Radiation simulation

Yesterday was the radiation simulation.

I had a mask made. At the beginning the mask is bendable like a washcloth and it feels like a warm washcloth on your face. It’s like getting a facial massage. It’s nice and calming.

With the mask on I had a CT scan without contrast (thank goodness!). The mask was bolted down to the table so I couldn’t move my head.

We had to have 2 masks made. It’s not that I did anything wrong, but my doctor didn’t tell the mask-maker people that they needed a bite down block. So, they made another one. This time it had a hole so that the bite down block could stick out the hole.

The bite down block is important so that when I get radiation my gums won’t get damaged.

My doctor told me that I could draw a picture on my mask, but it had to be “Starry Night.” So I started drawing it, I just got the mountain and one of the swirls done, but it was super fun.

I got to take home the first mask and my own bite down block that I formed with my teeth. When radiation is all done, I’ll get to bring home the one that stayed there to be used each day.

It was really fun!

This is me getting my mask made. (don’t worry, they aren’t hurting me.)


  1. Wow! Your great descriptions is teaching us all so much about how doctors have learned to beat cancer: step by step. I love that you get to paint this special mask !!

  2. Joanna I just love the fact that while you are facing these things your smile continues to shine through.

  3. Iโ€™m learning so much from you. So glad they made you the perfect mask for you. We are cheering you on!

  4. Again you amaze me. So cool for you to share your journey. I am certain it will help others that come after you face the uncertainties of your treatments. Love you and your family and wish for the greatest success possible with your treatments.

  5. Joanna, you are amazing! So happy you have creative helpers that make the mask look so cool! You are brave and courageous!

  6. I just love the way you find something cool about each visit, even though the situation is really stinky. You are brave & beautiful & fun and smart and amazing!

  7. Joanna, Thanks for sharing your journey with this blog! It has been very informativeโ€ฆIโ€™ve learned so much from it and all the questions/answers you discuss with your medical team. I can see you being a doctor, nurse, or Child Life Specialist when you grow up to help others going through this journey. ๐Ÿ˜„ Keep smiling, friend! Praying for you and your mom and dad.

  8. I read all your posts and pray for you. You are so strong and brave, Joanna! Much love and many hugs sent from Houston, TX.

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