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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 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 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 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 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.

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Mar 31, 2021 10:56AM elimar wrote:

I've thought of this once or twice in the past 50 years. If you bought the men's cologne, you got a free 45 rpm record. If you need to hear the tune to jog your memory, the link is below.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2qHuZrrwAY

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 31, 2021 08:06PM - edited Mar 31, 2021 08:06PM by MinusTwo

When my Dad got into his late 80's and 90's, one of his most favorite things was the old original yellow "Peeps". Once upon a time, Peeps were only available at Easter, so I had to stock up a big supply. But the next time I went to visit him - no matter how long it had been - they were all gone.

Edited to say - nice to see you Eli. Hope all is well.

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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Apr 1, 2021 07:13PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

As a kid, I remember my maternal grandfather wearing Old Spice whenever I visited them and he was dressed up for special occasions. Always loved it, now I buy it for my hubby.

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Apr 2, 2021 05:59AM NativeMainer wrote:

I don't remember the Bravura, but I do remember, and still love, the smell of Old Spice!


"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 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Apr 14, 2021 07:33PM elimar wrote:

My dad also wore Old Spice. I remember the ceramic-looking bottles.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 15, 2021 01:43AM MinusTwo wrote:

Ahhhhh - the first boy I fell in love with at 16 wore Old Spice. My Mother didn't think men should wear any scent.

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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Apr 24, 2021 04:15PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

My teen years reading all of the paperback romance novels my step-grandmother would bring me when she was done with them. At least when my parents grounded me for something and restricted me from watching tv or the radio I had something to do besides homework!


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Apr 26, 2021 06:35PM - edited Apr 26, 2021 06:37PM by elimar

I may have mentioned these before. If I haven't, then I am truly remiss. Parke Davis Throat Discs. If you ever had one, you will remember it forever. The flavor? Oh, I don't know, they had that certain something. It was was a weird cross between industrial strength anise, a touch of wintergreen maybe, oh, and some chloroform.

They didn't exactly fizz, but they could put a kind of stingy-burn on your tongue and lining of your mouth. They came in a charming medicinal-looking slimline package, with a slide out tray, making it easy to take with you to school in order to challenge classmates to eat six at a time. If teacher saw them, well *hack-kack* they were for that nagging cough, weren't they?


If all you ever had was Sucrets back in the day, then you really missed out on a flavor that is no longer of this Earth.


While those throat discs did actually provide some soothing to a sore throat (the chloroform, no doubt,) I also loved what you could find at the other end of the spectrum...Pine Bros. Cough Drops. Back before anything else gummy was fashioned for human consumption, these delicious glycedrine drops could be found. Go through a little box of Assorted Flavor just like you might eat a Haribo snack pack. There was also one that was just Honey flavor. Yum! Again, this was how every kid I know brought "candy" to school.



These can still be found in the retail world, but do they taste the same? You tell me. It has been decades since I had one.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 27, 2021 06:18AM NativeMainer wrote:

I haven't run across either of these in ages! I remember the Parke-Davis throat discs being very effective, the Pine Bros, not so much, but tastier. I can just imagine the faces the kiddos would make today if they got one of the Parke-Davis discs!

"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 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Apr 27, 2021 06:27AM MinusTwo wrote:

I remember the Parke-Davis. Seems I remember a licorice taste. And I remember Smith Brothers - supposedly the first cough drop in America.

The legend of the first cough drop in America begins in a family-owned, small-batch candy store in 1847 and continues with soothing relief that has remedied sore throats and coughs for generations. Smith Brothers Cough and Throat Drops are a great tasting way to find comfort when you need it.

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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Apr 27, 2021 08:11AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Remember how upset you would get when the President came on the tv and was on every channel!

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Apr 27, 2021 03:42PM jhl wrote:

The Parke-Davis throat discs were flavored with peppermint, licorice, anise, cubeb (a peppery flavor) with a small amount of chloroform. Ultimately, the chloroform had to be removed in 1976. The newer formulation is still available.

Dx 11/15/2019, IDC: Cribriform, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Apr 29, 2021 05:49PM elimar wrote:

Oh, I tried that new Parke-Davis formulation long ago and it just never had that original ziiiiinnnnnnnng.

I'll put forth a challenge along those lines: List anything you can think of where the "new" formulation was better than the original. O.K., go!

