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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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Apr 4, 2021 04:30AM ChiSandy wrote:

Mary, you did not offend me. I was simply too busy to post on every one of my "favorite" threads every day--much less all the other online communities to which I "belong."

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. We are going to have brunch (hopefully outdoors) at our favorite (for 15 yrs now) neighborhood restaurant that emerged from hibernation last month; we have a reservation at a "WI-supper-club" type of place in nearby Lincolnwood for dinner tomorrow night, but if it looks too crowded--Cook County is being laxer than Chicago--we'll just order our meal for takeout instead. We still are a little chagrined over the fact that the restaurant in Evanston where we & the kids ate last night--Tapas Barcelona--seemed to have booked every table. (Chicago is still only allowing 40% capacity, and some places are refusing to open indoor dining until all their staff gets fully-vaccinated).

Over on the "so what's for dinner thread," I am regarded as scandalous because I don't refuse to go to restaurants. It appears that I dine out "night after night" (as one person put it), but the truth is I don't usually post about meals that weren't wonderful--especially if I cooked them. We do much more freezer-foraging, leftovers-repurposing, and ordering out--because I am not about to cook something elaborate from scratch if I don't know whether Bob will be home for dinner. Because I'm also low-carb, I don't bake or cook pasta. So I am NOT being profligate (yes, we can easily afford to eat meals I didn't cook, and I refuse to apologize for that) nor suicidal. It's only since late Jan. that the city allowed indoor dining at all--at 25% capacity, at that--and even then, we ate out only in vented tents and heated patios, masked & distanced. My first indoor restaurant meal since last fall (and last fall, we ate inside only when bees or bad weather forced us to--and that was maybe once or twice) wasn't till late Feb., the week I got my second shot. I truly resent that over on that thread they're comparing me to the maskless libertarians in TX or FL. (Some of them are tsk-tsking me for even doing outdoor restaurant dining--sometimes I get the feeling there's a lot of one-upmanship going on there in that regard).

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 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 4, 2021 07:37AM keywestfan wrote:

Wow, Sandy- very hard for me to believe anyone could regard you as “scandalous." I'm aware of how careful you have been and of Bob's risk axiom which I repeat to friends. That being said,I find this eating not at home a conundrum. We have not gone inside a restaurant and I sort of shake at the thought. However, once or twice a week, we eat in the dining room downstairs. We've- everyone at Mather- has been vaccinated, except the wait staff at only 80%. So that seems a little tricky to me. We do eat outside at restaurants and try to stay “ far from the madding crowd." This week, for my birthday, with son, Tony and his wife, both of whom in January jumped the line and got vaccinated and 12 year old grandson,who isn't, we're searching for an outside tent or something comporable. So we don't go inside. However, on our morning coffee Zoom, at least, 10 old people here go inside and have been to both Chicago and Evanston restaurants and are not at all worried. The contradiction for my inside dining worry is that next week we are flying to Key West for 9 days. We stay at a wonderful 17 room place- we have a little cottage with a big front porch and comfortable lounge chairs, so we can isolate there and I can read the new Philip Roth biography. We wll walk the lovely side streets and all the restaurants will be outdoors. So, while I won’t go to Tapas down the block, I will go through O’ Hare. We’ll fly first class, be the last to board and hope for the best . Even vaccinated, I’m aware it’s not 100% safe, and who knows, without a spleen, how many antibodies, I even have. But want to breathe Key West air one more time.

Anastrozole June 2019 Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/24/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Apr 4, 2021 09:03AM carolehalston wrote:

Sandy, I read the What's for Dinner? thread daily and usually post. I am aware of no criticism of you for eating out. Any negative comments must have come through Personal Messages.

It's a pretty Easter Sunday here. I have many memories of attending church in a spiffy outfit and memories of Easter Egg Hunts on the church grounds when I was a child. But today is just a nice Sunday here with no plans to go anywhere.

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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Apr 4, 2021 10:20AM IllinoisLady wrote:

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all. Dorothy 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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Apr 4, 2021 10:35AM IllinoisLady wrote:

A bit of jealousy??? can be a mite ugly or whatever is going on. I too am jealous Sandy, but not to the point of making a big deal of it. I'm glad for people who have done well and no one I know would apologize which is just what I admire. They ARE who they ARE. I think we all learn from one another -- no matter what station we have in life. If your station is better, then there is something more to reach for. If we" reachers "don't get there -- then a we are not suppose to. We are learning on our OUR level while you and others like you are learning on yours. Just meaning -- we all have our place and while we may be envious to a degree we can't forget -- while you may be say monetarily better off, you likely have problems we would not want at all and perhaps would have no idea how to begin to deal with them.

