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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 03:29PM

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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Oct 2, 2020 07:33PM Taco1946 wrote:

Betrayal - so glad you got your trip in. It's been on our bucket list for years too but...Most frustrated for this VERY long wait for our refund. We were supposed to take a sailing ship through the Panama Canal in Nov. but obviously that is out too. Right now I'd just like to able to fly to Maine to see our daughter.

My second shingles shot and my flu shot are scheduled in two weeks. I generally wait until Thanksgiving for longer immunity into the spring but am worried that there will be a vaccine shortage this year.

On the west coast, we heard about the Pres. last night. I am sorry for anyone who gets it but am a firm believer that one can and should miminize risks to self and others and that obviously hasn't been happening. The fundraiser in New Jersey after Hicks had tested positive was criminal. Sounds as if the Senate will soon be a "hot spot" too.

Will 2020 ever be over!.


Dx 11/22/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 12/29/2016 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 2/3/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 12/4/2017 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy
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Oct 2, 2020 08:46PM - edited Oct 4, 2020 02:16PM by ChiSandy

Better get that flu shot now--at CVS the NP told me Sunday he had only 4 doses left. I get the high-dose quadrivalent version. I think that masks, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing will make a dramatic difference in this year's flu season.

Not having any schadenfreude (an emotion to which I confessed on Yom Kippur, and promised contrition) over the First Family (except Barron) getting COVID--as well as Hope Hicks, Mike Lee, Thom Tillis, Kellyanne Conway, etc. (I want the voters, not God, effectuating "regime change"). I'm actually saddened and scared to see how easily and quickly it spreads--thus endangering everyone who works at the WH and the Capitol, from the Secret Service (who by definition cannot social-distance from their assigned protectees), drivers, pilots, cooks & janitors, as well as the WH press pool. It's super-sobering how many in the line of Presidential succession have been exposed. More than that I won't say in this thread.

No word yet on my path report, but I'm not gonna nag--it won't make any difference in my treatment. The real prognostic indicator will come at my next ocular-onc appt. in mid-Nov., when he can see how much the tumor shrank (hopefully, it can be as much as down to 40% of original size, with the remainder having been rendered inert and thus "dead"). Progression-free survival chance at 5 yrs. after brachytherapy is 90%.

Got a huge surprise in today's mail: my new progressives from Warby Parker (it used to take 10-14 days, but it's been less than a week; having a lab in NYS makes a huge difference for those of us east of the Rockies). The new prescription is definitely taking some getting used to: the frames are small-ish, so the distance-vision portion of the lenses is smaller and narrower than I'm used to. But the middle and even reading portions are dramatically better than the previous 'script. It can take a few days to even 10-14 days to become fully acclimated, but they urge wearing them full-time to accelerate that process. The new shades are coming tomorrow, and the readers & spares should also arrive fairly soon.

Here's the new pair ("Daisy" narrow, in purple marble, aka "violet crystal." These frames are made in Italy, not China):

My R eye is bigger than it looks in the pic (the side lamp is making me squint slightly). And the angle makes my sweatshirt (and my upper body) look a mile wide. Dunno why--on Zoom calls, it doesn't!

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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Oct 2, 2020 08:49PM Reader425 wrote:

Good evening everyone. Today was so nice as I met a fellow BC sister survivor for lunch at a sweet little cafe with outdoor searing. Beautiful breezy weather and good conversation, masks on except when eating. I don't do this much yet so a real treat. Our two kitties loved it as they get to curl up and sleep all day with no distractions like me cleaning.

Stopped at the organic market on the way home to pick up essentials, a store I enjoy shopping at. An evening headache or beginning migraine makes me think the weather is changing and I didn't drink enough today. So I took some meds and will read a bit before sleep. G'night all.

Petite my husband woke me up at 6 to tell me about the news also.

Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/29/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/3/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 2, 2020 09:34PM Betrayal wrote:

Sandy: Your glasses are lovely and I wish I could see the frames better since the color sounds interesting. No news is good news, so hopefully your delayed path report is just that, good news.

Taco1946: We had a month long trip planned for July that included a cruise of Norway and the fjords up to the Arctic circle followed by a 2 week long land tour that started in Amsterdam. The tour included parts of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We were disappointed as well since it had been in the works for over a year.

