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Posted on: Apr 8, 2011 10:45AM - edited Aug 9, 2016 03:19PM by sas-schatzi

sas-schatzi wrote:

Welcome. This is called the insomnia thread, but we post 24/7/365. We call ourselves Owlettes :)

This is a safe haven. No nastiness, bullying, stalking or such allowed. I would like to keep the kind fabric of this thread intact.

Discussion will flow where it will as all threads do. This will be a happy place. I hope with lots of laughing. Talk of things, needs, rants as your mood or thoughts take you. Each person here has a history of helping others. Threads develop pseudo family groups. Fancy way to say we become like family. This family will have all the best a family has to offer, but none of the negatives.

May help with sleeplessness: circadian rhythm, melatonin--pub med evidence based research. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21476953 Agometaline is approved for use in Europe/Australia for insomnia. It is NOT approve in the USA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agomelatine

How to naturally reset circadian rhythm with food : http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight

Article connecting insomnia and depression. It's a chicken egg thing--insomnia <----->depression.

http://blog.aarp.org/2013/12/02/is-curing-insomnia-key-to-curing-depression/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

Second Sleep---The NORMAL for humans before the light bulb http://slumberwise.com/science/your-ancestors-didnt-sleep-like-you/

Autonomic dysfunction: http://www.holistichelp.net/dysautonomia-autonomic-nervous-system-dysfunction.html

BCO Member Notself's three day plan: 1. Get doc script for sleep aid, at lowest dose. 2. Set sleep time. 3. Take pill 1/2 hr to 1 hr before set time. 4. Do this for three days; 5. Should sleep on fourth night.. 6. Repeat steps 1-5 if sleeplessness has lasted more than one night.

Don'ts that are known to cause sleeplessness: Alcohol, coffee, chocolate, looking at computer screens before bedtime, sex and exersize(variable by person); Do's that promote sleep: Sex and exersize(variable by person) , book reading, foot massage, aromatherapy, sleepy teas. After dinner walk(variable).

Link to Warm & Fuzzy's (W&F) thread: Warm & fuzzy owls, goats, kitties, dogs, birds ETC. PICS &LINKS


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.................Holding each other. Close your eyes and feel our arms. We breathe as one-sas 2014

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I wish everyone no pain or fear always---Camilegal, 2014

Our spirit will transcend to a different place. Why? Because nothing has value without this belief. Why be human and humane? Why the contact? Why anything, without belief? sas, 2014

"Yes, we ALL have had crap going on in our lives, but see, you have to look at it like YOU are still HERE! And so are we! So go walk outdoors, and watch a sunset.... or the sunrise, like I am going to do in a minute! Just thank God that you get another day.... See? That's your "present" ! Chevyboy, 2014

"People are in your life, for a reason, a season or a lifetime. The why we will never know, but the knowing isn't the important part. The importance is accepting that we were blessed to have had them" sas

Pray not to survive, pray to be.......... day to day, that you deal with today, with hope that tomorrow is good to excellent. We change our old ideas about days. We change our ideas about minutes when the need is there. At first, numb. Then a fog. Then a flurry of activity. Then a slow down of activity. There's more, but I'll leave that out for now. Feel the wind, feel the warmth, and breathe........................sas

"Be still and know that I am God" and "He Wept"- Susan3 and Loverfolife, 2015

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting "holy crap....what a ride".
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Mar 20, 2017 01:47PM WenchLori wrote:

Hi Sensi! So happy to hear you're doing well! When I get that deer in the headlight look, people know I've forgotten their name.

Yesterday here was nice a little windy but I was able to get outside and walk. Today is absolutely beautiful! It's overcast but warm. I enjoyed an hour of feeding and talking to all the fish in our pond. Last years babies may be eating size by the end of the summer.

If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/4/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/19/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy AC
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Mar 20, 2017 02:27PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Beautiful first day of Spring today!

If you value your freedom, thank a servicemember both serving and retired! Dx 3/27/2013, Paget's, Left, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 3/27/2013, IDC, Left, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/15/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 9/25/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 10/27/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/21/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 20, 2017 02:48PM susan3 wrote:

,my other babies :

Live and love fully Dx 3/2001, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, 40/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/10/2001 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 3/28/2002 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Doxil (doxorubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Gemzar (gemcitabine), Halaven (eribulin), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Mar 20, 2017 09:57PM JWoo wrote:


Just flying by to say Hello!

