1. Radiation therapy uses a special kind of high-energy beam to damage cancer cells.These high-energy beams, which are invisible to the human eye, damage a cell’s DNA, the material that cells use to divide. Cancer cells are more easily destroyed by radiation, while healthy, normal cells are better able to repair themselves and survive the treatment. (That's as techie as I'm going to get.)
2. It's not the most dignified of procedures ... you have to lie with your arms over your head, nuddy from the waist up, and they mark you with pen before the machine zaps you. Yep.
3. Some of the radiographers have Very Cold Hands.
4. The machines break down because they are in constant use and the NHS can't afford to replace them as often as they should.
5. You get extremely tired (part of the tiredness is travelling there and back every day).
6. After three days, everything tastes of lemon floor polish.
7. When you are told to drink as much as possible, they don't mean prosecco.
8. It is amazing what you can endure, both physically and mentally (though see 7 above, which would have helped considerably on this).
9. It seems interminable when you start, but it DOES come to an end.
10. There are lots of very wonderful people on social media: I got sent chocolates, wine, books, pencils, cards, good wishes, and some lovely hand-warmers.
I finish being cooked on Tuesday, and I shall be taking in a big cake for all the lovely hard-working staff. The NHS has been there for me in spades, as it has been for thousands of other women with cancer and, pace this awful government trying to sell it off covertly to US healthcare providers, I hope it will continue to be there for all of us, when we need it, for ever.
I am truly grateful.