They finally started restoration on our house mid-July after we had been waiting since November for them to do so. There was extensive damage to 3 levels so we needed a structural engineer, there were a large number of homes in this area heavily damaged by the same storm and our home was still partially habitable so we were sort of last in line. We are coming up to the first year anniversary and still do not have our home fully restored. To make matters even more fun, the finished basement had sustained some damage in November but then the tail end of the hurricane caught us with no gutters on the house (removed to replace roof structure) and a resultant basement half-full of water. The water coming off the roof looked like Niagara Falls and completely overwhelmed our exterior underground drainage system. Normally the gutters would have drained into this and we would have been fine. Even the sump could not handle it. So now we have a major repair in the finished basement as well since the flooring was destroyed as were a few walls. The flooring is no longer produced so we now have evolved from a patch job (minimal damage in November because we still had gutters) with what we had leftover from the initial installation (just enough) to a total gut and entire replacement of the flooring.

Today the carpenters told me they were going to replace some of the basement underlayment and I told them "no" that until we had one construction zone finished, they were not to start another. They need to finish the attic so we can offload what is in the garage back to the attic. Then what is in the basement can be moved to the garage. We are talking the contents of 2 office spaces, an electronics work bench area, a TV seating area complete with a kitchen/bar area, and my sewing area. A lot of items from the master bedroom and living room are stored down there because they were fragile, or expensive to move offsite such as my Hummel collection and Waterford pieces. They were not stored where the basement flooded fortunately. So each room in the house is acting as a storage area for items from other rooms and I feel like we are living in a storage unit. Unfortunately our insurance company would not move items to offsite storage, refused to pay for it if we did, and told us that we would have to have a separate policy for coverage of those items. So we did not feel offsite storage was secure and not realizing how long the wait was going to be (11 months), decided to just live with it and live with it we have. We will be glad to return to a normal home at some time in the near future. One can only hope.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/31/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/16/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 2, 2020 10:55PM ChiSandy wrote:

OMG, Betrayal--you are a saint for keeping your cool, at least on this forum. Your restraint is amazing--I'd be cursing like a sailor whose boat just sank and could barely dog-paddle to the shore of a deserted island. I hope your nightmare finally ends soon, and all your rooms could be used for their intended purpose--simultaneously. Insurance companies are, alas, a necessary evil--"evil" being coequal with their "necessity."

Here's a closeup of the frames:

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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Oct 3, 2020 05:05AM petite1 wrote:

Sandy, love the glasses.

It is a little warmer 63 degrees. I am meeting a friend for lunch - outside seating. I am looking forward to it.

petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 3, 2020 05:39AM carolehalston wrote:

Puffin, thanks for sharing good news.

I am writing this post as I sit in my chair at home in Louisiana. We arrived home yesterday afternoon about 4 pm. We were blessed with great travel weather for three consecutive days.

Today will be busy with unloading the cargo trailer and settling back in. We appreciate the "cool spell" and wish it would last.

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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Oct 3, 2020 06:46AM IllinoisLady wrote:

"You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other; our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That is to help each other and not hurt each other."

-- Stevie Ray Vaughan

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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Oct 3, 2020 07:23AM Betrayal wrote:

Sandy: Thanks for the closeup of your new glasses. The frames are gorgeous.

I do lose it on occasion when I am feeling overwhelmed either by the wait for the next tradesman or if I am not satisfied with what they are doing. I very carefully explained to the restoration company and to my insurance agent that I was not seeking more than what I had originally but was not willing to accept less than what I had. So this has lead to some voice raising, carefully enunciating my expectations and making sure I get what I expected. The project manager is not always onsite so the head carpenter works well with me on most days. I correspond with the PM with my expectations, the unfinished jobs list and things he has forgotten to do like we still do not have the bathroom exhaust fans exhausted to the outside: who will do this? Yesterday was the exception when I told him under no circumstances was he to start anything in the basement.

The MBR shell is done but the closet needs to be disassembled so they can rip out the hardwood flooring and reinstall it. One worker had put his foot through the ceiling so that was repaired and the whole closet will need to be painted (not just the ceiling). The gutter guys put a nail/screw through the exterior wall which pierced the juncture of the wall/ceiling in the MBR bathroom so this room will now need to be painted after they repair this breach. It originally only needed the marble sill plate replaced because it did not survive a joist or roof truss hit.

The exterior is complete except for reinstallation of the shutters. So new roof, new 6" gutters and larger downspouts, and new siding. We put up the last of the window boxes we had purchased last weekend and I just bought mums to put in them. So from the outside we look good, the chaos is indoors. Next week the insulation guys will be here to remove all the old insulation, put in the new (no loose insulation) batting and then the carpenters can install the plywood flooring we had originally. I am hoping we are done by Christmas since there is still so much to do on the interior.

