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Embrace The Suck — Radiation Therapy Begins

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Orchids
Parrish, Florida — December 2012
Sony NEX-5R + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

My journey with prostate cancer continues, for today marks the beginning of daily radiation therapy to kill the remnants of the tumor that were missed during the surgery I had back in late March (earlier posts on the subject can be found here and here).

Each weekday afternoon for the next 7-weeks I’ll show up at the treatment facility, get oriented horizontally with my legs braced in a special foam cast, the radiation technicians will fine-tune the targeting using my three new “dot” tattoos (outside left upper thigh, outside right upper thigh, and lower abdomen), then I’ll wait as the huge linear accelerator weaves its business end all around my pelvic region for 10-15 minutes, then I’ll be finished for the day and return to work.

At least, that’s the plan.

I’ve been told that I should not expect any side effects for the first two weeks or so, but then they will begin to build after the initial grace period.  What will the side effects be?  I’m told that they can vary widely according to the individual.

I’m fond of a quote from Mel Brooks classic dark comedy, Young Frankenstein, where Marty Feldman’s character Igor says, “Could be worse.  Could be raining!”  Only in this case I seem to be catching the rain a lot more than not.

Due to the prep requirements for each daily session, I predict I’ll drop a lot of weight by the time I’m finished, as having to cleanse every morning with Milk of Magnesia will do that.

Let’s hope that this puts an end to the tumor; if it doesn’t, then chemotherapy is the next step.

And I really don’t want to do that.

Royal Purple

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More orchid goodness at the US Botanic Garden
Washington, DC — February 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

How many more of these do I have, you ask?  Hundreds, easily.  Orchids are my favorite flowers and I always like taking photos of them when I get a chance.

Embrace The Suck — The Big C

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Orchids
Parrish, Florida — December 2012
Sony NEX-5R + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Whenever I’m stressed, I look for bright and intense colors to help me deal with whatever is bothering me.  And that’s my theme for this morning.  By the time you read this, I will be in surgery today for prostate cancer. Continue Reading →

Pretty In Pink

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More orchids on display
US Botanic Garden
Washington, DC — February 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

Getting tired of orchids yet?  Me neither.  I’ll keep posting them.

Yellows and Magenta

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More orchids on display
US Botanic Garden
Washington, DC — February 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

More gorgeous blooms to brighten your day.

Radiant Orange

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More orchids on display
US Botanic Garden
Washington, DC — February 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

So many plants…  So many blooms…

Floral Cheetah

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More orchids on display
US Botanic Garden
Washington, DC — February 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

More from my recent trip to the US Botanic Garden in Washington, DC.

Breathe

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Gorgeous orchids
US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC
February 2018
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

More color for you flower lovers out there.