. To facilitate radiation treatments, I had five per- manent dots tattooed onto my chest that would enable the technologists to adjust my body to the exact right location. Once per- fectly configured, I was told not to move. Invariably some part of me would begin to itch. Next, the technologists would leave the room, not wanting to be exposed to ra - diation. Immediately after the door shut behind them, red lights would flash, clicking noises would commence, and the arms of the machine would start to move around my body, nailing "the spot" with radiation from several angles. My first day of radiation, I decided I would be "fully present" during the treatment, taking in everything that was going on around me. Rather than being lost in blissful meditation, 107 f a l l 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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