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Topic: Can we have a forum for "older" people with bc?

Forum: Older Than 60 Years Old With Breast Cancer —

Meet other women who are similar in age and dealing with age-appropriate issues.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2009 06:29PM

Northstar wrote:

I am an "older" woman with breast cancer (I was diagnosed at 65 and am now 66).  I notice that most of the posts seem to be from people younger than I am (often by quite a bit...).   I'd love to "talk" with others my age, exchange info about their diagnoses, effects on their lives, etc.   I see that there is a forum for young women.

Someone suggested that maybe it's that older people aren't so computer-savvy or aren't used to being in online discussion groups.   However, for those who are, it would be great. 

DX 8/15/08, ILC, 5.1 cm, Stage IIb, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Oncotype DX 11.
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Mar 13, 2019 10:16PM - edited Mar 14, 2019 06:39AM by keywestfan

jo6359- key west is indeed a great place to visit. We go every January from Chicago for the Literary Seminar. But my favorite thing in Key West is just to walk down the streets, look at the houses and all the roaming cats. We stay as far away as possible from the disembarking cruise ships and Duval street. Unfortunately, this January there is where I found my little lump which leads to all this anxiety and tomorrow mornings lumpectomy.

ChiSandy, love beignets- who doesn't

Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 13, 2019 11:20PM karen1956 wrote:

Puffin - Denver had the blizzard today - snow has stopped but its still windy out - I work in the schools and tomorrow is day 2 snow day!! It's supposed to start warming up on Friday. Stay safe and warm

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Mar 13, 2019 11:52PM - edited Mar 18, 2019 07:24PM by jo6359

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Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 14, 2019 10:24AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The genuine scientist is not moved by praise or blame, nor does he preach. He unveils the universe and people come eagerly, without being pushed, to behold a new revelation: the order, the harmony, the magnificence of creation! And as man becomes conscious of the stupendous laws that govern the universe in perfect harmony, he begins to realize how small he is. He sees the pettiness of human existence, with its ambitions and intrigues, its "I am better than thou" creed. This is the beginning of cosmic religion within him; fellowship and human service become his moral code. And without such moral foundations, we are hopelessly doomed. --Albert Einstein

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 14, 2019 10:34AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Wishing keywestfan all the best today. It is wonderful to have surgery over. Though as others have said the thought of having to do it and why is very unpleasant and nerve-wracking, but it is always such a relief to feel you and your Dr. have worked to remove a threat and opened the door to wellness. I know for myself while I dreaded the operation I so wanted the tumor to be gone. I wanted the 'thief' of my health to be gone. So all my thoughts and well wishes are with you today.

Puffin it is good to hear from you. I'm so hoping that this is the 'last' of the big storms for everyone. Denver is struggling as well I know. So hoping Chevy and loved ones will be fine. We will get wind today -- maybe some rain later though the sun it out right now. It rained all night long and during our morning coffee. I think though mainly we will go back to temps in the 40's for a small amt. of time.

Hoping all is well for everyone.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 14, 2019 12:50PM - edited Mar 18, 2019 07:24PM by jo6359

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Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 14, 2019 03:53PM keywestfan wrote:

It webt well( i hope today) At hospital a 7:30 - surgery 9:30. I ver nervous.BP very high although I don’t in other situations have high BP. Nurses nice with warm blankets.Given Ativan upon being wheeled to. sugery ,then propofonol. Then over and back in room. No pain, though they put a nerve block in. Will spse by Wednesday if margins are clear. Feel better now -it is the waiting which is the killer. Sureg i very plased, so far.on







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Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 14, 2019 04:31PM Beaverntx wrote:

Thanks for letting us know, keywestfan. May all continue to go well. Be kind to yourself.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 14, 2019 04:37PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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Keep up the good work keywestfan. Glad to hear that you are through and have gotten a good start on wellness again. Just rest and be good to yourself.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 14, 2019 04:50PM nanette7fl wrote:

keywest how sweet you are. Very happy to hear surgery was good. Speedy recovery to you 💖

