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Meet other women who are similar in age and dealing with age-appropriate issues.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2010 11:00PM

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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May 7, 2018 06:53AM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Ade, I am glad that James is able to do all of this work. That is a miracle in my book! Since I am still on an AI I don't know about your fatigue. I have fibromyalgia and fatigue is my number one enemy all the time so I can sympathize. I am glad you were able to do all that babysitting. I am sure that takes a ton of energy.

Debbie, thanks for your continued encouragement.

I will be leaving on Tuesday for my Mom's and I will be there for about three weeks. I have an added stressor. I just realized yesterday that I have some wind damage to my roof and my front porch. I have a bone density scan out of town on Monday and then will run home for a short time and then off to an annual physical that got rescheduled from last week. I am not sure how I am going to deal house issue as I am afraid of water damage because of these damages that I can see.and being gone for so long. It is too late for me to get a contractor out to assess damage. I am feeling stressed over this but God will work out a plan. I need to trust that.

I will write when I can but I know it may be pretty crazy since my sister and I need some time to continue clearing thing out of my mom's house.

I will 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: Left; 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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May 7, 2018 09:41AM footprintsangel wrote:

Beauty Beyond the Storm

Gray marbled clouds hovering,

Thundering loud and strong...

Worry, despair, and doubts abound

In the midst of a raging storm!

Then suddenly, clear out of the blue

A ray of sunshine beams

Into the darkness of my life--

Hope comes bursting on the scene!

Amazed, in awe I stare

At a whirlwind wonderland

As strife--caped mountain melt

Under the power of God's hand!

Yes, sometimes life is filled with blizzards

Of trials and your not warned;

Still, healing comes when you look up

And see there's beauty beyond the storm!

By Millie Torzilli

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May 8, 2018 08:54AM - edited May 8, 2018 09:30AM by footprintsangel

Rest Beneath His Wings

In this restless world, Lord, help me to be still

And walk in peace, surrendered to Your will.

In all I say and do, may You be glorified, From 

morn til eventide.

When the day is done and darkness falls again,

Let me  forget the things that brought me pain;

And with a grateful heart, find rest beneath Your wings,

Until  the rising sun, new hope and healing brings.  God bless You all!

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May 9, 2018 07:38PM JO-5 wrote:

Hello Ladies,

I have been seeing and hearing so much lately that shows that we are living in a world where so many think all roads lead to Heaven.


(Franklin Graham in the latest Decision magazine)

I can say AMEN to this because it is also what I believe.

God bless all of you and I pray for healing and peace for all of you as you battle this giant of bc and all the pain and anguish that comes with it. I pray that all of you have a personal relationship with Jesus.

I am having more pain than usual because I had to stop the anti inflammatory and can only take Tylenol, but you know what.......Praise God I am still here and hope to be able to reach some of my grandkids for the Lord. Some are saved but away from the Lord, some are not saved.....and I believe the time is short before the coming of the Lord.

God bless you all.

Joanne




Org dx 04 lumpectomy rads arimidex stage 1 grade 3 no nodes er+pr+her- 2014 rads induced angiosarcoma, wide excision 2015 angio recurrence, rt mast. Lat flap, 1/3 flap went necrotic, skin graft leg to chest Seeing dr every 3 to 6 months.
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May 10, 2018 11:41PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Joanne, guess what banner I am ready to post without seeing yours......................here goes. Amen to your post.

Debbie, when I realize that over 38,000 times you have posted inspirational posts it is mind boggling. I am resting beneath His Wings. It is a safe and peaceful place in the midst of the storms of life.

I got to my Mom's house on Tuesday night. I wasn't expecting the emotional impact to hit me so hard again but as we go through this transitional phase I know God will be right there by my side. I didn't get to sleep until 4 last night. I got up and watched some really inspirational Christian programming which I think was meant to be.

My Mom was coughing alot when I was visiting yesterday. I know the allergy season is in full bloom and I imagine that is the problem. She looked like she hadn't slept but she said she did. I am going to give her my Mother's Day gift today I think. I took one of my orchid photos and had it blown up on canvas. I have recently started making greeting cards and I have I used the same photo for the greeting card.

