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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 03:18PM

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 14, 2009 09:43AM sheila888 wrote:

NativeMainer...This was also my favorite drink

Sheila

Sheila♥ Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 8/21/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/13/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 11/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/lungs, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 14, 2009 09:52AM Sue-61 wrote:

NativeMainer, Noxzema is still around, I can smell it just by thinking about it! I loved it. I think it caused zits tho. to tell you the truth, but it was cool thing to slather, huh?

My mother wouldn't let me wear mascara. Did anyone else put vaseline on their eyelashes?

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 14, 2009 12:48PM NativeMainer wrote:

I never heard of vaseline on eyelashes--but I do remember using baby oil as suntan lotion.  How about Starsky & Hutch and The Mod Squad on 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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Nov 14, 2009 01:22PM hmm wrote:

Yes Sue, I did put vaseline on my eyelashes!!! I think I remember that this was even recommended in some of the "beauty tips" in magazines. Also think I recall that it would end up "melting" after a few hours and not looking too goodWink

Oh yeah native mainer I remember both the baby oil and Starsky and Hutch!

Pat 

Lumpectomy / SNB / 25 rads and 5 boosts / oncotype 6 / arimidex Dx 9/2008, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 14, 2009 02:05PM cmharris59 wrote:

I can remember using Noxzema as a sunburn cream. It felt so good going on and I rarely peeled. I also put vaseline on eyelashes and teeth. I still have my Barbie, Tammy, Pepper, and Ken dolls. One year I also got a James Bond doll loved it. My brothers were always stealing my Barbie dolls for their GI Joe conquests! LOL

Donovan and Mellow Yellow... Twiggy... I was thin enough most of my life but never quite tall enough and never had that waif face.  I loved Jefferson Airplane and did not understand the appeal to Janis Joplin until I was much older. 

I remember camping trips with my family and my dad teaching us all about nature. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts - we were involved with them for over 20 yrs and I wish that it was still as strong as it used to be.  I loved the badges and going on trips with the troop. My parents were both scout leaders for most of my formative years. 

I also remember when I first started losing my innocence and security about being safe - the Zodiac killer and Charles Manson did that. 

C

"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 14, 2009 03:37PM hmm wrote:

cmharris--- do not remember the vaseline on the teeth thing....................  for what purpose? Just curious  ......hmm.  

Pat

Lumpectomy / SNB / 25 rads and 5 boosts / oncotype 6 / arimidex Dx 9/2008, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 14, 2009 06:08PM Mazy1959 wrote:

Jo,

LOLOLOL.......my mom buttoned her sweaters in the back and big skirts and bobby socks.

To this day I use Noxema to wash my face and then use Oil of Olay for moisturizer. It's really good for sunburns too.

Vaseline on teeth? I never did that one...also wondering what for.

I used mascara...I took it to school with me and put it on before school started and took it off after school was over. LOL

Did any of you burn your bras? We threw ours in the pond at our school.

We even had a smoking room in our high school for those who were at least 16 (the legal age to smoke then).

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 14, 2009 06:26PM Meece wrote:

Boy, I was gone from here for just awhile and the posts went crazy.  I was reading on page on e about Candies.  Yep, I remember those, but how about YoYos and Cherokee's in the shoe department. 

Vaseline on the teeth made your lips slide acrossed them when you smiled.

Sure it's tough, but so are you! Dx 11/23/2003, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/4/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/31/2004
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Nov 15, 2009 06:54AM Sue-61 wrote:

How about mongrammed pull over sweaters? Your initials were monogrammed into the center of the fake cashmere sweater.......

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 15, 2009 10:09AM elimar wrote:

I had a Nehru jacket.  Looked good with appleseed beads.  I had some "elephant bells" that looked like a crazy tablecloth pattern.  Had a suede fringed jacket too.  Right on, my neo-hippie sisters!