<3

Compassion should be your first reaction
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Mar 20, 2017 10:00PM - edited Mar 20, 2017 10:14PM by JunieB

Susan - your fur-babies are so precious. Baily is growing like a weed. How has Shelby adjusted to having a little brother? I can't imagine how much Kirby has grown since he's been gone. ONly 17 days until he comes home. He'll have been gone for 7 weeks by then.

Elena is looking quite adorable as always!

Sensi - The chemo brain is very frustrating. Sometimes when someone is explaining something to me it feels as if I'm in some kind of haze or something. Are you getting your stamina back? How are Chance & Lexi?

Loverly - So glad you don't have any uninvited guest in your brain. Ever since Sheps DX I've been wondering whether I should get a baseline MRI. But not sure if insurance would pay for it.

Hey Wenchie! Again, it is so good to see you're back posting again.

We had a sunny but frigid day on Sunday. Now we're back to rain, rain, rain. The soil is so saturated that there have been numerous landslides around our area.

Image result for Happy first day of Spring memes

Lita - You looked like you were enjoying your outing to the wine pairing.

WildT - Sorry I don't remember, but are you having breast reconstruction? A TRAM Flap? or implants.

Poppy - How are you doing? Is the Dam holding up? Are you and Gus safe?

I went to volunteer today and was shocked to learn that the Volunteer Coordinator I've work with for the last 2 years is resigning. Such a bummer. This is the second one to leave since I've been there. Maybe it's time for me to find a different place to volunteer.

Chevy - I am glad to hear that your breathing is improving. How's the weather there? Any sunshine?

Smaarty - Evie is looking quite adorable in her St. Patty's outfit.

I put a beautiful Corned Beef in my slow cooker last Friday and when I got home that evening I was really looking forward to it for dinner. However when I tried it, it was soooo salty I could not eat it. Got it at Costco and called them. Thankfully they are letting me return it.

Okay, I guess that's all for tonight. I am waving to everyone else. Hoping you all sleep well tonight.

Surgery 7/28/1991 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 7/30/1991, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, 0/25 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 8/28/2014, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/21/2014 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Mar 20, 2017 11:26PM sensitivehrt wrote:

Junie-I'm doing pretty good. Still feel tired, but part of that has to do with me having to work at 5:45 in the am. I hope to start looking for an MA job soon. Was my plan last year before being diagnosed. A lot of my chemo fog is gone, but I still defiantly notice it.

Chance and Lexi are good. Lexi is a ham and Chance hates having his pic taken.

Dx 3/7/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 8/9/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 21, 2017 12:24AM JunieB wrote:

Sensi - Thanks for sharing the pics. I am looking forward to have my Kirby home and sharing my bed with him. Yeah, an MA position would be more regular hours, plus Mon.-Friday right?

Surgery 7/28/1991 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 7/30/1991, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, 0/25 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 8/28/2014, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/21/2014 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Mar 21, 2017 07:46AM WenchLori wrote:

Sensi, what adorable pups you have!

Molly, in your pocket today!

Hello to everyone else! Waiting to see my MO. I was just told 28 rads instead of 33, waiting to hear it from the boss mans mouth lol

If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/4/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/19/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy AC
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Mar 21, 2017 08:36AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Hi everyone!

If you value your freedom, thank a servicemember both serving and retired! Dx 3/27/2013, Paget's, Left, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 3/27/2013, IDC, Left, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/15/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 9/25/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 10/27/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/21/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 21, 2017 10:54AM Loveroflife wrote:

My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9. Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 9/15/2014 Mastectomy: Left Dx 10/13/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/11/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/13/2015 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant
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Mar 21, 2017 11:04AM - edited Mar 21, 2017 11:07AM by Loveroflife

🎶 It's raining. It's pouring. Nobody's snoring🎶

Spring is here! This was taken yesterday:


Weeping cherry from our front yard.

And this photo of the killdeer was from the weekend:

Can you see what are under her? Cute and smart bird. After I got a photo of her, she ran to the side and pretended she was hurt to distract me from her eggs. Amazing how she chooses the rocks to camouflage the eggs.

My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9. Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 9/15/2014 Mastectomy: Left Dx 10/13/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/11/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/13/2015 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant
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Mar 21, 2017 11:32AM Lita57 wrote:

Mrs. Cotton Tail has adopted our BB8 timer. She thinks he looks like a deformed little egg in need of special love and care. Little Olaf doesn't mind sharing the kitchen table with new spring friends.