I would appreciate your prayers for strength in all ways and that I can accomplish a lot in the clearing out of the house. My sister has done a ton of work which I am very thankful.

I will post as much as I can. It is very different with my mom being 25 min away from her house. I don't have the luxury of having my computer when I am with her.

I will be praying for you 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: Left; 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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May 11, 2018 12:09AM Ade wrote:

Thank you all for your banners and poems. We ALL need them!

Nancy - so glad you made it to your mom's ok. Praying your house will be fine until you can get back and have someone look at it. May the Lord give you strength and wisdom in having to deal with your mother's things. I know that's difficult.

Amen Joanne ~ Jesus IS the only way of salvation, and He's coming back for His own soon. The Word says to encourage one another with this blessed hope. We can look to our future with joy no matter how dark this ol' world gets.

It's a bit of a long story but the short version is that when we built this house we were scammed out of $38,000. Out of money, we had to move into just a shell with only a bathtub for water, a toilet, just stud walls without any plasterboard, no kitchen, a tin roof overhead (VERY HOT in the summer heat!) No AC, no heat, no hot water, and a mattress on the floor. NOT what we had planned! We had to use credit cards to get the house livable - on which we are STILL paying $1,500+ a month on a modest fixed income with increased medical debts too. Previously we were taxed on just the land, as the house still has a LOT to be completed. Well they assessed it at 100% even though James TOLD them all that was still incomplete. I went to the tax office to apply for a homestead exemption and asked what the new tax rate would be. It will go up * * * 557.14%! * * * I don't know how we can manage that and our medical & credit card debts too. I told her WHY the house was unfinished and she was sympathetic and said to file an appeal, for which we will have to attend a hearing. I submitted the appeal form and photos the same day (Monday) and now we wait. Please pray they will significantly reduce that tax amount - or we may lose the house and I don't know how I can physically do another move. James can now run circles around me (for which I am glad for him) but I hope my onc next month has some suggestions/answers. - And I broke a tooth last night. :o( God is still on the throne and things can ALWAYS be worse. We praise Him in the sunshine and the rain. Amen?

Keep looking up,

Ade

P.S. Deer corn is not in the budget anymore so I told them the free lunch is over. (They still get fresh water & veggie scraps).


Dx 11/2015, IDC: Mucinous, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 11, 2018 11:12AM footprintsangel wrote:

God is Ever Faithful

Our life is full of challenges

That change from day to day;

Each lending to us vision

To guide us on His way.

For God is ever faithful,

His watch will ere He keep,

With patience, perseverance,

Fulfilling that we seek

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May 11, 2018 05:36PM JO-5 wrote:

Ade,

Praying your taxes get reduced and SOON, to relieve some of your stress.

I am with you.....no way could I move again. We are even slowly downsizing and getting rid of "stuff" so when the time comes that moving is inevitable ..... there won't be so much to do.

Praying for that unspoken request as well.

Nancy,

Praying for you and your sister as you take care of moms house. That is a tremendous undertaking. Been there....done that twice and I know how much strength it takes.

Foots,

Bless you for your poems. Always nice to read.

Ladies,

I just can't remember everything and if I go back to look I'll lose all this.

I pray for you as I read.

God bless and strengthen you all.Most of all Peace.

I am battling stomach problems but I believe it is improving. My dr has drilled into me over and over if whatever "it" is, gets better......it is not cancer, even if it takes a while to improve. Since I don't get over anything as fast as other folks, I have to give it at least 4 weeks, not the two recommended.....and sometimes even longer.

Stress always makes EVERYTHING WORSE so beware of that when you are going through stress.

I still have two daughters that are very sick and not getting answers......and grandchildren away from the Lord.

Praising the Lord for the improved health of another daughter.....that I got to see this week, as she lives in Florida. She has lost 40 pounds, has her thyroid under control, and looks great!

God bless,

Joanne

Org dx 04 lumpectomy rads arimidex stage 1 grade 3 no nodes er+pr+her- 2014 rads induced angiosarcoma, wide excision 2015 angio recurrence, rt mast. Lat flap, 1/3 flap went necrotic, skin graft leg to chest Seeing dr every 3 to 6 months.
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May 12, 2018 09:31AM footprintsangel wrote:

In His Time

Did you know that He carries you?