I retired last December to be able to relax and volunteer as I saw fit, not to become the in-house unpaid project manager and I did share this with the real PM when we had words. I was pissed and made no bones about it. He got the message and his attitude has improved as has his communication about when workmen will be here and what they will be doing. I love weekends when I can sleep in and do what I want. Have a good weekend all and enjoy the weather. We are having cooler, sunny days and that makes me happy.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/31/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/16/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 3, 2020 07:33AM CindyNY wrote:

Gleason- welcome to the club, so sorry you had to join.

Yesterdays news, being night owls, I heard it before I went to bed Thursday night. COVID in the WH- it was bound to happen sooner than later.

Petite1- 51 here, our heat kicked on. But it is sunny so I'm thankful for that.

Carolehalston - glad your trip home went well. Now to unpack and regroup.

Betrayal - I'd have to leave. I know me and I know with that much upheaval over such an extended period of time, it would stress me way too much. You're a trooper!

Sandy - those glasses look cool.

I had my yearly eye exam yesterday. New covid rules, temp at the door, seating sparce. The Dr was running way behind, 1:45 apt got me in at 2:45. No tech, Dr did all exam & drops to dilate. 20/20 w contact lenses, so all good. It was rainy early in the day, dark & gloomy, but you know as I left squinting w my dark sun glasses on it was sunny as could be! Murphy's law.

We're going to get our flu shots today. Maybe take a drive. Not much planned for the day. Enjoy your weekend ladies.

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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Oct 3, 2020 08:38AM MCBaker wrote:

Went to the podiatrist yesterday. She trimmed my toenails, and paid special attention to my right big toenail, which is ingrown. I had already gone to a nail shop to get the double thickness trimmed down, but she did it some more. She said the problem will resolve itself in a few months, as the last of the chemo nail grows out. It feels much better. I soaked it in hot-to-cool Epsom-salt water for a few hours. She said that as far as the midfoot arthritis in my left foot goes, so long as I have good arch supports (she gave me a new pair) and use my hiking poles, it may never get to the point where I would want surgery. Just need to keep my weight off of them-- with the poles, I am not overweight.

I am eager to get the rest of my chemo hair cut off. I will be getting it cut short on the sides, and permed on top. My hair has been curly for so long, I want to stay with it. A great wash-and-run style.

Housecleaning and laundry today.

Sandy, I am also working hard at banishing gloating thoughts at Trump's illness. If he were to die, things could get worse.

Betrayal, your tribulations with the house problems are a painful read. One thing on top of another. I put a hole in the wall in the hall into the community room several months ago. They still promise me that it is going to be repaired. My comment that it is a reminder to me that I sometimes do stupid things probably isn't helping things.

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) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Oct 3, 2020 03:45PM Betrayal wrote:

Thanks for the sympathy ladies about my housing restoration woes, and thanks for listening to my gripes. When you have an elderly dog who will be 12 in November, 3 cats and once 3 but now 4 parakeets with the hatching of that egg back in July, moving out was not an option. Especially with Covid and the length of time we would have been out of the house. The dog has glaucoma in one eye so she is blind on that side and familiar surroundings are important to her. She is a bit out of sorts that we are not able to sleep in the MBR especially in the middle of the night. If you have cats, you know that they will sleep just about anywhere especially if you don't want them there.

Plus we have to be here when they occupy the house to ensure our belongings are safe and to answer questions. Yes, they are bonded but once gone it is hard to get one's belongings back. I have been able to find some items, that were either destroyed or disposed of by the guys who cleaned out the MBR debris, on Etsy and that was a pleasant surprise. I would like to have my house back when it is restored to its former state and to not hear pounding, saws buzzing or tons of dust that seems to invade every crack and cranny. It also helps that I can address any issues with the workmen before they leave at the end of the day or the job.

Have a nice weekend. We are trying to get some yard work done and enjoy the weather.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/31/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/16/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 3, 2020 04:31PM - edited Oct 3, 2020 05:22PM by PNW

Hi all, and to Gleason who also seems to be new here. I'm old (67) recently diagnosed with MBC, and trying to make sense of my shredded life and the very strange locked down world I find myself living in, all at the same time.

Every dream I ever had for retirement has been crushed like a bug on the windshield, personally and globally.

I'm supposed to get dna tested and bone tested, but haven't done yet because they're just such an undertaking getting to the facility, getting through security; all the while being treated like Typhoid Mary anywhere you go.

