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 20, 2010 01:30AM

Posted on: Mar 20, 2010 01:30AM

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.

www.spar2.multiply.com Lets help make each other's life better
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Mar 21, 2010 09:12AM badger wrote:

Hello friends, just pulled out my old Bible to check the date, raised in a Christian household, but as an adult, I welcomed the light of the Lord into my heart on Sept. 4, 1983 wow 27 years ago.

spar you posted this wonderful video on the KWWH thread last year.  It was a nice gift, hope you don't mind if I share it here ~ stethoscope

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYI_aOyCn9Y

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 21, 2010 10:06AM mbtlcsw01 wrote:

Spar, take cae of yourself, rest and be at peace.

Mary Dx 10/16/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 21, 2010 10:37AM - edited Mar 21, 2010 10:37AM by LeapFrog39

Hi, My name is Wanda.  I was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian when I was 12 years old.  Had some very difficult times, but God has always proved Himself faithful and full of grace. I'm very grateful.

I am 40 years old and single.  I was diagnosed last March, stage IIa.  June 23 is my last treatment and shortly after that I hope to have my reconstruction surgery.

~ Wandalynn ~ ********** Diagnosed 3/13/2009 from FNA, 39 years old. BMX with full axillary dissection on right side.Final pathology report: 4cm+ high grade DCIS tumor with micro-invasive idc, 2/32 lymph nodes. ER/PR-, Her2+++, Stage IIa Surgery 4/15/2009 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 5/5/2009 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 7/1/2009 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/1/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/1/2011 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/10/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Mar 21, 2010 11:06AM spar2 wrote:

Barbe, I love what you said about God and his sense of humor.  He will laugh if you tell him your plans. He changes them for the best though.

Patoo, I am feeling a little better.  Glad to see you posting here.  I know how much you love the Lord and you have certainly been through some trials and kept the faith.

Kim, I have to say WOW I have always wondered what it would be like to be a nurse in the service.  My son was in the air force for 9 years.  Can't even imagine being in a foreign country and being diagnosed there.  So glad you have your family as a support team.

Tresha, Do you feel in you gut that you are healed?  Did you not want a mastectomy, do you have a choice between mast or rads?  what are you feeling about it all?

Susie, I know what you mean about the heartbreak over the atheists thread and so many members and I have friends that are atheist, they don't like it but I pray for them in secret.

Mary, what a wonderful ministry to help the people who have served our country.

Cakeisgreat, praying for Allie, what a nightmare for a child to go through, praying for your whole family.

GramE, good to see you here, welcome

Mary, it is so hard what you have been through with your sons but you give me hope and inspiration.  I have a grandson that is an addict.  He hasn't been out of rehab very long.  I really  don't think he is clean.  I pray for him and he gets upset, he doesn't believe in God which just breaks my heart.

Kim, I have seen you around awhile and so glad you came here to post.  Wow, I didn't know you had 7 kids either.  What a blessing in so many ways.

Groundhog, love the stethoscope video, thanks for posting it here.  Thanks for posting on the music thread too, it sooths my soul looking for songs to post.

Leapfrog, wow you will be finished up with treatments in June, is that chemo or rads?  What kind of reconstruction are you planning?

JO, one thing JO didn't tell you about herself. she makes beautiful professional looking jewelry and she is the hardest worker I know.  She gardens and cans in the summer to prepare for winter to have fresh healthy food to eat.  She has so much knowledge in that brain of hers and I do admire her so much.

God Bless all of you.  Big hugs to all of you

www.spar2.multiply.com Lets help make each other's life better
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Mar 21, 2010 12:47PM - edited Mar 21, 2010 12:51PM by illinoislady

A few of you already know me from a couple of the other threads, but this is my story.  My early years were spent in a Baptist Church.  This was the late 40's and 50's.  I learned so really love the older hymns -- like "Bringing In The Sheaths ". and Amazing Grace and the one that can still take my breath away in some parts "HOW GREAT THOU ARE".  I won't bore you with all the details, but only to say my life and a lot of ups and downs and I went through a rather long desert period where I felt lost and alone.  It was only the way God got me really ready to recognize that I was ready to accept him and my spirituality.

I and my husband as well are Gnostic Christians.  That only means that we recognize that it makes no difference what religion you are....if you love the Lord, and keep the Ten Commandments and do what you can, when you can to enhance your spirituality, and try to bring only light every where you go or are, you will achieve what you seek.  My church is anywhere --- in the streams, in a field of flowers, in my loving animals and the creatures in the woods where I live -- I can feel the presence of my Creator almost everywhere. 

I was very surprised to learn I had cancer.....no one in my family had.  But, after a few hours of crying and wondering about it, I set my feet and plunged in.  Won't lie, it wasn't easy, but I knew I would make it.  Despite losing 38 #'s during chemo, I have not had near the problems others have and most of my txs were relatively un-eventful.  I was able ( a little dicey a few times ) to continue to go out in the cold winter and frosty air and keep feeding cats at the feral cat feeding stations ( thank you God and I know the cats  were thanking you ) all through chemo.  I always came home feeling much better than when I left. 

So, my church is a meadow, my song an old fashioned hymn and I am fairly un-orthodox in my beliefs as many have come from several years of spiritual study. 

I try to live my life doing as little harm as possible to any thing or any person and try to be mindful and thankful for all that I have.  I have so very, very much. 

I don't know how often I will be here, but I'm here because of so many of the others that I have learned to easily love and respect.   Spar, Patoo, Jo, Kathleen,Melissa.  You bring light everywhere you are.  May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You All. 

