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Gin Schaffer is a former higher education administrator and works part-time at MWHC's Regional Cancer Center as the Coordinator of Integrative Medicine. She lives in downtown Fredericksburg and enjoys walking and biking with her husband and 2 kids (especially if coffee is involved).

Pillow Talk

For those of you who have read my blog before, you might recall a post I wrote back in February entitled, School of (Sheet) Rock. If you didn't read that entry, please take a moment as it will tell you the initial trials and tribulations of our home ownership and beginnings of a bathroom renovation.

I think we can all agree that any home renovation is challenging. Since we (and by that I mean, Steve) embarked on doing all the work, we knew that this particular job was going to be difficult. But we for sure didn't expect as many obstacles as we experienced! Almost 8 months worth of roadblocks...and some costly ones at that.

Delays of getting the various materials needed (or my delay in choosing said materials), the complication of the job itself (old houses definitely make things interesting) and scheduling life all made for a long renovation. But, when our air conditioning - we have the controlled units for each room on our upper level - decided to complicate matters by leaking condensation into our new bathroom's drywall, well, we just about died from disbelief.

It's true what they say, "expect the unexpected".

In my post last week, Know Thy Self, I wrote about knowing "when to say when" about projects you'd probably never do because they don't match with who you are, or they don't jive with how you set priorities. So, what do you do when you really do want to, in this case, NEED to finish a project, yet you hit walls...literally?

Having someone in your life, whether it's your partner, a sibling, or a best friend who has the capacity to light a fire in you to get a job done is paramount. Steve never gave up - sure, he was angry, frustrated and unsure of how to proceed, but he didn't give up. I was mad and disappointed with myself and my lack of being able to help more (my lymphedema makes repetitive motions like painting rough). But, Steve helped me to break down what tasks were needed and helped me when I was struggling. That man knows his blue paint tape!

Of course, knowing that the school year was about to start also lit a fire in us to get the bathroom done! Time was slip sliding away.

I am happy to report that our bathroom is complete. Sure, we have some little things we'd like to do, like find a piece of artwork and maybe hang a shelf or two. But, right now, it's the perfect gift we have given to ourselves. And, we will have plenty of stories to tell this holiday season!

Here are our Before, During, and After pictures:



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Pouches' Community Corner

Postpartum Support Virginia

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For new and expectant mothers in the Fredericksburg area, Postpartum Support Virginia stands as the help and support for women and their families who are experiencing postpartum depression. Founded in 2009 by Adrienne Griffen, Postpartum Support Virginia offers one-on-one support, free peer-led groups, a robust site of information including screening and diagnosis overviews, fact sheets, and training sessions.