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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 01:30PM

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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Nov 20, 2020 07:55PM IntoLight wrote:

Nancy, they have no idea what caused my syncope but all tests including BP looked good. Could have been a TIA but that is difficult to ID post episode. We will see if my onc wants to do anything about it.

Sorry you have to spend thanksgiving alone. This will be a tough holiday season for all.

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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Nov 20, 2020 10:12PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Chris, I sure hope that you will be okay and not experience another one of these. Praying you all get over these colds as well. I am sorry that things have been so hard for you. I wish I could wave a wand and make all of these challenges disappear for you and for all of us but God has a curriculum for each of of us and they are individualized because none of our paths are the same. That is because we are all created as unique and special persons. He allows these hardships for reasons that we may not know while here on earth but I do trust that they are helping shape us into the people He has called us to be and one day we will understand the why of it all.

We all care about you so much and pray that you will start to feel better.

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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Nov 21, 2020 02:59PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

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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Nov 21, 2020 03:45PM HersheyKiss wrote:

Chris, I am so sorry about the fainting spell and that you had to spend time in an ERD. I am prone to fainting (low blood pressure) and know how scary the episode can be. I hope yours was nothing of consequence.

Nancy, I'm sorry that you and your sister will not see each other over Thanksgiving. That must be hard for both of you. My husband and I will spend the day with each other only. Indoor and outdoor gatherings are not allowed in my area due to surging COVID numbers. I pray that people follow the rules and not let down their guard.

I wish everyone a peaceful weekend.

Dx 3/1/2017, ILC, Left, 2cm, Grade 1, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 21, 2020 03:54PM IntoLight wrote:

I plan to attend an outdoor dance performance (which is still allowed) for my granddaughter tonight (her first) . It is based on "Beauty and the Beast" and she has a solo dance (at five years old this is amazing as it is her first formal performance ever.) She is the Feather Duster! I am a little apprehensive, but when do you draw the line? The dance company is making every effort to set chairs by pre- reserved grouping (no more than five), requiring all wear masks, and washing down everything. When do you draw the line? After my scare yesterday I am so thankful I am able to even attend!

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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Nov 21, 2020 10:27PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Thank you Hershey. I hope you have a nice quiet Thanksgiving. I'll be fine. I don't think I have ever spent Thanksgiving by myself so this should be interesting. I will share a peaceful photo I took as the sun was going down tonight.

Chris, I bet your little Feather Duster will be adorable. Kudos to her for performing a solo dance. I bet she is very talented and I know this will be a thrill for you to see her performance. I bet she is so excited. I am glad you are able to attend after your episode yesterday. You'll have to let us know how it went.

Here is a picture I took tonight. The actual sunset was a bust as cloud cover took over but I liked this shot a little earlier. The rainbow colors on the left was not from my lens but actually in the sky. I am not sure if that is what they call a sundog or not but it was interesting.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Love

Nancy


Dx 3/14/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/27/2014 Lumpectomy: 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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Nov 22, 2020 12:04AM IntoLight wrote:

My DGD was adorable--of course. Here is a picture but I don't know how to copy the video. Everything was spaced, clean, and appeared safe so I was able to relax.

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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Nov 22, 2020 01:10AM bandwoman1234 wrote:

She is adorable. You would never know she is only five. I bet she is five going on thirteen.Smile

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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Nov 23, 2020 12:30AM Faith-840 wrote:

Chris, your DGD is adorable and I’m sure you’re very proud of her having a solo at just 5 years of age. That’s quite something. Two of my granddaughters took dance and we saw lots of recitals but no solos. Those girls are both nurses now, living together in Chicago and working at good hospitals. However, the youngest probably has Covid as she has a lot of the symptoms, they are waiting for the test to confirm it. Since they live together, I feel sure the older one will get it also. With working at the hospital, I’m surprised they weren’t infected until now. I’m just praying that they won’t be too sick and will be well by Christmas so we could at least enjoy that after our lonely Thanksgiving. I was so sorry to read about your trip to the ER, I know how scary that is for you and especially DH if he’s anything like my DH. My first episode happened the day my allergist called to say a chest X-ray showed the tumor in my lung which was the BC that had metastasized. It happened again not long after I started IBrance and I’m assuming that was the cause but don’t know. It’s all scary when we have cancer.