Glad you mentioned the incident so I can work on my jealousies that I think most of the time are fairly slight since there should only be enough to make me want to work a little harder for my own improvement. I don't want to be 'holier than thou ( need a lot more work on that ) but I feel sad that many of us have a part of us that has a bit of a cruel streak that needs taming so we don't build ourselves up at the expense of others. As noted in your story -- if we only knew it, it likely doesn't end up doing much for us.

Beauty of a day today. Our warmth begins -- something perfect for Easter -- high 70's and maybe even up to 80. We are never for sure which is okay since all our days are holidays. The entire week is going to have great temps. Not going to consider rain but knowing it could appear.

Hope you all have a beautiful 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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Apr 4, 2021 02:10PM petite1 wrote:

Happy Easter. Here is my remade necklace

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 12/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 4, 2021 02:47PM Betrayal wrote:

petite1: That necklace is absolutely beautiful. You really have a creative side and a good eye. Lucky the buyer of that one.

Happy Easter to all. It is sunny and in the low 60's here. Buds on the Japanese maple so it will be leafing soon. About 15 years ago it took a direct hit when we had a tree fall (yes, we have had more than one tree strike but less damage then) and I lost over 2/3's of it. It is resilent and is now back to being a good sized tree whose branches touch the ground in an umbrella shape by early summer. It is right outside the bay window in the kitchen eat in area so I get to watch it evolve over the seasons. Just love this tree. The daffodils and grape hyacinths under it are in bloom.

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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Apr 4, 2021 03:25PM Wren44 wrote:

I'm jealous of all that fine weather. It's mostly cloudy here with a high of 50 predicted. It will go up the rest of the week, but not as far as 60. Rained last night but stopped this morning early. Our yard is packed with daffodils, hyacinth, anemone blanda, and some kind of stalk with blue bells (possibly squill) and a early orange tulip. Makes up for the cloudy skies.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Apr 4, 2021 04:37PM - edited Apr 4, 2021 04:40PM by IllinoisLady

Wow --- those yards sound so pretty. I've mentioned before that every thing gets mowed here so I have very little. Sort of a shame which such a big yard. I'd love ( I think ) a Magnolia tree and Wisteria and have always loved the old fashioned Lilac bushes although the flowers are not real long lasting. I've tried to grow vinca minor groundcover and it hasn't done so well. I think I will have to start over -- lay a mound and plant on the top of the mound and then it will end up spreading in all directions. I also love daisies, but they end up being eaten by the mower. Have a couple of ground covers which have done well because they are too low for the mower to get but they don't flower much. Just another of those 'one of those things' from here.

Also meant to say that necklace is just stunning.

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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Apr 4, 2021 05:44PM - edited Apr 4, 2021 05:46PM by MCBaker

Petite, that necklace is beautiful!!

Sandy, glad that I did not offend you. Note the next paragraph.

I am going through a bit of depression. I just started another round of counseling. I don't want to go out walking with the dog. I don't want to resume working out at the gym. I want to take a nap whenever I feel like it, so what if it messes up my sleep. I intensely care about what others think of me. I would rather marinate in my sad feelings. But at least I can recognize what I need to do to pull myself out of it.

I worked in my garden today. Really need to use my sewing machine. But I don't want to. Laughing at myself.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 12/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/27/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Apr 4, 2021 06:23PM Taco1946 wrote:

Mary - glad you are getting the help you need. This year has just plain hard and I'm sure even harder for those don't have a partner to share the stress. I know I have put off many tasks this year that wouldn't take long if I would just "do it" but I don't seem to.

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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Apr 4, 2021 09:58PM - edited Apr 4, 2021 09:59PM by IllinoisLady

(((((Mary ))))) Not to minimize in any way but I too ( after a tremendously big sigh just now ) have to admit that I've been putting a few things on the back burner that should be done. Taco is so right. Coping these days has some steep ups and downs and harsh circles. I'm glad your personal awareness is high. Hope the hugs help.

