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May 10, 2021 05:40PM
May 10, 2021 05:44PM
Welcome, RaggedEdge. Hang in there--at 65 you can get Medicare (and if you can afford it, buy a supplement that covers the co-pays). It felt incredibly freeing when my Medicare kicked in, sort of like how it must have felt catching the last helicopter out of Saigon in 1975.
Almost as freeing as when I got my second Moderna shot and again once 2 weeks had elapsed. I only hope you were able to be vaccinated too (I understand TN's gov't refused any more Federal supplies long before demand had dropped off). If you are hesitant, know that having cancer is a risk factor for serious illness should you catch COVID--which is why cancer patients had priority early on when demand far exceeded supply. The sooner everyone (including, as of today, those 12 yrs old & up) gets vaccinated, the sooner it'll be safe to fully reopen everything.
I like TN--been to Nashville four times and Memphis nine (not counting a guitar festival I once played in Jackson, midway between the two). I especially love the Great Smokies, en route to an annual folk music conference in the Blue Ridge foothills east of Asheville, NC--I am addicted to mountains, and am seriously "jonesing" because I haven't had my "mountain fix" since 2019. (Chicago can be pretty, but soooo flat. When I first got here from Seattle decades ago, I used to drive up to the "ravines" in the N. Suburbs just to see "terrain" and be able to shift my automatic transmission into 2nd gear like I used to in the Cascades. I drove up to WI in March to record a couple of concerts, and really enjoyed seeing hills, such as they were). My son & his fiancee are going to a wedding this month in Jackson Hole, WY, flying into & out of Bozeman, MT with a side trip to Yellowstone. They've fallen in love with Montana.
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....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)