These lockdowns are absolute madness. I probably won't get covid but I am sure to die of breast cancer, which I can barely get treated for all the roadblocks in the way.

Absolute madness.



Dx 3/2020, Stage IV Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 3, 2020 05:09PM IllinoisLady wrote:

PNW Sorry to hear that your in such a struggle. Having cancer and lockdowns really don't go together. I was fortunate in the second bout of cancer ( new primary ), first bout breast in 2007, then 2020 Ureter cancer. Strange place but no one asked me if that was ok. I figure it could have been worse. My fortune ( despite having some weeks of waiting just to begin the testing ) was that it turned out to be a low-grade cancer so didn't go anywhere. Hoping further tests which will be done later show I'm still in the clear.

Betrayal, excuse me for not saying -- despite all you get put through, your rants are fine and deserved. If that is what it takes to keep your head about water -- rant away. I read you post and lost it later. I do that all the time. I do hope that these guys can get on the ball for you. They may be frustrated lots of times as well -- but at least they get a paycheck to help soothe it. All you get is a rant -- so that's what we are here for.

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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Oct 3, 2020 05:32PM Reader425 wrote:

Welcome PNW to the club no one wants to join. I had lunch on Friday with a good friend who was diagnosed Stage IV (de novo) almost 2 years ago. She is doing very well, particularly after the shock wore off a little. Any feelings you're feeling are just fine. We're all here for you.

Reader

Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/29/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/3/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 3, 2020 06:28PM IllinoisLady wrote:

PNW, forgive me. I meant to say welcome to you as well and totally blew it. Plese come often. It's a great group.

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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Oct 3, 2020 07:30PM Taco1946 wrote:

PNW -not what anyone wants to hear. Glad you found this thread of really supportive ladies. My BFF was diagnosed stage 4 at 67 and had a very full and fulfilling 5 years. Travel, weddings, grandchildren...She always had a "I want to live to do____. The first one after a June diagnosis, was to vote in the 2012 election to cancel out a friend's vote. She voted in 2016 too. She loved to go to the casino and as two couples we traveled at least once a year. So don't put your retirement plans on the shelf! Anne is my roll model and heroine. I try to follow her approach to life and death always. Stay close.

Taco


Dx 11/22/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 12/29/2016 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 2/3/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 12/4/2017 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy
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Oct 3, 2020 08:50PM Betrayal wrote:

Jackie: Thanks for saying my rants are fine. It helps to have a place where you can rant as needed. I don't want to take over the boards but some weeks are more stressful than others and you just need to get it out. Hopefully next week will be better.

PNW: welcome and this is a great thread to visit. None of us really know how many years we have so hang in there. You've got this.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/31/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/16/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 4, 2020 05:03AM petite1 wrote:

PNW, welcome. We are a good supportive group, no matter what the issue.

petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 4, 2020 06:10AM IllinoisLady wrote:

You are a child of the universe, "fearfully and wonderfully made."
In the history of creation, there has never been anyone like you.
Accept this reality about yourself—that you are a special, unique
human being who has a place on this earth that no one else can fill.

Acknowledge yourself as a glorious expression of your loving Creator.
This healthy self-love will form the foundation of a joyful and
satisfying life. Then, as you love and accept yourself, your inner
light will shine outward to bless and heal your fellow human beings.

Douglas Bloch

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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Oct 4, 2020 06:21AM - edited Oct 4, 2020 06:23AM by IllinoisLady

Another really cool day is on the menu here. Possibly a sm. shower. No matter, for now it is my not my favorite color of cloudy and gray. It won't warm up even if we get fortunate enough to have some sun. I always feel better though, if we do. It is sort of tough out there ( while I'm doing my best not to allow political issues to influence me or what I say. I'll just say -- they are not helping. Just have to try and stay positive about it. We so need to get something working well with this covid thing so that we can ALL move into a better place. It might never be the same, but it can be much better than it is.

Saying hi this morning to the new ladies. We do try here not to get into political discussions or too much into religious ones for the same reason. It tends to divide more than anything. Okay to acknowledge some disquiet on these matters -- it does perhaps affect to a degree your health and well-being, but more than that could/might, or will interferewith what we have here. We like being friendly and open with one another as we experience all of the daily/everyday upheavals that can happen to us, like often having to have Dr. appts. over the phone.

Hoping all have a very good Sunday and a good week coming up.


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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Oct 4, 2020 02:34PM - edited Oct 4, 2020 02:35PM by ChiSandy

PNW, welcome to the sorority nobody wants to pledge. Hope all goes as well as it can for you. Getting cancer (breast or otherwise) during a pandemic is indeed frustrating.

