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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 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 16, 2009 04:15PM smithlme wrote:

Remember Little Kiddles? Tiny little dolls with tons of accessories. Then they came out with Lucky Locket Kiddles. Little dolls in a plastic broach that you could wear and a really tiny one that went in a ring. I had a Goldilocks one that had a plastic "tree trunk" table and chairs. There was even three bowls attached to the table and a small brown bear.

Remember the game Fascination? It had metal marbles and you had to roll them through a hand-held maze and when you got them all in the top holes it would buzz. My brother use to have a football game that vibrated and moved the players across the board.

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 16, 2009 04:37PM - edited Nov 16, 2009 09:19PM by Meece

I still have a couple of kiddles somewhere.  The two I still have were animiddle-kiddles, a purple mouse costumed one and a tiger costumed one.  Didn't the ones in the broach bubble things have a perfume scent to them?  The broach was a bubble with a gold toned plastic fram as I recall.

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 04:39PM elimar wrote:

I wanted Honey West's ocelot too.  I wanted Lassie and I wanted Flipper (yet lived no where near an ocean.)   I thought my parents said no a lot.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 17, 2009 04:06AM Katyb wrote:

What a great topic! Remember body shirts? All one piece and snapped at the crotch so we could wear the hip hugger bell bottoms and our shirt stayed tucked in.

I know I must be getting old, I don't think it would hurt the girls today that wear such low, low rider jeans to have a body shirt underneath. I would have died back then if I thought someone could see my underwear over the top of my jeans! I guess it would be worse if they showed now!

Katy Dx 10/25/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIB, 3/12 nodes
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Nov 17, 2009 05:15AM Meece wrote:

Halter tops, the sort of triangle that just  tied on.  If it was windy, you might have a dilemna, tie it on your chest or over your hair!  (Not really)


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 17, 2009 07:33AM smithlme wrote:

I use to make halter tops out of bandannas. I'd fold them into a triangle, sew the top point down for the casing, put a leather lace through the casing, tie it around my neck and the two long ones around my back. Either bandannas were much larger back then or I was very tiny! I had a white "Levi's" halter back them. It was white jean material with a pocket in the center and the Levi tag on the side.

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 17, 2009 07:45AM EWB wrote:

Remember having very long hair, parted severely in the center and worn straight down the sides of our faces. For those of us that worn glasses, we wore them OVER the hair in a rather "cousin it" kind of way. As far a undergarments and hip huggers...my mother would not let us have bikini underwear which was a problem, so we would roll our granny pants down they did not show. If not done just so, there was a lump ring all around, ack.

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 17, 2009 06:50PM - edited Nov 17, 2009 06:51PM by elimar

This is probably an urban thing, I don't know, but did anyone else go to a school with a Safety Patrol?  Was it nationwide?  I'm too lazy to Google for this.  At my school, the Safety Patrol was for boys only.  The girl contingent was called the Service Squad--the main duties being to keep the hallways and stairs safe with commands like, "Single File!" and "No Running!"   These positions confered great power on a sixth grader.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 17, 2009 07:46PM smithlme wrote:

I was on our schools safety partol. We would have large stop signs on a pole and we'd push the walk button on the corner by the school, before and after school. When it said walk, we'd yell, "Get ready to cross.....signs out"...then, "Signs in." We thought we were soooooo cool. When it rained we had to wear these bright yellow, smelly raincoats, hats and large rubber boots.

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 17, 2009 09:20PM Meece wrote:

I think we called them hall monitors.

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 18, 2009 04:23AM Sue-61 wrote:

Oh my word, hall monitors! Such memories.

Did anyone get to go outside and clap the erasers? You know, to get all the chalk out of 'em? Sue

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 18, 2009 05:14AM hmm wrote:

We also had a classroom monitor for when the teacher had to briefly leave the room. Of  course some monitors reported who talked and who did "whatever" ..........................  needless to say that those who did this were not very well liked...........

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 18, 2009 05:34AM lvtwoqlt wrote:

oh what memories, clapping the erasers on the playground and the cloud of dust that you created also washing the blackboards for punishment, hall monitors, room monitors and hall passes - if you didn't have a hall pass and were caught by the hall monitor during class time you had to go to the principals office. The safety patrol at my elementary school helped with the loading and unloading of the school busses. When my son was in the 6th grade, he was on the safety patrol only because he was in the wrap-a-round school (daycare) program, they had reflective orange belts with the shoulder straps, part of his responsibilites included assisting the younger children who were car riders get in and out of the car safely and helping the children get on and off the buses.

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 18, 2009 05:36AM elimar wrote:

The Service Squad was different than a hall monitor.  Service Squad was like Safety Patrol working before school and at the end of the day, both left class five minutes early to get to their positions.  The SS worked the halls/stairs/doors when they were swarming with kids.  We had hall monitors too.  It was one kid sitting at a desk when the classes were in session.  You had to show them your pass.  I don't know if Service Squad was widespread; it was in the public schools in my city.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 18, 2009 06:00AM Sue-61 wrote:

I went to Catholic school.......washing the blackboards, per the nuns, was a PRIVELEGE, not a punishment as I recall. We had a "check list", too, and if you talked when the nun left the room you got "checks." I recall getting 4 in one sitting and still hate arthur b to this day. What a tattletale.