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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Apr 4, 2021 11:13PM Reader425 wrote:

Lovely Easter weather and day here. Thank you for the greetings to those who shared them. Sandy, I'm on the dinner thread and was also unaware of any judgement and am sorry you experienced that. I enjoy all your stories and it has seemed you do normal, appropriate things for these times. I also dont post many meh dinners. So call me befuddled. 😕

Mary good for you taking this depressed time and trying to work through it. I have been sewing a baby quilt for ages. I'd like to finish it before she goes to college 🤣

Petite agree with all - lovely necklace.

Have a good week all.

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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Apr 5, 2021 09:23AM carolehalston wrote:

Petite, the necklace is beautiful. I'm impressed. You are talented.

Mary, I'm sorry you're battling depression. I don't recall whether you mentioned taking any medication. I started taking low dose Effexor when I stopped taking hormone replacement in 2009 following diagnosis of my bc. I have continued taking it, and it takes the edge off all emotions, not always a good thing. I attempted to wean myself off it several times and wasn't successful.

Today is another beautiful day. I plan to go outside and do some yard chores. Once I get myself out there, I don't mind the work so much.

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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Apr 5, 2021 09:56AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Over the years I have come to believe that life is full of unchosen circumstances, that being human has to do with the evolution of our individual consciousness and with it, responsibilities for choice. Pain and joy both come with life. I believe that how we respond to what happens to us and around us shapes who we become and has to do with the psyche or the soul's growth. -Jean Shinoda Bolen

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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Apr 5, 2021 11:00AM MCBaker wrote:

Oh, yeah. I have been on Effexor 12 years. LOL. Been told it is a for life thing, I don't mind. I guess wearing the ankle brace and being sensitive about it and facing the summer when I will have to shed the jeans (yes, elastic waist and wide legs, granny jeans) which cover it will be tough.

Quilting meeting on Weds. I have one I am working on. Had a pile of higher priority stuff, like marinating, really ought to get to work on it.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 12/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/27/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Apr 5, 2021 12:46PM Wren44 wrote:

Mary, Good for you realizing you need to work on the depression. I'm on Wellbutrin for life after several major depressive episodes puts me in the highest risk category for another. So far it's really helped.

Carole, Effexor is one that is difficult to decrease without nasty symptoms. It should be the slowest taper possible with the possible goal of reducing the dose rather than eliminating. PS I am definitely not a doctor.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Apr 5, 2021 09:17PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

Mary, thank you for mentioning your depression. I'm a lifer on meds and every now and then they need to be changed around slightly. They really help.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/23/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 5, 2021 09:52PM - edited Apr 5, 2021 09:54PM by ChiSandy

Judy, how wonderful that you get to return to Key West! Some day....

Mary, glad you've recognized your depression and are getting counseled for it. Nothing wrong with "Effexor-for-life." In fact, I had a full year of postpartum depression (with anorexia for the first 7 months--not a recommended weight-loss method) starting about when Gordy was about 8 weeks old. Because of the meds I was on (after trying several different ones, a combo of Xanax & Desyrel), I had to stop breastfeeding him, and I still feel so guilty about that. I was okay w/o meds for the next 6 years, regaining all the weight I lost and then some, losing again on Jenny Craig and then beginning to regain. I then learned that Prozac sometimes caused weight loss, so my primary put me on it--and then Redux, which worked very well. Then I was hit by a car, and shortly afterward, Redux was pulled from the market. I tried Effexor (which for me was "side-Effexor") and eventually went back on Prozac, and a year later Wellbutrin--which I'm still on 22 yrs. later.

My doctors have all told me that of all the meds I'm on, antidepressants would be the last one they'd have me discontinue. My shrink (actually the family shrink) retired last year after open-heart surgery; haven't felt the need yet to find a new one. If I do, I'd like it to be an oncopsychiatrist. This past year has been a bit of a rollercoaster, especially since the melanoma dx. It sometimes causes insomnia (especially if I've forgotten to take my 1/2 mg. of Xanax at bedtime) because I obsess over the "what if it spreads?" fears. (Unlike cutaneous, metastatic ocular melanoma doesn't respond to drugs or immunotherapy).

