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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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Sep 24, 2021 08:09AM MCBaker wrote:

Yes, an electric tricycle is more expensive. I was given a tip on one, but it had been in storage for more than ten years, so I was concerned about the condition of the tires and battery. I was also concerned about the owner not having the power to sell it. I called the local bike shop, they are currently very busy. If I have to get training wheels, I will. But at this point, I figure that fine-tuning the visual part, and hopefully the labyrinths in the ears for balance should be an advantage.

Praying for you, Cargill. I would like for all of us to be able to reach 85 at least.

I often exert myself beyond comfort, but I am coming to expect a painful next two days, and accept the consequences. There is no way I will increase my gabapentin just to get a higher tolerance of activity. I would end up in the same place, anyway. Shutting off the pain receptors could be catastrophic in the long run.

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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Sep 24, 2021 09:36AM AnnieG11 wrote:

thank you, Carole.

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Sep 24, 2021 05:00PM Betrayal wrote:

So I spoke with the GI specialist today and after 3 colonoscopies in 15 months he recommended that the best option to rid myself of this pre-cancerous lesion (no polyp found this time, just nodular mass where it had been) is to have an extended appendectomy during which part of the cecum is also removed to ensure clean margins (I suspect). This type of lesion uses a pathway of spread similar to that of ILC in that it is sneaky and hard to detect. He said that he was not expecting the nodular mass to be anything more than normal bowel tissue but because it was not there a year ago, he biopsied it. Since they know it was in the appendiceal orifice initially he said they are unable to evaluate if it has invaded the appendix and it would be too risky to keep it. He was telling me that I am "young for my age" (nice to hear but he is older, too) and that he thinks removal will give me more years with less worry. I agree and he offered to contact the chief of the colorectal surgery department to perform the surgery and says that he refers all his patients to her. Nice to have someone who can make those connections for you plus this will get me in the door faster. I saw the email he sent to her so I will wait to hear from her office. The procedure is performed laparoscopically so perhaps it will be OP? He had already spoken to my normal GI doc so she is aware of what is happening and I will see her on Tuesday for a regularly scheduled annual visit to get other questions answered. So now that there is a tentative plan I feel better but this has been a hell of a year. Have a good weekend everone and thank you for your support.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/30/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 24, 2021 05:22PM MCBaker wrote:

That sounds like a quick and very safe response to the situation. Glad your doctor is on board with such a plan.

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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Sep 24, 2021 07:25PM 1946Taco wrote:

Cargil2103l - I was 70 plus when diagnosed. I stopped AI's after 30 months. Tried both letrozole and femora. I too looked at predict and decided it was the right choice for me. Five years coming up and I've not looked back. I think for many of us "older ladies", QOF is weighed differently than for younger women. My knee replacement wasn't successful and both my orthopedic surgeon and I think the AI's were a contributing factor. If I had even thought to ask about that, I would have quit them before the knee surgery. While I am currently "well" and my mother and grandmother lived into their mid-90's, mine has been a "life well lived" and I don't want to die like they did of senile dementia. My mother's last five years were miserable and she begged to die.

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 2/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/2/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 24, 2021 07:33PM Betrayal wrote:

Fingers crossed that it is, Mary. The thoughts of another colonoscopy in the near future was alarming and something I was hoping was off the table. He did present 2 options; one of which was to do nothing but then he explained why he was not in favor of this option and why he was opting for the "standard of practice" as the second option. I do feel this was informed consent and that it was a team effort rather than paternalism. My GI doc recommended him last year for my initial follow-up and he is the chief of the endoscopy/colonoscopy service so I feel his recommendation was based on his experience and took into consideration my concerns.

I hope your new bike will provide you with the means to be out and about. I hope you own a bike helmet? If not, please consider one. Unfortunately as we age, we are no longer weebles and we do fall down :-(. Not sure if you remember them but they were toys my children had and I unearthed a slew of them when we had to vacate the attic last year, now my grandchildren play with them.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/30/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 24, 2021 09:03PM - edited Sep 24, 2021 09:05PM by ChiSandy

"Weebles wobble but they don't fall down." A blast from the past for sure. Fisher-Price? I remember that in the early 90s, Arsenio Hall had one of those flat-top "fades" with shaved "sidewalls." Gordy said "he looks like a Weeble."