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 18, 2009 06:23AM Meece wrote:

Cleaning the erasers at my public school was also a privelege.

Speaking of public school, remember when you were afraid to be sent to the principal because of corporal punishment?  And your parents stood behind the teachers and principals because they all wanted you to grow up as a good citizen.  If you got in trouble at school, you'd probably get in more at home.

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 18, 2009 06:38AM lvtwoqlt wrote:

Cleaning the erasers was a privilege, you got to go outside during class time to do that. But washing the chalk board was punishment, you had to stay inside during recess to do that chore under the watchful eye of the teacher. I was one of the smaller people in the class and washing the chalkboard was hard for me to do, up and down a chair to reach the top, it was definately a punishment for me.

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 18, 2009 06:47AM - edited Nov 18, 2009 06:49AM by elimar

The traditional chalk boards were called "blackboards" because they were, but I remember the green ones making an appearance during my school years.  The chalk didn't write as well on their slicker surface.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 18, 2009 07:12AM Meece wrote:

Yep, those green chalk boards, I remember them.  In lower grades, they had white lines painted on them so you could practice your letters.

The first day of school:  You were given a pencil, an eraser, a box of crayons, paper and all sorts of things.  You did not receive a list of manditory items your parents had to go out and buy within the following 5 days!

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 18, 2009 09:31AM NancyD wrote:

How about The Howdy Doody Show?

I've used this story to guage people's ages: I tell them my brother married a woman named Clarabell (true story)...if they break out laughing, I know they're over 55 and remember the clown from Howdy Doody. If they just smile and continue with the conversation, they're too young to remember (or they lived outside the US). 

Life is good. It's not perfect. but it's good. Dx 2/22/2008, IDC, Left, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/22/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/11/2008 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/5/2008 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/28/2010 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 18, 2009 09:49AM Sue-61 wrote:

Nancy, I remember coming home for lunch each day. We had to walk. It was a mile each way. (no wonder I was so skinny as a kid); we got to watch about 15 min of TV........

I also loved Buffalo Bob Smith. 

Oh, and i am over 55................by about 7 yrs!

"Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter"~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau
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Nov 18, 2009 10:09AM Marybe wrote:

Howdy Doody with Mr.Bluster and Dilly Dally and Chief ThunderCloud and Princess SummerSpringWinterFall.....did I get my months in order for her name?  What time is it? and the kids in the peanut gallery would scream It's Howdy Doody Time and then that song would burst on. 

I was the only girl to get paddled at our HS.....my mother was mortified, but I thought it was rather cool....a beginning to my liberated woman phase. 

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 18, 2009 10:30AM Meece wrote:

We didn't get to watch much t.v. after school.  I vaguely remember Paul Winchell and the Winchell Mahoney Hour.  We did our home work and went outside to play in the neighborhood until dinner, or at least time to set the table.  We had neighbors who would run in the house in the middle of a game because they wanted to watch TV.  Batman inparticular BAM!  POW!

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 18, 2009 10:37AM elimar wrote:

T.V., no not too much of it afterschool, that was playtime with the neighborhood kids, but we must have watched enough of it because we played a game called "TV Tag."

I do remember that on Sat. AMERICAN BANDSTAND came on.  My memory is of my babysitter having it on and learning how to do  "The Locomotion" with Little Eva.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 18, 2009 10:39AM Meece wrote:

Oh my, I remember things like t.v. tag, color tag, state tag....  Red light/green light, mother-may-I, kickc the can and hide and seek.  Being one of the younest in the neighborhood, you know who was usually "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 18, 2009 05:26PM EWB wrote:

Captain Kangaroo, Mr Green Jeans, Moose & ping pong jokes?

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 18, 2009 06:14PM Meece wrote:

I loed to watch captain kangaroo.  I am trying to remember the precursor to Sesame St.  Oh, I remember...Romper Room with Miss Maryann.

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 18, 2009 06:50PM Marybe wrote:

Ping pong jokes?  Tell us about those. 

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 18, 2009 07:16PM LILLY1955 wrote:

How about Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color and Wild Kingdom?  Loved these shows.  Crazy about the Monkees---sigh Davy, another sigh.  Cute then but now!!!! Not so much.  Long Stick straight hair (people asked me if I ironed mine but it was just naturally that way)  I still have my 1959 Barbie and her friends with all their clothes and carry cases.  Sadly my Barbie Dream House got wet and had to be thrown away.  What about TV dinners in metal trays?  My 1970 bright orange Mustang (totalled it in 72)  Fringed brushed leather jackets and vests worn with low wide bell bottoms with a body suit and wide belt.  Anybody ever try to smoke aspirin?  Totally sucked.

Lilly1955 Dx 8/15/2008- Right breast IDC <1cm Grade 3 ,Er/Pr+ Her2-, 0/2 nodes: left breast Dx 8/15/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 18, 2009 08:52PM Meece wrote:

Ah, Sunday nights and The Wild Kingdom, sposored by Mutual of Omaha, followed  by the Wonderful World of Disney.  Bedtime right after it.

Ihad a Barbie House That was "mod"  it had a poster on the wall with Carnaby Street.  It didn't fair well when I sat on 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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