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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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May 2, 2021 07:34AM NativeMainer wrote:

Saltmarsh--you'll be glad to hear that at my school (I'm a school nurse) we encourage running around at recess, for all ages--run off some of that energy, get some movement in!

I can remember playing King of the Hill on top of, what to us were, HUGE snowbanks at recess. Even us girls, and this was back in the day when girls could not wear pants to school, but could wear pants under dresses for recess and waiting for the bus/walking to school.

Never heard of Haw Flakes. Gonna have to look that one up!



"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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May 2, 2021 01:02PM - edited May 2, 2021 01:26PM by elimar

saltmarsh, I have never heard of Haw Flakes before, but after doing a search, I have to say they sound intriguing. Since they used a dye that was banned in U.S., do the ones available now still taste the same as you remember?

NM, It was somewhere around my junior high school time that they "let" girls wear pants on Fridays. Before that, all a Northern girl had for Winter protection were those cable knit acrylic tights. (The alternative was mini skirt with knee socks and a 6" zone of bright red frozen leg above the knee and, oh my, how that would sting when that frozen section of leg started to thaw!)

Hollow Out Plain Tights

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 2, 2021 01:24PM elimar wrote:

Those tights reminded me of "window pane" fishnets. So 60's! (Also, nothing says 60's like models in a pidgeon-toed stance...hahaha.)


1960s Dresses | 60s fashion, 1960s fashion, Sixties fashion

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 2, 2021 01:45PM M0mmyof3 wrote:

Anyone remember your mom cutting your hair with a bowl over your head so it would come out right? My mom did that every year until I was going into the 5th grade. She wanted to cut my hair because it was getting beyond the way she liked it and my stepdad told her I looked very pretty with it longer. Dad won that round!

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May 8, 2021 11:05PM elimar wrote:

It's so funny when something pops into your head that you have not thought of in years and years, and your brain has that one second where it thinks, "Oh, yeah, THAT!"

Tonight, this is what popped into my mind, "sewing cards." Something for a young child to develop small motor skills, and I can't remember if I had a set or if it was something that was in my kindergarten classroom. A very old memory. The pic is blurry, but this one looked familiar. Can you tell they have holes poked thru' the pics so you can sew them with yarn laces?


vintage sewing cards whitman | eBay


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May 8, 2021 11:11PM elimar wrote:

QUESTION: How do you know when your "middle-aged memories" have turned into "senior memories?"

ANSWER: If your memory has anything to do with YARN or PIPE CLEANERS, you just might be a senior.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 9, 2021 06:47AM NativeMainer wrote:

LOL! Good observation, Elimar! I do remember sewing cards, but I can't remember if I had them or someone else.

"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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May 20, 2021 12:08PM - edited May 20, 2021 12:09PM by M0mmyof3

I remember those sewing cards. My grandmother kept some on hand for us girls to keep us out of trouble.

I remember making beaded ornaments with my mom for Christmas bazaars and for my own tree out of pipe cleaners instead of the wire people use today.


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Aug 1, 2021 04:56PM - edited Aug 1, 2021 04:57PM by elimar

My last entry was so innocent...sewing cards and pipe cleaners.

Conversely, I also managed to have sampled that LEGENDARY treat from the Late-1960's...the Hippy Sippys candy. Colorful little balls packaged in what looked kind of like a syringe. All the better to get your sugar fix! Best of all, it came with a pinback badge, sporting a hippie phrase. I remember having that orange one (below.) One of the most controversial candies ever! If you blinked, you probably missed it, since the FDA yanked it very quickly. Ah, the nostalgia!




Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 11, 2021 12:40PM M0mmyof3 wrote:

I remember the mini “jungles” my mom and grandmothers had. Starting my own jungle bit by bit.

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Aug 15, 2021 08:01AM NativeMainer wrote:

Elimar--I missed the hippy sippy thing entirely!

Mommy--what kind of jungle did your Mom and grandmothers have?

"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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Aug 15, 2021 09:12AM saltmarsh wrote:

The haw flakes without carcinogens still taste the same to me. :)

Sometimes I worry we will lose things that can't be found or reproduced properly -- like the scent of a card catalogue in the library. I also have a typewriter my DH gave me for my birthday because I missed the susurrus of my grandmother's typing. (It sounds just as good now as then.)

Dx 3/8/2021. LCIS, ILC. Surgery 4/19/2021 mastectomy, right
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Aug 18, 2021 11:37AM elimar wrote:

I still have my Smith Corona electric typewriter. Probably never use it again but somehow have not managed to part with it yet. Even with all the years using that and more recently a computer keyboard, I still cannot break my habit of really pounding the keys like how I learned on a manual typewriter.

Remember typing class in school? Remember when they would time you to figure out your wpm? That always made me anxious and all thumbs.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 18, 2021 09:11PM MinusTwo wrote:

Elimar - I finally got rid of my IBM selectric 10 or 12 years ago. I couldn't find anyone who still fixed typewriters & the bouncing ball had some problems.. Even after becoming relatively fluent in "computer" - I still miss the typewriter at times.

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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Aug 19, 2021 09:24AM NativeMainer wrote:

I remember the time tests in high school typing class! I would get all fumble fingers, too. There are typing speed tests online now that I use every once in a while for fun and curiosity. Over the years I've developed a habit of correcting my typing mistakes as I go. Does anyone else feel it when a word is mistyped? It's kind of freaky when I'm looking at copy and typing it into a document and I feel a word being typed wrong!