Mary, I second the recommendation for a good helmet--but also elbow pads and cycling gloves. I wore all three when I rode a mountain bike with 20" training wheels. (Still have it, but it'd be a pain to haul it out of the basement, reinflate the tires, and store it--space in the garage is already tight and I already had the first one stolen from under my deck, where I'd U-locked it to one of the posts. I found the lock in pieces on the ground--likely frozen with some kind of spray and then shattered. Same thing happened to a friend's "The Club" steering wheel lock). If I had a secure place to store it I'd spring for an adult trike--electric or not. Then again, with the current system of shared streets, bike lanes and "walk your wheels" sections of major arterials, and cyclists who blow through red lights & stop signs I'm not sure I'm ready to join the ranks of the bikers. After all, I used to ride on the sidewalk because I was afraid of cars.

Jackie, Transderm Scop rocks! Sorry to hear you & Betrayal had less-than-clean scan/biopsy results; but you are getting fewer lesions each time. And Betrayal, nobody needs an appendix. (At least tonsils have a function). The surgery would very likely be OP or at most a "23-hr. admit." You'd be losing less of your colon than with a hemicolectomy (my DH's was for a perfed bowel & my neighbor's was for in situ colon cancer, and both went home the next morning). That doesn't mean you shouldn't take it easy, however.

My BIL's thyroid biopsy came back benign! Not sure what if any treatment he'll have going forward, as my sister didn't say whether it was a goiter or just a nodule--should ask about the bloodwork.

I have my 6-month checkup next Thurs. with my melanoma MO, Dr. B. at Kellogg. Not having any symptoms, but he messaged me reminding me to get a liver MRI and chest x-ray--but as long ago as two weeks ago the first appt. I could get was all the way up in Gurnee (45 mi. away, 3/4 of the way to WI) on next Tues. at 5 pm. Will have to go up there much earlier to avoid driving with the sun in my eyes. Yesterday I drove west at 6 pm and had to put my visor all the way down as far as it'd go (not far enough), put cataract shades over my sunglasses, crank up the defrosters, pull over constantly to wipe down the inside of the windshield. (Maybe also get a car wash and new wiper blades). Come to think of it, we'll be driving west at about the same time tomorrow to go to a hospital dinner-dance at the Morton Arboretum. I think it might finally be a sign that the L capsular clouding (behind my artificial lens) is finally symptomatic--should get it lasered ASAP.

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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Sep 25, 2021 05:43AM IllinoisLady wrote:

You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain and learn to accept it, not as a curse or punishment but as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose. -Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

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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Sep 25, 2021 05:57AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Betrayal, it is nice to have a plan and one that sounds pretty positive all way around as well. Hopefully you will get OP surgery. Always good these days I think to spend as little time in the hospital as is feasible.

Sunny and cool today. Such a change from a week ago. We are enjoying it but the rally cool morning temps. will have lots more acorns and leaves coming out of the trees. The deer are coming to the yard all the time now. Not unusual to see eight or ten meandering after the acorns. We come and go and while some will scurry away a fair distance, some just look as if to scold us slightly for 'almost' interrupting their repast. We love to see them, but do worry when they are docile because they have gotten so used to 'people'. It makes them easy targets if they are in the wrong place.

Expecting SIL to make it in today. Sure hope so although there will be a truck to un-load. This has been a 'need to get done' since 6 mos. ago so the thought of its being shortly behind everyone is already inspiring feelings of contentment.

Nothing else special planned for the day -- just the normal things. Hope you all have a great Saturday.

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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Sep 25, 2021 10:55AM Wren44 wrote:

Sandy, I wear double sunglasses driving west in the afternoon. There are places where you just can't see.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Sep 26, 2021 05:31AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Perhaps, indeed, there are no truly universal ethics: or to put it more precisely, the ways in which ethical principles are interpreted will inevitably differ across cultures and eras. Yet, these differences arise chiefly at the margins. All known societies embrace the virtues of truthfulness, integrity, loyalty, fairness; none explicitly endorse falsehood, dishonesty, disloyalty, gross inequity.

Howard Gardner

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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Sep 26, 2021 05:41AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Expecting a really nice morning today. Even more so as SIL made it home by about 10 p.m. last night. Said huge rains going through Colorado tore up some of the interstate and he had to find another route through -- I guess almost a full day of driving having to be devoted to that. Nice to have him back. Not only the truck with all their things, but a trailer and boat behind. Hmmm. Well, we do live on a lake. SIL can enjoy some quiet fishing as he really is a hard worker and much like my dad -- not really satisfied until the job is finished to the best of ability.

Just catching up today. Since we had the incident with the surge protector and I changed many things around -- I do have some accessory work for sorting out old paper-work and out of date records that can be shredded.