I've been dragged into an "arranged" marriage that I vociferously did not agree to...but divorce is completely off the table now that I'm married to Mr. Cancer. It's literally until death do us part. Dx 4/14/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 4/26/2016 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 5/14/2016 Chemotherapy 5/21/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Mar 21, 2017 11:57AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

It's Spring for sure here!

If you value your freedom, thank a servicemember both serving and retired! Dx 3/27/2013, Paget's, Left, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 3/27/2013, IDC, Left, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/15/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 9/25/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 10/27/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/21/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 21, 2017 12:06PM - edited Mar 21, 2017 12:48PM by Loveroflife

Susan, every time I see the photos of Elena, I miss the short time I got to hold her. You knoowww...she has mischievous eyes. Can't wait to hear the stories you will be sharing about her.

Lita, that's a lot of wine! No wonder you look so happy!Happy

Ms. Wren, per DD, she also did try reading underneath the blanket a few times, but felt suffocated and couldn't see very well with just the night light on. That brat! When I cleaned her room, I would find books hidden at various places which was not surprising to me. But what surprised me was when I found several tiny purple tablets under her bed. They were flouride tablets she was supposed to chew on before bedtime!

Lori, yay to five less baking! Hope your skin gets a chance to heal before reconstruction.

Talk about recon, Forward, how are you healing?

Sensi, have you checked with Kaiser or UCD to see if they have any opening. Wish you could come to our place. Maybe put your name on the county waiting list? They just opened a pediatric clinic to serve Molina MC and refugee patients. Lexi and Chance get to sleep on your bed? Awww. Mitzy is jealous.

JunieB, you would think they give you a full body scan to make sure they don't miss things. I think unless you have symptoms, they won't do the scan. There has to be a better way of monitoring the whole body. Shep is the second person I know with brain mets whose team only scan from the neck down prior to symptoms of brain mets. Doesn't make sense. Very upsetting!

I only went to my PCP because Shep made me promise her I would have my head checked with headaches I have been having on and off for weeks. Very grateful nothing glowed up. Still have mild headaches here and there. I found a bump on my scalp where it is tender. Maybe I hit my head somewhere and forget, but it's weird that there is no bruise but just a few red spots.

WildT, I wish there is a better way to manage the side effects of the AI. I am sorry your QOL is affected by the meds. It is possible that the combo makes the pain worse. I wonder if there are supplements or diet that you can follow to help minimize the side effects. I know with gouts and rheumatoid arthritis there are foods that you need to avoid to prevent flares, i.e., dairies, night shades (tomato, potato, egg plants, peppers), beef, certain fish and seafood, sweets, organ meat, yeast (in baked goods), and alcohol. If these foods promote inflammation in the body, it makes sense to avoid them if possible. Omega 3 is supposed to help with inflammation. Have you tried it? My dad has gout and anytime he is not careful with what he eats, he will get gouty attack. Wouldn't it be nice if a bowl of your favorite ice cream or dessert take away the pain?

Oh dear, where has the time gone? So many things to do and so little time. Tata for now.


My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9. Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 9/15/2014 Mastectomy: Left Dx 10/13/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/11/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/13/2015 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant
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Mar 21, 2017 01:21PM magdalene51 wrote:

Loverly, your clever bird is a killdeer. They build their nests right on the ground, often next to a fallen log. We discovered one in a parking lot that had railroad ties around it. They are very protective, and act wounded to distract predators.

Oh, and I love your weeping cherry. DH's dad had one right outside the front door.

Worst back pain since that episode back in December. Pain starts in the hips and shoots up to the base of the skull. Timing wise, I'm pretty sure it's the neulasta. But it's the kind of pain that makes you feel like if you move wrong, all the dominoes will fall. Finally took a dilaudid, I think it is relieving it some, but I'm staying down today.


Mags Dx 4/16/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/16/2014, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/30/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/15/2015 Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 7/14/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Dx 11/14/2016, IDC, Both breasts, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, Grade 2, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/16/2016 Halaven (eribulin)
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Mar 21, 2017 08:16PM Wren44 wrote:

My geology class was taking a field trip on Mt. Rainier. A bird did the broken wing act to get us away from her nest. She did a really good job of making it look like she was injured.

