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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

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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Oct 6, 2020 04:52PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Faith, so glad you test was negative. I heard Dr. Fauci saying just last night that there are a couple of vaccines that could be approved by the end of this year. They are already producing them in hopes that they will be approved. He said the first bunch would go to the health care workers but he also mentioned those most vulnerable. I would think you would fit into that category. A lot will depend on your doctor's recommendation when that time comes. Probably for the general population it could be a long time later but we really won't know like so many uncertainties. I do have good news. I sent what is hopefully the last forms to the VA, I got my Mom's VA bank account set up and I got her retroactive check and got that deposited. Now I will wait and be sure the fax was received and it will be a smooth transition from one bank to another. Last night when I thought I was all done I just felt like crying that this whole uphill battle getting her some needed financial assistance was finally over. I still had more work to do on the forms today and now I feel more relief than anything that hopefully it is finally done.

I am possibly going to go back downstate since the weather looks a little more promising. The outside visits at this nursing home are not ideal as the visitors stand at a fence to be able to talk to their loved ones in the courtyard. My Mom will be 95 on Monday and I cannot possibly see myself not going at this point.

Have a good night dear sisters.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 6, 2020 05:06PM IntoLight wrote:

Faith, good news on not having Covid. I am praying all your symptoms will clear soon.

Nancy, happy to hear the VA forms are done and it sounds like it should all be ok now. Good news. I understand about wanting to visit your mom on Monday. A 95th birthday is no small accomplishment! I do regret that I didn't understand my mom's cancer issues more before she died (it was before I was diagnosed.) I visited, but not enough, and mostly I cleaned when I was there and not just sit and talk. Perhaps I was spared for a reason.

I seem to be losing ground here with my fatigue and energy and ask for prayers. There is nothing specific, and I am even on my off week taking the meds, but just feel lousy. I barely made it through a short shopping trip today. I am hoping it is just the results of getting the flu shot and my infusion so close together and that I will improve in the next couple of days. But it plays havoc with my emotions and desires to get things done. Sorry---rant day!

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- Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 6, 2020 08:53PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Chris, I can't even imagine how you feel or what you are going through. I know that it must be bad because I have "known" you for a few years as much as one can in cyberspace and you are certainly not one to whine or rant. I will be lifting you up right now as I detect fear and worry and I am sure I would be feeling the same thing. I do pray that this is a result of your chemo and flu shot combo. I am going to pray hard that Bria's school district will return to in person learning but I do know your concern over that as well with the bringing home of different germs. I am giving you a big cyber hug. I wish I could do something for you but I can pray and I will definitely do that right now.


Love

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 6, 2020 10:03PM Faith-840 wrote:

Chris, I’m so sorry you are feeling such fatigue with your treatments. I can understand a little of your fatigue, since I felt a lot of that with IBrance but I have a feeling that you are also worn out from the mental stress of working with Bria’s schooling. That is a lot to handle when you don’t feel well, and it sounds like you are also doing a lot of the normal housekeeping stuff too. It’s just too much for you right now. I don’t think I could do it even now when my only cancer med is Letrozole. I am praying for you and also that the schools open soon and you won’t have to do her online classes. You must have the patience of Job.

Nancy, so glad to hear you finished the forms for the VA. Hope all goes well, what a relief that has to be for you. It looks like the weather will be good for you to go downstate to see your mom. Even if she doesn’t understand your reason for being there, you will know that you went to celebrate her 95th birthday and that’s a big deal. Maybe there will be some tiny bit of her mind that will understand. I think you will feel good about the visit. Have a safe trip. You will be in my prayers.

Sending prayers for everyone here and all those reading this,

Love,

Faith (in the future)


Faith Dx 1/1991, Left, Stage IIIB, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/4/1991 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 2/3/1991 Mastectomy: Left Dx 1/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/22/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 1/23/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Surgery Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy CAF Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 11, 2020 12:20AM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Dear sisters. I write with a heavy heart tonight. I am down at my Mom's and got in last night. The plan was my niece was going to come from Iowa and we and my sister were planning a visit with my Mom for today until I found out before leaving that they don't do weekend visits. So my niece wasn't going to be able to see my Mom at all.

I went over to my sisters house tonight and we were out on their front porch and I didn't hear my cell phone ringing in my purse. Long story short the nursing home called my house and my cell and couldn't reach me and then called my sisters house and she said why don't you answer. I found out around 8:30 or so that my Mom had passed at 6:20. They went to give her pills and she had peacefully passed.

