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Topic: Middle Aged Memories

Forum: "Middle Age" 40-60(ish) Years Old With Breast Cancer —

Meet others in this age-range who share similar life issues.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2009 06:18PM

NativeMainer wrote:

Let's see, so far we've reminisced about dittos, drive in theaters, lick-a-stick candy, five-and-dime stores, Donny Osmond, Dark Shadows, what have I missed? 

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Oct 1, 2018 09:07AM Peregrinelady wrote:

Thanks for the pics, Native Mainer! I seem to remember the Mrs. Beasley doll talking. Is my memory correct? Also, I lived in Maine for five years and graduated from University of Maine, Orono. Beautiful state!
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/17/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 1, 2018 09:24AM Peregrinelady wrote:

http://youtu.be/7_ahJtyVuz8

She did talk! No wonder she was so loved. She sounds like your grandmother talking to you

Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/17/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 1, 2018 11:20AM Vslush wrote:

Thanks NM... just made my day to see her and Buffy together! I still have my doll. Her glasses are missing, the voice box is broken and one of her legs is nearly amputated. I nearly loved her to death, I guess!

Dx 6/27/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 7/24/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Oct 2, 2018 06:18AM NativeMainer wrote:

You are all welcome!


"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Oct 2, 2018 11:30AM illimae wrote:

Had a Brain MRI on Monday and with all the odd tapping and banging noises, I imagined these little peg people working a construction site with hammers and pick axes (strange considering they have no arms, lol).


Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 2, 2018 04:51PM MinusTwo wrote:

Oh I remember those. Weren't they maybe Fischer Price or Playskool?

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Oct 3, 2018 07:17AM NativeMainer wrote:

Illi--sounds like a good way to deal with the noises! But funny that they have no arms.

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Oct 3, 2018 01:39PM illimae wrote:

yes, minus, Fisher price. Also, good brain mri, nothing new and only one tiny remnant from the previous gamma radiation in April.

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 3, 2018 01:43PM MinusTwo wrote:

Oops - I just asked the MRI results question on the dinner thread. Great to hear good news.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Oct 6, 2018 06:51PM Loral wrote:

Image result for 1960 toy little people

Image result for 1960 toy little people I still have this stuff.........

Oncotype DX 34....When NOTHING is sure, EVERYTHING is possible ,so NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP HOPE!! Dx 9/11/2012, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/9/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/13/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 6, 2018 09:27PM Meow13 wrote:

If I do it is in my shed with the brios. No grandchildren yet.

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Oct 19, 2018 04:42PM elimar wrote:

They weren't Little People, and they were nowhere near sounding like an MRI, but after reading the posts, my mind went to these...


Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 23, 2018 04:57AM Loral wrote:

Loopy

Funny, I don't remember them..and I hate MRI's

Oncotype DX 34....When NOTHING is sure, EVERYTHING is possible ,so NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP HOPE!! Dx 9/11/2012, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/9/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/13/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 4, 2018 12:55PM elimar wrote:

These candles in The 70's. Had a very pretty one that it took me about 10 years to finally put a match to it.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 4, 2018 01:45PM Vslush wrote:

A friend of my mom had one of those. Looked like ribbon candy to me, and I sooo wanted to take a bite!

Dx 6/27/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 7/24/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 5, 2018 06:48AM NativeMainer wrote:

I remember those candles! I had one that I never lit, but it eventually melted, I forget exactly how it happened. I wished I'd burned it instead.

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 15, 2018 03:32PM elimar wrote:

I doubt any of us had the real thing at home, but did your parents call your refrigerator "the icebox" because they had an actual icebox when growing up? (Antique iceboxes fetch a pretty penny these days.)

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 15, 2018 07:09PM MinusTwo wrote:

My parents always referred to the fridge as the ice box, and I remember my grandmother who still had a real ice box when I was a kid.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Nov 16, 2018 07:31AM NativeMainer wrote:

Elimar--my paternal grandmother always called the fridge the icebox. My Dad did, too, sometimes. He grew up with one.