You are one of His lambs.

He comforts and guide you

By His strong, loving hands.

He will never grow weary

And won't turn you away.

He knows all Your heartaches,

And gives you gracefor each day.

He has walked through the valleys

Of darkness with you

Have you given Him praise,

For the trials you've been through?

Then look up and give Him thanks,

He is working out His plan.

Even though your load seems heavy,

In His time you'll understand.

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May 12, 2018 07:10PM Ade wrote:

Thank you Debbie for another good message - we need that!

Joanne, I'm sorry about your stomach problems. I know that whenever we have ANY ailment our minds go to mets (even when assured otherwise)! I pray that resolves quickly, that the Lord heals your daughters soon and that all of our wayward grandchildren come to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus SOON. Thank you for your prayers too.

Nancy - praying all is well with your mom and that you don't overdo on the household sorting. Tell her Happy Mother's Day from all of us! :o)

MOTHER'S DAY BLESSINGS TO YOU MOMS ~*~ & everyone have a wonderful weekend!

Ade

Dx 11/2015, IDC: Mucinous, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 13, 2018 10:13AM bandwoman1234 wrote:

As we honor our Mother's on Sunday we know that this day may be difficult for some whose Mother is no longer with them. We have some who are not Mother's. I pray that whatever your situation you can honor a Mother. For those of you who have children around to help you celebrate your special day my advice is to cherish this time with her while you are able.

Ade, I am praying for you for a successful appeal with your property tax situation.

Joanne, praying for you and your family with each of of you needed a healing from the Lord.

Debbie, as always your poems touch our hearts where we live and is very uplifting and comforting.

My sister and I are seeing great progress in the house situation. Thank goodness she can lift heavy items where my back is too bad. I have had two really awful nights of insomnia and I sure need a good night's sleep.

Praying that those of you who are either a Mother or have Mother to celebrate will have a chance to bless her. If you only have memories of your Mom who has already passed I pray that you will reflect on that relationship and Praise God for your Mother.

Take care dear sisters.

Love,

Nancy



Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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May 13, 2018 07:20PM - edited May 28, 2018 06:49AM by Teka

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Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.
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May 13, 2018 11:19PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Teka, praying that you have a good report after your mammogram tomorrow. Praying for peace in that wait time!!

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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May 14, 2018 05:35AM - edited May 28, 2018 06:49AM by Teka

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Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.
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May 14, 2018 09:14AM footprintsangel wrote:

Answers

I ask God to strengthen me,

I prayed all through the night,

For I have heavy burdens to bear

That may not turn out right.

Then God did answer me;

" The burdens will not stay;

Just trust in my Word and keep the faith--

I will lead the way.

And believe you will have strength--

You are in my care.

There are churches for worship and songs to sing--

Blessings are your to share."

And then I quickly realized-

If my burdens come my way...

Faith is a shield--God is there-

Answers come as I pray.

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May 14, 2018 11:28AM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Teka, I am glad to hear that. That is God's spirit comforting you. I pray that you can bask in His comfort and calm throughout these next few days as you have the scans and wait for results.


Amen to that Debbie. Powerful!

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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May 15, 2018 10:06PM NeverForsaken wrote:

Praying everyone here is having a good week so far. I enjoyed the company of two of our daughters spending the weekend with us..We stayed up all night watching movies..one bout sharks which we all fear even though none of us lives near an ocean, lol!

I have six rads left (counting today) which I am getting ready to go to. My skin is holding up very well, and I am only dealing with fatigue which started last week. yesterday was my Herceptin/Perjeta infusion, so today I am more tired than usual, but I wanted to come on here to check on everyone, and to pray for those who ask.

This morning I was singing praises to the Lord and crying as I felt the Spirit shining light through and around me..I remember feeling like I could not wait to shed this earthly body in order to praise Jesus in the spirit and in truth without hindrance...I needed to experience this again (this is not the first time) because lately I have been feeling very down about dying..I get so depressed thinking about how much I will miss my husband and daughters, and the beauty of this world (even though there is much darkness and ugliness here too)..I have encountered angels throughout my life..both angels of God and fallen ones as well, so I have always known that the "afterlife" is real, but sometimes I get so caught up in the things of this world that I forget what I know to be the true things of God..this is not our home. We are only passing through. Somehow, and I don't know how..God will wipe away all tears and we will not miss our loved ones left behind when we go home to heaven..I believe this with my whole heart..but my sorrow is for those who will mourn us..that is always on my mind. I pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding and the comfort that only Jesus can give when that time comes for each one of us, whether we are the one who is called home or the one left behind.

