Nashville’s Cancer Survivor Support Systems

Nashville's cancer support systemsCancer does not have to be a death sentence anymore!! There are more and more people surviving cancer every year.  Below are a few facts from 2014-2015. It is also important that you and your love ones know that there are a lot of services out there to help make your life a little easier. We are fortunate to have many wonderful organizations in the Nashville area. Tennessee Oncology is one and is available to you  through your doctors. The staff at Tennessee Oncology are the most wonderful doctors, nurses, techs and office support you could ask for. They all go out of their way to help their patients and their families.  Sara Cannon Research Center is also here in Nashville and of course we have Vanderbilt Hospital.

One service that you many may not know about is called Cleaning for a Reason. These are house cleaning companies around the country that will come in and clean a cancer patient’s home once a month for 4 months free of charge.

This can be a tremendous help to the patient and to the families. Sometimes fighting cancer can be a fulltime job. One of the most important things to remember is to keep your spirits up as much as possible. Laughter really is good for the soul.  Surround yourself with family and friends that have a positive attitude.

There are transportation services that will make sure you get to and from your treatments. Remember to log mileage to and from Doctors appointments as it can be tax-deductible.

Another cancer support resource in Nashville, is an organization called Gilda’s Club Nashville.  It is a free cancer support community started by Gilda Radner with the help of her husband, Gene Wilder. Gilda believed in living life to the fullest even when facing cancer, she wanted the families of those with cancer to have a place to go as well. There are many, many workshops to help you out.

One particular workshop is done by a group called Meals 2 Heal presented by The Heimerdinger  Foundation.  Ed Freeman, from StorPlace Self Storage, and his lovely wife, Cynthia, went to this workshop and gathered information.  You can reach Robin Mizar, the client manager and volunteer coordinator via email at or if you want to volunteer

A few facts about cancer survivors

  • The majority of cancer survivors (64%) were diagnosed 5 or more years ago.
  • 15% of cancer survivors diagnosed 20 or more years ago.
  • Nearly half (46%) of cancer survivors are 70 years of age or older.

The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center) is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington Cancer Institute, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its goal is to shape the future of post-treatment cancer survivorship care and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.

Making the Most of Your Storage Unit

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self Storage

When storing for the first time, there is a lot of useful information and tips available to help you make the best decision for your belongings. The property manager of the storage facility you use should also be knowledgeable about your needs. Learning how to properly utilize the square footage of your unit is very helpful. It is also important to know what causes mildew and how to prevent it, especially if you have chosen a non-climate controlled or heated & cooled building.

If you are packing boxes for storage, more is not always better. Of course you want to fill the boxes with the most items possible, but boxes of heavy or fragile items should not be too heavy. Packing heavy items creates a risk of the bottom of your box falling out, so the less weight, the better. Try to use no more than 2 different sized boxes. This will make it much easier to stack and organize them in the storage unit. When putting items in the storage unit, leave a small isle in-between boxes, so you can easily access your items. Most people say they will not need anything out of the unit, but more times than not, a return visit is necessary. Label boxes not only on top, but also on the side. This helps if the boxes are stacked, you are still able to read what is in the box. Packing boxes by room, bedroom, kitchen, etc. makes not only storing easier, but will help with unpacking once you reach your new home. Plastic totes are also a great way to utilize space. Not only are they roomy but the lids are sealed tightly, the sides are clear so you can see what is inside of each one, without opening them, and they are made with sturdy plastic, which will make stacking much easier and safe.

Utilizing the square footage in your storage unit is also vital to maximize the use of your unit. Even something as small as removing the legs from a table, can help make more usable square footage. When possible you can also place items vertically not horizontally. Hollow spots in appliances and furniture, like wardrobes, stoves and refrigerators, can usually hold small boxes inside of them. Use wardrobe boxes for clothes. One wardrobe box takes up a lot less space than bags or boxes full of clothes and it also makes them easier to access if you have forgotten something.

Another suggestion to protect your belongings is are make sure your boxes are sealed and taped tightly. This will prevent dust, bugs, or other unwanted things from getting inside your boxes. You should drain all fluids from tools and equipment, but oil them down to prevent rust. Breakables and fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap and packed tightly in the box, so they don’t slide around. Mirrors and pictures should always be stored vertical, not flat. Laying them flat causes a risk of items being set on top of them or accidentally getting stepped on.

Most people believe sealing items up in plastic bags is protecting them, but actually it invites mildew. Other ways to avoid mildew are making sure refrigerators and freezers are defrosted and the door left cracked open, and drain your washing machine well.

Prepping All Lawn Equipment for Summer Use

Preparing lawn equipment for summer use.Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to start maintaining our yards, and working on all the fabulous landscaping projects we have dreamt about all winter. It’s also time to get our lawn equipment out of storage, and get it fired up for the season.

