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 10:30AM

Posted on: Mar 19, 2010 10:30AM

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.

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Aug 21, 2014 10:49PM SpiritBlessing wrote:

Hi Sisters!  That is a great idea for DH support. I know that for us we are support for one another as he is going through his health issue as well. We take turns caregiving. I often have thought that God has blessed me with handling the chemo well because I need to be string for him too. He needs me as much as I need him. We are blessed for certain. 

Anita I know my DH (Steve) has friends he talks with and also our pastor stays in touch with him so it helps a lot. I make sure he goes out and has coffee or lunch with guys too. Does your DH take time for himself when he can?  I know it's was hard Steve when I was early in my treatment but I would make him. 

Tomorrow we are having our office Ladies Retreat and so we are all leaving the office at noon and heading to the ocean for the night. There are 7 of us and so we should have a good time. We started doing this a couple of years ago and last year we didn't go because of my dx so they all didn't want to do anything. So we will have a good time and celebrate and few things my healing and also a others back healing and also another who just found out today she is having twins. I will have fun but it will be odd leaving DH behind but it will be good for him too. I think my brother is coming to hang out with him and watch football. 

Sue I have your surgery noted to be sure to be praying. I also have your time set on my phone so I can see the time difference. I know you're worried sis but just try and find comfort in our Lord and His promises. You will find such peace. Trust and Believe!

Thank you all for your prayers for my family as well. My son had his biopsy so hopefully should hear something Monday he was told. As for me I have my appt scheduled for the gyno at SCCA so we can have my annual and also discuss the options for hysterectomy or just ovaries or what. I am looking forward to get the ball rolling on this. She wants me to have an ultrasound first so I will be doing that. Guess it's normal to have a little nerves as it brings back memories of that horrible day of dx. Can't believe it's been a year as it seems like a few months ago. Lots has happened and I am so glad to be here chatting with all of you. Have a blessed night Lady Warriors and know you're in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day. Love ya Lucy. 

Do not be afraid - I am with you! I am your God - let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you. Isaiah 41.10 Dx 8/28/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 11/5/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/25/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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Aug 22, 2014 02:35PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Hi ladies,

It has been almost nine days and I am still having stomach issues. I would appreciate your prayers for wisdom for me. At this point I have to consider that it might be something other than a stomach virus. I have been on Anastrozole exactly a month today and it could be side effects from that or it could be from the added calcium as well. I may have to fiddle with some of this to see what might be causing this. It could be a very tenacious virus and that is what I am hoping it is.

Sue, I hope your lung procedure you had today will give you much relief and I hope there are no issues going into surgery. Do you have someone that will be able to be with you at the hospital? With the surgery change I can imagine that upset all of your plans you had in place. I continue to pray for you for strength in all areas.

Lucy, I hope you are already enjoying your office retreat. Sounds like so much fun. I can't imagine living near the ocean. I get excited when I see any little body of water! We have seen lots of water here the last couple of days. Rain rain, and more rain.

Anita, I am glad your sister is getting some help. That is certainly an answer to prayer. The caretakers website sounds like a God thing to me. I didn't know you could have chemo and radiation at the same time but that is what it sounds like for your bil. I am still praying for you and Mike and your DH as well.

Char, I see the school busses coming and going from my neighborhood now and think of you. I am praying for a great school year for you and for complete recovery for you knee. I can't imagine you are going to do two more races. Can you share some of that energy with me please. LOL

Bev, I would go nuts at a 70% off plant sale. LOL I hope you can get your plants like you mentioned. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to grow things in Texas and I think you had mentioned you were in a drought before. My garden overall looks rather sad in places. I usually go crazy with annuals every year but with my March diagnosis that put a halt on my plans. I had some friends who really pushed me to have a few flowers and that is what I did. I am glad they pushed me to do that because it is hard enough seeing all my empty pots on my patio. I was really into lots of container gardening. It has made me appreciate the few plants I do have and I have really enjoyed them. My friends did offer to help me water if it got to much so they were really looking out for me.