I got into a bit of a kerfuffle the other day over on WhatNext (an all-cancers blog/forum, though breast is far & away the most common over there). There are a few hardcore Evangelicals on there, and yesterday one made a post saying "Whatever your faith, the Message of Easter will lift you up, because history shows Jesus walked the earth, helping, healing & teaching." I gently (at first) responded that it was a cancer forum, with no sub-threads for various interests & spiritualities like we have here on BCO, and that it was not an appropriate place for proselytizing--especially because it made those of other faiths uncomfortable and that not everybody regards the Bible as history. I was tempted to ask what exactly "the Message of Easter" is, but I didn't have to, because...

She and several others shot back that Easter is all about "love," which "everyone can get behind." One took issue with the word "Easter" because to her it refers to a pagan holiday (she posted a YouTube link as "proof"), and snippily said "true" Christians call it "Resurrection Day." Another said she would never be offended by a post that did not fit her faith, and besides, where was my proof that Jesus didn't "heal, help & teach?" I replied that to many Jews (especially the majority in Jerusalem before the Crucifixion), many of his teachings were offensive--especially the one commanding followers to leave their parents and cut all ties with them unless the parents were true believers, which to many Biblical scholars was a rejection of the 4th Commandment ('honor thy father & mother").

I also explained that to many Jews--especially those of us with roots in the Pale of Settlement--being evangelized to about Easter is a trigger. Too many of our (including my) ancestors were terrorized, persecuted and even killed in the name of "the Message of Easter," which all too often was an excuse to rampage through the shtetls & ghettos, wreaking revenge on the perceived "Christ-killers." (Christmas isn't anywhere near much of a trigger, as it was never used as a justification to commit violence). I said that until either people stopped proselytizing on the site or there was a subforum designated for doing so, I was leaving WhatNext (which IMHO devolved since the death of its founder GregWP from head & neck cancer earlier this year). I don't need it--I have all of you here (plus my three bc mentees and ocular melanoma mentor at Imerman Angels).

Sorry if I offended some here (I may likely have), but I had to vent about what Easter sometimes means to me (and many Jews), other than new beginnings, Peeps and biting the ears & butts off chocolate bunnies.


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 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 5, 2021 10:29PM karen1956 wrote:

Sandy - I haven't been on WhatNext for a few years. I"m sorry to hear that Greg passed away earlier this year, but I knew that he was battling his nth round of cancer. You are much braver than me for speaking up - as much as I'm involved through work with equity etc, I avoid religious comments with people who you can't reason with such as the people who gave you such grief!!!

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Apr 5, 2021 11:32PM ChiSandy wrote:

Thanks, Karen. (And happy getting-back-to-eating-bread day).

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 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 5, 2021 11:46PM - edited Apr 5, 2021 11:46PM by karen1956

Sandy - We always go to the grocery store as soon as Pesach ends to get Entemann's chocolate fudge donuts (didn't last year as it was just me, but this year DD#2 helped to eat them), beer for DH, cereal, and whatever else we need for the next few days. We don't eat much bread, but oatmeal for meal, cereal for DH. Pizza for dinner tonight - alway rice on the menu - once with tofu stir fry and the other with fish and not sure the other night before Shabbat.

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Apr 5, 2021 11:50PM CindyNY wrote:

Petite - necklace is beautiful!

Mary - one day at a time. I'm glad you're talking with a counselor, sometimes it takes a lot to recognize you need help getting thru it.

Sandy - foodies jealous. I haven't been inside a restaurant but I can't wait to be in FL where many outdoor dining options are available. Religious superiority of those who think their beliefs are the only beliefs to be correct annoy me greatly. It's a Forrest Gump moment, easier to walk away.

We had a great time at the 5 yr old bday party. I was in love with the little baby lambs! Kids rode the ponies - who had a unicorn on their heads, and loved every minute. Adults also enjoyed seeing the sheep & 2 lambs, goat & 2 kids, 2 bunnies and ponies.

Weather is decent here, in 60's the next couple of days. I'm thrown by the warm temperatures. It's never this warm this early. We leave for FL in 13 days but I feel like I should stay (but I won't) and start planting & getting everything ready for summer.

I'm enjoying no school week, and might even pack a suitcase of "house" stuff. I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week too.

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 10/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/13/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 6, 2021 08:02AM petite1 wrote:

Cyber hugs to you, MC.

