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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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Dec 21, 2019 10:46AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Sun is out today and it won't be too cold. I agree -- happiness for some can mean your not pregnant. It was a great laugh. Isn't it great when your under stress, afraid of what life MAY be handing you and then you get the gift -- a wonderful laugh. Maybe you still don't know for sure just how it is going to be but somehow a little faith and hope seeps in and a little tension and fright seep out. We are better often when we can laugh -- it is great medicine.

I'm planning another trip to the store. My beautiful Aunt passed on two days ago. The one that was 101. I'm sad, but she made a beautiful parting to remember. She looked at her daughter from her chair, told her that she was going to see her husband ( called him by his name ) and quietly and quickly made her exit into the next life. It is a huge custom here to share a meal together after the wake and funeral which will be together. I will be making several dishes to share as will a couple of my other cousins.

I hope you ae all going to have some warmth, some sun, and enjoy your day.

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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Dec 21, 2019 02:04PM Wren44 wrote:

When my Mom died, the funeral was in OK and the burial in KS. The women of the church made a luncheon for the whole family and we invited her hospice nurse to stay for lunch. It was great to hear her say she saved Mom for her last call because Mom was always upbeat and sweet.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Dec 21, 2019 04:06PM ChiSandy wrote:

When my Mom died (suddenly, but she'd only recently been discharged from 6 mos. of home hospice for COPD & CHF), her funeral was in FL in her town--we had the repast at her favorite restaurant, where there was an empty chair at the head of the table, and the staff all toasted to her and told anecdotes. Her burial was in NY (family plot out on L. I.), but the few cousins who attended begged off going out to eat--they had to get back to work. So the four of us (Bob, Gordy, my sister & I) went for a late lunch at Legal Sea Foods at Roosevelt Field, where Mom liked to eat when she was still well enough to fly to NY for visits & weddings.

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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Dec 22, 2019 09:26AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Life is a thing of many stages and moving parts. What we do with ease at one time of life we can hardly manage at another. What we could not fathom doing when we were young, we find great joy in when we are old. Like the seasons through which we move, life itself is a never-ending series of harvests, a different fruit for every time.

Joan Chittister

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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Dec 22, 2019 02:44PM Chevyboy wrote:

Reminds of when my Dad passed away.... Went to the grave-side service, where he was laid to rest beside my Mom... then my Brother and I met Dad's neighbor "Jim" at their favorite bar.... It just seemed appropriate.... and we had a drink "for Dad"....

Old Jim, this big black guy, who was my Dad's best friend in the world, used to tease and yell the worst, stupid things at each other, as loud as they could! Whether they were out front, or in the Safeway store, just to get a reaction from everybody that was around!

When I was with Dad at the store one time, he saw Jim across the store, and just YELLED as loud as he could! Jim, screamed at him even louder.... The checkers just shook their heads laughing.... I was embarrassed, but guess they all knew those two better than I did...

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Don't walk ahead of me, I might not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not want to lead. Just walk beside me & be my friend. Dx 11/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Dec 22, 2019 10:29PM Di2012 wrote:

Wishing Happy Chanukah......please eat some latkes for me!....as my part of my DNA is Ashkenazi Jewish....which was hidden from my father (born and lived in Brooklyn, NY) . He found out when he was over 60 years old. My mom made "potato pancakes" for my dad. (YUMMY)

23 & me confirmed for me I am part Ashkenazi Jewish at 32.6% and ( I found out at age 69 or 70)

Di

Mentor 600cc HP gels moved towards armpits & exchanged 3/26/15 to Allergan410MF-580cc. Surgery 12/21/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 1/21/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 7/15/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/31/2013 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 3/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 7/14/2015 Reconstruction (left) Dx 1cm
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Dec 23, 2019 03:24AM ChiSandy wrote:

Back atcha, Di--chag sameach! We had latkes tonight--Bob (who is Scots, Swiss, German, Hungarian and a tiny bit Peruvian) had traditional potato, with applesauce. I (99.6% Ashkenazi with a tad of "Broadly European" and an iota of "North African/Middle Eastern") made keto latkes out of Birch Benders keto pancake mix (almond-coconut flours), an egg, almond milk and ricotta. (So I indulged and observed with minimal carb impact). I found out on the Chabad website that the original latkes were grain-and-cheese, not potato. (Judith fed an enemy general cheese pancakes--the tryptophan in the dairy made him fall asleep and she decapitated him, saving her village). So maybe I was the more trad one tonight! (No dreidels or chocolate "gelt:" they don't make the latter with 72% cocoa solids).