Nancy, I’m sorry you won’t be spending Thanksgiving with you sister this year especially since I’m sure you are both grieving your mother. It would have been nice to be together right now but it’s understandable that you can’t. It seems like nothing and no one is safe anymore. Please God let this awful year and virus come to an end. I’m praying the vaccine works and we can get it sooner rather than later.

This past week has been very stressful in both good and bad ways. DH was able to unexpectedly get an appointment with a new knee doctor that he liked and will maybe finally get a knee replacement, which scares me, but he really needs it. Of course now with Covid, it will probably be delayed for months. I keep telling myself, God always has perfect timing. Sure hope so! The other stressful thing happening which is good if I can do it, my choir is going to do a virtual Christmas song to play at the Christmas Eve service that will be online. We are all supposed to make a video of ourselves singing “Do you hear what I hear?” Well, I haven’t sung a note since March so my voice is terrible right now. We have to memorize the whole thing so we are only looking at the camera while singing. I’m used to singing with a director to bring us in at the right measure so my timing isn’t good without direction. Once I figure out how to do this I have to upload to a specific site and I’m not very technical. So, I could use a few prayers that I can do this and have it done this week. I’ve decided if it’s too stressful, I just won’t do it. However, I’ve been a member since day one when they started the choir before the church was even built and we were meeting in a school gym. So, I need to do this. Please pray that I can make a semi-good video.

Praying always for all of you. Jean, so happy to hear you will at least get to meet that new great grand baby and see your granddaughter. Ade, thinking of you and hope you and James are well. Nancy, I love that sunset picture. It’s so unusual which makes it good.

Well, have a goodnight all, sleep well.

Faith


Faith Dx 1/1991, Left, Stage IIIB, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/1991 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 2/4/1991 Mastectomy: Left Dx 1/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/23/2016 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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Nov 23, 2020 12:31AM Faith-840 wrote:

Chris, your DGD is adorable and I’m sure you’re very proud of her having a solo at just 5 years of age. That’s quite something. Two of my granddaughters took dance and we saw lots of recitals but no solos. Those girls are both nurses now, living together in Chicago and working at good hospitals. However, the youngest probably has Covid as she has a lot of the symptoms, they are waiting for the test to confirm it. Since they live together, I feel sure the older one will get it also. With working at the hospital, I’m surprised they weren’t infected until now. I’m just praying that they won’t be too sick and will be well by Christmas so we could at least enjoy that after our lonely Thanksgiving. I was so sorry to read about your trip to the ER, I know how scary that is for you and especially DH if he’s anything like my DH. My first episode happened the day my allergist called to say a chest X-ray showed the tumor in my lung which was the BC that had metastasized. It happened again not long after I started IBrance and I’m assuming that was the cause but don’t know. It’s all scary when we have cancer.

Nancy, I’m sorry you won’t be spending Thanksgiving with you sister this year especially since I’m sure you are both grieving your mother. It would have been nice to be together right now but it’s understandable that you can’t. It seems like nothing and no one is safe anymore. Please God let this awful year and virus come to an end. I’m praying the vaccine works and we can get it sooner rather than later.

This past week has been very stressful in both good and bad ways. DH was able to unexpectedly get an appointment with a new knee doctor that he liked and will maybe finally get a knee replacement, which scares me, but he really needs it. Of course now with Covid, it will probably be delayed for months. I keep telling myself, God always has perfect timing. Sure hope so! The other stressful thing happening which is good if I can do it, my choir is going to do a virtual Christmas song to play at the Christmas Eve service that will be online. We are all supposed to make a video of ourselves singing “Do you hear what I hear?” Well, I haven’t sung a note since March so my voice is terrible right now. We have to memorize the whole thing so we are only looking at the camera while singing. I’m used to singing with a director to bring us in at the right measure so my timing isn’t good without direction. Once I figure out how to do this I have to upload to a specific site and I’m not very technical. So, I could use a few prayers that I can do this and have it done this week. I’ve decided if it’s too stressful, I just won’t do it. However, I’ve been a member since day one when they started the choir before the church was even built and we were meeting in a school gym. So, I need to do this. Please pray that I can make a semi-good video.