Her 95th birthday was Monday and it was predicted to rain so I wasn't exactly sure when we were going to see her. My niece had to go back to work. I decided to have some flowers delivered to her place today and I dropped off one of my photo cards with Cammies face on the front and said we would be visiting soon. I was not allowed to go inside the facility. I have to take some joy in the fact that she got to see those flowers and read my card. I was so afraid she would think we had abandoned her. God knows best and we have to trust that. This was similar to my Dad passing in the hospital when we were shocked when it did happen.

So I am still in shock and I imagine trying to take it all in. I know she is in heaven and at one point my sister said she has all of her fingers now which I would have never thought of. She lost two fingers in a car accident when she was 9 years old.

We have some challenges in that the church closed it's doors over a year ago so right now we have no place for visitation or a funeral. There will be no church ladies to cook a meal and we can't all meet at a restaurant because of the pandemic so some things need to come together quickly. We do have the prepaid funeral already planned so that is a blessing now.

I would appreciate your prayers for the coming days.

Love,

Nancy


Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 11, 2020 08:16AM JO-5 wrote:

Praying for you and the family, Nancy, and thanking the Lord you know you will see her again.

Psalm 116: 13

Precious in the sight of the Lord..Is the death of His saints. (KJV)

Joanne


IDC 04 Stage 1 Grd 3 no nodes Lumpectomy rads plus boosts ER+PR+HER- AI 5 yr 2014 secondary angiosarcoma from rads lumpectomy recurrence 1 yr Mastectomy with lat flap 1/2 flap went necrotic skin graft to center of chest.
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Oct 11, 2020 09:20AM Faith-840 wrote:

Nancy, you and your sister and family are in my prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss, what a shock this must be for all of you. I’m so sorry you didn’t get to see her one more time but at least she saw your card and flowers and she knows she is loved. Take comfort that she is resting in the arms of Our Dear Lord in heaven along with your dad. I am praying that somehow the funeral arrangements will all come together for you and the family. May the peace of Jesus Christ be with you all.

Love,

Faith (in the future)

Faith Dx 1/1991, Left, Stage IIIB, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/4/1991 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 2/3/1991 Mastectomy: Left Dx 1/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/22/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 1/23/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Surgery Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy CAF Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 11, 2020 11:40AM IntoLight wrote:

Nancy, my heart joins yours today in sadness over the loss of your mom. You and your sister are in my prayers during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and may the details of what you must do in the next couple of days come together smoothly and quickly. Chris

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- Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 11, 2020 02:44PM Sunshine99 wrote:

Nancy, my heart breaks for you and your sister. May you feel the peace of God surround you.

You are loved,

Carol

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, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxotere)
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Oct 11, 2020 03:33PM Ade wrote:

Nancy, I amen the sentiments expressed above. I am so sorry for your loss, but I know that you are comforted by the promise of seeing her again someday, and that she is in the arms of her Savior with a bright mind, perfect body and perfect joy and peace. Please know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers (as well as your sister). May our Lord comfort your hearts and grant you peace now and in the days to come.

With love and a hug,

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
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Oct 11, 2020 05:44PM HersheyKiss wrote:

Dear Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you and your sister find peace today and in the days to come. May happy memories of your mom comfort you and your family. You are in my prayers.

Dx 3/1/2017, ILC, Left, 2cm, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 11, 2020 06:45PM zjrosenthal wrote:

Oh dear Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort, comfort you and your sister in the coming days. Love, Jean

Dx 7/2014, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 8/11/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 9/8/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 11/3/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 11/3/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/3/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/27/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 2/19/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 3/16/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Oct 11, 2020 09:30PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Thank you all dear sisters for your kind words of comfort and your prayers. It has been an exhausting time and right now nothing is falling into place. We still have no church for the visitation and funeral. We are dealing with a funeral home which only goes into other buildings to oversee the visitation and funeral. We seem to be striking out on several fronts. The church which looked good on paper and many of my Mom's friends from her church that closed go to this church. However I just got word late that the pastor is leaving on vacation tomorrow. I left him a message on his cell and on his website and it is after 9PM and haven't heard anything from him. Actually just heard from this pastor and it is a NO. I completely understand with Covid and people coming into his church when he is not going to be there. So he suggested another church which we actually attended growing up. So we'll see. He did seem to think this was the responsibility of the funeral home to help us in this and when we meet with them tomorrow we will certainly bring this up. If we hadn't already prepaid for all of these services I could see just having a graveside service only but the cemetery would very hard to find as it is in the country and it is very small. So to say this has been difficult on top of the usual stresses of these things would be an understatement.