As I've read through the issues with each lady posting on here, and seen both the answered prayers and the issues which are still looming, I have a sense of everything being perfect in His will for each one of us. I hate suffering, as I also hate to see anyone have to go through suffering..but I know there is a purpose to everything..and God is the only one who we can trust..and sometimes it is through our deepest pain that we experience His strength and his love for us...In fact, I can attest to this through my own experience of when things seem to be going very smoothly, I can surely lose sight of God and begin to trust in my own strength, or in the things of this world (like money)..I know this is human nature, and even the Israelites forgot God from time to time even though they experiences Him over and over again during their travels through the desert.

These are just my thoughts of the day as I write this I just want you ladies to know that I am praying for all of us..Our families too! And God is forever faithful and capable and He does care about each and every detail of our lives!

I want to encourage everyone to just simply praise Him today..God inhabits the praises of His people..and in His presence is fullness of joy..and the Joy of the Lord is my strength..and I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!

"But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel." (Psalm 22:3)

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (psalm 16:11)

Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)




~Blessings & Love~ and remember, we are...~Never Forsaken~ Dx 12/17/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 12/26/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 1/24/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/24/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Dx 10/9/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 10/25/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 4/3/2018 Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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May 15, 2018 10:48PM IntoLight wrote:

Thank you, Neverforsaken, for your beautiful words of praise. I know God has a perfect plan for us all here on earth and in heaven. I am with you--sometimes I long for heaven but other times I mourn the thought of leaving this world and my beautiful, loving family. I struggle with not wanting to leave my family with any debt or sadness. I am reluctant to pursue a cure at all cost just to live a few more months. Is this wrong? I don't know. I am not suicidal at all, but rather I choose life lived in the fullness of God's love and have faith God leads me in His perfect will. I take care to treat this broken temple of God well, and do what I can to be as healthy as possible. I have worked hard all of my life so that I can have the resources I need for this very scenario. I believe God has led me all along the way and I am here to praise Him and serve His people as long as He gives me breath. Sorry to ramble, but my servant's heart just wants to be faithful. I know all of my thoughts and desires are covered in the blood of Christ, and He loves me the way that I am.

I shared with my choir last week, after being absent for over a year (a story for another day). It was tough, but God spoke to me out of Romans 8, my life chapter, and I know He led me to share it with them. "There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus...38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Oswald Chambers said ""Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion but is a strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him."

Thank you for allowing me to share.


Shining the light of God's grace to the world. Dx 5/20/2016, Left, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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May 15, 2018 11:27PM NeverForsaken wrote:

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and especially your "life scripture" with me today, Into light.

I understand how you feel when it comes to just how much are we willing to do in order to prolong our earthly life..I know this is a very personal issue for each one of us and I believe there are no right or wrong answers.

The only exception, I believe are the people who have never faced a real (in your face) life or death illness or other situation who make the statement that they would never do anything like chemo etc..in order to live, but would rather just be taken home early..I have heard this from two friends..each never having a terminal dx themselves..and I would caution them that they simply cannot know exactly what they would or wouldn't do until the time came and they had to walk this road. I like to tell people that sometimes we will not have what we need until we need it.. We don't carry a heavy toolbox around with us just in case we may need something from the toolbox..That would be very exhausting! lol..instead The Lord comes up beside us and he hands us the tools we need.

I know I have asked myself from time to time just how much time, effort, and resources am I willing to put into prolonging this earthly life..and at this point, the answer seems clear that I will do whatever is needed..but that does not change the fact that there is coming a day when I will know that the only answer is that it is time to go home..whatever time remains here on planet earth is but a mere fraction of our true eternal life anyway. I have what I call my "joy meter"..that simply means that as long as I am able to experience joy in being here each day..even though that joy may be fleeting..I want to soak in as much as I can..and hopefully, bring joy to someone else. When that is no longer possible then I think I will be ready to go. After all..it is the love of Christ that transcends through all time, so our love for family and friends will never be lost if we are in Him and he in us.