Praying always for all of you. Jean, so happy to hear you will at least get to meet that new great grand baby and see your granddaughter. Ade, thinking of you and hope you and James are well. Nancy, I love that sunset picture. It’s so unusual which makes it good.

Well, have a goodnight all, sleep well.

Faith


Faith Dx 1/1991, Left, Stage IIIB, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/1991 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 2/4/1991 Mastectomy: Left Dx 1/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/23/2016 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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Nov 23, 2020 03:38PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Faith, I am praying for your granddaughters that if they end up both having Covid that they will have a mild case of it and will be good to go for Christmas. Praying also for your DH that he will get the perfect time for his knee replacement whenever that might be. Praying that you will be able to master this technology so you can participate in this viral choir. I know how important this is to you. I love that Christmas song and I bet it will be beautiful when all voices come together. Isn't technology amazing in that way. We will have to find things to be thankful for even though our plans are going to be very different for Thanksgiving. We are alive and breathing and during this pandemic that is a big blessing. If we stopped to write down all of the things we are grateful for we would need pages and pages. I am going to concentrate on those things on Thanksgiving and I know that will help me enter into the presence of God. Thank you for your nice comments on my sunset. I couldn't sleep last night and got up at 4am to make a greeting card for a dear email friend who is suffering so much and is in terrible pain after having some surgery. I used that photo and it turned out nicely for a greeting card so it is fun to be able to use my photography to bless and encourage others.

Ade, how are you and James doing? I am concerned about you both. I hope you are not still feeling the effects of the virus.

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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Nov 24, 2020 03:14PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Knowing this Holiday season may be very different than the past let's make a choice and be intentional

in our gratitude for all the blessings that we do have. You might be surprised how that will lift your mood.

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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Nov 25, 2020 04:01PM Ade wrote:

Amen, Nancy! Attitude of gratitude! Your sunset (yes I think that IS a sun dog!) as well as your banners are beautiful. I believe that even in a Thanksgiving of solitude the Lord will meet with you in a wonderful way as you concentrate on His goodness and blessings.

Jean, what a blessing to get to meet the new little one - even if the cuddles have to wait a bit.

Faith, I pray the Lord will bring extra comfort for your DH (even supernatural healing if that's His will!) until surgery can happen. I have a knee that's not satisfied with 2 surgeries and injections and keeps complaining - but it will have to be patient too. How unique to be in a virtual choir! I would just love to hear that! Have seen it done in videos and it's a remarkable thing. You will do fine even if you haven't sung in a while. I was asked to do a special on flute with hubby's accompaniment on drums for our little Sunday night Bible study's Christmas eve service and I haven't played in a while either. I want to do WHAT CHILD IS THIS and ONE SMALL CHILD (even with shaking knees)! I pray your grandaughter is well by Christmas and the other won't catch it. It is far easier on the younger folks than it is for us. (Some first hand knowledge there!)

Chris - what a scary thing you went through! May it NEVER happen again. Glad for no serious diagnosis from it and praying for strength and wellness for you. Your little dancing blessing is just darling. We got to see our grandaughters in a dance recital too (before covid) and it was such a blessing.

