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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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Nov 10, 2009 09:57PM otter wrote:

Tiny tears?  I'd forgotten the name of that doll!  OMG -- she has the same hairstyle I had last winter:  chemo-curls!

otter 

Dx 2008, IDC, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 10, 2009 10:10PM CoolBreeze wrote:

Flashlight Tag!  That flat taffy candy that had the powdery stuff on it and came in wax paper.   Big Daddys.  Hot pants.  Flower power.   Velveteen footprint designs for your room.  Huge jawbreakers that you licked until your tongue was raw and had layers of colors. Rainbows on your bellbottoms, stiched from bottom of the leg to across your front.  Chokers.  Straight hair (grrrr...my personal nemisis).  I Dream of Jeannie.  Hogan's Heros.  Gunsmoke.  Bewitched.  My Favorite Martian. Baby Oil and Iodine. 

Riding bikes, skinning knees, "don't come home until the streetlights are on!"

:)

Ann's cancer blog: www.butdoctorihatepink.com .....multicentric/multifocal IDC/ILC+DCIS/LCIS/ADH Official dx? "Your breast was a mess." ~UniMastectomy/Chemo/Herceptin/Tamoxifen/Recon Almost Done! Oh wait. mets to liver 5/21/11 Now Stage IV Dx 8/17/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 10, 2009 10:15PM keno41 wrote:

My friends and I used to play Barbies and dream of who we would marry. I love my husband, but it;is absolutely  not what I envisioned when I was 12!! Our imaginations were so much greater than those of kids today.  I think kids today don't know how to pretend and imagine, like we did!!  Also, I absolutely loved Donny Osmond. I truly believe that our childhood was so much better than kids of today!  That's just my thoughts!

Dx 7/2/2009, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 10, 2009 10:28PM cmharris59 wrote:

"Time Tunnel"  "Lost in Space" tricycles and Big Wheels?I had a Tressie doll that you pushed a button  on her stomach and her hair grew. Hopalong Cassidy? Gunsmoke when Matt's sidekick was Chester?  Leslie Gore? The Kingston Trio?

"The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue." ~ Dorothy Parker Dx 6/8/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 10, 2009 10:29PM Marybe wrote:

  We were lucky to have Barbie back when she had really nice clothes, actual knit sweaters, tiny little zippers and buttons, real fur trim. The thing I loved most about her were the clothes and the accessories because they were so real, just in minature form. I think the bridal gown was $5 and that was a lot of money back then.  The clothes they came out with later were velcro and really crappy. I got my Barbie in 1959 or maybe it was 58,  Actually, I was too old for dolls, but I loved her....she was the model with the painted eyes and the holes in her feet. 

    Someone mentioned 8 balls... I actually believed those answers. 

     Do you remember wig hats?  I still have my Beatle wig.  I loved tube tops.....we called them boob tubes.  How did I miss Velvet Peanut butter?  Maybe it wasn't in OH. 

Marybe Be you own advocate and keep on your toes. I went from no stage (1990) to Stage lV while under an onco's supervision. Dx 4/1998, IDC, Stage IV, 0/19 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+
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Nov 11, 2009 01:33AM desdemona222b wrote:

My sister and I got wig Barbies for Christmas one year and we were beyond thrilled.  Wow, did we LOVE those wigs! 

Dx 11/17/2001, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 06:36AM Sue-61 wrote:

Hey, OTTER.......my Tiny Tears doll was bald.........so I must have had a real early version of her, which makes me ancient in years......Sue

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 11, 2009 06:38AM Mazy1959 wrote:

I had a Barbie with wigs and yes I dreamed of looking just like her and having a hotty like Ken when I grew up LOL.

I had and believed that dang 8 ball. At sleepovers we would spend all night asking questions about boys.

Coolbreeze, We played flashlight tag every night in the summer.

I had a Super Ball. On days when I had nothing to do I would bounce that thing off a brick wall back to myself all day long.

And I remember when Wizard of Oz and Cinderella were only on TV once a year. Funny how we can just pop in a DVD now and watch it when we want. I still get excited when I get to watch those.