Thanks so much for allowing me to ramble on here..I know the subject is pretty deep today..but this is what has been on my mind more and more lately. Again thanks for sharing and allowing me to share too!

~Blessings & Love~ and remember, we are...~Never Forsaken~ Dx 12/17/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 12/26/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 1/24/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/24/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Dx 10/9/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 10/25/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 4/3/2018 Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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May 16, 2018 02:43AM Ade wrote:

Chris and Lisa thank you for sharing your hearts. The rest of us may not have been diagnosed with advanced stages but we are certainly aware that you may well be speaking for us someday. You are women of courage and faith (as are the others who face going Home perhaps sooner than they'd imagined). Know that you are in our prayers for the Lord to wrap His arms around you and calm your fears and ease your pain (physically & of leaving loved ones). May the hope of Glory give you great encouragement and even joy in suffering.

I am going through some very dark times as my husband is having personality changes and his frequent disdain for me breaks my heart. He is Jeckyl and Hyde - probably a normal thing after 2 heart attacks - but I pray I can remain loving and kind, as Christ endured ridicule and accusation without retaliation, I may too. I poured my heart out to the Lord and He gave me His Word of comfort and love and in a devastated state I found that I was eager to praise Him. These are different circumstances I know, but we share this faithful love of our Savior getting us through the worst times. It is in the trials He draws us near and we're so thankful for that.

Have to share a praise with you. We faced losing our home as the new tax assessment took our taxes far beyond what our fixed income could bear. Without going through the details, the Lord had them cut the bill nearly in half and we will get to keep our home!!! Praise His Name!

Nancy, so glad you are working through that big task with your sister, it's quite the process but it's not forever. Hope your mom had a lovely Mother's Day. I didn't get blessed with a kind, loving mother - but she worked full time and my grandmother pretty much raised me. She was the kind of loving "mother" that I truly needed and I look forward to seeing her again someday.

Praying for you all -

With love,

Ade

Dx 11/2015, IDC: Mucinous, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 16, 2018 03:43AM Ade wrote:

Springtime in the high desert. We don't have many crocuses or tulips so the cacti do their part.

Dx 11/2015, IDC: Mucinous, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 16, 2018 03:54AM IntoLight wrote:

Ade, I am so excited to hear the news about your taxes. Yay! I have been praying for a major reduction in your tax situation, and I pray daily for you and James. God hears and knows, and most importantly, loves.

Shining the light of God's grace to the world. Dx 5/20/2016, Left, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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May 16, 2018 04:37AM - edited May 16, 2018 04:39AM by HersheyKiss

Ade, is that a flowering ocotillo? They are beautiful blooms!

Dx 3/1/2017, ILC, Left, 2cm, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 16, 2018 07:01AM Ade wrote:

Hershey - that's a choya (spelling???)

This is an ocotillo (blooming now here)

(Thank you Chris!)


Dx 11/2015, IDC: Mucinous, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 16, 2018 08:32AM - edited May 16, 2018 09:25AM by MiriamWillits

New to this group,

About ready to fall asleep as it is late here for me, but wanted to thank you, ladies, for your kind words of godly wisdom.

I was DX'd Stage IV de novo in Nov.2010.

While I had seen this thread at least a couple years ago, I vaguely thought that my age kind of made me too young, but I'm 57 now so maybe you'll letme in if I mostly listen. But I had read of some of Ade's tax troubles the other day and now, after Never Forsaken's this evening, I want to join in.

Been a Christian since age 13 but this cancer is one of the most wonderful opportunities for the Lord to test my faith and force me to give a better testimony. Looking forward to another day when I have a bit more energy to respond more intentionally.

Will write soon.

Thanks so much for you all.

