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Topic: For Older People with Sense

Forum: Older than 60 Years with Breast Cancer — Meet other women who are similar in age and dealing with age-appropriate issues.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2011 01:03AM, edited Sep 5, 2012 10:52PM by chrissyb

chrissyb wrote:

I have decided to start a new topic.  I invite all those who are looking for friendship and support in a place of peace and tranquility to join me.

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. (Sugar Glitter Cheeks) Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 28, 2012 11:26PM macatacmv wrote:

Thanks Chrissy. That hydrotherapy sounds great. Tailored to your needs. I am going to try not to jump into exercise with my usual gusto. That's how I get myself in trouble. I still think I can do what I used to be able to. LOL So I'll tell you what this woman suggests for me tomorrow. I have come to the point where I can take direction from others.

I have switched one of my meds and my mind is definitly clearer. So all sorts of interesting thoughts run through there day after day. Like how you are complaining of the heat and we just had our first snow fall. Now I have to bundle up to just take the dog for a walk. Our world is so diverse and beautiful. I have so much of it I want to see. 

Welcome to peg

Everyone else a big Holla! Hope all are safe and dry.

Nancy

macatacmv Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2012 09:00AM barbe1958 wrote:

I was thinking water-aerobics too. I have a pool within walking distance of me, but have to pay the whole fee for the gym/pool or pay for 8 weeks of lessons only. One of these days I'm going to pay the $99 to get 8 weeks of pool gentle exercises. This is a "Lifestyle" community (read old-age) so the exercises are geared towards aching muscles. I need to get in on this, but I just have images of pneumonia with a wet head....sigh.

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation) Dx 12/10/2008,
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Nov 29, 2012 04:58PM purple32 wrote:

I love the sounds of the hydrotherapy, chrissy ...wish I could swim!

Lymphedema on LEFT. NO radiation. 2 clean nodes. purple32. Hope is our light ... in the night. Dx 3/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/30/2012 Lumpectomy: Left
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Nov 29, 2012 05:37PM SoCalLisa wrote:

Wish I could help purple, I taught swimming for forty years.

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years
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Nov 29, 2012 06:01PM Leah_S wrote:

Lisa, was teaching swimming your only career, or were you also a professional photographer? Your flower pictures fill me with delight.

Mac, I'm glad you're feeling better. I know what you mean about thinking you can do what you once did. I'm constantly getting myself into trouble thinking I can do stuff and then ending up spending a day in bed recuperating!

OK, the time has come. Sunday I have an appt with the PS and will (finally!) get my first fill. She wanted to wait 3 months from the surgery since my skin is damaged from rads. I'll let you know how it goes.

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2012 07:28PM chrissyb wrote:

Purple the water in the pool is at chest height so your feet touch the bottom at all times. If the exercise dictates that you need them off the bottom then floatation devices are used to support you. There is no need to actually swim.

Barbe the only part of my hair that got wet was just at the nape of my neck. I even wore my glasses while doing the exercises.

Oh Leah!! Good luck with your first fill!! I have heard that it can make your skin feel very tight and uncomfortable for a few days after but hopefully you won't have any pain involvement.

Well girls I'm seriously packing at the moment..........no I'm not moving house I'm talking about a suitcase.......lol. The Aussie girls are having a get together on the 8th and 9th of Dec and my DH has given me the trip for my birthday. I'm so excited to be meeting up with more girls from BCO. I will also take a couple of days to stay with my niece and grand nephews as she also lives on Brisbane. Life seems to be full on at the moment but that's a good thing......lol.

Have a great day all!!

Live n hugs. Chrissy

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. (Sugar Glitter Cheeks) Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2012 09:51PM macatacmv wrote:

Chrissy, that is great you get to take a trip. When is your birthday? When do you leave?

Leah, I hope also that you get through the fill without too much pain. Is it calmer over there now?

barbe, you could get a bathing cap with flowers on it. Some of the women in the water aerobics class I was in had quite the collection of bathing caps. 

