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5 Year (Post Radiation) Anniversary!
May 6, 2013, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Cancer | Tags: , ,

Five years ago yesterday was my final radiation treatment.  I know that several different head/neck cancer blogs have links to my page, so if you are reading this and are going through (or about to go through) radiation treatment… this is for you:

You can do it! There were times that I thought that the last treatment would never get here.  Keep pushing! As much as everyone wants to help, no one can do it for you. It is something that you can and will do for yourself.  I did it and if I can do it, you can do it! I’m no superman or tough guy, but I wanted to live so I had to fight for it.  You can do it!

Here’s a little something that was never discussed on my blog during my radiation: I thought that I had 30 treatments to go through and on the day of my 15th treatment, I found out that I actually was getting 33 treatments.  It was only “3 more”, but to have thought that I had made it past the halfway mark and to be told that I wasn’t there yet was devastating.  Unless you have been there or are there now, you can’t understand what a blow that is…  It felt like I slid backwards in my forward progress, but I was still on track.  I just didn’t know what the track was 🙂

Don’t ever get discouraged.  Your struggles and pains are not unique.  Tons of us have been there and you can make it.



Rolling Base for Poufs
May 4, 2013, 10:13 am
Filed under: Creative | Tags: ,

I wanted to change out the dining room table with something different, so I ordered some Indian ottoman poufs and replaced the table with a storage trunk.

I ended up stuffing the poufs with old towels and bedding from the local thrift store.  If you are using quilts and blankets, make sure to cut them into smaller, towel-size pieces.  If you just cram a few blankets in there the pouf will be lumpy – you need smaller pieces to fill in all that space.

It takes A LOT more stuffing than you would think to fill up.  I bought two shopping carts full of stuffing materials and it wasn’t enough.  I had to go to another thrift store to find more filler.  After all that, I discovered that the poufs were too low to use as table seating and it was hard to move them around.

I went to the local Lowe’s to walk around for inspiration and found just what I needed:

Materials used:

  • 4 – 24″ stain-grade round panels
  • 16 – Hardwood Floor Casters with Soft Wheels
  • 1 – box of 1/2″ screws
  • 1 – Minwax Polyshades
  • 1 – stain brush


Back to blogging
July 15, 2012, 7:39 am
Filed under: Cancer

For some strange reason, I haven’t blogged anything in quite some time. Oh, I hear you… You are saying “yeah yeah yeah… We’ve heard this before.” I recently found out that people discovered my blog while looking for information about tonsil cancer. I’m sure my lack of new content on here made them think that something had happened to me. Well, something HAD happened to me. I developed a severe case of laziness with a mild, but manageable condition of lethargic procrastination. I am fighting this at the moment while I type this, but hopefully the condition will get better and I’ll return to normal.

Christmas Wreath Project
November 29, 2009, 6:11 pm
Filed under: Random Stuff

I’ve never put up a Christmas wreath before, so I don’t really know what possessed me to create one this year…  It could have been that I’m always looking for a project to work on – this just seemed like a good Thanksgiving weekend project.

At 9 feet tall and illuminated by 1,050 lights, this wreath scoffs at other wreaths and takes their lunch money.

It wasn’t too hard to build – and it wasn’t too terribly hard to hang up. The hard part will be figuring out what to do with it after Christmas.

Don’t Wash Your Cellphone
November 22, 2009, 11:36 am
Filed under: Random Stuff

cellphone in washing machineI know people that have dropped their cellphones into the toilet, sink or tub; left them outside in the rain; and even one that managed to microwave their cellphone. I have now joined the ranks of the cellphone abusers.  I forgot to empty my pockets before doing laundry and my cellphone got washed with a load of jeans.

I put the phone in the refrigerator over night because I had read that the “fridge” would dry it out. If it didn’t work, it could just be thrown out during the next refrigerator  clean out and food dismissal.

“I have some bad news. We are cutting back and I’m going to have to let some of you go. I’m sorry spinach, but you let me down. I’m also gonna have to lose the asparagus, seven partial bottles of outdated salad dressing, the carryout leftovers and the fuzzy/mystery thing in the tupperware.  We had good intentions to use you guys, but you just didn’t stand out enough and you let yourself get pushed to the back. Goodbye milk. Goodbye prunes – you were just mere plums when you started here. Nice knowing you salad. Goodbye cellphone. Cellphone? Oh yeah… I remember putting that in here.”

Ok, after spending the night in the fridge, it was time for the phone’s big test. I put the battery back in and to my surprise – it came back to life!  I was able to make and receive calls and the rest of the buttons seem to function. I was quite pleased with the refrigerator fix… but alas, after a few minutes of warming up, the phone started to lose some functions, a few buttons began to not respond and it could no longer get a signal.  Think L-Dopa in the movie Awakenings. The power button would not shut it off – it refused to die. I have created a zombie phone. The only way to stop it now was to shoot it in the head (or pull the battery). I pulled the battery and it was Goodnight Moto.

What is the future of my phone?
Will I have to tuck it in everynight in the salad crisper – to gain a few moments of usabilty, but then have it to return to it’s catatonic state as it warms up?

Will I have to make all calls outside in the dead of winter?

Should I toss it and get something new?

We’ll soon see…

I am alive and well… seriously.
October 28, 2009, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Cancer, Health

goldfishOk… I admit it.  I have the attention span of a senile goldfish and the stick-with-it-ness of…  see, I didn’t even want to finish that sentence.  My blog posts are few and far between these days and I need to work more on my blog to keep it up to date. Since my last health related post, I am doing a ton better. So much better, in fact, that I no longer get to use my sickness as an excuse for not being able to do something.  That used to come in handy.

My appetite returned late last year and I am still eating everything within site.   I’ve gained about 25 pounds and most of  my 29″ waist pants are now too tight to wear without risk of injury.  I want to add that the 29’s were loose on me.  I should be wearing a 30″, but I am wearing my 31’s that I bought on my decent down to scrawnyville.   I need to be careful and slow down on my one-man assault on dinner or I’ll shoot past my original weight.

I see my radiologist and surgeon every 4 months for checkups.  I just saw them last week and I got another good report.  🙂

Lunch outside
March 9, 2009, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Random Stuff

The weather was just too nice today to spend lunch inside at my computer… I am fortunate enough to have a door in my office that goes out onto the 8th floor balcony.  If you’d like to have lunch with me on the balcony, reservations can be made in advance. 🙂