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Skin Cancer Treatment – Fluorouracil Day 3

This is day 3 of Fluorouracil treatment. I now have what looks like a mild case of acne, especially on my forehead. I also have a small blister forming on the side of my nose right where my glasses sit. My forehead and cheeks are a light pink and my forehead burns a bit, although so far it’s tolerable.

**I am bravely displaying my naked face below for documentation purposes only in the name of science ;-).**

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I feel like a little kid impatiently waiting for Christmas morning to arrive. Although I would much rather receive the pony I’ve always wanted instead of the “gift” I am about to unwrap after applying this chemical to my face two times a day. As I wrote in my first post, I know most people don’t react to the drug until around the sixth day. The waiting is the most difficult part. I don’t like unknowns. I just want the drug to kick in and do its thing so I know what I have to deal with.

The positive part of all this is my sudden sense of urgency to finish up projects before the hard part gets here. Yesterday I hit the halfway point for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I have already written 25,014 words of my novel in 11 days. The goal is to reach 50,000 by the last day in November. At this pace I should reach the goal by November 22nd. This cancer thing has definitely been the impetus for me to keep my nose to the grindstone and write like a Mother_____er (well, you know).

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I am also a bit less irritable today because I made a point to set some time aside for a bit of clay play. I love creating jewelry and other goodies with polymer clay. The act of squashing and rolling and mixing and folding the clay in my hands is very therapeutic. Losing myself in the act of creating a design is a great way to forget about the stressors that have recently consumed me.

Today’s design I called “Superstar” for everyone who has to endure the more difficult things in life.

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In an hour I will don the glove and spread another dose of the cream all over my face. Maybe tomorrow will be the day. Maybe it won’t. Regardless, I think I will buy myself that pony after all of this is over.


Healing With Polymer Clay

Playing with Polymer.

Playing with Polymer.

It all began with a Playdough fixation. As a child I would spend every spare moment rolling, pounding, cutting, twisting, and creating miniature sculptures of dogs and butterflies and Christmas trees. I would let my favorite pieces dry out overnight and stack them along my windowsill that served as my mini art gallery. I would string the figures along with painted macaroni shells onto a piece of twine and dance around the house proudly sporting my new handmade bling.

There was something so soothing in the tactile medium. As I grew older the Playdough gave way to modeling clay. It was a great way to empty my mind of worry as all my energy and focus would turn to that little lump of gooey clay in the palm of my hand. I found great pleasure in squashing it between my fingers. I loved to roll it into a ball and smash it with my palm then allow my fingers to take control of manipulating the shapeless blob into something recognizable.

Pendants created with the Mokume Gane technique (stacking multiple contrasting colors and pushing a design into the layers).

Pendants created with the Mokume Gane technique (stacking multiple contrasting colors and pushing a design into the layers).

As the years passed my fixation was replaced by other creative outlets including photography, but I missed the tactile satisfaction I received from clay. Following my recent diagnosis, I found myself drawn back into the world of rolling, pinching and pounding again. I knew I would need an artistic outlet other than photography following my surgeries and during my Flourouracil treatment since I would have to spend most of that time inside the house. One day I was doing an internet search on Dichroic glass jewelry (something I have wanted to become involved with for quite some time now) and happened across some amazing pieces of jewelry created with Polymer clay. I was blown away by the wide variety of things that can be created with Polymer and became immediately smitten.

Polymer clay pendants after baking, sanding and applying polyurethane.

Polymer clay pendants after baking, sanding and applying polyurethane.

Thus began my journey into the world of Polymer clay jewelry making. Over the past few weeks my stress level has been greatly diminished through clay play. Art therapy for the captive recovering skin cancer patient. The perfect remedy for boredom and elixir for anxiety.

Finished stamped Hawaiian floral Polymer clay pendant on a satin cord listed in my Etsy store.

Finished stamped Hawaiian floral Polymer clay pendant on a satin cord listed in my Etsy store.

I am continually developing my knowledge for the medium by studying every video, blog, article and photo available in print and on cyberspace and have discovered a wonderful, supportive group of Polymer artists who love to share knowledge and technique with others.

Coral Reef - Mokume Gane Polymer clay doughnut pendant on satin cord. Listed on my Etsy store.

Coral Reef – Mokume Gane Polymer clay doughnut pendant on satin cord. Listed on my Etsy store.

As this new creative journey unfolds I will keep you updated here on this blog on occasion or you can follow my “Zen in the Garden” Tumblr that is dedicated to my Polymer journey here, or visit my Etsy store to purchase my reasonably priced wares.

Brush Strokes - Polymer clay pendant and bead listed on my Etsy store.

Brush Strokes – Polymer clay pendant and bead listed on my Etsy store.