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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 20, 2021 01:28AM ChiSandy wrote:

Thanks for the reassurance, Jackie. Hope my NP "buys" it. BTW, paradoxically, you down in south central IL are in for a lot more snow than we are up here by the lake in Chicago (and up in Lake County it might not even rain). For once during a precip. event, the winds are coming in from the west rather than blowing in from the still-chilly lake. Karen, it's the same storm system that's set to dump inches of snow on CO, KS, & MO. We brought the herb pots in today and they'll stay in the kitchen window till the end of the week, when the lows at night will be >40. (Upside is that till we plant them in the ground, the neighborhood rabbits won't mistake the dill for carrot tops).

Karen, thanks for the reminder about challah rolls. Whenever I'd go to a kosher-style mega-diner, those were the first things I'd grab from the free bread basket (plus a nice half-sour from the pickle bowl). Another "guilty pleasure" midnight carb debauch for me is thin slices of challah toast with salt butter. I don't dare bring challah into the house (except a round one for Rosh Hashonah) for that reason. And Whole Foods' flour tortilla chips...nope, they may have been what started me on the road to ruin when I discovered them in November. I do keep tortillas in the fridge: Mission CarbSense 7" whole wheat ones, 2 gm. net per each. When I miss chips, I'll heat a little olive oil in a small skillet and put one in till it begins to puff up and then flip it. (Or I'll toast it).

Went to Guitar Works in Evanston this aft. to pick up a pair of handmade guitar-print masks (one of their staffer-instructors makes them). Felt weird to have to pick them up curbside, when most shops these days are letting people in.

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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Apr 20, 2021 07:37AM karen1956 wrote:

Sandy - I get 4 weeks of challah from my recipe - I freeze 3 balls to make fresh each week - make 3 or 4 small rolls and often we don't even finish those so they get used for croutons for salads or bread crumbs. After Saturday, they don't get eaten. Don't buy tortilla chips just whole wheat tortillas - 8 pack can last at least a month or more. Our lunches are usually leftovers. On days I"m in the building, I take yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit or leftover homemade pizza like I will today. I roll out my crust very thin - almost cracker like and the two of us barely eat half -

Not sure how much snow we got. Took pictures out the back window just before 5:00 am then a couple out front window about 20 minutes later. I'll have to post from my phone. Today is one of. my in person days - its only 15 minutes but hoping the roads aren't too bad at 7:30. Chevy [ what's it like on your side of town?

Have a great Tuesday

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Apr 20, 2021 08:37AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning. It is gray and rainy. DH has another headache last night. It lasted about 15 minutes. I think the meds are working, but we both seem down today (the cats, too). He thought the headaches were over. My stomach is acting up. I am going back to bed with a book.

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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Apr 20, 2021 10:56AM IllinoisLady wrote:

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

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 20, 2021 11:43AM CeliaC wrote:

This was posted in one of my Facebook groups and thought those on this thread might enjoy.

May be an image of 6 people and text that says 'Be kind to yourself Be kind to others Be kind to animals Be kind to Earth Be kind of weird Read a book'

Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/21/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/5/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 20, 2021 06:20PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Celia, the above is fantastic. Even more so these days when there has been a huge outbreak of un-kindnesses going on. No need to go into that, but nice reminders that being kind is a truly positive attribute. Thanks.

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 20, 2021 09:18PM Reader425 wrote:

karen I would love your challah recipe if you share?

Got my 2nd Pfizer shot on Sunday. Was fatigued but otherwise ok. Tonight a slight 99.6 fever with a slightly red arm. Hubby got 2nd Moderna today and is snoring next to me on the couch. 14 day countdown starts now!

We've had flooring people here and they are done now so tomorrow is my day to rest. Hope you all are keeping well. I'm happy to have finally replaced old carpet with oak.

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 21, 2021 07:31AM - edited Apr 21, 2021 07:31AM by karen1956

Reader - happy to share - though it is modified - It is for a food processor and I've only made it in my kitchen aid, and I need to use more flour than it calls for. It's not uploading here from my phone (just took a photo of the recipe on my phone) so I'll try posting later.

Have a great Wednesday

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Apr 21, 2021 09:22AM carolehalston wrote:

Cool and breezy this morning. Had to pull up the quilt last night. My sleep was disturbed by the wind chimes chiming rather loudly.