Deborah, I hope you are doing well.

Sharon, I'm still praying for your house selling.

Angie, How are your chemo treatments going?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Love,

Nancy

 


 

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/12/2014 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 22, 2014 09:29PM milehighgirl wrote:

Good evening dear sisters.  I hope everyone had a good TGIF.

Nancy, it sounds like you need a trip to the doctor.  Any chance you can get in soon?  So sorry to hear you're dealing with the stomach issues.  What a pain as I think we can all relate.  I will pray it goes away soon and you're back to business as usual.

Lucy, I trust you're having a great time on your getaway.  Nothing like a ladies weekend out!

Char, sending up extra prayer for you this weekend as you prepare to go back to school.  It will be just fine - just first day jitters.  Remember Freshman year?  lol 

I had what will hopefully be my last thorocentesis today.  There was much  more fluid that I thought there would be since I just had this done on Monday.  I would have never made it to next Tuesday.   Also had a new doctor I'd not had before and he was good.  Also nice and chatty and fun - just what I needed.  He was also well versed in lymphedema and was very informative.  I think he enjoyed answering all of my questions. 

I did have some new leg pain tonight in my most swollen leg and it's in the area where I had the tumor radiated.  I'm so hoping it's just because I was sitting most of the day and not moving around much.  Then had to deal with yet more bleeding in my tumor in a new area of the breast.  I called the onc's nurse this morning to ask what others were doing to get it to stop and unfortunately it wasn't too helpful.  Need to turn to my natural cures for an answer I guess.

One of these days I'll be posting some good news other than droning on about this ailment and that.

Praying for a great weekend for all!  Sue

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Aug 23, 2014 06:02AM ADJ wrote:

dear Sue, 

That's a new one for me, droning...

Dear sister in this walk of bc challenges. This is one place where you can lay it on us, thickly. The problem is we can't reach through the net and hug you. I don't recall if your femurs were rodded. Mine were, then irradiated, then more chemo, then lymphadema, then generalized heavy discomfort. The bc in my femurs and pelvis and other bones, actually, looked like a deadly lace tablecloth laid over my x rays.I know, different issue than yours, just seeking a bit of commonality. I rebuke the leg pain and all the fluid in the wrong places in Jesus' name. You have been such an encouragement to all here, Sue, I pray you can relax and laugh at old movies and whatever will give you a peaceful weekend.

Anita

Mustard seed faith. " I would have lost heart if I did not believe I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Surgery 1/6/2003 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 1/6/2003 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 7/2011, Stage IV, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/25/2011 AC Chemotherapy 10/27/2011 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/26/2011 Bone Radiation Therapy 2/28/2012 Bone Radiation Therapy 4/21/2013 Bone Chemotherapy 12/17/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 2/18/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 4/22/2014 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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Aug 23, 2014 01:51PM saltyjack wrote:

yes, I agree, Anita - Sue is our warrior champion....but you are, too!  You are such a blessing and inspiration. I just love the picture of you and your husband - both saying to cancer that none of this matters, because we know the end of the story and we are the victors, along with our King!

Nancy/BW, praying for you to feel much better soon. Just look outside at all your beautiful flowers! Speaking of arimidex....I started it June 1 and really haven't had many problems. I've been sleeping really poorly this past week (not all that unusual - I go right to sleep but then wake up between 2 and 3 and lay awake for an hour....or more). Anyway, particularly in the middle of the night, I notice that my fingers are stiff and a little painful. I just flex them a couple of times and it goes away but I figure that's probably part of the joint stiffness SE? I've been keeping up with my running (well, if you can call it that - our triathalete, Char, certainly wouldn't!). I slog around the neighborhood 3 times a week....but it's more than I've done for the past 30 years or so! I've always taken my dogs for walks a couple of times a day but they're pretty much "sniff and stroll" activities. In fact, the neighbors laugh at me, dragging my greyhounds down the street - can't imagine them running and winning races at the track. Oh well - they're retired now....racing days are way behind them.  :)