Well I just MAY have bitten off more than I can chew - but I am doing my best between rests. We take turns having Thanksgiving with our son and his family and it is our turn. We have all had the "stuff" so that isn't an issue now. On the menu is - roasted turkey (done, off the bone & in fridge), giblet gravy, angeled eggs (we give no glory to the devil here!) already done, maple carrots, sweet potato soufflé, crockpot dressing (done), mac 'n cheese (grandaughters' favorite), green beans with ham bits, fresh baked healthy bread (done), and they're bringing cranberries and a pie. Most of it is done and all I have to do is heat it all tomorrow. I started on Monday. It's a lot, but I figure (for one reason or another) it may be the last Thanksgiving dinner I may get to fix - a gift for my family. James is SO good to help with the cleaning while I cook, and he picked the turkey off the bone at SIX this morning - a HUGE help! He also did all the food shopping for me. Now we pray for NO migraines for either of us for tomorrow.

Thank you ladies for thinking of us and praying. We thank the Lord for the good days and we get through the tough ones with His help - right?

I pray whether you celebrate solo or with a crowd of family, that the Lord blesses you as you remember His blessings and give Him praise and thanksgiving. 'Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!'

With love & Thanksgiving hugs,

Ade


Dx 11/2015, IDC: Mucinous, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/27/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Nov 25, 2020 04:24PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Good to hear from you Ade. Your meal sounds utterly mouth watering. Maybe I can catch a flight down and sample some of that delicious food!!!!!!!!!!

I am glad you get to spend your Thanksgiving with family. Sounds like you have enough food for an army. LOL

I am glad you enjoyed the sunset photo and banners. So that is a sundog. I thought so but wasn't sure.

Here is a scripture for today.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.

Love,

Nancy

Romans 15:13New International Version

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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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Nov 25, 2020 08:54PM Ade wrote:

Great scripture, Nancy.

Yes, enough food for plenty more so "c'monnnn DOWN!" as Bob Barker used to say..

Blessings,

Ade

Dx 11/2015, IDC: Mucinous, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/27/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Nov 25, 2020 09:17PM IntoLight wrote:

Ade, wonderful to have a house full again. Praying you have a blessed time!

Faith, Praying your DH is able to get his knee problems in order. My DH also has bad knees but refuses to seek replacement yet. He rides a bike just fine, but just can't walk far.

Nancy, praying you have a blessed day and that God will come to you in a special way.

It is just going to be the four of us for Thanksgiving again this year. I only hope I feel better as I have been down all day with this cold. Cooking for my family is one of the last things I get to do for them and it means a lot to me to be able to do that. Like you, Ade, I plan on cooking only a turkey breast and I store bought the rolls as I just don't have the energy to do them by hand. But I know God will bless anything we do out of love.

Everyone have a blessed Thanksgiving. May God surround your home with special joy.

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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Nov 28, 2020 07:01PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Ade, sorry I didn't get to your house. My google maps led me over a cliffWinking.

Chris, I hope you were able to gather some strength to cook for Thanksgiving. How are you feeling now a couple of days out? Actually God did come to me in a special way on Thanksgiving. My newspaper never came which is really unusual but I think it turned out to be a God thing. I was able to watch our Thanksgiving service on Youtube and I just happened to click on an old service of music and it led into all of these worship services from all over the country. I just kept letting them play and for a couple of hours God lifted my spirit as I started the day with a flood of grief which I wasn't expecting. I cooked a turkey dinner for myself and with leftovers the pounds keep adding up. I have a lot of walking to do now.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving in spite of the pandemic.


I took these pics tonight and on a rare occasion caught the sunset and the moonrise all in the same general area of this lake.

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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Nov 28, 2020 08:21PM IntoLight wrote:

Nancy, lovely pictures! I am glad you found some peace on Thanksgiving. I was able to fix dinner in bits and pieces throughout the day, and it turned out great, but am thankful for a daughter who cleaned it all up.

Ade, hope your dinner was successful and safe.

I have had stomach pains for several days now. I keep hoping it is some result of this cold, which is improving, but I'm not sure. We plan on decorating the house tomorrow which is always a huge chore so I am praying I feel better. I haven't been out of the house since my DGDs dance recital. If the painters remove the scaffolding next week (they are 2 weeks behind) we can have a fire which is our main source of heat. Then all will be well...for now.

