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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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Nov 29, 2021 03:17PM MinusTwo wrote:

Here are Jackie's last couple of posts. Hopefully she got her valve replacement done & is resting comfortably - just with out access to a computer.

11/12 - I actually have another scope coming up end of Nov. and first week of Dec. I was hoping this valve replacement would be done before then but not sure of anything right now.

11/16 - More good news I think. Got a call this morning to go into Marion and see the Cardiologist. 10 a.m. this coming Tues. 23rd. I am anxious. I feel okay, but am a mite tired of having to take such care with all I do.

11/17 - My Cardio appt. is two days before Thanksgiving and my family is wondering if I'll even be here. Who knows. Right now I seem to be holding my own with my medical issues, but that could change and may depend on what the Cardio Dr. thinks. We will have to see.

11/18 – She posted a short paragraph on another thread, but her last post here was only a quote.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Nov 30, 2021 09:25AM carolehalston wrote:

I don’t think Jackie is on Facebook. Also, she never posts with a cell phone.

I did a lot of walking yesterday and my knee did bother me during the night.

I’m hoping to pick up my repaired laptop today. It needed a new fan. I looked at notebooks yesterday at Sam’s Club, the type that students use in school. They’re like miniature laptops. When this laptop stops working, I won’t replace it with another one. I’ll get a notebook or a tablet. I think either would serve my purpose.

Fingers crossed that Jackie checks in today

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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Nov 30, 2021 09:46AM petite1 wrote:

Maybe Jackie is in the hospital.

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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Nov 30, 2021 10:44AM carolehalston wrote:

That’s my guess, Petite. Remember she mentioned the possibility that she would miss Thanksgiving meal.

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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23 hours ago 1946Taco wrote:

Carole - my husband loves his iPad. I still want a laptop because I spend lots of time doing genealogy and want a full keyboard.

Beautiful day for golf today but my knee is throbbing. Restarting acpuncture tomorrow. Usually 10 sessions keeps me good for 4-6 months.

Obviously something has happened to Jackie. Wish someone from her family would post.

Dx 11/22/2016, IDC: Tubular, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Radiation Therapy 12/28/2016 Balloon-catheter Targeted Therapy 2/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/3/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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23 hours ago - edited 23 hours ago by ChiSandy

Jackie was scheduled to get a heart valve replacement at the VA hospital down in Marion, near the southern tip of IL (she lives in the east-central part). It's extremely major surgery, and I doubt they'd release her to rehab at home without someone to help her. (Remember, she is used to being the helper)! The IL VA hospitals will not hesitate to admit patients, since they are not under the same pressure from insurers & investors to sacrifice safety for profit. I'm pretty sure she'll check back in here when she regains internet access. But I do hope the Moderators know how to contact her backchannel! I don't even know her last name, only that she is Jackie from Centralia.

I'm thinking that we senior BCO-ers might want to form a "care chain" to check in on those geographically fairly close, from whom we've not heard in a while. (E.g., has anyone in the DC/Baltimore area heard from Trill)? Maybe we can do so by PMing our e-mails, Facebook avatar or url, websites if we have them, or phone numbers?

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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11 hours ago carolehalston wrote:

I am using my laptop this morning after two weeks of relying on my phone as a mini computer. The loud buzz is gone, thanks to the replacement of the fan.

I iced my knee a couple of times yesterday. I'm considering a trip to the gym to walk on a treadmill. Or maybe a walk in the neighborhood. Both my sisters have knee issues and they told me their physical therapists were big advocates of icing after exercise.

Taco, I was an avid golfer for years, since 2000 when I switched from tennis to golf. The last few years I've lost my golf swing and the enthusiasm for the game has waned. My current knee injury gives me another excuse not to play.

I think Sandy has explained Jackie's absence. I certainly hope Jackie is doing well and getting good care.

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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3 hours ago MCBaker wrote:

Saturday I was going to the local bike mechanic's. I had gone too far, and took a u-turn. My bike and i had an argument with the curb, and I was a major loser. I sort of sat up and my right foot was in the right pannier. I surveyed it some more, and it was pointing the wrong direction. Two people offered assistance, and I asked them to call for an ambulance. I asked them to go over to my friend's garage, and he has the bike. They put a foam rubber splint on it. X-ray did not reveal anything lining up with my symptoms, so they did a CAT scan. The rear part of the tibia is sort of crushed, and there is a lot of soft tissue damage on the left side. I had my first visit to the orthopedist today, and now have a hinged brace with all sorts of velcro.