Praying for all you special ladies - God bless you. May He give us special blessings tomorrow at church.

love, Bev

God's will won't put me where His presence won't sustain me. (from "The Red Sea Rules" by John Morgan) Dx 8/12/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 8/29/2013 AC Targeted Therapy 11/21/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 11/21/2013 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/21/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/6/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/31/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 23, 2014 02:46PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

HI ladies,

Yes I agree with Anita. Sue you can "drone" all you want because I am about to. LOL Seriously I am too amazed at how all of you ladies cope with a lot worse off than I have. I am praying for all of you. Sue, how is your breathing now after being drained yesterday? I am continuing to lift you up dear one.

Bev. I am trying a few things today to eliminate to see if anything else is causing all this grief. My intestines feel like they have been run through the ringer at this point. Yesterday was the worst which was very disappointing. The last two days I had such a stiff neck I could hardly move my head. The first two days on the AI I had terrible pain up the back of my head. All strange and new stuff but it went away. The neck is better today. I canceled all my apts this weekend and will stay home tomorrow and rest. I had hoped to be back to swimming when I got home from my mom's but then this all started and I thought it was a stomach virus. I had been walking but didn't get much in at my moms because it rained so much. That is taking a toll on my mental health at this point because I haven't walked since getting back home because of all of this stomach stuff too. I had been used to swimming a mile (or was it half) four times a week before bc in March. My mind is going too. LOL So I am not used to just laying around. I am driving myself crazy. lol  One of my former coworkers had a special type of grey hound. Are there little ones like Italian or something like that. They are so cute. I have a cat but get a big kick out of all the people walking by with their dogs. I just love to watch them. I know how important this drug is so I will hold on for a little more and then call my MO if I am not better by Monday. I had hoped to drop in and talk to the pharmacist today because I have some meds waiting for me there but don't even feel like doing that. Okay my whine is over now!!!! And this too shall pass!!!!!  Hope you are doing well. How many more infusions do you have to go?

I hope everyone has a great weekend. We had some bad storms and a little while ago it sounded like my house was struck by lightning. It scared me to death. All is well I think! Hard to tell from my Lazy Boy. LOL

Love,

Nancy

 

 

 

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/12/2014 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 23, 2014 07:22PM ADJ wrote:

thank you, Bev,

I guess I don't know what to say other than, back at you! I have been tip toe ing here more than posting, and yours is one name I look forward to finding !

Anita

Mustard seed faith. " I would have lost heart if I did not believe I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Surgery 1/6/2003 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 1/6/2003 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 7/2011, Stage IV, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/25/2011 AC Chemotherapy 10/27/2011 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/26/2011 Bone Radiation Therapy 2/28/2012 Bone Radiation Therapy 4/21/2013 Bone Chemotherapy 12/17/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 2/18/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 4/22/2014 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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Aug 23, 2014 07:24PM milehighgirl wrote:

Hello all,

Well I sure don't feel like much of a warrior - just feel like a slug these days.  I must be at my low point from my chemo because I slept all day today.  Didn't do much of anything other than sleep and sleep some more.

Nancy, so sorry you're still dealing with this crud.  Have you looked up the side effects of your new drug?  It almost sounds like it's the drug but it's just a guess.  Did the doctor give you any anti-nausea to go along with it?  Worth a try girl.  We'll keep praying it goes away.

Bev I commend you for wanting to get out there and get moving.  I'm so isolated here with no where to really walk.  My condo is tiny so even walking around it doesn't get too many steps in.  There's always tomorrow, lol.

Thank you Anita for your prayers.  Is your pain from the bone mets?  I too am praying the tumor is not returning.

Just biding my time until surgery.  Have a good night everyone.