I would covet your prayers for some miracles to happen here.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 11, 2020 09:53PM Sunshine99 wrote:

Nancy, we will pray for a miracle for you for all of these details you are suddenly having to deal with. My heart is heavy for you, but will hope and pray for the miracle that will bring comfort and joy to you and your sister and for all those who will mourn the loss of your mother. My own sweet mother died on her 85th birthday almost three years ago. I miss her so much.

Hugs and much love to you...

Carol

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, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxotere)
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Oct 13, 2020 06:43PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Thank you Carol. It became clear to me after talking with a Pastor that said a big NO regarding renting out his church for the visitation and funeral that we needed to go to Plan B. Covid 19 was a big reason that it just made sense to not even have a church funeral. We met with the funeral director yesterday and he said they could do a viewing in his very tiny area which is not usually used for this purpose. So that is what we are going to do. The viewing will take place an hour before the funeral procession to the cemetery which is pretty far out of town in the country. There will be a graveside service which we had hoped our missionary cousin would officiate but he was in TX for the week so my sister's new church pastor will be officiating. We both felt a tremendous burden lifted after making that decision. With a BIG help from my niece who has professionally edited and is a graphic design artist we were able to get the obituary done and the picture collage for the guests made and sent off to the funeral home for them to do the brochure as a tribute to my Mom. I feel like we did the absolute best we could and will have to leave it at Jesus feet.

I know you understand the grief and loss as many of you have already experienced losing your mothers. I knew it was coming but you still are in shock when it happens. The Lord is giving me supernatural strength and I can feel the support from everyone praying. Thank you for that.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 14, 2020 07:49AM enjoyevrymoment wrote:

Good morning everyone!

Chris I am praying you get through the stress of your treatments... not a day at the beach for sure!

Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing away. Cannot imagine how hard it was not to see her! My new job I started in Geriatrics in June and when I signed up for it in the fall had no idea I would be rounding on the Covid unit (although my collaborating physician usually does unless he is off). I call families to update them, the nursing home does FaceTime and also visits through a window but cannot tell you how it breaks your heart when someone passes and the family cannot be holding their hand. We have had no cases for a long time now but yikes I cannot wait for it to be over!

Praying for you and that God will give you peace. Sorry I am not on here much but life has been certainly interesting. Let us keep going to Jesus, the author and finisher and be used by Him in this nutty world. I truly believe He is rising up in us to be the light.

While I have not "met" everyone on this forum except when I was off work when in 2014 after my breast cancer journey please know you are often in my thoughts. Prayers for each person who is dealing with so many things. Hugs

Cindy

There are certain things cancer cannot rob you of unless you allow it to. Dx 2/19/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/18/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2014 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 8/6/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 15, 2020 09:53PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Hi dear sisters.

This is the day after the funeral and I am alone today with starting on the legal affairs for my Mom and alone with my thoughts. I was supposed to go to my sisters but got too busy on the phone dealing with the affairs. Being put on hold for all the myriad calls that need to be made will be a super test of my patience for sure knowing that because of Covid they are longer wait times than usual.

Cindy, it is great to hear from you. I can't imagine working in the Covid unit but God has certainly placed you in a very important role in communicating with families who are under such tremendous stress having loved ones sick and not knowing if they will ever see their loved ones again. I never thought I would be one of those people losing a parent and not being able to see them. My Mom didn't have the virus but because of pandemic protocol we therefore were not able to see her while in quarantine. If it wasn't for the Lord I could see how people could lose their mind with worry. I am sure you are a very steady and calming voice of compassion for these families and that I am sure is a blessing. Check your PM's.

This song always slays me and I just had to listen to this tonight knowing that my Mom is beholding Jesus now. It is a strange bitter/sweet time of knowing she is now reunited with my Dad and all our family that has gone before her to heaven but feeling the enormous loss. I think the distractions of the list of things to do before and after the funeral are in some ways small blessings from the heavy load of loss and sadness.

If you have a few minutes this will bless you as no one can sing this like Sandi Patty can. Some of you that are not familiar with the Gaither's will wonder why it keeps showing Dottie Rambo. She wrote this song We Shall Behold Him and she had her own family trio called the Rambos with her husband Buck and daughter Reba.

Have a good night and weekend dear sisters.

Love,

Nancy



Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 15, 2020 10:20PM IntoLight wrote:

Sweet Nancy, thank you for reminding me of this song. It always stirs my heart also. I have been thinking of this a lot lately especially with all that is happening in current events. Sometimes I want Him to come quickly but then I think of my lost family members and want more time.