Lumpectomy & reexcision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Anastrasole.
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Mar 21, 2017 08:32PM sensitivehrt wrote:

Lover-Did you see the rain coming down today? Major cats and dogs.  I normally don't let the dogs up on the bed. Chance has a hard time with his back legs, I have to help him up. Lexi on the other hand, invites herself up often. I was feeling like doggie snuggles that night, so they both got lucky. Plus, I was due to wash bedding.

I've been slowly looking online at jobs. Had wanted to give myself a few months to get use to working again after chemo, let chemo brain subside a bit ect.  Comfortable at work right now, but know I'm due for a change. Been at my current place for 13 1/2 years.

Hope everyone is well ;)

Dx 3/7/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 8/9/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 21, 2017 09:06PM WenchLori wrote:

Mags, the nulasta mada my bones and joints ache so badly too.

Lover, beautiful pics! Yes, 5 less is a good thing! My RO for some reason thought I had a lumpectomy not a DBMX. I looked at him and said "I have these perfectly beautiful matching scars that run from one side of my foob to the other and you didn't notice?" He's cute, I forgave him! They do have their count wrong, even with 5 days less I still have 9 more treatments to go. I'm thinking they have the wrong start date as I had to wait an extra day due to malfunction of the machine. I also have to make up the one day they canceled on me. I don't want to cook anymore than absolutely necessary but I do want my full treatment. I'll be bringing my calendar with me tomorrow morning.

Lita, love, love, love your "stuffed family"!

If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/4/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/19/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy AC
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Mar 21, 2017 10:11PM SusieM49 wrote:

I also had trouble with the Neulasta injection. Wench, Mag, how long has this SE lasted for you. I don't want to admit how long it has bee. Since my last shot. :(

Glad spring is here! Hope everyone can enjoy the rebirth of nature.

Dx 1/10/2016, IBC, Right, Stage IIIB, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/16/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 21, 2017 10:45PM Lita57 wrote:

Wench, I love my stuffed toys, too. I will miss them when I'm gone.

I know I'll see my late dogs over the Rainbow Bridge when I transition, but will my beloved stuffed toys be there, too? DD said maybe their little spirits will come to life on the other side, like Pinocchio.

Goofy I know, but it's a thought.


I've been dragged into an "arranged" marriage that I vociferously did not agree to...but divorce is completely off the table now that I'm married to Mr. Cancer. It's literally until death do us part. Dx 4/14/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 4/26/2016 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 5/14/2016 Chemotherapy 5/21/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Mar 22, 2017 12:12AM PoppyJQ wrote:

JunieB - Yes we are safe, the dam seems to be repaired and spring is making its appearance. Gus gave us a scare last week. Woke up and he was lethargic, sitting in his pee pee. I knew he was sick since he has never had a potty accident, not once. Rushed him to the vet and they were about to run a bunch of tests when we discovered a puncture wound. An antibiotic shot and he was better the next day, thankfully. How much longer till Kirby is home?

WenchLori - Glad you are using the Calendula. I used that also and didnt burn, hope your radiation goes as well as possible.

Sensi - That rain today was unreal! Gus thought it was so interesting, insisted on going outside. Dogs must be smarter wanting to stay in and cuddle.

Loverly - Hope they figure out your headaches. Hooray for a clear MRI and that its over with. Beautiful pictures do you have a weeping cherry at your house?

I've been a little overwhelmed with clearing up my dads estate but couldnt sleep and wanted to check in on all of you. So many great baby and puppy pictures, made me smile. Wishing good days this week for everyone.

I am hoping my life will be less stressful after the estate sale and sorting things out. My parents were the generation of keeping EVERYTHING and I'm not exaggerating! Between this and tax timeLoopy I want to crawl under a rock.



Dx 9/2012, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/28 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Chemotherapy 11/24/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 3/10/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 8/2016, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, ER-/PR- Surgery 10/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 22, 2017 02:56AM WenchLori wrote:

Lita, having your stuffed toys with you on the other side is not goofy, it's comforting. I also have stuffed toys, my fav is Elliot from Pete's dragon. I've had him for 32 years and on nights when I can't sleep I tuck his tail up under my left arm and snuggle up. SillyHeart

Poppy, I'm burnt pretty badly in my left armpit and it's turning black. RO suggested taking pain pills as did my DH. I'm not comfortable with taking anything to strongas I drive myself to and from the radiation clinic. Tylenol or ibuprofen etc won't even come close to relieving the pain. This too shall pass.

