Copper Troughs and Cancer Reports

I’ll start with the trough. My beautiful friend Lisa Landry owns and operates a delightful home décor shop on Broad Street in Rome, Georgia. She called me a couple of weeks ago and told me that she was preparing to move the shop to a location one block down and across the street.

The first thing she asked me about was a tree to go inside. It’s a neat idea and I have that one under control. The second thing was a water feature. We talked about all sorts of looks and then settled on using a water trough. Lisa looked at picture after picture until she found this one

A beautiful aged copper trough for a water feature

A beautiful aged copper trough for a water feature

The problem is that I know what the feature will look like and we have a lion’s head to put on the brick wall for the water to come out of—we just don’t have the trough, Can you help us find one? Email me at, leave a comment on the blog, or find me on face book—John Paul Schulz (Rome, Georgia). Thanks in advance.

I wrote an article about Living and Giving the Christmas of 2011. CLICK HERE to see it. I’ll do another article on the shop after the move. I’m sure it will be amazing.

And on to the cancer report. For background, I have been fighting cancer for several years. I had a laryngectomy (voice box removal) in September, 2012 A few months later I was fixed up with a button in my throat that I could push when I wanted to talk. It’s pretty cool.

I am writing this on March 16, 2014, and a year ago I was going through radiation and chemo treatments for recurring tumors on my shoulder. Everything was tolerable and I got through it but it takes a long time to get over those treatments. I’m doing well but still recovering a year later.

On January 28 of this year Dekie and I went to Emory in downtown Atlanta for a CT scan. I got the scan and we had a wonderful snow adventure in the form of an eleven hour trip home.  (Click HERE to see the article about the trip).

I didn’t tell anyone at the time, but we got a call that same afternoon from the doctor’s office that there was a lymph node abnormality in the scan and that I would need to get a PET scan the next week. That sort of information is a little bit scary, but my reaction, as always, was “Oh, well. I’ll do whatever has to be done.”  The following week I had the PET scan and got the dreaded call that I would have to schedule for a complicated biopsy.

At this point I just accepted the fact that I would have to go through more chemo. Dekie and I started adjusting our spring plans around possible treatments. Another snow storm in the Atlanta area postponed the biopsy until March 12, and last week I went in for a “trans-tracheal ultra-sound guided biopsy.” It was a bit complicated. They put me out for a while.

The day before the biopsy, my friend at the bank said, “I sure do hope it comes out all right.” I told her that I was mentally prepared for bad results.

She said, “John, that’s not your usual positive approach.” I explained that I figured if I set my mind on good results and they were bad, I had lost something somehow but if I accepted that they would be bad, then either I would be right if they were or totally elated if they weren’t.

After the biopsy I was told that I would be notified in a few days. I had already accepted the possibility of chemo treatments.

And, Friday afternoon the phone rang. It was the doctor’s office.

“Mr. Schulz,” the voice said, “I have some good news. The report came back negative. You are clear of cancer. Congratulations.”

I could barely say, “Thank you.” Tears ran down my face. I am still going through the mental process of accepting the fact that the results were indeed good and that I do not have to take the treatments.

I have almost finished an inspirational book about cancer treatments and accepting them with humor, optimism, and a positive attitude. The proposed title is

Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days

–An inspirational approach to reducing fear by facing cancer treatments with optimism and humor.

As usual, I would just love for you click here to go to Amazon and purchase the ebook edition of my wonderful book, Requiem for a Redneck to go on your Kindle. I have also noticed that Amazon now has a free Kindle app for iphones and tablets. Is that cool or what?


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary Ann Askew
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 13:37:49

    John, King and I are thrilled over your wonderful report and we both know about “those” phone calls. Thank you Lord for the good News! King’s recent PSA report was very good. Like you, I am doing well and still recovering from treatments. Thank you very much for keeping us posted. Know you are having fun working on Lisa’s project! Take care, Mary Ann Sent from my iPhone



  2. Joel and Lynn Todino
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 14:28:48

    On 3/16/14, 2:19 PM, Johntheplantman’s stories, musings, and gardening. wrote: John, We, of course, were thrilled to learn of the biopsy results. Your attitude and good humor are truly inspiring, and, I am sure, your book will do a lot of people good. We look forward to seeing it. As to the “trough”, you may consider a different metal. As you know copper has become very expensive, and if you put that out in front of a store, the “copper thieves” will get it in no time. I had 1.6 ” of rain today, but if you think it is OK to work, will look for you tomorrow. Joel > > John Schulz posted: “I’ll start with the trough. My beautiful friend > Lisa Landry owns and operates a delightful home dcor shop on Broad > Street in Rome, Georgia. She called me a couple of weeks ago and told > me that she was preparing to move the shop to a location one block do” >


  3. Connie Burnes
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 14:38:01

    YEA….I love good reports!!! talk soon and look forward to seeing the water feature and the TREE!!!


  4. Nell Jean
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 08:12:39

    Take the photo to a sheet metal shop. Copper may be a little dear for such an ambitious project, but they can suggest something affordable that can be given an ‘antique’ finish after they finish.


  5. pbmgarden
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 09:07:05

    Glad you shared your good news. Hope spring will be especially nice this year.


  6. Bob Hicks
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 09:53:13

    Excellent post.


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  8. Jackie Spencer
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 09:47:41

    Sorry I can’t help with the trough, but I can celebrate your wonderful news! By the time you reached the punch line, I was anxious! You do tell a good tale, John.
    I am SO happy for you and Dekie! Stay well, plant and create!
    Grace and peace be yours in abundance!
    PS Looking forward to your new book!


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