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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Mar 21, 2010 02:27PM LeapFrog39 wrote:

Spar -  I finished Chemo in October...Rads were not recommended in my case.  I was put on Herceptin for a year, which specifically targets HER2 positive cancer.

My surgical Onc didn't want me to have another surgery until treatment was finished. He is referring me to a highly recommended PS in this area, but I probably won't meet with him until some time around May, so I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do as far as reconstruction goes.  I've had a large persistent seroma since the BX so I'm a little concerned about another surgery.

~ Wandalynn ~ ********** Diagnosed 3/13/2009 from FNA, 39 years old. BMX with full axillary dissection on right side.Final pathology report: 4cm+ high grade DCIS tumor with micro-invasive idc, 2/32 lymph nodes. ER/PR-, Her2+++, Stage IIa Surgery 4/15/2009 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 5/5/2009 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 7/1/2009 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/1/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/1/2011 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/10/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Mar 21, 2010 02:41PM - edited Mar 21, 2010 03:15PM by Alyson

If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be
-Scottish Blessing

This is one of the Celtic blessings that I find touches my heart.

Today is Sunday here and we have had a wonderful day. Took our GD to church with us which does mean that I don't get to concentrate on the service but it was great to hear her at 16months saying Amen.Both my husband and I are elders in the Church - Presbyterian and are very involved in all aspects of church life. DH is on the governing council of the Church.

Then came back and finished making somethings for a family lunch which was much larger than I had thought but as usual we had so much food. Little Bea was wonderful with everyone and so good. I fell so blessed having her so close and being able to take care of her while her mother sings in the Cathedral choir. 

I have had to rely on God so much throughout my life. I was ill as a teenager and then when having my children. And of course over the last three years with BC. As in the footprints poem God has had to carry me a lot of the time because I wasn't strong enough to walk myself.

There are many times when I look for the 'thin Places' which in Celtic Christianity are the places were we feel especially close to God. So Jackie you find your thin places in the open, they can be anywhere.

I will come here now and then seeking a 'thin place' where others are wise and know the Lord better than I.

Blessing of God be with you.

Alyson

PS forgot to say. I am 60, well alright 61 next Thursday, have been married for nearly 38 years and have 3 grown children with one little grandaughter. I retired from teaching at the end of 2008 - was just too tired to carry on. Have been involved with the church always and did things, like take Sunday school for many years,organise children's productions, lead the Young Adults and now run the Playgroup for mothers and babies. Was a Girl Guide (Scouts) leader for many years and involved in other community things. So that's a bit about me.

Here we go again. Dx 12/19/2006, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 23/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/19/2007 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 2/23/2007 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/10/2007 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 8/10/2007
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Mar 21, 2010 09:33PM kmccraw423 wrote:

Alyson ... is that March 25 or April 1 (your birthday)?  That is a beautiful blessing if we could only make it true.  I guess we must each do our part and maybe the rest of the world will follow.  When I first read "Footprints in the Snow" I was taken aback.  I've spent too many years looking one way of doing something.  That poem taught me there are many ways.  You just have to get a better perspective.

Jackie ... that sign says it all!  To me it is "shut up and listen."  I sometimes ask my self --

How could God talk to you when you won't stop talking?

Barbe ... you are truly an amazing woman!  I also believe God has a sense of humor!  I find that I talk with God rather than pray to him although I pray too.  I just make HIM part of my everyday existence.  By that I mean when, for example, I fell and shattered my shoulder.  After I got through the pain and had enough pain medications on board ... in talking with God I ask "Was that really necessary?"  Or, God I don't ask for much (okay I do) but I know it is His will be done not mine.

Spar ... continue to heal that leg.

Cake ... that just breaks my heart.  I will pray for Allie.  I don't understand why they are waiting either.

Kathleen Dx 10/3/2008, DCIS, 4cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 21, 2010 09:53PM cakeisgreat wrote:

Thanks for the prayers for Allie, guys! I'll keep you posted.  kmccraw, I agree...I think they are in shock.  I'm going to gently ask them something like, "So, are you planning to go to a specialist in Philadelphia or NYC?" just to put it in their head.  We BC girls have learned to be our own advocate, right?  So I hope by asking them the above it will get the wheels moving.  I wonder what goofy doctor would say, "Wait" after she's fainted so many times and the doctor wont let her go to school because of the fainting spells, but he's saying to do nothing and see if it grows?  What a DUH.  Sorry...

~Cake (is always great!)
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Mar 22, 2010 05:44AM patoo wrote:

Cake, will pray for Allie.  Did you post on the prayer thread as well?

Reading through all the posts has truly moved me.  It's a blessing to have so many of my sisters here who love and follow the Lord. 

I am 61 but was not raised in the church.  A friend introduced me to the Lord (she has since become a backslider) and I finally got into a healthy church around 2003, after following a wolf in sheeps clothing (a toxic church) for about 6 years.  However, I've been in a true Bible-believing/teaching church where I have grown tremendously in my relationship with Him.  Started 2 ministries this past year - one for older (50+) single/widowed people to fellowship (lunch after Sunday service once a month) and take day trips (theater; boardwalk; etc.)  and the other is for the congregation to help one another with small projects in and around the house so we don't have to always pay big bucks for minor jobs (paint a room; change a lock; patch a hole, etc.).  Yes, Barbe, God does have a huge sense of humor because these 2 ministries require you to be outgoing and I am the biggest introvert going; a natural follower and He has me in a leadership position - go figure!

"for we live by faith, not by sight" - 2 Corinthians 5:7 Dx 10/24/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2009 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 4/2/2009 Breast Surgery Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel

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