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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before the technicians left the room and had them blast country music. And by blast I mean, in-the-pit-in-front-of-the-speakers loud. It worked. Three songs and the treat- ment was over. I'd found my strategy. While the beginning of radiation was tough psychologically, the final few weeks were tough physically. Every afternoon I needed to sleep. Several times a day I liberally applied thick cream to my chest to maintain moisture on my increasingly discolored skin. By week four I was burned, blistered, itchy, and exhausted. By the last week, I just wanted to ring the bell that signified that my radia- tion was done, and go home. Ironically, some of the most potent heal- ing moments came outside the linear accel- erator room. My weekly checkups with my radiation oncologist always left me feeling cared for and understood; we had helpful talks about managing work, family, friends, 109 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 Ring the Bell At the end of his treatment for head and neck cancer, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Irve Le Moyne, installed a brass bell at MD Anderson Medical Center. His idea, which has since become a tradition in many cancer centers, was to offer patients the opportunity to ring a bell to celebrate the end of their cancer treat- ment. The accompanying poem that he authored follows: Ring this bell Three times well Its toll to clearly say, My treatment's done This course is run And I am on my way!

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