Topic: thread for middle age to older Christian women.

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: Mar 19, 2010 12:30PM

Posted on: Mar 19, 2010 12:30PM

spar2 wrote:

I would like to start a forum to meet other middle age or older women who have bc and love the Lord.  Try to live your life for him, walk the walk and talk the talk.  Of course we all fall from grace because we are human but we are covered by the blood of Jesus.  Also this forum is for people who has a large enough vocabulary that they don't need to use profanity to explain theirselves.  I will start.

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Jul 14, 2022 12:36PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Hershey, yes I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I think once I can resume walking it will help but just doing what I feel like I need to in my house and yard zaps my energy for now but it is improving. Yes, I spend a lot of time on YouTube watching tutorials. I have saved myself some plumbing repairs on my toilets by watching them too. Finding the water pump tutorial hopefully will really save me money over time. However I was obsessed with making a birdbath for hummingbirds but decided to take advantage of Amazon's sale and bought a big saucer type birdbath and then a tiny little solar panel that will shoot water out. I think the birds are going to love this.

Chris, I am so glad to hear that your scans are tomorrow. I know not only the afternoon time but just to find out what your new med is doing will help. I will be praying for a GOOD result. Yes, I understand the short growing season but that is not stopping me from buying another flower possibly today. On sale at least. More of my flowers bit the dust so even if I enjoy them for a short period of time I will go for it. Your anniversary cake is gorgeous. Your Aunt obviously has some cake decorating skills for sure. The history of all the 50th anniversaries is really special. Okay, I will admit that sometimes I am a little clueless BUT with that said is the first picture of you and your DH? I think I get that it is your parents as the topper of your cake. Who is the couple with the guy in uniform? Lovely pictures. If that first picture is you two you both look so young and beautiful!!! I will be praying that you will not have added pain from your shot mixing with your chemo. I know this has not been an easy time for you. Praying that things will improve.

Have a good day everyone.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/13/2014 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/25/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2022 02:48PM hersheykiss wrote:

Chris, it's wonderful your scan has been moved to tomorrow. The afternoon appointment time is a nice bonus, too. Your photos and the history behind them are really special. You and your beau are absolutely beaming, so full of joy and love. The faux cake looks good enough to eat, and the teapot is a lovely family treasure. Thank you for sharing with us.

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Jul 14, 2022 05:28PM heatherpsalm34-4 wrote:

Hello, ladies. I am 4 years out from diagnosis,6/18 two mastectomy surgeries, 8/18 (BC), 8/20(prophylactic) and a prophylactic oophorectomy (ovaries and Fallopian tubes). 4/21 I have had treatment for lymphedema left side as I also had 5/8 positive nodes on left(cancer side)

I also suffer from OCD. I really struggle with fear of reoccurrence. Have had some scares, pet scans, biopsies, but PTL, NO REOCCURRENCE. Every bump or lump I panic. Still see Onc every six months. Lately I’ve had muscle like spasms on my cancer side in my armpit. Dr Google says it could be strained muscle, etc, or BC! Anyone else experience this in armpit? It’s usually when I’m active, cleaning, or up and moving. I see my Onc in August and will certainly mention it, but was curious if anyone else has experienced this.

Thanks in advance,

Heather

PS do you ever get over the panic

Dx 6/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/2/2018 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Chemotherapy 9/13/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy
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Jul 14, 2022 06:56PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Heather, welcome to this thread. You have asked a question regarding do you ever get over the panic and fear or recurrence. You are still fairly new on your cancer journey and you have a had a lot of surgeries over that time and dealing with lymphedema as well. All of those things will remind you that you have had BC. I am going to answer only from what I have observed from being on BCO for over 8 years. I think some go on with their lives after their treatments as if it was only a hiccup and don't look back. Some are fearful. I think it is normal for us to interpret every pain or lump or bump as something that could possibly be a cancer warning. Your OCD may be coming into play which makes things difficult I would imagine. Your user name has a great verse on fear. I would cling to that verse and say it out loud every day. I am guessing that your faith is something very important to you. I have a strong faith but I did have a scare about four years ago and the stress of that sent me into a crisis. I ended up seeing a social worker that worked in my cancer clinic and she only saw cancer patients and it was a free service. She was a Christian which I didn't know initially. That was very helpful to me and I did see her for quite a long time. I was dealing with some other big stressors at the time and it all came together as one perfect storm. This whole thing took me by surprise and for me the fear or recurrence hit me like a brick wall. I had a biopsy and it was sure feeling like deja vu. Before that time I was moving forward with my life and it would only be a couple of days before my mammogram that I would get nervous. As far as the armpit sensation you are having I have not experienced that before but I have had knots appear in my armpit and at that time my muscle therapist would say it is probably only swollen lymph nodes. That was before my BC and cancer was not on my radar at that time. If you have someone to talk to about your fears that might be very helpful whether it be a professional or a church counselor or a trusted friend or family member. I do know there are ladies that have been on this forum that have suffered from a lot of fear and anxiety. You are certainly not alone in that regard. My suggestion would be to send a message to your oncologist regarding your concern about your armpit area and see if he/she could give you some advice and if it would be okay to wait until your apt in August.

I hope some of our sisters on here will weigh in to your questions. It is always good to get different perspectives. Each of us has our own unique experiences in our BC journeys.

This forum is a great support and encouragement and a good place to get prayer. I will definitely be praying for you.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/13/2014 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/25/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 15, 2022 09:34AM hersheykiss wrote:

Heather, welcome to our little group.