My friend came over today and we did some gentle stretches. She teaches yoga so a lot of the moves were yoga like. It is great. I don't have to be out in public. And I have no one to compete with or compare to myself. It's gonna take some time. I was shaking just trying to hold my leg up for a while. LOL  

I can't believe it is the end of November already.

mac

macatacmv Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2012 09:57PM chrissyb wrote:

Nancy my birthday is next week Wednesday and I leave on Thursday and get back the following Monday. I'm so excited to be going I'm like a kid on the count down till Christmas!.....lol.

It's amazing how good a little gentle exercise can make us feel......never mind about what other can or cannot do its about how we feel with doing what we can........keep going with your gentle stretches as I know they will make you feel great!

Love n hugs. Chrissy

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. (Sugar Glitter Cheeks) Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2012 10:12PM macatacmv wrote:

thanks Chrissy.

I am going to meet with her once a week. we are going to work on my breathing and opening up my lungs. I still have some pain in my rib area. But we are going to try to work it out.

What a great birthday present. To meet up with other bco sisters. What fun. We will count down the days with you!

hugs

Nancy

macatacmv Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2012 10:32PM , edited Nov 29, 2012 10:33PM by SoCalLisa

Leah, I was a Navy Line Officer, Caseworker, Medical Research Interviewer, etc..I did the swimming as a volunteer for the Red Cross and Boy Scouts..I taught regular classes and lifeguarded when I was in college to earn money..oh, and I take pix for fun..never any background in it...

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years
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Nov 30, 2012 11:04AM gardengumby wrote:

Hydrotherapy sounds great - another thing that really helps with aches and pains is massage.  I try to get one at least every other week.  After the massage I feel practically like my old self.  :)

BRCA1 & 2 negative - 3 family members. Oncotype 14. DCIS 7.5 cm, intermediate Dx 10/28/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/20/2010 Mastectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2011 Femara (letrozole) Dx 10/28/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Dec 1, 2012 11:09PM Elisimo wrote:

Just stopping by to catch up, off to bed now.  Hope everyone has a good day/night depending on what Continent you live on.  Joy and blessings, AJ

Am I living to fight cancer or am I learning to live with cancer? Dx 7/20/2010, ILC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 5/6 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 2, 2012 09:09AM barbe1958 wrote:

I had a massage every WEEK for 5 1/2 YEARS. When I had to finally stop because I just couldn't afford it anymore is when I had to go with a cane....sigh. I wish the medical field would realize the benefits of massage and cover the payments!!! I'm sure my health plan has some coverage but I don't know how much and I'd still have to pay in advance. I really must look that up. Next year...I'll do it next year!

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation) Dx 12/10/2008,
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Dec 2, 2012 01:40PM Gingerbrew wrote:

I have never had a massage in 67 years. It makes me anxious to even consider it. Given that you have enjoyed it there must be merits I just don't see.   I hope you have the resources this upcoming year.   

Ginger

Dx 5/27/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/10/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Right Chemotherapy 8/2/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/10/2011 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/10/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/10/2012 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 4/11/2013
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Dec 2, 2012 02:31PM maryah930 wrote:

Oh, Ginger, massage can assist in helping whatever ails you (physically and/or emotionally)! Smile  Our insurance covers massage therapy if it's prescribed by a doctor and prior to my BC, due to all of my flying/sitting/etc., my PCP gives me a prescription for weekly massages.  I don't get them every week, but they're available when I need them.  I only have to pay the co-pay.  The massage therapist my husband goes to has worked with women who have BC and I'll start seeing her instead. She is very experienced in the lymph system, joint and associated mucle pain, and the special needs of women who have had MX/BMX.

Thai massage is more of an active massage and when I go on the AIs, will work with her to to assist in strengthening the muscles to help alleviate the joint pain.