Hopefully you winterized it before storing it for the winter, if so, waking it up won’t be a problem at all. After retrieving it from your StorPlace Self Storage storage unit, it’s a good idea to apply a coat of lubricating, protecting oil on all the surfaces. I like to use bar and chain oil for all of my hand tools to lubricate and protect my chain saws. If you haven’t already done so, now is also a good time to sharpen all cutting edges, and make adjustments to hand tools.

For gas-powered equipment, ensure spark plugs are properly gapped, inserted, and the wire is securely connected to the plug. Fill your equipment with low, or no ethanol fuel, (I also use a fuel stabilizer). For safety purposes, this task should be done away from buildings or structures. Next, follow your owner’s manual instructions for summer start-up tips. Once the equipment is started, allow it to sit running for several minutes, this allows the oils time to properly distribute, and lubricate all the moving parts before the real work begins.

Battery powered equipment needs attention as well. Clean the charging connections with an alcohol swab; this should be done on both the battery and the chargers. Inspect chargers and cords for damage or frayed cords. If the batteries are not fully charged this is a good time to do it. For weed eaters, of all power types, replace old cutting line, clean and adjust the cutting heads and shroud. Blowers can always use some additional attention, from cleaning all air supply filters, to inspecting air exhaust ways.

With proper care, and preventative maintenance your lawn equipment will last for years, with a minimal of cost and worry.

Packing Kitchen Items for Moving or Storage

How to pack breakablesWe all know that moving is not a fun event.  That is why StorPlace Self Storage managers are dedicated to providing you with the best customer service possible.  If you are in the market for storage then start by making a smart decision and take a look at one of the many StorPlace Self Storage locations near you.  You will be treated with respect.  Each manager will listen to your needs and accommodate you on a personal level.  It will be an easy and stress free environment.  Come see for yourself!

The following is a quick tutorial on how to pack your kitchen items which will make it easier for your moving day in the long-run.  Most people are in a hurry to get the moving done and there is not much planning involved.  Here are a few tips to get the ball moving forward.  Let’s start with the kitchen.  The best items to start with in the kitchen are the glasses and plates.  It is very helpful to make sure your dishes and glasses are clean before you pack them.  StorPlace Self Storage offers a kitchen box kit that makes packing the kitchen a breeze.  The kit includes 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 25’ of bubble wrap, tape, and a 10 pound bundle of news print.  This will get you moving in the right direction.  You may also want to pick up either a dish kit or a glass packing kit.  These two kits have inserts that will fit into the small boxes that are included in the kitchen kit so there is no need to buy any extra boxes.  The most cost-effective way to pack some of your larger items would be to buy large and X-large boxes.  These boxes are great for clothes, quilts, and lighter items because you can put a lot into them.

You will also notice that the glass packing kit has some small foam inserts.  Put your glasses one at a time into the foam inserts and then put them neatly in the cardboard grid that comes with the glass packing kit.  Make sure to fill up this box all the way to the top.  If you have small glasses or you do not have enough glasses to fill up the kit, then use the newsprint that came with the kitchen box kit to fill the empty space.  If you do not fill the box completely then it can cause the box to collapse during the move or during storage. Repeat these steps for the dish kit as it works the same way.   For more informational tips on packing and storing,see our packing and storage videos and information at our website. 


The Fourth of July and Fireworks!


Photo by Donna Lee Williams


On July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was ratified. It declared that the 13 British Colonies were now one united nation to stand apart from the British Crown. Two Hundred Thirty-Nine years later we celebrate this day as our Independence Day. It has become tradition for many of us to grill out, lounge by the pool, and watch/shoot fireworks. At StorPlace Self Storage of Lebanon Pike, we want to insure your safety by going over a few safety guidelines when shooting off fireworks.

First, check with your local Fire Marshal’s office to see if fireworks are allowed to be used in your area. Some counties have a ban on fireworks. This is usually in effect when the weather has been dry and the risk of fire spreading is higher. Some counties also require a permit to shoot fireworks.

Once you have approval, make sure you buy your fireworks from a reliable vendor. Inspect the packages to see that are not damaged or wet and are within the used-by date. Older fireworks may not fire like they are supposed to, the wicks may fall off easier, and/or the structure may not be as stable as it is meant to be. It could collapse when fired and blow up. Also, pay attention to the directions and ensure that you have cleared enough space to fire off that particular firework.

When the time comes to use the fireworks, make sure that there is a bucket of water, connected hose pipe, or fire extinguisher nearby. Fireworks should be used under a reliable, sober adult’s supervision. Children should not set off fireworks. Make sure there is distance between the group and where you are planning on shooting the fireworks. It is good to set out a plywood board that can serve as a flat surface to prevent a firework from falling over. Always aim fireworks AWAY from the group. NEVER aim a firework at an individual or group. If a firework fails to fire, do not relight it. Let it sit for about twenty minutes, and then let it soak in water before disposing of it. Don’t combine fireworks together to make a custom one. If the ground catches fire, quickly contain it and extinguish the flame by spraying the base of the fire.

Remember to use good judgment and common sense when setting off fireworks. All of us at StorPlace Self Storage would like to wish you a Safe and Happy Independence Day! Go out and have some fun!