~Nanette Dx 10/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 12/4/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 12/4/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/28/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 4/1/2019 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Mar 14, 2019 05:32PM Wren44 wrote:

Keywestfan, Good to hear you're on the other side of this scary procedure. Do you have any pesky drains? Take good care of yourself.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Mar 14, 2019 06:37PM - edited Mar 18, 2019 07:24PM by jo6359

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Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 14, 2019 06:40PM Tappermom383 wrote:

So glad to hear it went well, keywestfan. Be sure to treat yourself kindly over the next few days. Many wise women have given this advice on this site - you’ve just had major surgery - you may feel really well but don’t get up on the table and dance! This is the time to pamper yourself a bit. I found a small pillow under my arm helped a great deal.

MJ

Diagnosed at 70 after four excisional biopsies over the course of 47 years. MammaPrint came back Low Risk. DexaScan: osteopenia. Cancer removed was 1.8 cm. Dx 3/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/17/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 14, 2019 07:32PM HikingLady wrote:

keywestfan yay, you're all done with the worst part---that anticipation and worry. Yay for Ativan. I'm a fan. Heal well, and take good care of yourself.

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Mar 15, 2019 12:05AM ChiSandy wrote:

keywestfan, glad the surgery's over and you came through okay. (Either they're giving you some awesome drugs, or it's a royal pain to try to text on a cellphone when you've just had surgery). But I understood just enough to know you're fine!

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 15, 2019 07:33AM keywestfan wrote:

ChiSandy- you are very funny and when I look at what I wrote above, I’m amused, being the obsessive type I am, it’s obvious I was still zonked. Sorry to all if I sounded totally weird.

And to all, the lumpectomy went fine, about 45 minutes in OR, no sentinel node, no drains(again the advantage? of age. Very minor pain and, as you all said,a great relief of hideous anxiety once it was done. I am pill and drug phobic but that iv ativan floated me away. Now, though, according to my surgeon, all was as expected, no surprises, I’m worried about the pathology report and also about margins which he said are missed 15% of time.Does worry ever end?

Will know by Wed. No pain today. Will walk a bit. And relieved that this part is over, at least for now

Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 15, 2019 09:22AM - edited Mar 18, 2019 07:24PM by jo6359

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Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 15, 2019 10:05AM carolehalston wrote:

Keywestfan, hoping for clean margins!

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 15, 2019 10:07AM IllinoisLady wrote:

May every soul that touches mine—be it the slightest contact—get from there some good; some little grace; one kindly thought; one aspiration yet unfelt; one bit of courage for the darkening sky; one gleam of faith to brave the thickening ills of life; one glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists—to make this life worthwhile. -George Eliot

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 15, 2019 10:16AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Glad to hear you are more clear-headed today keywestfan, but I felt like Sandy. I knew you were pretty okay and just addled-pated a bit from the drugs. The waiting is difficult for reports that hopefully reassure that all is just as WELL as we feel it should be. Progress has steps so just relax as much as you can, think good thoughts and go with the flow which certainly seems good now. BTW -- you did an excellent job with your 'assignment' of letting us know how you did. We were all able to relax before you were fully awake and aware. That's remarkable. Good for you.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 15, 2019 10:26AM keywestfan wrote:

Thank you all for your generous response to my “addle-pated” one, soon after surgery. Hope to never do that again for so many reasons. Still afraid of surgery margins- still afraid.

Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 15, 2019 12:56PM MCBaker wrote:

You don't need to be afraid. If a margin is not good, they have it all mapped out so they will know immediately upon re-opening where that troublesome place is. If you get disgusted with the whole thing, you can just tell them, like I did, "Just cut it off!"