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 29, 2021 06:21PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

“New” Coke was never as good as “Classic” Coke

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Apr 29, 2021 09:01PM MinusTwo wrote:

Oh goodness Eli - I think that question must be oxymoronic. I've never found the new stuff to be as good. Ditto Mommy on coke. Even Absorbine Jr. used to work better on mosquito bites. I'll have to think REALLY hard to see if I can come up with something.

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Apr 30, 2021 02:09AM jhl wrote:

Most major brands of lipsticks have removed SPF from their formulations. I preferred the older ones.

Dx 11/15/2019, IDC: Cribriform, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Apr 30, 2021 05:52AM NativeMainer wrote:

Hmm. Wracking my brain, not coming up with anything that was better when "reformulated" or "new and improved". Except maybe twist top bottles for wine! But that's packaging, not a product change.


"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 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Apr 30, 2021 11:02PM elimar wrote:

I asked that question so innocently, but you know I was just baiting all of you to see if I was the only curmudgeon out here. I feel a little better that I was not the only one that could not think of something that actually did get a new and truly improved flavor. Back when I really had a sense of humor, I remember playing a game with my friends where we thought of products that we could give "new, buttery flavor" to. I thought of new, buttery flavor toothpaste...you'd buy that, wouldn't you?

Well, just look at these items below that I found.


Ranch Pop-Tarts


Bad Product Idea #14: Jell-O Espress-O Shots NEW FLAVOR



Lays: alcohol and bad decisions flavor. | Funny food memes, Lays flavors, Weird snacks

dopl3r.com - Memes - NEW RECIPE HoT POCKETS bad sandwiches TIDE PODS WITH EXTRA DETERGENT FLAVOR the forbidden fruit PeDS @NOTVIKING


O.K., I am messing with you, because only ONE is a real product. Care to guess which one?

HINT: I wished all day long that it was Tide Pod Hot Pockets but, no, as of this writing it is not. Never say never.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 1, 2021 12:04AM MinusTwo wrote:

Well I'll guess the Jello Shots. Not because I like espresso, but because I've enjoyed many alcoholic jello shot combinations over the years.

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May 1, 2021 06:25AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

The Jello


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May 1, 2021 07:25AM NativeMainer wrote:

I'm going to say the Jello, too. But I wonder about the Mustard Beer, people will mix beer (which I never have developed a liking for) with all kinds of strange things. . . . :)


"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 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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May 1, 2021 07:33AM NativeMainer wrote:


21 of the weirdest food flavors you can't find in the US. I'll seriously never try #7!

20 of the Weirdest Candy Cane Flavors Ever | CafeMom.com

"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 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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May 1, 2021 11:18AM elimar wrote:

I won't keep you in suspense...the Mustard Beer is a real product, when French's partnered with some microbrewery. I know the Jello shots seemed very real, but it has not been made into a boxed product YET. I was being tricky with that one.

NM, I am going to guess those Pringles are sold in Asian countries. I have had shrimp and seaweed crisps from Asian Import stores. Does not take too long to acquire a taste for them. I'd probably try the Mac & Cheese candy canes, IF they came out with a "new buttery flavor" version. ;-)

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 1, 2021 12:27PM saltmarsh wrote:

Old people smoking pipes with smoke that would waft by in waves of vanilla-y tobacco. I know it was terrible for us, but the smell is still nostalgic for me.

Being given the chance to clap school erasers outside to clean them.

The excitement and anticipation the rare times we were going to get to go to a movie theater and see a MOVIE!

The snap of Dolly Pops coming together, the innocence of books of paper dolls and their outfits, the smell of a brand-new My Little Pony, or Herself-the-Elf, or SeaWees. (Modern-day MLPs do not smell the same.)

Stringing high-low "ropes" together out of elastics with friends, trying to stay warm in fall and winter by testing our athleticism and proprioceptive abilities on the schoolyard blacktop. I seriously can't believe they let us do some of the stuff we did...meanwhile kids in my son's preschool and kindergarten classes were constantly warned not to run during recess, or not to run to their parents out of sheer joy at the end of the day...because they might get hurt.

Haw flakes being the popular candy, and spending dimes on bouncy balls dispensed from a gumball machine in the florist's at the bus stop, with everyone hoping to get one of the rare, pretty translucent ones instead of an opaque swirled one.



Dx 3/8/2021. LCIS, ILC. Surgery 4/19/2021 mastectomy, right

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