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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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Sep 16, 2021 02:03PM HomeMom wrote:

Gonetruckin - we had a candy store blocks from my home in NJ that we would walk to. I was under 10 years old and after getting our candy, we would go to the elementary school, hang out on the steps, and eat our candy. As long as I was home by dinner, my parents didn't worry.

Dx 3/31/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 4/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/14/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/5/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/29/2014 AC Chemotherapy 7/24/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/15/2014 Hormonal Therapy 12/14/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 16, 2021 04:18PM MinusTwo wrote:

And playing cards clipped to the spokes of our bikes with clothes pins.

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 18, 2021 10:01PM elimar wrote:

MInusTwo, I loved the way the playing cards made that click, click, click sound on the spokes. Did you try the balloon version? More of a flub, flub, flub.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 19, 2021 05:43PM MinusTwo wrote:

No I never tried balloons. What a kick!!!

Just got my fall Vermont Country Store catalog. I had a wonderful time looking through all the old favorites. Did anyone else have a Lanz nightgown? I begged for some time in elementary school before I got one because they were expensive (in the day).

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 20, 2021 05:26AM NativeMainer wrote:

I don't remember the Lanz nightgown but I do love looking through the Vermont Country Store catalog! Evening in Paris and Emeraude perfume, pine tar soap, bag balm!

"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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Sep 20, 2021 05:45AM M0mmyof3 wrote:

I love looking at my Vermont Country Store catalog too.

Mom makingus either a sweater or a new nightgown for Christmas.

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Sep 20, 2021 08:55AM MinusTwo wrote:

I turned down the page for Evening of Paris again this catalog - as I do every time. I rode my bike to Woolworths to get my first bottle after saving my allowance for months. I'd love to smell it again but I just can't justify $59 for an olfactory memory

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 21, 2021 07:53AM M0mmyof3 wrote:

I’m a Wind Song and Chantilly gal. My paternal grandmother wore those and I have always loved the smell. I have both perfumes.

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Sep 21, 2021 04:32PM MinusTwo wrote:

My grandmother wore White Shoulders. My mother usually wore Blue Grass or Arpege.

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Sep 21, 2021 10:41PM - edited Sep 21, 2021 10:44PM by elimar

I had to look up what a Lanz was. I had never heard of it before.

But as far as old colognes go (which I know we posted about on this thread probably 50 pages ago,) it is a tricky proposition whether to buy one of those fragrances nowadays. I took a chance on Oh! de London about 10 years ago. That cologne was discontinued, but supposedly some company bought the proprietary formula from Yardley and was claiming it was the real deal. I bought a tiny 1/2 ounce bottle. Well...what a disappointment! It smelled nothing like it. Did my nose change for the worse? Maybe. Or, they just could not make it smell good like it used to back in its mod heyday. Scent memory is very primal. I think I would just weep if I ever smelled this authentic scent again because of the memories I have of it.

I smelled some Emeraude recently a few years ago and that smelled just as I had remembered. My aunt always gave me Chantilly at Xmas. Was not a fan, but now I am kind of nostalgic for it. My mom Wore White Shoulders and Chanel No. 9. A neighbor's dad gave me some Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps cologne that "fell off a truck." Some colognes I wore in my youth were Jungle Gardenia, Muguet de Bois, Coty's Sweet Earth scents, and those essential oils that you could buy at "head shops." Remember that Avon cologne, Hawaiian White Ginger? Not a big fan, but I must have felt sorry for those Avon pushers at least once because I did have a bottle of it. (Side note: Who didn't love those tiny Avon sample lipsticks as a kid?) Charlie cologne had that popular ad campaign, but p.u., my nose never cared for it at all. In the 80's, I was all about Obsession and Opium, and I can still detect someone wearing those scents a city block away.

Check out the ad below. Recognize Olivia Hussey? What young girl wouldn't want to wear the scent that the 60's "Juliet" was advertising? I wish you could read the fine print ad copy. Your young girl self would be totally sold on it!

OLIVIA HUSSEY YARDLEY OH! DE LONDON FRAGRANCE AD 1969 ROMEO &amp; JULIET Vintage Magazine Advertisement: From Collector-magazines: Amazon.com: Books

I still have a very good nose. It's a blessing and a curse.

As a public service announcement , I have to write this to all you women of my age: A certain percentage of you have lost your sense of smell and have no idea how much scent your cologne is giving off, so go real easy on it. Thank you.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 21, 2021 10:51PM MinusTwo wrote:

Agree about the blessing & curse of a good nose. Mostly I'm glad that I can smell anything & everything.

Thanks for the L'Air du Temps reminder. I wore that most of my high school & young married years. In fact, except for an occasional foray into Channel # 5, the Nina Ricci is the only cologne I wore until I switched to Oscar de la Renta around age 45. But I do still have a very old bottle of a gardenia scent that I need to throw away. Sigh!!!

Good advice about the strength of the scent. I rarely wear anything anymore. And I use Cera Ve lotion and cream that has no 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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Sep 22, 2021 11:46AM M0mmyof3 wrote:

I loved Avon’s Hawaiian White Ginger. I have a small bottle of it when they brought it back in the late 90s or early 2000s. I use it sparingly. The one perfume I cannot stand and I have a bottle of it is Charlie. I love Jean Nate too. My paternal grandmother wore that, I have a bottle of the After Bath Mist.

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Oct 18, 2021 05:26PM elimar wrote:

Remember when the musk scent was a thing? Jovan had popular ones for both women and men. Oh, and most of you probably remember a cologne called 4711...well, that is not only a middle-aged memory, but a Georgian/Victorian memory because that scent has been around for 200 years!!!

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Actually, what I popped back in for today was to share the memory of Trixie Belden, like Nancy Drew, but perkier! My mom bought me a few of the books, including this one with a weird cover. I don't remember the story tho'.


TRIXIE BELDEN AND THE MYSTERIOUS VISITOR. #4. by Julie Campbell - Hardcover - (ca 1966.) - from Bookfever.com, IOBA (SKU: 81632)


Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 18, 2021 06:59PM MinusTwo wrote:

Hi Eil - Great to see you. Hope you are doing OK.

I don't remember Trixie Belden, but wasn't there a nurse series like Nancy Drew?

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Oct 25, 2021 06:44AM NativeMainer wrote:

There was a nurse series of books-- Cherry Ames

I don't remember Trixie Belden. I do remember Nancy Drew and another mystery series, about 2 brothers, the name escapes me right now.

"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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23 hours ago MinusTwo wrote:

Yup - Cherry Ames is the series my nurse BFF read as a kid. The boys series my brother read was The Hardy Boys, although we had some older books too since that series started in 1927.

I was surprised to note that Nancy Drew first appeared in 1930. I have 3 Nancy Drew books on my shelves from 1934 - 1949. One has an inscription to me for my birthday in 1954 so I can tell when I was reading them.

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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16 hours ago Sunshine99 wrote:

minus, how cool to have an inscription in your book so that you can remember when your received it. I loved the Bobbsey Twins books. Oh, my! Those were great. Nan and Bert and Flossie and Freddie, right?

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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16 hours ago jhl wrote:

Did anyone have the Boxcar Children? I read them as a child and was fascinated by the concept of orphaned children on their own. Add to that they lived in an abandoned box car and I was transported. They are aimed at children grades 2-6 so I'm looking forward to gifting them to my grandchildren.

Dx 11/15/2019, IDC: Cribriform, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)

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