Topic: Am I the only one dreading October?

Forum: Mental Health: Because Cancer Doesn't Just Affect Your Breasts — Meet and support others who are affected by these issues around anxiety, depression, and other emotional effects.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2021 05:09AM

Posted on: Sep 27, 2021 05:09AM

loverofjesus wrote:

Am I the only person dreading October? To me it’s not awareness month. It’s shove it in our face month. I’m sorry I would rather raise money for a cure. Seems like we just keep raising money on research for different treatments. Mostly new chemo, but nothing that actually cures any cancer. But, pink is not my favorite color. In fact now I go out of my way NOT to wear it.
I guess being reminded daily for a month of what changed my life forever is just not what I prefer. And honestly most of the people I talk to that have gone through it and are going through it don’t like it either.

I think it’s more for the family and friends of the cancer survivors and ones that have passed.

If I’m just being bitter I’m sorry. But I just had to vent. Please forgive me and show me Grace.
I just know mentally this has been so hard without a daily reminder.

Hormonal Therapy 5/21/2021 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 5/21/2021 Whole breast: Right breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 5/22/2021, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/15/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/2/2021 Mastectomy (Right): Simple; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander
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Sep 30, 2021 12:51AM poppy_90 wrote:

thank you, Moth! I thought you might answer.

Dx 5/1/2020, IDC, Right, 2cm, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/29/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 10/5/2020 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right) Radiation Therapy 11/5/2020 Breast
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Sep 30, 2021 04:14AM 2019whatayear wrote:

I lean in to Halloween

Re BC I’ll be posting on my social media about Stage IV - I’ll be sharing the metavivorlinks to mBC people’s blogs and doing training so I can support Force since I’m a BRCA2 mutant.

My thought is it’s time we moved from “awareness” to advocacy. So I’m working on putting that into action.

5/6/2019 IDC 2cm, micromet 1/9 nodes, BRCA2+, ER+, PR+, HER- BMX 6/2019, A/C & Taxol 2019, Radiation, BSO - preventative 2/2020, Letrozole 3/1/2020, Started Lynparza for 1 year preventative on 7/18/2021
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Sep 30, 2021 07:24PM alwaysmec wrote:

I've already shared how turned off I am about how breast cancer awareness is marketed in October, but I would like to advocate regardless. Thanks to those who have already shared links to better places to support. Along with those, are there any other links I can post on my socials? Thanks in advance.

Chemotherapy 4/29/2021 Other Targeted Therapy 4/29/2021 Kanjinti Targeted Therapy 4/29/2021 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/2/2021 Phesgo (pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf) Targeted Therapy 9/20/2021 Herceptin (hylecta) Surgery 9/23/2021 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/12/2021 Other Targeted Therapy 5/3/2022 Phesgo (pertuzumab, trastuzumab, and hyaluronidase-zzxf) Dx IDC/DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+, ISH, IHC
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Sep 30, 2021 10:33PM hopeful82014 wrote:

For those of us embracing autumn and Halloween and fall colors instead of pink, perhaps our motto should be "orange is the new pink."

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Sep 30, 2021 10:53PM december11 wrote:

I don't mind pink or breast cancer awareness month. But the people who came up with "save the ta tas" or "save the boobies" or people who just wear that kind of stuff need to smacked up side of the head.

Dx 12/11/2019, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/3/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/3/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/3/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 5/19/2020 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 7/13/2020
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Oct 2, 2021 08:39PM wrote:

Okay, this is something I don't understand:

Good for Kristen Dahlgren for speaking out and for presenting some of the reality about breast cancer. She's very brave to do that. But in her tweet, she includes the link to "iRide for Tatas 2021". That may be the charity that she, or her employer, NBC, have chosen to support, but why doesn't she point out that the name is offensive and the funding raised by the ride will be going to save the lives of women with breast cancer, it's not for "tatas". Maybe she really isn't offended by the use of the word, but I would find that surprising, given all that she has gone through with her reconstruction struggles. I suspect it's more that she doesn't want to offend those who run and support the ride.

The cause seems lost when women with BC who have a public platform reinforce the sexualization and infantilization of breast cancer.

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Oct 19, 2021 03:58AM moth wrote:

I wrote a guest post for Nany's Point for her regular mets Monday feature. It's called "Dear breast cancer survivor" - about how breast cancer & advocacy campaigns have to include metastatic patients

I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously?? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: Never Tell Me the Odds

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Hormonal Therapy 12/16/2020 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External Local Metastases 3/3/2021 Radiation therapy: Bone Targeted Therapy 1/1/2022 Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy) Chemotherapy 6/1/2022 Other

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