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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however, I panicked. My mind filled with images of Chernobyl and flashbacks of atomic bomb drills in fifth grade when we made our way to the "radiation-free space" under our desks. What was I doing choosing to be radiated, when my cancer was gone and my gut was saying, "This is not a good idea?" The next day I tried reframing radiation in a more positive light. I focused on how grate- ful I was that this treatment was decreasing my chance of getting breast cancer again. I tried to envision the radiation beams as healing light. That strategy worked until the machine started moving and the radiation became audible and I went on high terror alert again. By day three I decided that the way for me to handle radiation was to completely anes- thetize myself to it. This time I closed my eyes 108 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 An Unexpected Journey

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