DH's niece posted a funny photo on Facebook, a snowman pushing a lawnmower. She lives in Indiana.

Nothing on my schedule today except exercise class at the gym.

Countdown of days now before we head north on May 20.

Happy Wednesday 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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Apr 21, 2021 09:30AM IllinoisLady wrote:

[The Native American] believes profoundly in silence—the sign of perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The people who preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence—not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a ripple upon the surface of the shining pool—theirs, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life. If you ask: "What are the fruits of silence?" he or she will say: "They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character." -Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman)

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 21, 2021 09:40AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Yesterday was ( talking weather-wise ) a wild day. It was not so much in the hrs. before the afternoon, but at that time we started seeing snowflakes in the rain that was falling. So, off and on there would be full snow falling very lightly, then changing to some rain -- then back to some snow. I think the finale' was rain as there is sun this a.m. and no snow. It still won't be as warm as I would wish for, but having no snow is a blessing for sure. I didn't think we would accumulate, but as I've said a lot before -- with climate change going on we really can't be sure ( despite what the weather report may say ) what we will have. I just know that in our little pocket here -- we usually get lighter weather than is predicted for the rest of the our weather area. I think we will gradually warm up and go back to a 'good' Spring.

My day off and nothing much planned. I can work around here and hopefully get some production. Dh has his 'new' room quite far along so I plan to start the major work of sorting, tossing, Goodwilling, and whatever else I need to do to bring the items from two rooms dumped into areas of my living room into line. Going to be something of a major chore. I hope it goes better than it feels, but I know I'm into overwhelm at the moment. Hoping once I get deep into it, I will be able to see enough progress to be able to relax and work fruitfully w/o loads of indecisions plaguing me.

Hope the sun is out for all of 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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Apr 21, 2021 10:06AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning. After all the rain, it is bright and sunny. I am hoping to get some chores done. The lanai has a low spot that forms a puddle. I need to get that swept out before it turns green and nasty. My old cat, Miss Felix, likes to sit it the puddle. Cat dementia.

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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Apr 21, 2021 10:33AM Betrayal wrote:

IllinoisLady: Your project can initially feel overwhelming but once you get in to the actual sorting for keep, donate or trash you do get a feeling of progress and liberation as the piles diminish. The end result of the purging is worth it. Believe me, I know this after having to do this for our attic, the basement offices, and 3 bedrooms. I know that Purple Heart received some nice clothing and household items I no longer "treasured" but that someone else might. The excess office supplies went to a local teachersteam organization and they also accepted fabric donations. All will be given to local school districts where the need is great. They were so happy to pick up what I had for them. It was a lot of work but after I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Now that is not to say that we still do not have items that really need to leave at some point in time but for now it is enough. My DH is a bit of a hoarder and it has been a challenge to get him to part with his "what if" items. We will reassess what needs to leave in 6 months.

Our home is still not fully restored and it has been 18 months since the trees hit. I really want them to finish so I can start on some other household projects that were placed on what I thought was going to be a temporary hold. Right. The only finished rooms are the 2 bedrooms that just needed minor ceiling repairs and painting plus the windows were replaced (so the upstairs windows all matched). The master bedroom and bath, basement, living room and foyer still need either minor work (the former) or major repairs (the latter). My on hold plans included getting the floors in the family room and kitchen eat in area refinished and the kitchen cabinets need to be refinished as well. I have postponed trying to find contractors to do this work but it really needs to be done when we can open windows to dispel the smell of the finish. We have hardwood floors throughout so I need to get the area rugs for the family room, living room, foyer and dining room cleaned once all the other dust producing construction work is done. I will get new rug pads as well since the current ones are old. I just want to enjoy an intact house.

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 21, 2021 10:45AM carolehalston wrote:

Betrayal, your house sounds huge.

Jackie, every year or two you are sorting and getting rid of things! Good luck on this latest effort.