In second grade I had a small troll with blue hair, that I kept in my desk.  I rubbed his tummy every morning and truly thought he gave me good grades LOL.

keno, I think we had it better too. I know that I probably had too much free reign. I went about anywhere I wanted as long as I could get there by bus or walk. When I was about 11, a girl I went to school with was kidnapped and murdered. They never found her murderer. After that I became paranoid. I became more afraid of the dark and would move far away from any cars that would pull over near me.

I love remembering the fun I had as a kid.

Hugs, Mazy

Bone marrow mets in 90% of bone marrow. Dx 3/6/2003, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/19/2006, ILC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 4/25/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/4/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/9/2012 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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Nov 11, 2009 07:35AM elimar wrote:

Besides my cherished Skipper doll, I did have two Barbies.  One was blonde bendable Barbie, but the other was stiff brunette Barbie.  She was an early model with the nice pulled back hair. I gave her a shag haircut and ruined it.  Then as a replacement, I found a Barbie head in the bushes at school, with the round puff hairstyle, I don't know, but she looked more like a mom.  Unfortunately she had a dark colored disfigurement on her face, so I lovingly thoughtof her as burn victim Barbie.  I let my sons play with these a couple times (when their G.I. Joes were lookin' for dates.)

My room was decorated with some big-eyed Keane paintings.  I had the ones of a Dog and a Cat.  I don't know about you, but the ones he did of big-eyed kids reminded me of "Children of the Damned."   (Movie--Shudder!)

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 08:05AM Mazy1959 wrote:

One of my favorite toys was my Easy Bake Oven. I melted cheese on crackers, made brownies etc.

Bone marrow mets in 90% of bone marrow. Dx 3/6/2003, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/19/2006, ILC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 4/25/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/4/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/9/2012 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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Nov 11, 2009 12:43PM smithlme wrote:

Remember door-to-door salesmen? My parents bought three sets of Encyclopedias and two cemetery plots that way! The Fuller Brush Man? Records and record players. I would spend hours listening to the same few over and over. I don't ever remember saying I was bored because my mom would find some chore for us to do. Life was much simpler back then and we had imaginations. Our dolls may have cried tears and wet their diapers, but now they walk, talk, dance and eat "food."

Dx 3/31/08, DCIS, ER+/PR- BRCA2+...I am NOT a survivor...I am a 2X breast cancer A$$ kicker! Dx 3/28/2007, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 01:11PM Sue-61 wrote:

Elimar....."burn victim barbie", I cannot stop laughing.

Smith, I remember playing my 45 records on 78 speed and finding it hilarious that by speeding up the record, it reminded me of Alvin and the Chipmunks. Oh, I loved my record player, Sue

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 11, 2009 01:24PM smithlme wrote:

I had a 45 of Alvin and The Chipmunks singing Christmas, Christmas time is here... I loved my record player! I'd put it on 33 and laugh as they sang it in slo-mo!

Dx 3/31/08, DCIS, ER+/PR- BRCA2+...I am NOT a survivor...I am a 2X breast cancer A$$ kicker! Dx 3/28/2007, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 03:01PM Mazy1959 wrote:

Poor Barbie LOLOLOL

Bone marrow mets in 90% of bone marrow. Dx 3/6/2003, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/19/2006, ILC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 4/25/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/4/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/9/2012 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel)
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Nov 11, 2009 03:02PM elimar wrote:

Had the Chipmonk's Christmas LP record.  Had a 45 rpm. of Snoopy vs.The Red Baron.  Snoopy was not the one singing, just a guy.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 03:16PM lvtwoqlt wrote:

We had several 33 christmas albums and we would play them year around (I loved Snoopy's Christmas! and 'I'm getting nuttin for Christmas'). But we didn't have the Chipmunks Christmas. We also had a set of of 'golden songs' from the 40's and 50's. My brothers, sister and I would act out the songs as they were playing, our favorite one was 'Battle of New Orleans'. love the crackle of the needle on the record.

Sheila

Women are like tea bags, we don't know how strong we are until we were thrown into hot water. Eleanore Roosevelt Diagnosed ADH Feb 2005, ADH Sept 2006 Surgery 2/11/2005 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/9/2006 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2006 Dx 4/27/2007, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes Surgery 5/31/2007 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Nov 11, 2009 03:23PM desdemona222b wrote:

Anyone remember those aluminum Christmas trees?  LOL.