Miriam (picture ispost brain surgery August 2017 - BC had crossed the blood brain barrier & a tumor in the back or subocccipital region had to be removed)


Dx 11/17/2010, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/liver, mets, ER-/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/13/2010 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/13/2010 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/17/2012 Hormonal Therapy 2/17/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 7/22/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/22/2014 Taxotere (docetaxel) Dx 7/21/2017, IDC: Tubular, Left, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/liver/lungs, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/9/2017 Radiation Therapy 10/26/2017 External: Brain Chemotherapy 4/16/2018 Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy Targeted Therapy Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab)
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May 16, 2018 09:25AM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Good evening dear sisters,

I wish I had more time and energy to respond to your heart felt posts. My goal while at my Mom's house is to see her at her facility each day or night as much as I can and still have the energy to make headway clearing out her house. Progress is being made and I know that in the Lord's timing all will work out. As I look back over this journey with my mom's dementia is is so clear how God's timing was involved. My first year of retirement is when it was like some switch in my Mom's brain had been turned off and she seemed fine one minute and the next definitely not. I was able to travel back and forth from my home to hers to see if she was able to live alone. Then in my sister's first year of retirement is when it became evident that my mom needed to go into a facility for her own safety. Again it was clear that God's timing was perfect. I could not have done this move living three hours away if my sister had not been there to help with the move long after I had to return home. I know that God's hand will be evident as I look back on this time. That doesn't always make it easy when the going gets tough and there seems to be no energy to do the things I need but it does give me peace that I am not alone in this and never will be.

Lisa, I appreciate you being so open and honest with what you have and are going through. I had a pretty good friend from my church who knew I had such a difficult time with my cancer drug the last four years say why don't you just stop it. Is it just fear that makes you want to take it? I think she stopped herself in mid sentence and realized how insensitive and inappropriate it was to say that. No one fully understands what we are going through unless they too have walked in our shoes. I have not walked in your shoes either and I have NO idea what it feels like to be Stage 4. I appreciate your openness and I do agree that God's plan in each of our lives is perfect. Praise is such a powerful tool and I appreciate your wisdom.

Chris, I have known very, very strong and committed Christians who have chosen totally different paths when they both knew their cancers were not curable. One chose no treatment whatsoever and chose quality of life as her decision and the other worked up until she went to the ER and died shortly after she did everything medicine had to offer to live more life with her family. I don't think there is a right or wrong way but as you say you will know when it is time. I think God's voice during those times is probably pretty clear. I am glad you got to share with your choir. Romans 8:28 has become my verse after bc so it is a very special chapter for me as well. You will have to share your choir story sometime.

Ade, I can't tell you how thrilled I am at your good news regarding the tax situation. There is so much power in prayer and I just knew God would not leave you both stranded with no place to live. I love your cacti pics. Yes, the desert is certainly beautiful in spring. I will continue to pray for your situation with James. I can understand fully of what you speak as this has happened in my family. I will continue to pray for this.

Welcome Miriam. We have talked about the age limit that the name of our thread suggests and even tried to have the name changed to be more inclusive. We accept anyone who loves the Lord on this Christian thread. We even had a 27 year old for a time who was Stage 4 and believed she was miraculously healed. Please feel free to post anytime and we are glad to have you even though we always wish we were meeting under different circumstances. You have obviously been through alot and we would appreciate hearing about your journey with bc.

Hershey, good to hear from you. How are you doing?

Lita, how are you?

It is very late and my brief post turned into a long novel. Sorry. I have an unspoken prayer request regarding my mom.

Have a good night dear ladies. I will post when I can. Ade, thank you for reminding me that this house situation will not be forever. When I am feeling overwhelmed I need to remind myself of that fact.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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May 16, 2018 06:45PM - edited May 28, 2018 06:50AM by Teka

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Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.
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May 16, 2018 09:11PM NeverForsaken wrote:

Hello, Miriam..So happy you decided to join in here! I am 52..and I was hesitant at first too, then after being re-diagnosed I decided this forum was where I needed to be.

Ade..Praise the Lord! I am praying you will still be able to feed your beloved deer too..and the flowering cacti is absolutely gorgeous.

We have a strange plant growing here in our Northern Michigan yard that normally onlt grows in warm climates..My neighbor from Arizona was astonished to see an 'Agave' plant in full bloom a couple years ago. It was dormant for five years and then it suddenly bloomed the most gorgeous, fragrant flower!

It has not bloomed again (yet).

