I’m glad my doctor warned me that the effects of the radiation would get worse before they get better, even after the radiation treatment ended. My back is quite a mess. I’m posting a photo for others who may be going through this so you can see that this is normal. My goal is to keep the skin from tearing, as my doctor recommended. I am keeping the brace off as much as possible and lying on my side instead of my back.
Marvin and I apply aloe vera, and now a light oil-based lotion (Avon), several times a day, and I’m avoiding showering on my back to keep the skin from drying out even more. It’s scabbing and peeling quite a bit and is very, ouch, tender.