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 21, 2021 01:24PM Wren44 wrote:

Betrayal, Sounds like we have matching husbands. Mine wants to keep the steak knives despite not having eaten red meat for 20 years. I think I'm going to have to start sneaking things out while he's away at the store. He also wants to hold on to plastic glasses ($1.00) we haven't used since 1974. We would only use them if we moved to Arizona, which is not even being considered. And if we did, I could buy them again for the same price. He wants to keep the cup he bought to go with the espresso machine we threw out 10 years ago.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Apr 21, 2021 01:57PM Betrayal wrote:

Wren44: Have to laugh because my DH is also somewhat of a packrat. As an electrical engineer he has scads of electric related materials, computer parts, ham radio equipment, etc. in his "what if" storage. Meanwhile he is just retiring as an EE professor so this was stuff he did as a side job or household project. I told him to keep some of the more pricey items and let the others go if we could easily replace them at a low cost but even then it was a tug of war. I finally enlisted the help of my DD and DS who told him they did not want to have to rent a dumpster to clean out his "junk" (it has no meaning or use to them) once he is gone. I think that hit home. At one time he was in the mode where he wanted to save the motor from an old washer and I told him under no circumstances (it was leaking oil all over the place), why would we want to keep it in the first place and it would be grounds for a divorce if he tried to sneak it into his "hidey holes". He got the message. Honestly, if I could dispose of the stuff when he was not here, he probably would not even notice it was gone.

I can remember my mother cleaning out my Dad's stash from their basement. As she was using the inside stairs to drag stuff to the curb, he was taking it from the curb and back in throught the outside cellar way. It was hysterical to watch. Eventually she waited until he was away on a camping trip and loaded up the curb. He never did miss it or if he did he was smart enough not to say anything.

Carol: My house is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, Colonial style home with a basement that is totally finished. It is not as large as some of the "McMansions" in the area but pretty standard for homes in this area. It bears little resemblance to the house we bought 36 years ago since we have personalized its interior and exterior over the years. My DD and DSIL have already placed dibs on it as their inheritance since my DS will inherit his wife's parents home since she is an only child. It's still a work in progress though since we try to keep it in good condition which means routine maintenance like the cabinets and wood floors. At one time when it still had aluminum siding, we decided to paint it ourselves since the color had faded to an indescribable shade. Both of us have a fear of heights, DH more than me so I was able to paint up to the bottom of the second story windows (2 coats) and then hired my DB to finish it for us. So we do try to do some of the work ourselves but aging has meant we do less of what we used to be able to do. There is something about painting a wall or room that is rewarding since when it is finished there is a new look and it will remain that way unlike housework such as scrubbing floors and having someone track in dirt. LOL

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 21, 2021 04:25PM Wren44 wrote:

My DD said she could describe her life as a young mother. She is running the vacuum cleaner and her 1yo son is walking behind her eating crackers. Best description of housework I've ever heard.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Apr 21, 2021 05:02PM Betrayal wrote:

Have to agree with your DD. I had just finished waxing the kitchen floor (many moons ago when linoleum needed to be waxed) and just as I was admiring my finished work, the cat walked in and sat in the middle of the floor! She then proceeded to clean herself. All I could do was look on in disbelief because I had waited to do this when all others were in bed. I touched it up the next day but after than made sure the cat was in the basement until the floor dried. So glad my floors no longer require waxing.

As far as the old wives tale regarding cats not walking on glass top tables, I can disprove that with my one. She loves to paw print the coffee table as soon as I clean it!

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 21, 2021 09:55PM - edited Apr 21, 2021 10:13PM by ChiSandy

My cats are "clingers:" in fact, the younger one insists on occupying my lap every waking moment except when he's eating, nagging me for food, or using the litterbox. He even prefers to sleep on my lap. The older one starts yelling at me every night around 12:30 until I go upstairs; then she circles the bed till I'm ready to sleep, at which time she face-butts me and then kneads my chest till she gets sleepy.

My BFF is feeling much better: as of yesterday, his speech was almost back to normal and he was confused only about directions in the hospital parking garage en route to the lab. (In fairness, it's a big confusing garage). He even drove to the pharmacy. Still waiting for the EEG & lab results. I suspect it might be epilepsy-related, as he'd had seizures in the past after ear infections.

Until I got a reminder text late last night, I'd totally forgotten that tomorrow is my 6-month MO & lab appt. I hope her nurse lets me opt out of weighing-in, as I am truly embarrassed.

I need to find out what the Zoom link is for the live "after-party" after my YouTubed concert this Friday night (www.wildhoginthewoods.org for the concert link). "Doors open" at 7:15, show starts at 7:30. Please be understanding about my fingers having "gone rogue" on the first song and then a few awkward moments of silence halfway through the set while there was wild raucous talking in the hallway (I couldn't hear myself, but the videographer said the noise didn't show up on his monitor). I hadn't performed in over a year!