Nancy, it is such a blessing that your sister is able to help. I know it is hard to imagine that this whole thing with your mom will ever settle down and things will return to some sort of normal..but that is what I mean about the Lord not wanting us to carry around a heavy toolbox ourselves..trust God to carry this burden and as you know already, he will hand you whatever it is that is needed, when it is needed and not until. At least that is what I am learning these days.

God bless everyone today~Lisa


~Blessings & Love~ and remember, we are...~Never Forsaken~ Dx 12/17/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 12/26/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 1/24/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/24/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Dx 10/9/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 10/25/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 4/3/2018 Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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May 16, 2018 10:05PM - edited May 16, 2018 11:38PM by JO-5

Welcome Miriam, and there is no age limit on this thread....never has been, just people that love the Lord Jesus Christ and will pray for one another.

Ladies,

Those posts about end of life gave me pause. Such heart felt feelings, and your willingness to share.

I have not been technically diagnosed as stage 4, because secondary angiosarcoma is not staged like breast cancer.

(I was even told once that since secondary angio is NOT breast cancer this is not the proper forum for me.)

Not technically stage 4 but a very vicious cancer that the only treatment is surgery and the stats for recurrence are dismal.

So in the past 3 and a 1/2 years I've been through all the emotions you ladies listed. I still have some really bad days.

However I want to share a few lines from a sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley. It was so profound that I wrote a good portion of the sermon in my Bible.

I won't write here all that I wrote in my Bible ...but this stood out.

Scripture was Matthew 8:23-27. They were going by sight and feelings.We all do that, I'm sure, from time to time.We must remember that God is capable of anything. He's the creator of the universe and promises to meet our needs.

Dr. Stanley was teaching about faith and he made a comment, " if God is calling you home and you pray for healing he will give you agreement in your heart with his Will."

That was a comfort to me, because I have not received that "agreement," so I continue to pray and wait and not give up. Whether we have little faith, great faith or even perfect faith it is Who we have faith in!

One of my favorite verses, and I have many, is: Psalms 56:3 "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust you."

Trust Him--His love never fails. Cling to the Heavenly Father. He is our only hope!

Ade,

Prayers for your hubby and PRAISE THE LORD FOR THE REDUCTION IN YOUR TAXES.

Nancy, praying for you. As you know, I've been there, done that. It is hard. May God give you an extra amount of strength!

Teka

Thank you Jesus for a good mammo!

Everyone....God bless and meet each need ...... one day at a time.....one step at a time.

Joanne


Org dx 04 lumpectomy rads arimidex stage 1 grade 3 no nodes er+pr+her- 2014 rads induced angiosarcoma, wide excision 2015 angio recurrence, rt mast. Lat flap, 1/3 flap went necrotic, skin graft leg to chest Seeing dr every 3 to 6 months.
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May 16, 2018 10:20PM JO-5 wrote:

I have posted this before, but thought it would be good to do it again.

I WILL TRUST YOU LORD

verse 1:

It's funny how we do it, compartmentalize ..... We plan for success and try to pass the pain right by..........But it just doesn't work that way.......God has a different plan .......He works in ways we'd never see.........Beyond the scope of man.

verse 2:

I may not understand it and even question why ..........What good could ever come from this has even crossed my mind....... But God's teaching me to trust Him more......As He works His will in me.........I rest securely in His care.........And surrender sure is sweet.

Chorus:

When the journey takes a detour unexpectedly........... And I try to accept and understand what it all means......... When I'm pressed to show the world what I really believe......I will trust you Lord...When my heart begins to faint.........Because I see a life so frayed......... And my soul cries out oh Lord how long can I keep this at bay....... In the fiercest part of battle......When my feet don't want to stay........I will trust you Lord, I will trust you Lord with my life.

Words and thoughts taken from Job 13:15

(words by Sheryl Farris - McKameys publishing)

This song has helped me through some hard times, and I hope it blesses your hearts today.

Joanne

Org dx 04 lumpectomy rads arimidex stage 1 grade 3 no nodes er+pr+her- 2014 rads induced angiosarcoma, wide excision 2015 angio recurrence, rt mast. Lat flap, 1/3 flap went necrotic, skin graft leg to chest Seeing dr every 3 to 6 months.

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