It’s checkup time for me again. This time, it was with my radiation oncologist.

Gem has spent most of her life going to the doctor with Mommy. She’s an old pro.

She brings one of her “friends” – today, we brought Tolee, the Koala Bear.


Get him all comfortable, and make sure he feels safe.


And since doctor visits mean a lot of waiting, we pass the time with a little dance.


And a little more dancing.


Maybe we’ll just rest a bit.


And then while the doctor talks to Mommy, Gem borrows her tools to give Tolee a thorough examination.


And me? I’m still improving. The doctor said I look fabulous! I’ll take that. I need to wear my lymphedema sleeve more. I already knew that. I need to get back into physical therapy. check. The fatigue is normal, and should continue to decrease over the next few years. Sigh. And, unless something comes up, we’re going to go a full year till my next radiation checkup!



Seattle writer, Judy Schwartz Haley, blogs about raising a toddler while battling cancer, finishing a degree, and fending off ninjas. Also, she needs more coffee.
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