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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Dec 23, 2019 09:57AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life. -Robert Louis Stevenson
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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Dec 23, 2019 10:12AM carolehalston wrote:

Enjoyed the Jim story, Chevy.

This talk of latkes has me wanting to make them.

Kind of gray day here so far. I have things to do.

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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Dec 23, 2019 10:06PM mac5 wrote:

Hello to all. Feeling a little less “prickly” lately. Maybe just more accepting.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. We will have Church Service with Carols. It’s always a peaceful and calming experience for me. Regardless of my circumstance. I always find gratefulness.

It’s nice to have a respite of quiet reflection.

Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas from my Family to yours. May your Day be Merry and Brite

Dx 7/20/2010, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 9/5/2019, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/6/2019 CMF Radiation Therapy 6/5/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Dec 23, 2019 10:07PM ChiSandy wrote:

May yours be likewise, MacB!

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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Dec 24, 2019 12:04AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Enjoy the peace and gratefulness.

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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Dec 24, 2019 08:36AM IllinoisLady wrote:

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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Dec 24, 2019 08:50AM IllinoisLady wrote:

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays--let them overtake me unexpectedly--waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why this is Christmas Day!" -David Grayson

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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Dec 24, 2019 09:32AM carolehalston wrote:

Cute comic strip!

It's sunny out and the weather man says our temp may rise to almost 70 degrees today. I plan to do some cooking for tomorrow's Christmas dinner at my younger sister's house, about a 20 minute drive. The gathering will be smaller this year, the first Christmas following my mother's death.

My niece, Rebecca, totaled her car yesterday, a result of looking at a text on her phone. Fortunately, no one was killed in the three-car accident.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

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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Dec 24, 2019 09:53AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Oh Carol -- what a bad incident to start your X-mas out as an accident. Thankful every one survived. Another huge reminder why your phone should not be to close to you when you are driving -- and texting while driving is much worse, obviously.

I had a difficult time with every FIRST after my parents/Mom passed away. Not sure why but for me with Mom especially, each holiday, birthday or event we almost always celebrated together was a very deep and palpable reminder and sense of loss. As time went on it became much better and I can recall the things we shared at those times now with a small sense yet of loss but more gladness and joy and gratitude for all of it. The memories of loving times and events starts to outweigh dread and loss and the sunshine comes through again. Still the firsts were hard and I felt some impatience along the way.


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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Dec 24, 2019 05:25PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Image result for Christmas messages to share on blogs

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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Dec 24, 2019 05:35PM carolehalston wrote:

DH’s Christmas ornaments:


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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Dec 24, 2019 05:38PM carolehalston wrote:

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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Dec 24, 2019 05:41PM carolehalston wrote:

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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Dec 24, 2019 05:43PM carolehalston wrote:

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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Dec 24, 2019 05:45PM MinusTwo wrote:

Wow Carole - those are absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for posting.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 24, 2019 07:13PM IllinoisLady wrote:

That is so pretty Carole. Your Dh is quite an artist with wood.

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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Dec 25, 2019 06:49AM IllinoisLady wrote:

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
- Charles Dickens

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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Dec 25, 2019 09:30AM carolehalston wrote:

Merry Christmas!

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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Dec 25, 2019 09:51AM Beaverntx wrote:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all!

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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Dec 25, 2019 11:02AM - edited Dec 25, 2019 12:04PM by redhead403

Carole, I am so jealous. It's pouring rain here and mid 50's! Merry Christmas!


Surgery 4/16/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/9/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/7/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 1/6/2020 Whole-breast: Breast
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Dec 25, 2019 11:56AM CindyNY wrote:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

dx at 58, no family history, onco = 19 Dx 10/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 25, 2019 01:12PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Getting ready to run over to my cousin's house for a bit. It is wonderful here. Likely to get just past 68 today. Will be very much here like several of our California Christmases where we ate Christmas dinner out in the yard. I have to admit it really didn't feel like Christmas. I did miss the seasons but at my age I can handle today pretty darn good. I no longer need the elements to compliment the seasons. I hope your day and those coming are as wonderful for all of you as can be.

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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Dec 25, 2019 07:15PM ChiSandy wrote:

Merry Christmas and happy fourth candle!

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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