Hoping you all have a good day and are recovering steadily from any issues. Saying hi to those who haven't come for a bit.

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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Sep 27, 2021 06:30AM carolehalston wrote:

Summer like temperatures in the forecast for this week.

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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Sep 27, 2021 07:00AM CindyNY wrote:

Today was supposed to hit 73, partial sunny. Now it’s calling for rain from now thru 3 pm. The rest of the week highs in the low 60’s. Our pool is closed with only the filter needing the hose put in to make sure it’s totally clean. I had hoped to do that today. It will have to be after the rains, ugh! Never put off for tomorrow what you could have done today (yesterday for me).
Enjoy the day.

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 11/13/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 27, 2021 07:00AM IllinoisLady wrote:

I move through my day-to-day life with a sense of appreciation and gratitude that comes from knowing how fortunate I truly am and how unearned all that I am thankful for really is. To have this perspective in my everyday consciousness is in itself a gift, for it leads to feeling "graced," or blessed, each time. . . . Every time I see beauty around me I appreciate what I am seeing, and simultaneously I have this sense of appreciation—for being alive to have this particular moment. -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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Sep 27, 2021 07:06AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Ah, I know the great art of putting off a few things here and there. We are going to have a bit of heat today, but minus the humidity so not all that bad. Truck goes back to the U-Haul lot today. Cleaned it all out yesterday -- we had a four car garage that was full and now it is even fuller. That is okay. I don't know if it will actually get done this late in the yr. with winter approaching -- but I've talked it up to Dh to let our SIL set up ( massive clean-out ) the garage as he would like it since Dh is not going to be doing all that much. That may end up as some "fixing" to get by and then a Spring project. Will have to see.

I see you are having something of our same weather at your summer place.

Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week.

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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Sep 27, 2021 07:29AM - edited Sep 27, 2021 07:30AM by Irisheyes756

Good morning, I am a new member to the BC club, I received my DX 8/23/21 SX 9/17/21 Lumpectomy and 2 node dissection. according to path report I am Stage 1b, T1N1mi. I am 65 yrs old. Although I have peace, it is hard to get my mind around that I have cancer. I hope that this will be an outlet for me and to have suport from all those that have walked this path before.

Irisheyes756

L breast 12mm Invasive and DCIS 1 sentinel node micrometastis Dx 8/23/2021, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/16/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
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Sep 27, 2021 07:35AM petite1 wrote:

Good morning, all. It is a beautiful morning and in the 60's. I went for a long walk and so pleasant. The infected bug bite or sting is slowly getting better. I was concerned that I survived BC to be taken out by a bug.

Caargill2013, It is a difficult decision, but you have to do what is right for you. I did not do chemo, but am on the 5 year hormone therapy. I have the mutant gene. Both grandmothers had BC and several of my cousins. My mother had ovarian cancer. I think it is the same gene. So, I went for the 5 year therapy, but had a PET scan before. I wanted to make sure that I didn't have cancer of something else. You have to do what you are most comfortable with.

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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Sep 27, 2021 07:36AM MCBaker wrote:

Irish, glad to see you here, sad to see that yet another has the dreaded C. Will you have chemo or radiation? HER2+? Hormone status? You can put all that information in your signature.

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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Sep 27, 2021 07:44AM Betrayal wrote:

Welcome Irisheyes756 to the club no one wants to join. As a new member, we are here to support you, answer questions, let you rant and just be there for moments when you need a friend and someone who knows what you have or will experience. You can list your info (and it does help) under your entry and make it public so all who read your message will know what your status is. This can be entered on the same area where you registered for BCO.

Wrapping one's head around a cancer dx is hard but all of us have done that and somehow managed to find a way to deal with it, sometimes only on a day by day basis and others for longer periods. I am 5 years in and still have a day now and then that is a challenge. So what you are experiencing is not unusual or unexpected and may be difficult for those without BC to understand. We do so reach out to us as need be. ((Hugs)).

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/30/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 27, 2021 07:46AM Irisheyes756 wrote:

Thank you MCBaker for your welcome. I am ER+PR+HER- I am told. Waiting on Oncotype DX21 results. I was told before sx that I would have radiation, low chance of chemo save results of the test.

Irisheyes756

L breast 12mm Invasive and DCIS 1 sentinel node micrometastis Dx 8/23/2021, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/16/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
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Sep 27, 2021 07:59AM Irisheyes756 wrote:

Thank you Betrayal, I am grateful that there are places to go to be with others that have an awareness beyond book knowledge or I know someone. I look forward to discovering the methods and strategies of addressing the physical, and emotional challenges that lie ahead for me.