Well, it happened again--Happy bit my face (one tooth on the cheek, two on the chin) yesterday. I had forgotten to admonish him not to bite; he was on my chest, nuzzling and purring. But I wasn't devoting my full attention to him (I was busy using my remote to set up some shows to record), and he got angry and did a quick nip before jumping off. Did the full first-aid drill, and off to urgent care (where I had to wait in my car so I wouldn't get exposed to the people going in for coronavirus tests). NP said I did everything right, and so I am now sporting three little Band-Aid "spots" over bacitracin ointment. She prescribed both doxycycline (BID) and clindamycin (TID)--but also gave me an allergist referral to test me and determine whether the pinpoint rashes I got on the inner forearms a week into courses of penicillin and Cipro (almost 20 yrs ago) are actually allergies or just known side effects. ("Amoxicillin rash" is a "thing," as any of us who raised kids know). She asked whether I had any other allergic reactions, including itching or wheezing--and I didn't. I am on the abx'es for four more days (today included), and have to use the ointment and Band-Aids (or at least the one on my cheek) for that long.

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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Oct 4, 2020 03:03PM Beaverntx wrote:

Sandy, hugs for quick healing.

My healing after my fall is coming along, dental work in 2weeks, follow up on arm (to include discussion of why I fell since I do not remember falling--and you all know where my mind wants to go with that!) with PCP this week. I can use the arm with some limitations, can't rotate or twist it without pain, so am paying attention to how I use it.

PNW, glad you found us!


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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Oct 5, 2020 06:01AM carolehalston wrote:

Another nice day here but a hurricane is tracking our way.

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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Oct 5, 2020 06:23AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a person who won't cheat, then you know you never will. -John D. MacDonald

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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Oct 5, 2020 08:20AM CindyNY wrote:

Beavernxt - I once went out to grab the newspaper from the front porch steps. Next thing I knew I was on the ground looking up at the sky, and thankful I wasn't in my robe. I think it was the precursor to getting hit with vertigo. I was fortunate not to injure anything but my pride. Could that possibly be why you fell?

Mammogram & ultrasound at 1:15 today. I think I'll be fine. But then it sneaks into my thoughts - I believed the same in 2017 when they found my cancer. Put my brave face on and bring a book to distract me.

Sandy - that kitty loves you so so much! Quick healing wishes to you.

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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Oct 5, 2020 10:02AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning, ladies. Overcast for 2 days since all the mess in the Gulf. Looking at the forecast it may stay that way for a while.

Carole, Up there has certainly been "beat up" this year with storms.

petite Dx 8/23/2019, ILC/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/20/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 5, 2020 11:10AM MCBaker wrote:

I had chili dinner last night with some friends. Tippy and their dogs had quite a time barking and sparring, but he eventually got accepted as a member of the pack. They also have chickens. She did not have a good garden this year because she overfertilized with the chicken droppings.

Her husband is just finishing up chemo for colon cancer. No loss of hair, just exhaustion and a week of critically low WBC.

I got rid of my laundry cart (seems silly to use one when I share a wall with the laundry room), a small table, and a decrepit NuWave Oven. I now have room for my scooter. Tippy likes to use it when he wants to overlook the neighborhood for any intruders. He is sleeping now, though. Our usual postal person is very large, so I have no trouble seeing him passing by out of the corner of my eye.

I need to go to the ATM and get some money for laundry and a pillow listed on a local board, then go to the grocery store. We will make it a scooter-ride, but right now I am waiting for the mail.

Here I am. Will post another picture after I get my perm. It is obvious where my hair changes from chemo to a new normal. I always had a left-sweeping curliness on the back of my head, but it is gone now. Notice that I always have a mask ready-- unless I forget to select one.

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) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Oct 5, 2020 12:12PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Great picture Mary and I'm glad you now have a real pack animal. Sounds like everyone had a good time. It is nice to get rid of things since often you have your eye on something wanted. Maybe that is why I seem to make so little progress.

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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Oct 5, 2020 12:23PM Betrayal wrote:

Mary, I think your hair looks very attractive as is. It sounds like you will be happier with a new perm and I look forward to seeing the new "you". A friend of mine who had chemo for BC went from poker straight hair to super curly hair post-chemo. She made us laugh when she told us she had secretly wished for curly hair all her ife and now that she had it, she did not know how to handle it. Said she used a whip and a chair to get it into shape each morning.

Sounds like Tippy had a good time with some new friends.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/31/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/16/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)

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