Sue

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Aug 23, 2014 10:31PM SpiritBlessing wrote:

Sue my dear sister, sorry to hear you had a rough couple of days. Praying you're strength comes soon and your sleep you've been doing is healing your body. You're still a warrior and don't think anything different as you fight harder when you are your weakest. Glad your procedure went well on Friday. Always nice to have a nice doc or nurse to deal with as it makes things go smoother. What new things did you learn about lymphodemia? Are you still having that new felt pain in your leg?  When we spoke last we were just talking about how you had not experienced pain with it so I am praying this is not the issue. Do you know why your tumor started to bleed?  What did you do for it? I will call you tomorrow in the afternoon. 

Nancy praying you're able to to have some relief on your stomach issue. Is it the same and steady or has it gotten worse?  I agree look it up and see if this is a SE from the drug. 

Anita praying you are able to have some relief as well. Praying the se are better and you're not experiencing pain. Praying for your BIL as well. I too have not heard of rads and chemo given at the same time. That has to be so hard on the body. 

Bev I have noticed my fingers have been sore and stiff at times but I do some stretching and popping and then they are ok. My knees are also pretty sore at times. 

Well the overnight with the office gals was good and I think everyone had fun. I was a little out of sorts at times as a couple of them did a lot of drinking which I knew would happen but there was one who drank a lot and it was hard for me to see. But I didn't have to share a room with either of them so I was glad. I shared a room with a gal who is a hired temp and she is a Christian and just found out she is expecting twins. So we later low while the group went to the nearby casino and when they got back we all played pictionary. We also had a really nice dinner at an Irish pub/restaurant. We eat there many times and the food is great. Got home earlier today than expected which was nice. 

A while back I posted that my niece was dx with her osteosarcoma in her lung after 5 years of being off treatment. She had surgery 5 months ago and they removed the lump in her lung and started a study trial on a breathing chemo treatment and she found out on Friday that there is another tumor and it's larger than the other one maybe. So in 4 months of the breathing treatment it is not working. She is 23 years old and is pretty discouraged. She has had a rough time with her cancer. Five years ago when she was dx she had it in her knee and ribs so they replaced her knee and put a rod down her leg and they replaced 3 of her ribs. She had 10 months of hard chemo drugs. She is looking Into going to a place in Texas where they focus on sarcoma and has a better survival rate. Her mo wants to have the surgery to remove the new tumor soon. Please add her to your prayers, would appreciate it.

Well sisters know you're all in my thoughts and prayers and thank God for having you in my life right now. Feel so blessed for our friendship and support. Have a restful sleep and chat soon...Lucy 

Do not be afraid - I am with you! I am your God - let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you. Isaiah 41.10 Dx 8/28/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 11/5/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/25/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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Aug 24, 2014 07:14AM KateW wrote:

Good morning everyone, I just wanted to quickly jump in and tell you all what great role models you are to me. I don't often post but do read all the time and am praying for you also. 

I updated my blog www.katebeatingcancer.blogspot.com. But couldn't share that my sister went behind my back and into my files at the hospital to have another radiologist read my most recent scans. He supposedly found a new spot that was supposedly missed by the other 2 different radiologists that had read them (one being specifically for the clinical trial I am on) So since I won't see my doc or have another scan for 8 weeks, I felt I needed to ask for the scans to be re-read. Will have results back this week. On one hand, I am SO angry at her for not only violating my rights and in my opinion playing God, but also that she confessed that she has done this with every scan I have had! She has asked me many times if I wanted her to do this to get results faster etc. and I have always said no. I am a rule follower and honestly think that no good comes from sneaky. I can't change results knowing them before my doctor can tell them to me. It has also put me into an awkward position with my oncologist whom I really like. She was rightfully upset for my sake and I of course couldn't /wouldn't tell her it was my own sister as she would surely lose her job. I get that she is worried about me and feels like she was helping but... Ugh it has just opened a can of worms. I also hope and pray her "guy" is wrong in his findings.

Thank you so much for letting me vent as I know this is such a safe place for me to do so. I haven't been able to tell anyone this new snafu and have been stressed out about it. I also know you will send prayers for wisdom on how to move forward with our relationship and for the right results to keep me on the path of treatment that is best.

Again, thank you all so much!

Much love, Kate

Dx 7/27/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/2014, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-

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