Cancer Lesson #14: “I’m radioactive.”

Cancer Lesson #14: “I’m radioactive.”

Because a bone scan involves being injected with radioactive material (and I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I was to the gentle young man who accomplished this task in one jab), the patient afterwards receives a card explaining why they might be radioactive for the next week. Just in case said patient needs to cross a national border or visit the airport and finds it necessary to explain why they are setting off security sensors


At the time, I found the idea laughable, but now I understand that some patients travel many miles for their treatment. Plus, the idea of taking a vacation before surgery and chemo has some appeal.

In my case, all that happened was The Engineer kept referring to my “glow,” and for weeks I walked around hearing Paul Rodgers sing “Radioactive” in my head.