Have a blessed Sabbath.

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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Nov 28, 2020 09:49PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Thank you Chris. I will pray that you will feel better and the stomach pains will leave so you can decorate the house and enjoy it. I went to bed feeling very nauseated last night so I wonder if some stomach bug is going around. I guess better that than the virus. I am not used to eating such rich foods as I fixed for Thanksgiving so it could be that too.

I have my pelvic MRI on Wed and would appreciate your prayers going into this. Being claustrophobic in those machines and opting out of sedation I need to have peace going into this. It is a 60 scan. That is the longest MRI I will have ever had.

Have a good rest of the weekend 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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Nov 28, 2020 11:38PM Faith-840 wrote:

Nancy, once again your pictures are lovely. I had to make a quick trip to pick up a new med about 4:00 pm today and driving back, heading east, the moon was just starting to appear in the sky. It was a lovely sight I don’t see very often. I thought of you taking a lovely photo of it. I’m sorry you started Thanksgiving with such grief but it’s so very understandable. You’ve been through so much lately and you will certainly be in my prayers on Wednesday for the MRI.

Well, right now, DH’s knee replacement is set for January 22, that is if it’s not postponed for Covid. He really needs it but the thought of it has given me lots of anxiety. I could really use some prayers for this anxiety that is not going away. The med I picked up today is the third different one in the last couple of months. I’m feeling very frustrated and upset that I can’t get a handle on this. It had greatly impacted my life.

We did have an okay Thanksgiving, I cooked most of the usual dishes but took the easy way out by getting a precooked turkey breast. Parts of the day were great, especially when our three Idaho granddaughters called on face time. It was a wonderful surprise to see them together since one lives in Philadelphia, one goes to college in South Bend, IN and they were visiting the other one in Denver. Their parents were supposed to be there also but chose not to go because of Covid and because they couldn’t visit with the other grandma in her facility which was the original purpose of all of them going to Denver where the other grandma lives. I also talked to our other three children but it’s not the same as being together. But it was also a very emotional day, as I was cooking dinner we were listening to music from Pandora and they started playing “Piu Jesu”, I love that song and it brought me to tears. They were so many memories flooding in, and so I cried like I haven’t done in ages. It was good just to let go of all the anxiety I’ve been holding in.

Well, our two granddaughters (the nurses) both have Covid but thankfully it appears to be mild for them. Right now they are bored with the quarantine and can’t wait to go back to work. So, maybe we will be able to have some sort of celebration at Christmas with at least part of the family. Counting our blessings, our daughter came today and helped us put up and decorate the Christmas tree and the rest of the house. I guess we’re doing it to cheer ourselves up as I doubt anyone else will even be here with this stupid virus.

Ade, I don’t know where you found the energy to cook that wonderful dinner for so many people but it’s wonderful that you were all able to be together. I pray you were able to have a good rest after that and that you both feel well.

Chris, I also don’t know how you found the energy to do all the cooking too. However, I’m so sorry you are having stomach pains now. I know where your mind goes immediately but maybe, the stomach pain is being caused by stress which we all have a lot of lately. My stomach has also been very painful at times lately and I’m fairly sure it’s related to my anxiety causing IBS symptoms. I will keep you in my prayers.

Love and prayers for all of you here and also those who are reading but not posting.

Faith (in the future)


Faith Dx 1/1991, Left, Stage IIIB, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/1991 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 2/4/1991 Mastectomy: Left Dx 1/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/23/2016 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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Nov 29, 2020 11:45AM HersheyKiss wrote:

Nancy, your photo of the moon rise is a showstopper. Just beautiful. I pray your MRI is uneventful on Wednesday.

Faith, I hope your husband's surgery will be a go in January. COVID has really put a kink in things. My husband needs to get a procedure scheduled for December. We'll have to wait and see just what the scheduling department recommends.

Chris, I hope you feel better soon and the painters finish their work lickety split.

