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Posted on: Jul 21, 2017 04:06PM

sm627 wrote:

Hi Everyone,

Next week will July 27, 2017 will be one month since I had my mastectomy. I am 33 years old and a preschool teacher. I plan to go back to work next month in August. I would like to know how other teachers of any grade went back to teaching and helping their students learn. But also remember to take care of themselves at the same time. I am so used to helping other people that I forget to take care of myself, and after having my mastectomy I am realizing that I need to do a better job of taking care of me. I don't know how I will do with my 24 little 2-5 year old children running around the classroom even with the help of my co-teachers. This whole experience of losing my right breast has changed me as a person.

Any tips or advice for returning to the classroom world is appreciated.

Thank You! Hugs,

Sara

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Aug 11, 2017 05:17AM sm627 wrote:

Shellstthebeach, I will be thinking of you on Aug 30th and wishing you all the best, and that you are surrounded by all of your loved ones to help you heal emotionally and physically

Hugs and Love,

Sara

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Aug 11, 2017 07:30AM kira1234 wrote:

First day back to school today. I'm very happy to report it was a fantastic day. I only had 15 first graders show up today. I'm tired but very happy with the day.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Aug 11, 2017 09:24AM sm627 wrote:

Oh Kira, I am so happy to hear that you had such a wonderful first day back at school! and that you only had 15 children I always like it when you can get under 20 children. I hope the rest of the school year goes well for you and your school children give you all the love and energy you need to enjoy every moment with them.

I went back to school yesterday. I loved seeing all of my little preschoolers I got lots of hugs from them. The sad part was that my director told me that I could not come back to work until September some BS about not being able to pay me because of the budget. I wish she would have told me earlier instead of wait until the day I started back at work. She told us at our staff meeting last week that she was having difficulties with the budget.

Feeling sad and disappointed right now I am going to miss my "children" so much and some of my preschoolers are going off to kindergarten, and I wont see them again. But I guess the upside is that I get few extra weeks to heal. I have a second job so that can hold me over. I wish my director was a little more considerate I have been through so much this summer and now I have one more thing of crap! to add to my already crappy summer.

Kira if you or anyone else has any cute or fun school stories can you please share them with me? I would love to live vicariously through you! I am going to miss my preschoolers so much, but if I hear about other children it would make me feel better and get me through the next 3 weeks Thank You!

Hugs and Love to all

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Aug 11, 2017 09:54AM - edited Aug 11, 2017 09:54AM by kira1234

Ms627 I can mention one that really touched my heart. One of my children from years ago came up to me and said I was her " very best teacher and tells everyone to ask for me." She also said how happy she was when she realized I'd be her teacher in first grade. I'd been her kindergarten teacher. Her group of kids were the sweetest kids. This was Wednesday at open house

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Aug 11, 2017 10:32AM sm627 wrote:

That is so sweet and warms my heart thank you so much sharing that wonderful story with me Kira! That makes me feel so much better already.

Hugs

Sara

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Aug 17, 2017 03:01PM sbelizabeth wrote:

Sm627, my 4-year-old granddaughter started preschool Tuesday morning. Too excited to eat breakfast--new school clothes, a new little backpack and lunch bag. She's so adorable.

This preschool is all day, and naps are agendized after lunch. Worst part of her day? "They made me leave my clothes on for naps." No stripping down to princess panties in preschool, I guess!

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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11 hours ago sm627 wrote:

Hi Sbelizabeth,

I hope your granddaughter enjoys her preschool years. So sorry she can't strip down at nap time. Sometimes at my preschool if it is very hot then I will let my "children" take off some of there closes, so they cool off and enjoy their nap time. You know every since I had my mastectomy this summer I appreciate taking naps a lot more then I ever did before.

Wishing you and your granddaughter the very best in preschool and in life.

Hugs,

Sara

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