Dec 17, 2012 - 4:33 am
First off, congrats to Nelson for graduating from RC (Radiotheraphy College), with his diploma (mask) proudly displayed in his photo. His post sparked some comments from others about their own mask and what they did with it after their graduation. So, maybe there's enough for a new thread.
As I left RC for the last time I was asked if I wanted to take my diploma with me. I thought about it for a minute and then just told the tech that I didn't want it. I was pooped, thankful that I had made it through, and just wanted to go home and take a nap. It would have made a great souvenir to show friends, family, and little kids in my neighborhood--but it could also creep them out too much if they might imagine themselves strapped down into it. It was just too much detail about what I had gone through that I didn't want others to know about.
My wife suggested that I keep it and use it as part of that year's Halloween costume, but who would "get it" unless I came across another HNC patient, and surely they wouldn't need that kind of reminder on such a fun day.
All in all, it was "good riddance" to that thing for me--and it was time to move on the the next stage of battling the beast.
What did others do?