I applaud all of you cooking wonderful Thanksgiving dinners. Our little dinner was quite subdued this year: no guests, decorating, or homemade pies. We took a walk afterwards, and it was great to get out of the house for a bit and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Several of our neighbors had the same idea. It was nice to wish people a happy Thanksgiving, even from a responsible physical distance.

Wishing everyone a blessed day.


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Nov 29, 2020 11:55AM Sunshine99 wrote:

You ladies are all so good at posting and remembering everyone else's posts. I'm not, but I do check them daily.

Nancy, I do appreciate your uplifting posts and will pray that your MRI is easy on you.

IntoLight, the part about your fireplace being your only source of heat made me chuckle. We also have only a fireplace and a few space heaters to keep us warm in our 1910 house. I know, Nancy, you are probably rolling your eyes at our "cold weather" here in San Diego. haha The funny thing is that a while back we were re-financing our house and one of the companies I talked to said that they wouldn't give us a loan because we had no permanent source of heat and that we could freeze to death! I reminded her that we are about 5 miles from the coast and that the last time temperatures got below freezing in this part of San Diego was something like over a hundred years ago. (I looked it up at the time, but can't remember it now.) Anyway, sorry, no deal. We found another company to do the re-fi, but that just cracked me up. (I hope your stomach issues get resolved soon. I can take pain, but I hate nausea!)

It's a "chilly" 58 degrees here this morning. Better bundle up before I go for a walk.

Love and hugs to all of 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)
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Nov 29, 2020 12:47PM IntoLight wrote:

Sunshine, ha ha about the heat. We do have radiant heat in the ceilings in the bedrooms, but turned it off at the breakers. Just doesn't make sense. Our condo was built in 1970. We also have a wall heater in the living room but turned it off too. It is not very efficient and poorly placed. My DH is not a "fixer" but he is great in other areas so I don't complain. Someday maybe we will pay to have it removed and replaced with something better, but for now we are content. It is 60* in the house this morning with no heat source so we are fine. I will turn on the space heater for the granddaughter in the living room. My daughter likes her bedroom cool. Ah, San Diego living!

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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Nov 30, 2020 10:38PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

Faith, thank you. I'm glad you got to see the moon as well. I never ceased to be amazed at a full moon. I will sure be praying that this new med will be the right one for you. I am prepared to walk outside and have bought new winter attire to help. Walking for me is like a natural emotional booster for me. Are you able to walk on your treadmill at all? I am glad your DH has a surgery date and for it to be so soon is wonderful. After the holidays hopefully will be a perfect time and I do hope it won't be canceled.

I am glad your grand daughters were so thoughtful to Facetime with you. I wish we could have done that with my Mom but it wasn't meant to be. I am sorry to hear both of your nurse granddaughter do have Covid. I hope their cases will continue to be mild with no lasting effects. I am glad your daughter came and helped decorate. So it sounds like you had some blessings during this Thanksgiving time which I hope lifted you up.

Music gets to me too and Pie Jesus is such a beautiful song. I fell in love with Celtic Woman when they first came on the scene and that was my first introduction to that song. I can see that being a song to let all the pent up emotions out. That is a healthy thing like a pressure valve and I hope it helped you.

Did you ever get your Do You Hear What I Hear recorded for your choir? I was praying that you would be able to manage the technology to pull it off. I know how much your choir means to you.

Hershey, thanks for you nice comment. I am glad you had a quiet Thanksgiving and was able to get outside for a nice walk. I hope working from home now has alleviated all that workplace tension you had been feelin in the past.

You San Diego ladies (Carol and Chris) crack me up. However waking up to 60 degrees inside is cold even for me so that is nothing to laugh about. I think I used to have my furnace set at 60 at night but the older I get it has now inched up to 63. Everything is relative to what our bodies are used to. I remember snow skiing in MN many years ago. One of my friends boyfriends from TX was visiting and it was cold even for MN when we were there and this poor guy just couldn't get warm so I get it.