I have long believed that everything we go through will help us as we travel further down our road.

Irisheyes756

L breast 12mm Invasive and DCIS 1 sentinel node micrometastis Dx 8/23/2021, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/16/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
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Sep 27, 2021 08:09AM carolehalston wrote:

Irisheyes, I remember that lingering disbelief after my bc dx. The refrain would run through my mind. "You have cancer..." It took me a full year to return to "ordinary" life. Good luck with your recovery.

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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Sep 27, 2021 08:15AM Irisheyes756 wrote:

Oh my yes, Carole, On of my activities is that I sing, I spoke with my doctor on Thursday got DX then on Friday I had a singing engagement. As I was singing, that thought was pounding in my head, I struggled with words to the song.

I am so glad that you said that! I feel more normal.


Irisheyes756

L breast 12mm Invasive and DCIS 1 sentinel node micrometastis Dx 8/23/2021, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/16/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
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Sep 27, 2021 08:30AM Beaverntx wrote:

Irisheyes, once again welcome to the group none of us volunteered for! You have found a wonderful place for information and support.

I've been lurking rather than posting. We've had a busy last few months. Older son and family moved to South America, his oldest daughter staying with us as she searches for employment in publishing after completing her degree in journalism. She is also primary caretaker for the dog they could not take with them. Said dog will meet up with them when they are in the states for a meeting and will go back with them.

Younger son missed two chemo treatments due to being in quarantine with 3 of his kids, one after the other not at the same time, testing positive for Covid. Fortunately he is able to work from hone most of the time so his work time was not impacted and he has tested negative. PET scan last week, one lymph node lit up so back to another round of chemo.

On the bright side, my mammo was "benign post surgical changes". DH is scheduled for an ultrasound of a probable cyst in his breast tomorrow. You know where I am trying to keep my mind from going!

Enjoying cooler mornings, still having highs in the 80s and 90s. Forecast is calling for possible rain all week, hard to plan outdoor activities.

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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Sep 27, 2021 09:51AM Irisheyes756 wrote:

Thank you Beaverntx, It has felt so good just reading and having a place to share about our C and our life.

I have just begun my journey, yet I can hear those along cheering me on.

I feel encouraged to be here, often writing helps me to clarify my thoughts and feelings.

I can sense that even though our backgrounds are different and perhaps our homes are far apart, our hearts are one.


Irisheyes756


L breast 12mm Invasive and DCIS 1 sentinel node micrometastis Dx 8/23/2021, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/16/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
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Sep 27, 2021 03:37PM - edited Sep 27, 2021 03:39PM by IllinoisLady

Irisheyes756. Let me welcome you as well. I am the "quote lady" so I am here on a daily basis. Thinking past when I first got my dx. I was veered between shock and thinking I just might die. Well, that was in 2007. Had 6 months of chemo and 7 full weeks of rads. It is hard to hear those words, you have cancer. Yr. after yr. I had mammo's and nothing was there. I became complacent thinking it was nearly a waste of time but something my Dr. insisted on once a yr. Then I heard those words and my whole life changed instantly.

I would not wish the dx on anyone but I would have to say I have grown in so many ways and I think ( I so hope ) I have become a happier, gentler, more caring person who can forgive easily and look on each day I'm given as a special gift. I'm 76 and still work two days a week and volunteer a couple days a week. I have some struggles like anyone, but as one quote says " while I'm here I might as well dance " or something to that effect. Sounded good to me so I expect to be dancing for a very long time yet.

I'm so glad you found us and I wish you well on your journey. We are a small group here and I think each person considers the rest as wonderful friends to share time with. I'm not great on the medical answers, but I always look for something of an uplifting quote. By the way, I as well believe we grow by the 'trials' we overcome.

Wishing you soooo well.

Jackie

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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Sep 27, 2021 04:29PM CindyNY wrote:

Irisheyes - you are not alone here. And again, welcome to the club no one wants to belong to. It’s knocked me down, made me research and question what was being done, also to fight to get through. But its reminded me not to judge others because who knows what their path includes. Best wishes to you on your journey

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 11/13/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 27, 2021 07:25PM 1946Taco wrote:

Welcome IrishEyes - This is a journey but we will help you navigate it. There are no dumb questions here.

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 2/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/2/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 27, 2021 07:26PM 1946Taco wrote:

OK - everyone. After we told IrishEyes to post her diagnosis I tried to redo mine with my new name and seem to have failed. Never been very tech savey so please help.

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 2/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/2/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)

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