The concert is to benefit the Wil-Mar community center, which houses the Wild Hog in the Woods coffeehouse in Madison, WI.

Speaking of Zoom, I lost my Zoom-courtroom "virginity" yesterday morning, defending Bob's suburban traffic ticket (it was dismissed). I'd done meetings, rehearsals & kaffeeklatsches before, but this was my first time "in court" online (actually, the first time I'd even been in a courtroom in a decade). I threw a blouse on over my scrub pants--since I was visible from only the shoulders up, nobody could tell I wasn't wearing a bra. Bob could have represented himself (neither the complaining witness nor the officer showed up), but he doesn't know how to Zoom. (He does all his telehealth visits by phone, audio-only, not even FaceTime; he refuses to join--or is procrastinating about joining--Doximity, which is how my own docs do video visits and non-portal e-mails).

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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Apr 21, 2021 11:32PM Taco1946 wrote:

We have moved often and I always think I have purged, but then there is more when we move again. I took pictures of several items, before the last move - I had needlepointed 8 chair covers for the dining room set that wouldn't fit in the smaller house and now have them as prints on my office wall. I was just going through pictures from our trip to Africa over 10 years ago and realize that I can now even get rid of most of them. Ken's SIL is a REAL hoarder. Her son says he's just going to call "the Jesus truck" when she dies and have them empty the whole house. Sadly, I know she's hanging on to some stuff that doesn't even deserve to be recycled. She must have paid a fortune to have it moved from Texas to Colorado. If her son doesn't want boxes of his grade school art work, I don't think Jesus will either.

Loved today's quote, Jackie. I just spent 2 hours in a car with a woman who rambled on so much that all I could think about was silence.

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 21, 2021 11:58PM karen1956 wrote:

We have a crawl space that has way too much stuff - about half is kid stuff - old crib, high chair, toddler bed, toys etc, - every time my kids come visit I try to get them to go through stuff - I tell them to get rid of what they don't want but its okay to keep what they want or the "maybe'" but it is getting way too long to go through it. I also have luggage that belonged to my late parents and more stuff/. Slowly I've been clearing boxes - just shredded 7 boxes of old taxes and work reports through a local shredding event. The main problem with my kids taking stuff is the cost to get it to them so it remains here. I'm at the point that I just say to my husband - they can do what we had to do when is mother passed away after living in her house for close to 45 years - rent a dumpster for all the garbage or stuff that wasn't sellable then hired someone to do an estate sale. My late parents had downsized a few times but even when my dear mother passed away and living in a one bedroom apt it was amazing how much stuff she had that we had to get rid off. My kids can divide our house when the time comes -

DH and I say both our late mothers were a little horders, but that may be due to being the depression generation.

Cold, damp day today. And a little snow but not enough to accumulate.

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Apr 22, 2021 09:16AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning, ladies. Love this conversation. My biggest junk pile is the garage. I have started to purge it several times and took stuff to the Goodwill and the dump. I never get it finished and more accumulates. We still have room for a truck and a Jeep. It is an oversized 2 car garage, in Florida standards. DH says he would like to have a 3 car garage, but I know what would happen. The 3rd bay would become a junk room. I still remember trying to get my mother's house cleaned out when she died. It was a nightmare. The estate sale people saved us. I don't want my heirs to have to deal with the same mess. LOL

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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Apr 22, 2021 09:55AM carolehalston wrote:

I, too, enjoyed the conversation this morning. My sister Linda is married to a hoarder, but his tendencies are extreme. He can't throw away a magazine or a catalog. Their large old house is a nightmare. She has tried to throw away stuff but he brings it back inside.

DH is a hoarder but his territory is a large workshop in a separate building. He brought home stuff his father had hoarded and has it somewhere in the workshop. Old motors and things that might prove useful. When his father died, we filled two dumpsters cleaning out the house in Oak Forest, IL, that had, unfortunately, both an attic and a basement.