Carol, you would have laughed at my get up I wore today walking. It was very cold today with the wind chill for Nov. and I looked like Nanuck from the North. I was walking this weekend around this lake and not one person acknowledged me because they probably couldn't tell if I was man, woman or bank robber. Since they couldn't see my eyes or face I guess I looked pretty scary. LOL

Chris, did you get all of your decorations up? I was praying that you could have the strength to get it all done.

Thank you all for your prayers for my MRI on Wed. I will definitely be glad when that is over and then the waiting.

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 3/27/2014 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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Nov 30, 2020 11:38PM Faith-840 wrote:

Nancy, kudos to you for walking outside in the cold. That's something I just don't like to do but I'm very lucky to have a treadmill in the basement with a TV in front of it, so I don't have much excuse for not walking. I actually walked for 30 minutes today but I can't do it everyday or my sciatica acts up. I need to go back to PT, but between Covid and my anxiety, it's not happening.
Unfortunately, the new med is probably not for me. When I read the info sheet they always give you with the medication, it said it's not for someone who has low sodium which I do. So, I called the doctor and she is checking with a druggist to see what else might work. I'm very disappointed that she didn't even ask me if I had low sodium before giving it to me. When my PCP recommended her, he said she would know the right drugs to prescribe. We really have to be our own advocates. It's so discouraging.
I still haven't done my recording for our virtual choir so I could use a few prayers for that. I think I know how to do it, I just have to warm up my voice a bit. With God's help, it should get done soon.

I always thought San Diego would be the perfect place to live but certainly not without heat. Maybe you get used to being cold, but it's not for our old bodies. DH takes blood thinners so he's always cold so we keep the house about 70 at night and I've gotten used to it and can't imagine waking up in a 60 degree house. I'd never get out of bed. LOL

Nancy, I will keep you in prayer on Wednesday for that MRI. Prayers for everyone here. Have a good night of peaceful sleep.

Love,

Faith

Faith Dx 1/1991, Left, Stage IIIB, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/1991 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 2/4/1991 Mastectomy: Left Dx 1/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/23/2016 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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Dec 1, 2020 12:04AM IntoLight wrote:

Faith, LOL most people in San Diego (and California) do have heat. We just bought an older condo and choose not to use it. I like heat too and my DH has a space heater set up by my recliner for when I get up in the morning, and one in the bathroom too! Most of the time it is at least 65* and we don't need it. The temperature was *71 today. I keep getting invited to join virtual choir for my church but I don't have the voice tone anymore and am chicken. I also don't have any breath support and after passing out last week my family won't let me do anything. I guess I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to music.

Nancy, good job walking in the cold. I plan on one walking trip a day and today was the grocery store, so that's it. I did get my decorations up and they're all done except for the patio. I hope to do those tomorrow now that the scaffolding is down. My stomach pain is lessened. I think I may be taking my 2 chemo doses too close together so I tried different timing and I think it is working. I will be in prayer Wednesday until you are finished.

Blessings, 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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Dec 1, 2020 01:33PM Ade wrote:

Chris, glad your tummy feels better & hope that the spacing of the meds will be the answer. (Yaay that scaffolding is finally down!)

Faith, it is amazing the things that doctors miss regarding med contraindications. My mom had a chronic cough for a whole year and her doctor never even thought to investigate her blood pressure med which is a common cause for that. (He is the same one that when she fell on her back and cracked 2 vertebrae never thought of x-rays! SHE had to bring it up after two weeks of agonizing pain!) You are absolutely right - we DO have to be our own advocates. Sadly as we age our minds are just not as sharp as we need them to be (speaking of myself here!). I pray your anxiety will decrease or better yet that the peace of God will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I too have had more than usual anxiety and have been seeking God's help with it. My solace is scripture reading, especially Psalms. This from Isaiah 41:10 blessed me yesterday, and I hope it will for you too. "DO NOT FEAR, FOR I AM WITH YOU; DO NOT ANXIOUSLY LOOK ABOUT YOU, FOR I AM YOUR GOD. I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU, SURELY I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND. 13) FOR I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHO UPHOLDS YOUR RIGHT HAND, WHO SAYS TO YOU, 'DO NOT FEAR, I WILL HELP YOU.'"