Nancy has offered a very helpful and thoughtful post. I was diagnosed with lymphedema in 2018 and occasionally get odd sensations on my left side that feel like fullness/stiffness in my wrist, elbow, or armpit. Messaging your MO now puts your concern on his/her radar. A message to your lymphedema specialist may be helpful as well.

I will be praying for you and your upcoming appointment.

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Jul 15, 2022 06:17PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

In my devotions today this scripture jumped out at me. I thought many of us need to cling to this even though this is a Scripture that we don't relish living through. It is 2 Cor. 12:9 in case they resize to where you can't read the verse.

Chris, I am praying for you for peace as you wait for results of your scans today.

Hershey, how is your shoulder doing? How is your Mom. I pray for her often and think of the residents enjoying their community garden which hopefully is doing well now.

GB How are you doing?

Carol, how are things going for you?

Wheatfields, how is your stomach doing?

Jean. how is your LE therapy going?

Teka, I hope you knee is continuing to cooperate so no more Flamingo posesSmile

Heather, we are praying for you.

Praying for a good night for all.

Love,

Nancy


Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/13/2014 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/25/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 15, 2022 09:19PM zjrosenthal wrote:

My lymphedema therapy is going well. Thanks for asking Nancy. Welcome Heather. For me the anxiety about a relapse has never completely gone away but it is something I don't often think about. I was initially scared when diagnosed with lymphedema a few months ago but I have now accepted that the treatment for it is manageable. I like have to keep reminding myself that it's not cancer. Staying positive has really helped me. Jean

Dx 7/2014, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Chemotherapy 9/7/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 11/2/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 11/2/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/2/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/26/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 2/18/2015 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 3/15/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Immunotherapy Immunotherapy
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Jul 15, 2022 09:26PM wheatfields wrote:

Heather, welcome and we will be praying for you. You have chosen one of my favorite verses in your user name. Both Hershey and Nancy have posted helpful ideas.

Nancy I'm glad you are feeling better, I am impressed with your learning to do repair tasks online and watching tutorials. Also, I like your devotional verse for it is one I always think of when I begin to despair about my hearing loss. My stomach is about the same, a burning sensation a lot of the time. But I have a good report on blood tests, stool test, and gallbladder test. That is where what the doctor called "starting simple" stops. Now he suggests an upper and lower scope. It's been a while since I've gone all around on this issue, so maybe it would be wise to check it out.

Chris, praying that your scans have turned out well today.

Hershey, I'm praying for your shoulder and for your Mom.

GB I hope you are enjoying your birds and work is going better.

Praying for all of you that you have a weekend full of blessings!

Wheatfields

Dx 4/26/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/16/2019 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 6/16/2019 Hormonal Therapy 7/28/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2022 05:48AM gb2115 wrote:

Welcome Heather! I don't have OCD but I do get pretty debilitating anxiety. It definitely makes the cancer harder to deal with. I think a normal coping mechanism is to not expect the worst, but when you've literally had the bad things happen over and over again, that no longer works for coping. I have my yearly MRI on the 26th, a year after my recurrence. I can no longer go into these anticipating all will be fine. I have to go into it with, as Nancy mentioned, 2 Cor 12:9.

Nancy, that's pretty much my life verse. 2 Cor is such a rich book. The part about where the spirit of the Lord is, there's freedom. I'm going through the Breaking Free study (on my own), and I recently had a life changing realization thanks to Beth...my truth + God's truth = freedom. It's a formula that I've been able to actually apply while worrying about things that's really helped. Moment by moment of course.

MRI coming up. Better be ok! Work is ok. I'm dealing with orthodontia issues, which for some reason always turns into a drama. I needed new retainers (my teeth are quite happy to be mobile almost several decades after braces). It's been a time trying to get them right (multiple remakes). I just wore my new set last night and I think they need to trim it off my gums a little more. I worry about osteonecrosis with gum pressure because of the Zometa. But it's hard to tell if the retainers are ok until I wear them overnight. I only wear them every other night, alternating with a night guard, so I will wear them again Sunday night and see how it feels.

We had baby blues hatch and fly away! We got to see one fledge (and hop awkwardly into a bush), but missed the others. One egg didn't hatch, but the rest of them survived the heat waves we had!!! These blues don't tap on the window like the previous family did, but it was still a joy to have them here!

First Dx IDC in 10/16 at age 38, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Second Dx IDC recurrence in original location 5/21. 1.3 cm ER/PR+, Her2 -. Grade 2. 2/2 nodes. UMX + AC/T + Zoladex/Exemestane + Zometa.
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Jul 16, 2022 12:02PM sunshine99 wrote:

Good morning, dear ladies. I've been more a lurker but I'll try to catch up with everyone's posts now.

Nancy, thank you for that reminder. I love that verse. I was reading a blog post by a Christian woman who was writing about envy. As I read it, the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" came to my mind – especially the part that goes, "All I have needed Thy hand hast provided." Isn't that wonderful? It gives me such peace.

Zjrosenthal, I'm glad your lymphedema therapy is going well.

Wheatfields, I'm glad to hear your bloodwork results were good. I haven't had GI scopes. Do they put you out? I think I'd be a bit anxious about that (not the "putting out" part.)

Gb, I hope your orthodontia issues can be resolved.

Welcome, Heather!

My apologies to anyone I didn't mention. Insomnia is contributing to my loopy-ness (as if I needed any help with that!)

Carol

my-sunny-side-up.com Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul. Dx 11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/26/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External Local Metastases 5/5/2020 Radiation therapy: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External Local Metastases 5/12/2020 Radiation therapy: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)

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