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 24, 2018 03:36PM dutchgirl6 wrote:

My uncle owned a greenhouse business, and I remember going to the ice factory with him to pick up huge blocks of ice for his cooler. He switched to a walk in cooler with a compressor sometime in the mid sixties, but I can still see those big blocks.

Dx 12/18/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/31/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 2/21/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 4/26/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/5/2010 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/31/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 11, 2018 07:41PM elimar wrote:

It's that time o' year again...

I don't know about you, but we were not posh enough to have a real fireplace in my childhood home. Oh, my! What to do? How could Santa get in? Where would the stockings hang? Mom knew what to do...get a cardboard fireplace! Yep, we had one, and let me tell you it was not even fancy enough to have a cardboard chimney attached but I did not concern myself with those kind of details as a child! I also was not bothered when I discovered it was held together by those prongy paper fasteners. What I did like about it was that the fake flames had some cellophane on them so that they could glow when a light bulb was positioned behind them. In my childish imagination, I would warm my hands by those flames. Ah, the memories. So, here's pic of the one that looked like mine (and no, I am not the girl pictured.)

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 11, 2018 09:28PM - edited Dec 11, 2018 09:30PM by MinusTwo

Great memory. I had forgotten all about those cardboard fireplaces. My parents actually did have a fireplace that they burned to help heat the house. I remember huge lumps of coal that lasted all day then Mom banked the fire at night

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 27, 2018 11:40PM elimar wrote:

Here's one more for the holidays. My mom was not that crafty, but years ago making a "gum drop tree" was a thing. I've seen modern ones that are washable, hygenic, molded plastic, but back in the day you would just find some likely twig from outdoors and jam some gum drops on the branches and, like the pic I found, simulate some snow around the base with a few cotton balls from the medicine cabinet. Good times.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 27, 2018 11:44PM - edited Dec 27, 2018 11:45PM by MinusTwo


Anybody else have Swedish Angel Chimes growing up? (hmmm, the picture will not go through)

Image result for swedish angel chimes

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 28, 2018 06:52AM NativeMainer wrote:

Minus Two--is this what you are thinking of?

Related image

I remember these, but I never knew they had a particular name!


Elimar--amazing the things we used to do and still survived! Love the gum drop tree, so pretty.

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Dec 28, 2018 12:06PM MinusTwo wrote:

Yup - thanks NM.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 29, 2018 01:12AM Peregrinelady wrote:

Yes, ours looked different, but I remember when the candles were lit, it would spin. I loved it. Thanks for the memory.
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/17/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 2, 2019 11:40PM - edited Jan 2, 2019 11:41PM by elimar

Swedish Angel Chimes? Hmmm. I think I got mine at Pier One for a dollar or two. Made in China. Cute, tinkly little chimes as I recall.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 14, 2019 09:16AM elimar wrote:

I don't know why I got some "back-to-school" memories in January, but here is something that I had not thought of for many, many years. I was thinking of zippered pencil cases, and I had several of those. One red vinyl one even surviving into adulthood. BUT THEN I remembered the kind that we schoolkids coveted the most: The plastic Roll Top Pencil Case. THIS was highly desirable. Because the tops always broke quickly under actual schoolkid usage, these are now highly prized collectibles.

And the coolest thing to have in your pencil case was the multi-colored ink pen. The one below is huge, but the 4-color pens could easily fit.

If you were a more whimsical kid, you might have had the plastic pencil-shaped pouch, which was kind of cute.

and nothing said "back to school like your brand new eraser...

everybody had the Pink Pearl (originally made by Eberhard Faber, but I think Papermate makes them now,) but when I got a little older, my own fave was the pen/pencil combo eraser...

and when I got even older, of course I had the typewriter eraser. We'll never see the likes of these weird things again, as typewriters are now obsolete.




Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 15, 2019 06:52AM NativeMainer wrote:

I remember those slide top pencil cases!The 4 color pen takes me back to my early days in nursing, day shift wrote notes (by hand, charts were all paper) in blue or black, evening shift in green, night shift in red.And being old enough to "graduate" from the plain pink eraser to the pen/pencil combo cuz that meant you were allowed to write with a pen.And using a typewriter eraser in typing class in high school.

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap

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