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 12/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 6, 2021 09:49AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Do each day all that can be done that day.You don't need to overwork – or to rush blindly into your work, trying to do the greatest possible number of things in the shortest possible amount of time.Don't try to do tomorrow's – or next week's – work today.It's not so much the number of the things you do but the quality, the efficiency of each separate action that counts. . . . you need only to succeed in the small tasks of each day.This makes a successful day.With enough of these, you have a successful week, month, year – and lifetime. -Earl Nightingale

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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Apr 6, 2021 01:48PM MCBaker wrote:

I agree, I refuse to associate with people who proselytize and cannot understand why anyone can disagree with them, and continually argue religion without realizing that religion should improve one's ethical principles. If I had any family members like that, I would also refuse to associate with them. Actually, one of the reasons for my divorce was exactly that. He became the kind of Baptist that even most Baptists would raise their eyebrows at.

I am reading Mary Trump's book, and " commanding followers to leave their parents and cut all ties with them unless the parents were true believers" becomes entirely relevant. .

I know what the problem is; I will probably be moving to be closer to family within a year or so. At my age without family members close by, the loneliness is acute. I really felt it this Easter. I have found great healing in this town.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 12/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/27/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Apr 6, 2021 07:20PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Back late from Marion VA and the Podiatrist there. They have a new one and I enjoyed being there for a change. Mainly due to finding answers to some of my questions that made sense. I found out that using meds to get rid of my 'chemo fungus under the toenails' wasn't something he would recommend. Very hard on the liver and iffy results to boot. Now I know this, it need no longer by a question for me.

Also by chance we met one of the Marion VA chaplains -- a delightful lady named Joyce. We chatted for at least a half an hour. Time well spent -- I felt refreshed afterward. So, other than being a somewhat long day for us ( not much time to be here ) it was warm ( 81 ) sunny and a nice day to reflect on life.

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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Apr 7, 2021 09:24AM carolehalston wrote:

I played golf yesterday and enjoyed the outing. It was a lovely day if a bit too warm. We had three of us on the front nine and then two on the back nine. The course is green now, having recovered from winter. I was tired afterward and didn't do anything but eat lunch and then rest when I got home.

DH is playing today. I will go outside and do some more yard work. We have crepe myrtle trees lining the driveway and a couple out in the front yard. They grow sprouts from the bottom of the trunk and I need to clip those off. Involves some bending that is good exercise. We don't get to enjoy the blooms because we are gone during the month of June.

Today or tomorrow Mr. Gomez, my pine straw man, will be delivering 15 bales of pine straw for mulch. Theoretically, mulch helps to keep weeds down but weeds are very resilient in my gardening experience.

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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Apr 7, 2021 09:35AM IllinoisLady wrote:

When I think of my past, I try to dwell on the good times, the happy moments, and not to be haunted by the bad. . .To me the gift of life is contained in the command, whatever happens: " Don't let it get you. Just keep on going." Thus, I try to think of the good that I have already experienced and what will still be coming. -Rose Kennedy

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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Apr 8, 2021 01:22AM - edited Apr 11, 2021 04:35PM by ChiSandy

(((Mary))). I agree that being closer to family will be key. Hang in there till then, and feel free to "haul us into your pocket" whenever you need us.

As I suspected, Bob is postponing dissolving the partnership & closing the practice yet again. His partner (an internist, not a cardiologist) refuses to go to work for the Advocate system (whose hospital has held back on referring her enough patients because she's can't get board-certified), and their staffers are convinced that in order to cut overhead Advocate would fire them all. So to satisfy her and their staff, starting in July they will use the PPP loan money in lieu of taking their draw, and close the practice at the end of the year (rather than at the end of June). I'm not holding my breath on this, however. My dream of our being able to travel once it's safe to do so--while I'm still well enough and he's still young enough--is getting kicked so far down the road that it's getting fainter & fainter.

Judy, we've agreed that the one place we're willing to vacation at this time is Key West. We can stand being masked at the airports & on planes, and the thought of being able to dine alfresco (except when it's storming) sounds delightful. But NYC isn't NYC yet, nor is Vegas Vegas. We can use RCI points to go back to the Berkshires--but the surrounding towns were ghost towns even pre-pandemic. To me, driving around to look at mountains, do some (very) light hiking (considering the state of Bob's knees) and then going back to a condo (sans housekeeping service) to cook in a rudimentary kitchen is NO "vacation."

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 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)

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