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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