A video following me as I drive to the hospital and receive my UVB light treatment for cancer. Learn more about my cancer in the video of my Some Bad News post. This treatment applies a specific section of the spectrum of light to my skin. Even though you’re not supposed to use sunbeds while pregnant, this is considered safe and has to be weighed against not being treated quickly.
I receive treatments twice a week for 14 weeks. The dosage is changed both in strength and time spent inside the machine. My first session was about 27 seconds long, and I’m currently up to around 3 minutes. It can be a little scary, especially through the goggles which are red/orange. The scariest thing is that the door handle seems to glow! But it is very similar to a normal stand-up sunbed. I have also been getting a great tan so remember the silver linings!
When my baby is born the nurses have said they will look after the baby while I get my treatments – the nurses, doctors, support staff and the NHS as a whole are so fantastic, I’m ridiculously grateful to have them and to live in this country.
Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.