I used an IBM Selctric when I was in college/nursing school! I remember that machine very, very fondly. I used to type other people's term papers for extra money, and got so I could even make that thing do physical equations and all sorts of crazy stuff.I still occasionally use some of the stuff I learned, like centering, although I much prefer word processing software for that sort of thing nowadays.

"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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Aug 19, 2021 04:15PM - edited Aug 19, 2021 04:17PM by M0mmyof3

I hated Typing class. The teacher was so mean to those of us who weren't her “pets". My mom was very sympathetic so she taught me to type at home. Mom's method of teaching me was to write out a paragraph and time me as I typed until she called time, she even let me look at the keys while I typed. I did way better and much faster at home. So after that from 8th grade to high school, I type my own reports unless they had to be handwritten.

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Aug 19, 2021 06:31PM MinusTwo wrote:

Interesting that while I can navigate "Word" to some degree - I am absolutely REALLY fluent in "Excel". I never learned Word Perfect & I never really got good at formatting MS Word.

NM - I corrected my mistakes as I was typing - and still do.

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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Aug 20, 2021 08:30AM NativeMainer wrote:

I still sometimes look at the keys when I type. Usually that happens when I am typing something from my own mind and not copying somethings. More often I watch the typing as it comes up on the computer screen, which is why I correct mistakes as I go, because I see them. It's funny, it was only a few years ago that I found out what the little bumps on the "F" and "J" keys were for!

Minus--I get really aggravated every time Windows comes out with a new version, it seems they change the layout of Word and Excel and all the other MS Office programs at the same time. It takes me forever to find the features I want again and re-customize the tool bars. I guess I'm just a terrible creature of habit!


"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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Aug 26, 2021 11:12PM CeliaC wrote:

I won an award for my typing speed and accuracy in high school. Used to make money during college typing up papers for other students on my Smith Corona electric typewriter. Still very speedy on the keyboard as I did a lot of written reports, procedures, manuals, etc. in my work life. Last thing I did before retiring was to revise all the written procedures, with screen excerpts, etc. for users of one of our computer systems. Was told I should go into technical writing as a sideline. However, once retirement arrived, have not had the desire to work and fortunately not the need, either.


Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 27, 2021 07:31PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

I did not do well in typing class in high school so before I went to look for my first job I attended a 'secretarial school' Grace Ball Secretarial School (that's what we called them in those days). Once I had a reason to learn it I did well and typing was part of my job/s for over 40 years. It wasn't just typing speed that was needed but you had to have an awareness of graphics. So after typing for years and sweating it out, I now don't care what my typing looks like or my punctuation or spelling. Too many years of having to type letter perfect (remember the IBM typewriter that preceded the correcting Selectric? I would have to go into the office on weekends to type my boss's wife's invoices which had to be Letter Perfect. No erasing!!!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/23/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 27, 2021 09:04PM MinusTwo wrote:

Oh yes Cowgirl. No correction tape & no white out AND 3-8 carbon copies. UGH!!! I recently found a package of carbon paper in the bottom of my supply cabinet. Wonder if anyone would even know what it is?? Might be fun for my 4 year old niece to use for drawing, but it make such a nasty mess.

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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Aug 28, 2021 12:16AM Cowgirl13 wrote:

Carbon paper...wow!!!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/23/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 28, 2021 05:39PM Sunshine99 wrote:

Here's mine: My sister and I are spending time together. She's 65 and I'm 63. She was stretching and was frustrated that she couldn't lift her foot up to her nose when she was sitting on the floor. "Who do you think you are?", I asked. "Gumby???" We started laughing. Who remembers Gumby? And Pokey? And the Gumby song?

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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Aug 28, 2021 10:55PM MinusTwo wrote:

oH yea - Gumby & Pokey. Thanks for the memories.

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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Aug 29, 2021 10:15AM CeliaC wrote:

I remember carbon paper, Gumby & Pokey as well. Now who remembers mimeographing and using a form of calculator known as a comptometer?

Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 29, 2021 10:21AM M0mmyof3 wrote:

I remember school papers fresh off the mimeograph machine. All the guys in my classes tried to sniff them. I hated the smudges on my hands from the ink, especially if they hadn’t had time to dry.

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Aug 29, 2021 01:31PM MinusTwo wrote:

I remember typing on the mimeograph masters, putting them on the drum and turning the crank to produce those smelly things. The really weird part was the liquid correction "fluid" that you had to use to fill in mistakes on the original blue master - and then try to fit it back in exactly the same place on the typewriter to add the correct letter - oh my.

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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Sep 15, 2021 09:04AM - edited Sep 15, 2021 09:06AM by elimar

I liked the smell of mimeo ink. Probably carcinogenic, right? I don't remember this too well, but my first computer experience was typing out some Punch Cards, remember those?

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On a different note, a friend just asked me if I remembered the first time I saw color tv? Nope. But I do remember when my neighbor told me how The Wizard of Oz movie changed from b&w to color and I had no idea about that since on my tv it was b&w only. Our first color tv was a Zenith. Here's another memory tho' for Motorola.

(Can you tell "Motorola" above is a link? It barely shows up, but click on it.)

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 16, 2021 06:55AM NativeMainer wrote:

I remember when we got a color tv, i was in elementary school. It was quite the big deal to get a color tv!


"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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Sep 16, 2021 10:52AM Gonetruckin wrote:

Mood rings and being able to ride your bike all over town and hang with friends without adult supervision

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