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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3 hours ago carolehalston wrote:

Mary, bad news about your bike accident. Hope the injury heals well.

I walked 25 minutes at a slower pace than I usually walk for exercise. I chuckled to myself when my uninjured knee bothered me at first more than the injured one. Later at home I iced both knees and they both are none the worse for using them.

It was such a beautiful day that it was a pleasure being outside

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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3 hours ago MCBaker wrote:

I hope so. I only have a few degrees of movement, and it is set at a comfortable angle. I visit here only with my laptop, and the seating here is uncomfortable.

Tippy is adjusting well, on tieout for making poopies and pee. A friend offered to take him for a walk. He was scared, but I told him it was ok. I guess he ran most of the time. I cannot let another person take care of him, given that reaction.

They gave me crutches, but I prefer a walker. So I will be quiet for a few weeks.

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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2 hours ago - edited 2 hours ago by ChiSandy

Oh, Mary, so sorry to hear that! (It has strengthened my resolve not to try to learn to ride a bike, despite some snarky young Greta-Thunberg-esque bike warrior on NextDoor asking everyone who criticizes bikers' safety-violating behavior "why don't u ride?"). It's illegal here for anyone over age 12 to ride a bike on the sidewalk (if there are no bike lanes or "shared streets" you're supposed to walk your bike--per posted signs--until you can reconnect with a safe roadway to ride). I used to try to ride my mountain bike (with 20" training wheels) in my 40s, but I never felt safe doing so and gave it up. It's not just cyclists terrorizing sidewalk pedestrians (without so much as an "on your left" or a bell)--I've nearly been mowed down by skateboarders & people on scooters (and I don't mean the mobility kind).

IMHO, just because someone reduces their carbon footprint, it doesn't give them carte blanche to blow through stop signs and even red lights, much less endanger pedestrians & dogs on sidewalks. People need to accept that they don't have a right to do whatever they want if it endangers others, just because it's inconvenient to obey the law. City-living requires giving up some advantages of living in a small town or suburb.

Just out of curiosity--anyone else here find themselves typing "z" instead of quote marks ("z" is too close to the L shift key), commas instead of periods, "s" or "d" when they mean "a" (or "a" for "s")? It doesn't happen on my iPad's "smart" keyboard or phone onscreen keyboard--just the MacBook. I often find myself closing one eye when typing or writing online (I have "convergence-insufficiency" since childhood), and having long nails (and a cat occasionally standing on my L wrist) doesn't help. It's getting to where I have to enlarge the text on the screen so I can catch my typos before I post them--and alas, sometimes after).

Currently waiting for a perishable & valuable UPS package supposed to be delivered between 2-9pm--all afternoon, according to the tracking map the truck has come within a block of my house before going elsewhere. It's so frustrating that there is no way to contact drivers or have the local distribution center contact them. We want to go to dinner tonight, and fear porch pirates. (We don't have a doorbell or camera--but judging from all the videos posted on NextDoor of porch-pirates getting away scot-free, the only defense is to be by the door, able to see the truck if it pulls up, until delivery is made and then quickly haul it inside). We had a package from Macy's porch-pirated a year ago--the mailman saw it but did nothing except tell me, "hey I just saw someone steal something off your porch and run away." Fortunately, the package contained shirts Bob didn't want because they lacked pockets, so I just asked for and got a refund.

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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2 hours ago 1946Taco wrote:

Carole - DH says he has never known a golfer who enjoyed golf so much when they play so badly - but I persist. Our Niners group is small and not very competitive. Our goal is to just have fun and I usually do. It was my life-saver during Covid. Played in the same 4-some in separate carts and we were very careful when we went in to post as we all have high risk husbands. We are all now boosted and feeling generally comfortable. To anyone's knowledge, we only have one couple at our country club who is "immunized" instead of "vaccinated" and I stay clear.

Dx 11/22/2016, IDC: Tubular, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Radiation Therapy 12/28/2016 Balloon-catheter Targeted Therapy 2/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/3/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)

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