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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Into the homestretch

I finally asked how many treatments remain: less than two weeks to go before treatments end. I am on pain medication (the kind that could probably pay for my kids lunches if it was sold on the streets!), and moving around much better than just a day ago. To keep me going until the end of treatments and beyond, I keep repeating the Little Engine That Could's mantra: "I think I can, I think I can." Since the effects of radiation are cumulative, I will be having side effects of one sort or another come up for up to 18 months after treatment stops - possibly longer. Right now, I am asking for ideas on what to do with that mask when they hand it over to me.


whitneydt said...

Some ideas on what to do with the mask:

* Paint it a-la African Primitive art and hang it on the wall
* Fill with plants, cover with plastic wrap, add a hermit crab and ta-da! Instant terrarium!
* Cover it with green clay and go bananas cartoon-style, a-la Jim Carrey
* Drive over it with your car, repeatedly, yelling "TOWANDA!"
* Write, "See you in Hell, cancer cells!" on it and blast it with a butane torch
* Attach to balloons and send to Oz
* Fly to ocean with Siobhan, get on a boat and throw the damn thing as far into the sea as you can

Teresa Hartman said...

Thanks, Whitney!!! I LOVE the suggestions, and they do give my imagination some needed exercise!

Anonymous said...

I especially like the "Towanda" suggestion! I LOVE that movie and her spirit especially when she crashes into the girls' car because she has better insurance! There have been times when I would LOVE to have done something like that. Glad to hear the treatments are coming to an end. As ever, you're in my thoughts and prayers.


Siobhan said...

i especially like the last option. but first, drive over it with your car, then take the mangled mass to the ocean and toss it into the deep dark sea.

From Sea Fever by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

Anonymous said...

Hey Teri my dear!

I like Whitney's ideas... here are a few more ;-) College style...

~~Cover it in paper mache, mold it into some very antique, historic looking medival shield-- great conversation starter.

~~Use it as a fun, fashionable bowl for appetizers at all your parties... it will be a big hit!

~~Donate it to a local Omaha hockey team as a goalie helmet.

~~Contact the National Honey Board and say that you have developed a new type of bee-keeping gear to protect the facial region. (Yes, there IS a National Honey Board--I met an employee this summer)

~~Use it as a foot stool, door stop, lampshade, or any other household fixture.

~~Strap some wheels on the bottom, stick a motor inside and enter it in a local remote controlled car derby (we could all use some prize money right?)

~~Adopt it as a new-fangled strainer for spaghetti/veggies etc when cooking.

~~Sneak it into the ring at a Monster truck rally, so you can watch with glee as Big Foot (and others) smash it... multiple times... be sure it catch it on tape for later enjoyment.

And finally...

~~Anonymously send it to a fancy, high-class museum, claiming that it is what was left of Paul Bunyan's jock strap.

Hope these make you smile-- all my love and prayers!! We are all thinking bout you in KS!!

Sharita lo quita jo mama

Anonymous said...

paint a target on it and use it to learn axe throwing.

have a pounding party. Hang it from the ceiling, filled with candy, and let everyone smash it with a bat.

Or do any one of above, then drive over it with car, and then take blow torch to it, holding it over a pile of sand. Sell resulting funny lump of metal as one of a kind art.

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