I have been praying for you during this time of grief and sorrow.

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- Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 15, 2020 10:38PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Thank you Chris. I understand what you mean. I think we probably all have family and friends who need the Lord and have either fallen away or have just turned their back on Him. Thank you for your prayers. I hope you are feeling some better with your chemo and with Bria's remote learning. I talked with some family about that yesterday who have children who are teaching remotely and how crazy it is. Returning to normalcy is what we all want and I don't know if we will ever have a normal again. It may be a new normal. Take care. Praying you are doing better.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 18, 2020 02:00PM Ade wrote:

I haven't posted much lately but you have all (especially Nancy) been in my prayers.

We were exposed to folks who were directly exposed to a covid positive family at their church and who did become ill. So we self-quarantined for two weeks, which are up as of today. Neither of us felt well, but thankfully not truly sick either. (Mild cases?) During this time one of my dearest friends in her 90s lost her only son suddenly, and another dear friend's son had three 90% heart blockages and had stents put in. He now has kidney problems because of being under anesthesia for so long. Prehaps if he had insurance it would have been bypass surgery. One night we were up all night with Maggie. She seemed confused and shook, and her one hind leg was not in control. I could tell she was very frightened. We prayed, gave her an asprin, and watched her and she recovered by morning, but I thought we were losing her that long night.

Yet we give thanks for the Lord's love, presence, compassion and strength in hard stress filled times. Now, Nancy, you will begin to enter into a recovery phase (from which we are never really completely out of) but a new phase of life anyway. Everyday will have its own challenges but you have only to whisper His Name and He is always there for you to comfort, guide and lead you onward until the day you are with Him and your loved ones again, our Blessed Hope. You remain in my prayers, and yes, We SHALL Behold Him, what a wonderful song and reminder!

Hugs to all,

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
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Oct 18, 2020 05:33PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Hi dear sisters. My photo below won the newspaper contest and appeared in the paper today. I can see it online but thought I would share that with you again. The Lord has used my photos before to give me some joy amidst sadness. This sunset seems fitting to win four days after my Mom's funeral. I have had the old song I'll Fly Away on my heart this week when searching for music when I thought we would have a church service for the funeral. So with the hot air balloon flying away seems even more appropriate.

Ade, it sounds like you both have been in deep waters for sure. I am assuming that you think you both had the virus. If so I am surely glad it was only a mild case. I am sorry to hear of your friends loss and the other's issue with kidneys after stents put in, I thought for sure the rest of your sentence about Maggie was going to not be good but totally relieved that she seems to be okay.

I was doing really well until yesterday and then had a meltdown. I am overwhelmed by the legal things that might need to be done. I don't think I will totally absorb everything until I get back home after the majority of legal things are finished or at least started. I was able to make a big dent on Friday with legal things and my niece was a big help making calls as well.

God gave me a super gift with a friend who was on BCO when I first joined. We have become good email friends and she is a retired attorney and has helped me with legal documents in the past. She offered to help me now with part of my Mom's estate and that has helped. I really need to get home as I have meds running out and I am definitely feeling time pressure to wrap things up as much as I can so my sister won't be strapped with this stuff. My niece coming from Iowa was a super help to my sister and to me. She stayed the whole week and worked remotely for her job.

My new pastor as busy as he is and as big a flock as he oversees sent me an email wanting my phone number so he could pray with me. I just missed his call a little while ago as my phone said restricted when the call came through. When I realized it was him there was no number to call back.....hence restricted.

I feel like I have been in a time warp this week. I hope you all are doing okay. I know there are so many challenges that all of you face. I am very grateful for this little online community. It has given me so much support and encouragement and love through good and sad times.

Have a good week dear sisters.

Love,

Nancy


Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 18, 2020 06:00PM Ade wrote:

Nancy your photo winning an award and it even speaking to your heart of our 'flying away' are gifts of comfort from the Lord, as are the pastor's phone prayers, your neice's help and the friend's legal help. Meltdowns are normal and even healthy as we need to express our feelings at times like these. When my uncle died (right when I was doing his EKG in the emergency room!) my aunt took it calmly and started making arrangements even then. (He was only 56 and died all of a suddden from a heart attack so she couldn't have been prepared.) We were amazed at her composure. However some time after that she got really ill and I think it was because she didn't release or acknowlege her feelings of grief when my uncle died. I still cry even almost 50 years after my grandma passed when I think of her. It's ok. I pray you are able to just tackle one herdle at a time and not look at the volume of tasks ahead...one day at a time.