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 15, 2009 10:15AM elimar wrote:

We never had the Dittos pants, but we had the super-low rise MALE brand, with the 4-button front.  Usually worn with the "bodysuit" top that snapped at the crotch.  How inconveniently popular those were for a while.  Well, that golden era is gone, when people actually tried to hide their butt-cracks.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 15, 2009 10:31AM hmm wrote:

Elimar.................. Loved your last sentence........... GOOD ONE!!!!!!!!! So tired of looking at THEM!!!!!!

Lumpectomy / SNB / 25 rads and 5 boosts / oncotype 6 / arimidex Dx 9/2008, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 15, 2009 11:20AM Marybe wrote:

  Was Poindexter the one with thick glasses?  What was Midge's boyfriend's name?  My Ken doll was one of the really early ones and his hair rubbed off so he had uneven male baldness.  Someone mentioned the Battle of New Orleans.....Johnny Horton sang it I think.  We used to laugh hysterically at the lines we grabbed up a gator and powdered his behind and when we shot the cannon off the gator lost his mind. The protect the animal societies would certainly not approve of that one.  Remember Alan Sherman's Twelve Days of Christmas or maybe it was the 45 Camp Grenada was on , There was this song on the other side Old King Louie that I thought was really funny. YOu went the wrong way old King Louie, You made the population cry.  It is amazing how I can remember the words to stupid songs, but for the life of me cannot remember my cell phone number.  Was Allen Midge's beau?   I liked eating tang out of the jar with a spoon.

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 15, 2009 11:29AM cmharris59 wrote:

Yes Marybe it was Alan/ Allen. 

"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 15, 2009 11:51AM desdemona222b wrote:

The best candied yams I've ever made I made with Tang.  Everyone raves over them.  You just sprinkle it on the yams and let them bake.

Dx 11/17/2001, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 15, 2009 01:03PM Meece wrote:

My poor Midge had to date the Ken with the rub off hair, non-bendable legs and all.  And to top it off, my older sister's dolls teased Ken unmercifully about his balding head.  My siser told me the hair came off because it was eaten by silverfishes!  EWwwwwwwww!

Sure it's tough, but so are you! Dx 11/23/2003, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/4/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/31/2004
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Nov 15, 2009 05:30PM desdemona222b wrote:

Midge was the unfortunate one for my sister and me, too.  We hated her - she got to play the loser.

Dx 11/17/2001, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 15, 2009 06:28PM Meece wrote:

Yep, Poor Midge.  She was treated like she came from the wrong side of the tracks.  I mean the swimsuit she came in didn't even matach!  As I recall it was orange bottoms and a pea green sports bra style top.

Sure it's tough, but so are you! Dx 11/23/2003, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/4/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/31/2004
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Nov 15, 2009 07:15PM CoolBreeze wrote:

The vaseline on the teeth was because Miss America candidates did it so they could smile smooth. :)

I still have my original 1959 Barbie and Ken.  And, I have a Julia doll with the original nurses outfit too - remember her?  Diahann Carroll played her on TV.

Remember skorts?  They were popular around the time of hot pants and super miniskirts and Twiggy.  And,  we can't forget Go-Go boots, which I never got a pair of and STILL want!

I remember my mom would go to the beauty parlor to get her beehive hairdo and then sleep on a satin pillow all week to keep it in order.  

Lava lamps, I loved my lava lamp.  I bought one for my kid - somethings never die.  :)

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 15, 2009 07:50PM Meece wrote:

I bought a Lave Lamp for one of my kids, too.  I remember Julia, that single working mom before her time.

My mother had a satin pillow case.  

How about the brief time of wrap-around skirts and gouchos?  

Sure it's tough, but so are you! Dx 11/23/2003, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/4/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/31/2004
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Nov 16, 2009 06:33AM - edited Nov 16, 2009 06:43AM by elimar

The Beatles when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.  [It was actually three consecutive Sundays in a row, and factoid--"I want to Hold Your Hand" was performed all three times.]   For weeks, you could not walk the halls of my school and not hear the girls talking about it, and which Beatle they were in love with.  Does anyone remember the fanzines that came out pretty regularly that were just for The Beatles?   I had one with pics and song lyrics and the Fab Four's favorite colors, etc.  I had an I <heart> Paul plastic lenticular ring that I got from a bubble gum machine. 