Dx 11/17/2001, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 03:29PM smithlme wrote:

Yep, nothing like the smell of aluminum to remind you of Christmas! Our neighbors had a white fake tree with a color wheel. Now that was classy!

Dx 3/31/08, DCIS, ER+/PR- BRCA2+...I am NOT a survivor...I am a 2X breast cancer A$$ kicker! Dx 3/28/2007, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 03:58PM desdemona222b wrote:

LOLOL!  Oh, Lord!  We had one of the earliest versions when I was about 6 - the aluminum on the branches was straight and we had pink bulbs on it.  I thought it was the most beautiful, modern thing I had ever seen.  Then, the next Christmas, we went to my aunt's, and she had a great big one with curved aluminum on the branches and the color wheel.  Made our little tree look pretty shabby.

Dx 11/17/2001, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 05:19PM PatMom wrote:

We had an aluminum tree and color wheel for more than a decade, long, long after they were fashionable! 

Couldn't throw it out until it was absolutely falling apart because my parents who were teenagers during the Great Depression never threw anything out that was still "good".  I still have to check any food at my Dad's for expiration dates.  Beyond actual dates, in my book, anything (formerly) edible that my Mom bought (she's been dead for 10 years) goes.

Until the time when someone comes up with a definitive "cure", we each have to cobble together what we believe will be the most effective treatment that we can live with, not merely survive.
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Nov 11, 2009 06:10PM - edited Nov 11, 2009 07:30PM by elimar

Loved Twiggy, and Lulu too.  If the song "Too Sir, With Love" comes on while I'm in the car, I'll sing along with every word, and heaven help the passengers.

 

[Edit:  Had to get a pic of Twiggy on here with her painted on lashes]  

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2009 06:44PM Sue-61 wrote:

Does anyone remember that song

What is love

5 foot of heaven and a ponytail?

well, my husband thought the words were "5 foot 11" and a ponytail. Don't know who sang it but it was more in the late 60s than the 70s. Sue

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 11, 2009 06:46PM NativeMainer wrote:

My sister got a Mrs. Beasly doll for Christmas one year and I was sooo upset to be "too old" for dolls!  And I remember being so proud of the "Hi-Fi Stereo" and playing 45s and 33s over and over until my mother would yell at me to stop!  And Flipper on TV?  I was soooo jealous of those boys. 

"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 13, 2009 08:00PM elimar wrote:

The astronauts walked on the moon in 1969.  After that, I practically begged my mom to buy some SPACE FOOD STICKS.  It was astronaut energy food.  Wash it down with TANG!

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Made by Pilsbury.  My favorite was Chewy Carmel.
Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 13, 2009 08:05PM Sue-61 wrote:

TANG! another yummy; thanks for remembering........altho not sure I liked it! Sue

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 13, 2009 08:08PM Morgan513 wrote:

How about Mystery Date?  I had a Mystery Date metal lunchbox that had a game piece that was a magnet.  I loved it!

Dx 4/9/2008, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 13, 2009 09:57PM elimar wrote:

Mystery Date, yup, I cheated so I could date the DUD!  He had some axle grease on him, but looked like he would clean up real good.  Never did go for the blond prepsters, white tux or no.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 13, 2009 10:18PM smithlme wrote:

Poindexter was his name!

Dx 3/31/08, DCIS, ER+/PR- BRCA2+...I am NOT a survivor...I am a 2X breast cancer A$$ kicker! Dx 3/28/2007, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 13, 2009 10:22PM elimar wrote:

Are you sure?  Wasn't that the nerdy one?  I liked the mechanic-looking one.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 14, 2009 12:10PM NativeMainer wrote:

Tang and Space Food Sticks--YES!  I wonder if TANG is still around?  I'll have to look next time I'm in the grocery store.  I still have the Barbie I got as a child, one of the very first models to come out my mom tells me.  I've got an entire wardrobe of clothing mom knitted for me for Christmas one year.  I still have the whole collection of clothes she made over the years somewhere in the basement.  Is Noxema still around?  I remember slathering that on my face every night to fight acne.  I'm not sure I even had acne or if it helped, but I remember the smell--loved it!

"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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