Glad you are doing so well, and won't have to worry about it any more.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Mar 15, 2019 10:44PM - edited Mar 18, 2019 07:25PM by jo6359

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Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 16, 2019 01:32AM ChiSandy wrote:

Look at it this way: 85% of the time, the margins are clear. Now it’s time for some pampering. Heck, if I weren’t in New Orleans right now I’d offer to pop over with the yummies of your choice. If ever there were an appropriate time for Netflix and ice cream, this is it

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 16, 2019 08:00AM keywestfan wrote:

IllinoisLady,McBaker,jo6359 - You are both so kind and understanding.My anxiety gene has humongousl kicked in with all of this. But don’t all of you jump when the phone rings and it’s the dr. with a report?And IllinoisLady, I do find comfort in your “addle-pated” comment. It’s so Mid-Western. Zonked almost out of my mind, but no idea, and just wanted to connect. Want also, further down the road, when life seems normal again, and I don’t wake up at 4, thinking of margins and AIs, instead of Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson.

ChiSandy, NOLA is lucky to have you. Do pop over sometime.That would be great. But yummy of my choice would probably be something hideously dull like string cheese and a diet coke. Or,like we could meet at Blind Faith.


Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 16, 2019 09:54AM carolehalston wrote:

Very dreary day outside. DH and I will soon be off to the gym. I plan to visit my mother at the nursing home this afternoon and bring her freshly laundered clothes. The usual Saturday routine. But tonight dh and I will be going out to dinner for a belated birthday dinner for me. Yay!

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 16, 2019 10:04AM Beaverntx wrote:

keywestfan, of course we still jump when the doctor calls, or when a new report appears on our patient portal, probably not as high or as long as time passes, though. It seems the what ifs are always with us, become less nagging over the weeks and months but are likely to reappear around mammogram time, so don't be surprised if that happens! Fingers crossed for clear margins and clear sailing ahead for you.

ChiSandy, enjoy NOLA. Been a good while since I was there. Hoping you are having better weather than we are having in South central Texas where it is overcast and temperatures are falling. Supposed to warm up next week again.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 16, 2019 11:19AM IllinoisLady wrote:

We may think that happiness is a result of happy circumstances. A more mature view of happiness is that it is a by-product of sharing our good and serving others. It is a sense of doing a job well, honest communication with another, visiting someone who may be ill, or sharing a sense of humor. Happiness is a spiritual principle that we can lay hold of and use, regardless of outer conditions or circumstances.
It isn't necessary to wait for circumstances to bring happiness. When we try to give it to others, it returns to us multiplied. We can make our own joy, and let it act upon circumstances! One of the great paradoxes of truth is that a happy heart draws to itself what it needs for happiness.

John Marks Templeton

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 16, 2019 11:30AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Beautiful and sunny as I start my first day taking care of my friend's two kitties. First time I helped her she had three and we are both still sad that one is gone. You know -- I could remedy that for her.

Anyway, I've already lost a couple of pounds ( this is always iffy for me ) through my NEXT class. Makes me happy, but it is the consistency I think that has to be kept up. I've given up on burning desire. No matter how bad I want it, I'm so prone to falling into bad habits enough to let that wt. gain creep up, when their is no class for me, or winter time or a too hot summer.

Do have my mind on a class after this one for slightly older Sr's. I'll be checking into that later, after we are through more of this class. That may be something able to help me stay focused and willing to 'watch' during off times.

Yes, we still all get "those" times when fear and apprehension take over for a bit. We don't look at it like that, but it keeps us on our toes a bit. I admit, up till my dx. I had become soooo complacent -- always having great mammo's. So, if nothing else, that apprehension is a reminder that we do have some fallibility to consider. Here's to seeing apprehensions in a little bit of a different keep us on our toes sort of way and then having a springboard into much better times afterwards.

Here's to a lovely day for everyone. Carole, enjoy your Mom.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 16, 2019 01:25PM Elderberry wrote:

Good day, all you ladies. I am 68 and recently diagnosed. I will keep an eye on how all of us "old birds" are doing. So glad to find this forum.

Dx 3/6/2019, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, HER2+ Targeted Therapy

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