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 16, 2009 07:15AM Marybe wrote:

  I loved Paul.  My friends and I did a Beatle show in my basement.  We lipsinced and had guitars made out of cardboard and painted. Our drummer had on shorts which was why she was the drummer so her bare legs would not show....the rest of us had on long pants and jackets to resemble suits.  Mine was left handed since I of course was Paul. We charged 10cents for admission and one of our friends sold jellybabies to throw at us.   I still have my beatle wig.  I wish I still had my original Barbie.....she is worth some money, Coolbreeze. 

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 16, 2009 10:58AM EWB wrote:

 Oh wow...so many memories!  How about fringed vests, fringed anything, the Ballerina doll (hold the knob on her crown and she'd do turns), Betsy wetsy dolls, skates with keys, party shoes with button hooks, pants not allowed at school (skirts and dressed only), air raid drills at school, click clacks, "cat" glasses (I had light blue and purple ones)....

Dx 11/9/2006, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 16, 2009 11:27AM lvtwoqlt wrote:

skirt length had to reach your fingertips when going to school (I don't know if that was the school policy or my mom's policy!)

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 16, 2009 01:08PM Meece wrote:

How about the Crissy doll, you pressed her tummy and pulled her hair out longer, and cranked it back in again.  Wanted one, never got it.

Sure it's tough, but so are you! Dx 11/23/2003, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/4/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/31/2004
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Nov 16, 2009 01:16PM NativeMainer wrote:

Oh, dear, I remember and hated skorts!  Ithink I had a Chrissy- I remember a doll whose hair grew and could be cranked back in, with a key I think. . .

I had cat glasses, too and took sooooo much teasing about them but Mom wouldn't let me change the frames until I needed new lenses, seems like that took years.

"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 16, 2009 01:26PM cmharris59 wrote:

Actually the doll was Tressy and I still have mine. Her hair still pulls out when you push the button in her belly and I have the key to crank it back in.

At our school skirts had to be no more than 4 inches above the knee. I remember rolling up my skirt at the waistband. No go-go boots but we wore knee hi sox and saddle shoes. I lived my saddle shoes! I always thought that my horrible cartwheels looked better when I wore my saddle shoes. I also loved my penny loafers. They became so much comfortable with wear.

I can also remember, since I grew up near a military base, that you couldn't be on base in anything that showed your midriff or you could be charged with indecent exposure.  We lived very close and I can remember so many soldiers preparing for Vietnam. We lived near Ft Benning which is the main training base for the Infantry.  When they fired mortars on base, the pictures in our house would shake off the walls.

"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 16, 2009 01:27PM ADK wrote:

What about the Monkees and the Munsters and the Addams Family?  Can you tell I watched a lot of (black & white) TV?  I also loved Honey West - so wanted my own ocelot and wanted to be a detective when I grew up.

Anne
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Nov 16, 2009 01:37PM lvtwoqlt wrote:

My barbie type doll that 'grew' hair, you pulled the ponytail out and to retract the hair, you turned her upside down and slapped her on the back with the heel of your hand. I don't remember her name though. I think I still have mine but the hair stopped working years ago. My sister and I both got one for Christmas. We would play barbies but we never had a ken, we would use my brothers' GI Joes as our barbies dates. We made all kinds of clothing for our barbies out of scrap fabric from our mother and grandmother's sewing basket.

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 16, 2009 01:38PM NativeMainer wrote:

Skirt lengths!  I remember a school rule --when we were kneeling the skirt hem had to touch the floor.  Not just touch, but touch enough to fold or wrinkle the fabric. 

I remember the Addams family, too!

"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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