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Topic: Middle Aged Memories

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

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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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Dec 4, 2020 10:08AM elimar wrote:

MOmmyof2, I just re-read about your winter hat, with pom-pom. Then, I remembered back to he 60's when a "stocking cap" was THE FASHION. Good thing too, as I had to appear in a classroom rendering of The Night Before Christmas, and that cap became part of my costume.

(Related...)

You know how we are all old here? But you know how you can still learn something new every day? Here is what I learned today:

My line in the classroom production was "And Mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled down for a long winter's nap."

Well, in reality, the actual text is, "...had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap."

WTH? Did my school just have a cheap and spurious copy of the poem? Did they not want little kids to talk about brains? Settle our brains? How? They didn't have Ambien back then, so was it a reference to chugging some laudanum, or what???

Anyway, let's take a look at the actual first half of the handwritten poem (sold for $280K in 2006, so this is $140K worth!) That old Clement Moore had some pretty good penmanship, didn't he?


Happy Holidays to All, my BC Lady-girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 4, 2020 10:11AM NativeMainer wrote:

WOW!


"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 4, 2020 03:14PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Wow

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Dec 16, 2020 11:12PM - edited Dec 16, 2020 11:17PM by elimar

One of my favorite Christmas decorations was a molded paper Santa figure. Allegedly a "candy holder," it was hollow and could be opened by twisting it apart at the middle. What was so great about this decoration, you might wonder? NO, it was not filled with candy, guess again. It was filled with PISTACHIOS! They came from Iran, the RED(*) ones that stained your fingers, and that tasted about 12 times better than the bland California jumbo ones that you see around today. The nut of those pistachios were really GREEN, and looked very Christmas-y in the red shells. They were a treat that we got once a year from the import store, and only at Christmas.

We had a snowman, just like the Santa. Guess what was inside? Did you say un-dyed (natural) pistachios? You are right. So when I say the red ones were 12 times tastier, you can believe me because I had a side by side comparison going on. My family loved pistachios. My friends did too but, strangely (I thought,) none of them ever had pistachios at their houses and they would pointedly ask about ours when they came over, and inquiring hands would twist the Santa and twist the snowman with hungry expectance.

Setton Farms - Remember red pistachios? Some may feel nostalgic about them but in reality they covered the stained shells of pistachios. We're glad beautiful California pistachios have replaced them! For the

(*) Footnote: I don't think the dye used was the toxic Red Dye #2, but if it turns out that it was a carcinogenic coating, then the mystery of my BC might finally be solved.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 16, 2020 11:20PM MinusTwo wrote:

Eilmar - I had forgotten all about the red pistachios. You're right - they were better. Thanks for the memory jog.

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 19, 2020 08:36AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Baking and making candy with my mom for the holidays. I used to be her ingredients gatherer and prep person.

If you value your freedom, thank a servicemember both serving and retired!

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