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 22, 2021 10:07AM Betrayal wrote:

My Mother had items in her home labeled with the name of who was to get it when she died. She used small pieces of masking tape to label and put it on the bottom of the item. It was understood that we were to honor the label. If we wanted to swap amongst ourselves that was permissible but no stealing from one another. I did swap for a cherry table with my one DB and later found she had kept the original bill of sale for the table in its drawer. Whatever was unlabeled was to be offered to the grandchildren. When she sold her home she moved in with my DB and we were encouraged to take the items then so she got to see us enjoy them. For anything we had gifted her over the years, we were offered first dibs on taking it back. If we declined, another could claim it. I just hung some small ornate Italian wood floral paintings I had bought her in Florence ages ago. Brought back memories of that trip and her pleasure in receiving them. They hung in her dining room for years. Now they are in my MBR.

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 22, 2021 10:07AM IllinoisLady wrote:

It's possible to have too much in life. Too many clothes jade our appreciation for new ones; too much money can put us out of touch with life; too much free time can dull the edge of the soul. We need sometimes to come very near the bone so that we can taste the marrow of life rather than its superfluities.

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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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Apr 22, 2021 10:22AM IllinoisLady wrote:

So true that those who grew up during the depression tended to keep a lot of things. In my mother's defense, she didn't keep things endlessly, but they would at times ( old sheets or blankets and towels ) get recycled into dog beds or rags or cover sheet covers for something she wanted to keep the dust off. She also saved hand towels and other give-aways in boxes of purchased laundry soap.

Also in her favor, she kept her 'keepables' in excellent shape and anything of fabric was scrumptiously clean. So she had two or three sets of dishes ( one set coming from points she got from buying some product over and over.

She too though had some things that just needed to end up in fil 13. I remember one of her boxes labeled " to be sorted on a rainy day " but she passed away before the day came. That is one of the boxes I will go through now -- and I hate to admit Mom passed away in 1998. Funny, just like our family thyroid issues ( grandmother, mother sister and myself/thyroid ) we seem to inherit the wait for a rainy day and for me it has been a long time coming. I'm actually looking forward to that one box since it has waited so long. I think it will get easier and I will hold in my mind the picture of great satisfaction when I get through all of this. I am likely lucky my daughter ( she was so shocked when her brother died ) chose to return to live here ( not only in Ill. and the town where I was born ) in the house we have now. It is making it imperative that I get the sorting done once if not for all ( knowing it is never for all ) as even more so due to the fact that it is taking up every corner of my living room. Fortunately I have no kitties in my screen room anymore so a lot if there as well. It will all get its time -- but the screen room is not as urgent as the living room.

I hope you all have a fantastic bright, beautiful day. We are having sun here. Will be in the 80's next week but still coolish here now.

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 22, 2021 02:24PM karen1956 wrote:

My late MIL would re-use the wax paper bags that were in cereal boxes! And she used the boxes too. Both mothers were amazing women. My husband and I were lucky to have wonderful parents. They are missed. My late FIL passed away in 1983 - my DH has outlived his father by a few years age wise. My father 2013, mother 2018 and MIL 2019. Lots of fond memories!!! Before the estate sale after we finished cleaning out the house, I took photos of all the rooms - we had the house updated with new carpet and paint before it was put on the market. Luckily it sold quickly and my DH and niece closed on the house just before Covid shut the world down. Except for cleaning out the house, all was done long distance. Fed X made a good amount of $ on shipping boxes to CO, OR and ON.

Weather is warming up and sun is starting to peek out of the skies but its still pretty gray - low 40s and by Monday mid 70s.

Happy Earth Day!

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Apr 23, 2021 08:32AM carolehalston wrote:

I had been to the gym every day this week and didn't feel like going to chair yoga yesterday. Instead I took my Prius to the dealer for an oil change and tire rotation. I'm signed up for golf this morning but an accident on I-12 has the route to the club clogged with traffic. So I may/will probably have to cancel. So I guess it's back to the gym for exercise class since the traffic should have cleared by 11:30.

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 23, 2021 09:22AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning. It is a beautiful morning, though last night was bad for DH. He is still have the cluster headaches. They are not as bad thanks to the medication, but I will be so glad when they stop. I hate to see him in so much pain. Today is laundry day and I might paint my toe nails.

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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Apr 23, 2021 10:06AM IllinoisLady wrote:

When was the last time you stopped to listen to the wind blow through the trees? Or stopped to listen to a river as it flowed past you, or the crickets and frogs and other living things as they make their music? When was the last time you listened--truly listened--to a favorite song, paying attention to the lyrics, the drums, the rhythm, the guitars or strings? -Tom Walsh

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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