Susie, my muscle and bone pain from the nulasta pod lasted about 10 days per pod. Right about the time I started to feel almost normal it was time for the next round of chemo.

If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/4/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/19/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy AC
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Mar 22, 2017 05:49AM shepkitty wrote:

Hey Ya'll!

Had my second and hopefully last Gamma Knife operation Monday. Docs are quite delighted with themselves and seem confident that they zapped all the buggers. Headaches and nausea have gone -woo hoo! Just waiting for my vision to come back. All the swelling and pressure on my optic nerves has got things all mucked up. I am finding my way carefully about by shape and colour. Typing and reading are difficult; thank goodness for touch screens!

The fatigue has been unbelievable! Worse than when I had all the bone rads. The RO claims the Gamma Rays are not intense enough to cause burning where they exit and enter the skull - he says they are only full strength when all lined up together at their assigned treatment spots. Hope this is true 'cuz those burns suck!

Lori! ~ I've been so happy to see you back! Girl, you have been MISSED! Warn us if you are going to take a break from here ever again because we love you and worry. Okay? Are you getting any thing for those radiation burns? Black skin is not good. You may need antibiotics. Silvadene Cream is supposed to work wonders. You will need an RX for it. The cream protects from infection, speeds healing and soothes the pain, Some people like Aqauphor - it can be bought anywhere over the counter. When I had the Rad burns, in places a lady should never have, i used many a tube of Destitin. I used on other areas that burned too. Good old zinc oxide works nice. In my experience, ROs are not the best at pain or burn management. They need some nudging and sometimes a few kicks!

Peppy ~ Oh my! Dams and Damns! I am so sorry your Dad passed away. The sorting of our loved ones things is, well, hard to describe to someone who has yet do so. Overwhelming for sure, Then there are those little glimpses of personality that were before unknown, the happy memories tucked away..... May your bittersweet task have much sweetness waiting for you to find. Poor, poor Gus Gus! Any idea as to what got him? If only they could talk and tell us..... I hope you are giving him lots of chicken and turkey to aide in his recovery. I had a kitty that loved storms too. The louder the thunder, the quicker he'd run to sit in the yard and watch the "show". Silly kitties....

Lita ~ Having just completed my 3rd brain surgery in 4 weeks, I would like to remind you of the intent of this thread as stated in the topic box at the top of this thread.

Discussion will flow where it will as all threads do. This will be a happy place. I hope with lots of laughing. Talk of things, needs, rants as your mood or thoughts take you. Each person here has a history of helping others. Threads develop pseudo family groups. Fancy way to say we become like family. This family will have all the best a family has to offer, but none of the negatives.

Incessant droning on and on about death, misery, death, misery, death do not a happy place make. There are other threads more appropriate for such discussions.

We are all scared, all the time. No matter what our DX. We come to IT to laugh and escape/hide. We have serious talks here too, and that is okay. We are Sisters sharing our ups and downs; offering genuine love and support to one another. Seeing the pics of "our" precious babies and pups brings such joy. Seeing pictures of women out getting drunk 'cuz their gonna die any minute or pictures of cherished belongings that will be left behind 'cuz the owner is dying any minute.....well that is jarring not joyous.

Cancer is not a contest - who wants to wear the crown of Ms. Cancerous anyway? There is no cure. However, none of us has an expiration date stamped on us. Continually focusing on the negative is not healthy for anyone. We are all here doing the best we can, to live the best lives we can. All while being blessed by the best Sisters.


"Keep passing open windows" Dx 2/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 2/19/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 2/28/2013 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 10/23/2013 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 5/3/2015 Radiation Therapy 7/19/2015 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 8/30/2015 External: Bone Surgery 9/15/2016 Dx 1/23/2017, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 2/23/2017 Radiation Therapy 3/12/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 3/19/2017 External: Brain
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Mar 22, 2017 06:40AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Had a phone call last night that I didn't want to get from my mom. She and a neighbor that was with her in the car had just been in an accident. She's fine and a little shook up but the car has some really bad damage from what I understand. One of the cops that responded to the scene has known my family since the 80s. He told her that from the description of the accident that it wasn't her fault. She started getting upset over the car being damaged and I told her that the stupid car can be replaced, but she couldn't. Luckily my parents will be able to get a rental until either the insurance decides what is best to do about the car. The girl that had been with her had been rushed to the hospital by ambulance to check her for any injuries.