It was our son & grandaughter who stopped by fresh from church two weeks ago today - and now his wife (our daughter-in-law) is sick with the virus. To be honest I am so achy, headache, head feels like it is going to explode, nose running/stopped up, dizzy, weak, gut acting up. I am wondering if I am not starting it too now and the mild maladies were just a warm up. I'm glad we quarantined when we did. James isn't up to par but not feeling as bad as I do. We have stuff to take and I just had made a huge pot of veggie soup so we will jsut stay hunkered down and wait it out. Maybe it will be nothing after all. :o)

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
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Oct 18, 2020 07:02PM IntoLight wrote:

Nancy, amazing photo and blessing from God. A meltdown is totally acceptable with all the burdens you are carrying. I pray God sustains you in your grief and continues to send help during all the paperwork and times of stress.

Ade, I am praying that this sickness proves short and mild and that God will send you extra rest and peace. You and James do not need this now with everything else. Hopefully you and your family will overcome all of this and find respite quickly. Claiming the blood of Christ for you.

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- Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 18, 2020 08:20PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Thank you Chris. I know I had not allowed myself to really let down because there was so much to do. I needed to have a release.

Ade, I will pray that you feel much better. I am sorry this is in your family as well. I will take note of your aunt.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 19, 2020 11:16AM zjrosenthal wrote:

Nancy please accept my belated but sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Love, Jean

Dx 7/2014, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 8/11/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 9/8/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 11/3/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 11/3/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/3/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/27/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 2/19/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 3/16/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Oct 20, 2020 12:51PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Thank you Jean. I am still at my Mom's house taking care of her estate. These things always take more time that you think they are going to. I ended up using my Mom's lawyer as some of the things needed documents from a lawyer. The VA things of course.

I hope to get back home in a few days.

Take care. I bet the fall leaves are gorgeous in your neck of the woods.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 21, 2020 09:47AM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Good morning dear sisters. This is the day to hopefully wrap up some of the big things dealing with my Mom's estate. After today my sister and I will own my Mom's home providing things go smoothly. Much to do and hopefully I can get home soon.

Walk by faith not by sight. It sounds so easy doesn't it? As we give up more and more control of our lives to the Lord I believe this concept and truth gets easier but we all know that is something we need to work on daily. For me hourly.

Have a great day dear sisters.

Love,

Nancy



Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 21, 2020 10:23PM Faith-840 wrote:

Nancy, praying that all went well today and you and your sister now own your mom’s house and can sell it quickly. Although I’m sure that will bring very mixed emotions. You are so right, it’s not easy to walk by faith and not by sight.

Praying for everyone’s needs tonight.

Love and prayers,

Faith (in the future).

Faith Dx 1/1991, Left, Stage IIIB, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/4/1991 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 2/3/1991 Mastectomy: Left Dx 1/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/22/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 1/23/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Surgery Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy CAF Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 21, 2020 11:12PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Thank you Faith. The day was pretty crazy and at times chaotic darting all over town filing things and finally collapsing at home. I guess I can call it home now. My new old home and my sisters. It is very surreal at this point. My Dad and Mom had this house built in 1950 so my whole life has revolved around this house in some fashion and certainly a lot in the last 10 years with my Mom's dementia. The thing that gives me peace is her mind is not confused and anxious anymore. She is at peace and living with joy. That helps me to deal with the loss.

How are you doing? Did you consent to see another therapist? Are the meds helping you at all. I sure hope something or some combination of treatments will hit a sweet spot for you and really help you to feel better.

I am going back home tomorrow. I really needed another day here to clean but I have supplements and meds running out as I stayed a week more than I had planned before knowing my Mom was going to pass away.

Have a good night.

Love,

Nancy

Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/26/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; 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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Oct 24, 2020 09:08PM etnasgrl wrote:

Hello ladies.....SillyHeart

I've been gone for quite a while and I am so sorry about that. I had my bilateral mastectomy with immediate DIEP flap reconstruction, so I was down for the count for a bit. I just recently went back to work, so it's been a crazy time of trying to adjust and get back into the swing of things again. I have not forgotten about all of you and the incredible love and support y'all have shown me. (Thank you so much, by the way!)

Nancy, I am so, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Please accept my belated condolences. I will keep you in my prayers for peace and comfort.

Diagnosed at 41. Diagnosed 2nd time at 45. Dx 11/5/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/9/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/12/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/17/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 2/13/2020, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 2/23/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/18/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 8/20/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap

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