Nancy, we have enjoyed that moon too! Thank you for sharing your beautiful capture of it with us. I pray your procedure will go EASILY for you tomorrow and yield GOOD results for you. Your Rom. 8:28 banner is perfect! GOOD FOR YOU, getting out even in the cold! What a trooper!

Hershey it sounds like you had a nice Thanksgiving. Simple is quite nice!

Hi Carol! Great to hear from you!

We have full sunshine this week (thankfully) with a chilly WINDY day in the 60s today - our high for the week. Temps will drop into the 20s at night and only reach the 40s coming up (That's REALLY cold for us!!!). We have a warm, well insulated house and can crank up the heat if we want. About 4 years ago before Thanksgiving we had an ice fog and lost power for four days. We happened to be sick at the time too. We have a propane oven/stove chosen instead of electric for just those times so we can heat food and warm the house with the burners on, but at that time we had nothing else but that. The temp outside was in the 20s day and night and our house got down to 42 degrees. We wore coats and huddled together in bed with a number of jar candles going in the bedroom to help take some of the chill off. (Yes, it was miserable.) We learned back in Ohio with their frequent power outages to run as much water as we could right away before the water pressure tank lost pressure, so we ran bathtubs and sinks and filled every pot, pan & pitcher we had. We used the "gray water" ( used bathing water) for flushing. We made it through and the water just ran out as the power turned on. Sounds like when the manna ran out as they reached the promised land produce, doesn't it! Now we have a couple of nice kerosene heater if we should need them.

Yesterday I was feverish and so achy with very sore throat and was thinking, "Oh no! Not again!". I slept much of the day and drank hot tea. Got a good night's sleep and am fine today! How does that happen if not the Lord's goodness!

I pray God's blessings upon your day. May He meet all of your needs according to His glorious riches in Jesus.

Ade

Dx 11/2015, IDC: Mucinous, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/27/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Dec 1, 2020 02:12PM IntoLight wrote:

Ade, thank God you feel better today. Yes, He does know exactly what we need when we need it whether it is Manna, water, electricity or toilet paper! Yes, I still say praise God for the TP!

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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Dec 1, 2020 10:16PM Faith-840 wrote:

Ade, so sorry you are also dealing with anxiety and I will keep that in my prayers. However your scripture from Isaiah today was the perfect one for me and really blessed me. Yesterday, I thought I might have broken off a piece of my tooth and I was able to get an emergency dental appointment for late this afternoon. I was so worried it might be a tooth and I would need a root canal and a crown. I happened to read your post shortly before I left for my appointment and it calmed me and thankfully, it was only some bonding that had broken off. What a relief! I’m glad to hear you are feeling better today, I can imagine how upsetting it was to think of being sick again.

Chris, happy to hear most people have heat in San Diego. Couldn’t imagine living without it. lol ! You should really consider joining your church virtual choir. It scares me to do it because I’m also a perfectionist and don’t have the vocal tone anymore either but I think it might be good to challenge myself and do it. Besides, I’ve been assured that when all the voices are together, no one will hear my out of tune voice. Sure hope that’s true because I need to get this done. I’m also thinking it might help me get over some of my anxiety in general.

Nancy, I pray you have a good night’s sleep and won’t stress about your MRI tomorrow. Praying that you can relax during the long procedure and most of all the results are good and there’s nothing to worry about.

Love and prayers to all here,

Faith. (in the future)

Faith Dx 1/1991, Left, Stage IIIB, 8/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/5/1991 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 2/4/1991 Mastectomy: Left Dx 1/2016, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 1/23/2016 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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Dec 2, 2020 01:06PM bandwoman1234 wrote:

I am getting ready to leave for my MRI. I will post more about this Scripture that seems to not only be special to me but probably for many including Ade.

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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