Just another thing I didn't need yesterday as I also discovered that when I backed up my music I forgot to back up about ten songs. Got all but one back. Think my hubby may have the song I am missing on a cd and if he doesn't then I will have to get it again next time I buy songs from ITunes. Rassin' frackin' chemobrain!

If you value your freedom, thank a servicemember both serving and retired! Dx 3/27/2013, Paget's, Left, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 3/27/2013, IDC, Left, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/15/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 9/25/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 10/27/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/21/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 22, 2017 10:36AM WenchLori wrote:

Shep! It's good to hear from you as well! I've been pretty worried about you also after I heard about your mets 😮 Your very moving post made me cry. So eloquently put! I will make sure I let everyone know when I take another break. Keeping you in my prayers for a speedy and full recovery. 🙏🙏 My RO thinks my armpit is a lot better today. We think I had some of my nighttime Ointment remaining during my treatment. I've got Eucerin, Aquaphor and Celaphil just in case.

Mommy, I'm glad your Mom is ok! My prayers for your Mom and her friend! I hope they are both ok. Every night I pray I wake up alone in the mornings to find Mr Chemobrain walked out on me during the night. So such luck so far ☹️

My RO had his count wrong for my remaining treatments. He told me yesterday that I have 7 more to go and I'd be done on 3/28. I brought my calendar with me this morning and said 👀! After seeing what I was talking about RO laughed and said I'm right. Last treatment is on 3/30.... only 6 more to go lol


If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/4/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/19/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy AC
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Mar 22, 2017 11:30AM susan3 wrote:

lover, yep, she will be a handful. Babysat yesterday, didn't realize taking food out of her mouth was a no no. She had a breakdown...but she didn't choke!! She understands me....but I don't understand her...so she whines cause I don't know what she wants. It's soooo funny, cause when I ask her something she shakes her head no and yes at the same time.....got a few months for her brain and her actions to work together...they grow so fast

Live and love fully Dx 3/2001, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, 40/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/10/2001 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 3/28/2002 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Doxil (doxorubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Gemzar (gemcitabine), Halaven (eribulin), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Mar 22, 2017 12:36PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Awesome Lori!!!!!!

Mom was still a bit shaken up this morning, but she is okay so far.

If you value your freedom, thank a servicemember both serving and retired! Dx 3/27/2013, Paget's, Left, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 3/27/2013, IDC, Left, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/15/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 9/25/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 10/27/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 1/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/21/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 22, 2017 02:48PM Lita57 wrote:

Lori, so glad your skin is doing better. Rads help tremendously but there is that downside we all have to put up with. We're all so much stronger than we think we are, so I know you'll get thru this.

Hope you'll be able to sleep better as this improves 😃.


I've been dragged into an "arranged" marriage that I vociferously did not agree to...but divorce is completely off the table now that I'm married to Mr. Cancer. It's literally until death do us part. Dx 4/14/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 4/26/2016 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 5/14/2016 Chemotherapy 5/21/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Mar 22, 2017 02:51PM Lita57 wrote:

Shep, I've used Desitin too. The extra strength one really helps a lot.


I've been dragged into an "arranged" marriage that I vociferously did not agree to...but divorce is completely off the table now that I'm married to Mr. Cancer. It's literally until death do us part. Dx 4/14/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 4/26/2016 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 5/14/2016 Chemotherapy 5/21/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Mar 22, 2017 07:39PM - edited Mar 23, 2017 05:16PM by Lookforward

Susan I love seeing pictures of your dogs and your GD. How are the dogs getting along? They look happy.

Lori I had a rough time with radiation that started after I finished treatment. I also had some dark skin and moist desquamation. After two weeks I was fine. I did look like a marshmallow with all the cream I applied. My dark discolored skin has improved over time, butit doesn't hurt to get it looked at.

Loverly could your headaches be caused by seasonal changes,I have headaches in the spring in fall. I am seriously jealous of your spring pictures. March has been very long here, we went through a melt in February and then it snowed and snowed in March. The good news is that I booked a trip to Phoenix at the beginning of April. We are also heading north to Sedona, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon . Sunshine and hot weather , I can't wait. I still healing from surgery, every day it gets better.

Mags I hope you get relief for you pain.

Shep good news, no headaches or nausea, fingers crossed that was your last gamma knife operation . it's too bad about the fatigue. Are you able to get outside for some fresh air?

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Dx 4/1/2014, IDC, Left, Stage IIIA, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+

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