Dx 9/13/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/16/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/21/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 3, 2012 08:49AM barbe1958 wrote:

I believe part of my youthful face is due to massage!!! Keeping areas supple and moving lymph and breaking up lactic acid pools. I do a lot of visualization of breathing out bad crap while getting my deep-tissue massages. I do not like a foo-foo massage, I need a sports massage. I have a LOT of muscle and I used to work it hard. I know a lot of people believe in Chiropractics, but think about it; what moves your bones out of alignment?? Muscles!!!!! Keep those muscles toned and everything else stays in place!

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation) Dx 12/10/2008,
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Dec 3, 2012 09:11AM chrissyb wrote:

I've been having lymphatic massage two to three times a week for the last month trying to get my arm and underarm to go down but my therapist is so good she also works on other parts of my body as she sees I need it. I'm talking places that were bothering me but I never verbalised to her but somehow she just knew! I come out of her rooms feeling fab!! It's a fabulous treat.

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. (Sugar Glitter Cheeks) Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 3, 2012 11:39AM SoCalLisa wrote:

I wish my insurance covered massage..sounds great.

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years
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Dec 3, 2012 12:04PM maryah930 wrote:

Lisa - Check into it.  I was unaware that my insurance covered it until my PCP looked into it and told me they did. 

Dx 9/13/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/16/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/21/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 4, 2012 02:01PM Alyson wrote:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISSY



It is already her birthday here. 5th December.

If you are sent down a stony path God will give you strong shoes Dx 12/19/2006, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 23/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/18/2007 Mastectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Left Chemotherapy 2/22/2007 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/9/2007 Hormonal Therapy 8/9/2007 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 4, 2012 02:59PM Leah_S wrote:

Happy Birthday Chrissy!

Lots of love to you.

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 4, 2012 03:06PM SoCalLisa wrote:

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years
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Dec 4, 2012 03:12PM gardengumby wrote:

Happy Birthday Chrissy - hope you're having a good visit with friends!!  :)

BRCA1 & 2 negative - 3 family members. Oncotype 14. DCIS 7.5 cm, intermediate Dx 10/28/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/20/2010 Mastectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2011 Femara (letrozole) Dx 10/28/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
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Dec 4, 2012 03:56PM ptdreamers wrote:

Happy Birthday Chrissy.

ptdreamers, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. . Sail away. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Dx 8/26/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 4, 2012 05:20PM QCA wrote:

Happy birthday, Chrissy!

Kathy

Kathy Dx 7/7/2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 4, 2012 05:31PM barbe1958 wrote:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETIE!!!!

Can you hear me NOW???

Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there. (Lakota Nation) Dx 12/10/2008,
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Dec 4, 2012 05:57PM Isabella4 wrote:

Happy Birthday, Chrissy. Hope you have a good one !

Isabella.

Dx 5/14/2003, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 4, 2012 06:28PM chrissyb wrote:

Awe thanks girls you all make me feel very special!!

Yes Barbe, I hear you.......hahahaha!!!

I'll be heading to the city in a couple of hours........when I get off my keister and get moving....lol.....to spend this afternoon and tonight with my kids and grands. I'll stay with DD2 overnight and on Thursday morning I will board a plane and head for Brisbane where some of the Aussie girls are having a get together.........so......look out Brisbane!!!!!!.......

Love n hugs all!!! And once again, thank you for your birthday wishes. Chrissy

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. (Sugar Glitter Cheeks) Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 5, 2012 04:11AM Alyson wrote:

OK you two these are my bits of material and I match them so you can't move me. Gus on what will be my quilt which my friend is making for me.

If you are sent down a stony path God will give you strong shoes Dx 12/19/2006, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 23/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/18/2007 Mastectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Left Chemotherapy 2/22/2007 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/9/2007 Hormonal Therapy 8/9/2007 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 5, 2012 04:14AM chrissyb wrote:

Aly, Gus looks mightily comfy........you did say the quilt was for him?.......didn't you?.......lol.....looks like he's claimed it anyway!......lol

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. (Sugar Glitter Cheeks) Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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