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Topic: What's your best gift ever?

Forum: Coping with Holidays, Special Days and Anniversaries — Holidays and special days, like birthdays and anniversaries, can be filled with complex emotions. Are they a time to celebrate or are they extra difficult? Share your feelings and experiences here.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2011 11:00AM

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Given or received, what is your favorite gift of all time? What made it special?

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Nov 17, 2011 11:13AM - edited Nov 17, 2011 11:14AM by MizMarie

This one is easy for me.  A few years ago, my daughter made me a tote bag decorated with photos of her from her growing-up years.  She is an incredibly thoughtful girl, and the memory of opening that gift still brings tears.  It is my most cherished possession.

Dx 8/4/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/18/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/18/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 3/24/2012 Breast
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Nov 17, 2011 11:40AM fredntan wrote:

my banjo,

DH got it for me yesterday. I haveno musical ability.Have always wanted to learn to play. He can play anything. I'm planning on learning via youtube.

MBC bone mets since 2013 Dx 8/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/8/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/28/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/7/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 4/2/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Dx 10/2013, Stage IV, mets Chemotherapy 11/19/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Hormonal Therapy
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Nov 17, 2011 02:30PM duckyb1 wrote:

Back in 1985 6 years before my husband died......he gave me an Anniversary is gorgeous..............3 rows of 5, 20 pt. diamonds..........15 diamonds in all...........each row is significant of the 30 years we were married at the time..........................he had it designed in such a way, so that when I leave this earth..............the 3 rows, can be separated, and each of my daughters (I have 3 girls) will get 1 row each, of 5 diamonds in a band for them............

Then they can pass the band on to their daughters (each has 1 girl) and it goes on hopefully.

Ducky Dx 2/15/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 4/24/2011 Whole-breast: Breast
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Nov 18, 2011 08:07AM Moderators wrote:

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Nov 18, 2011 01:09PM SeasideMemories wrote:

Oh Ducky!

That has to be the sweetest gift, EVER....

Dx 5/8/2009, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 18, 2011 05:27PM duckyb1 wrote:

Seanside.......I cherish that ring more then you can imagine.............I never take it off........even when I went under for breast surgery, and other operations throughout my life since I got it...........they always put a piece of tape around it.............

I have another diamond wedding band that I got the day I got married, and also a gold band, but they are away in a special place............will be buried with the gold ring.............the original diamond wedding b and will be for my daughters too..

Ducky Dx 2/15/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 4/24/2011 Whole-breast: Breast
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Nov 18, 2011 05:35PM debbie6122 wrote:

Mine was from my mom a couple of years before she passed, she gave me a beautiful music box that sings "Winter spring summer or fall all you have to do is call, and i'll be there"  I play it all the time when I think of her and it brings tears to my eyes.

masectomy, chemo, node positive Dx 12/20/2009, IDC, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 21, 2011 09:55AM dragonfly55 wrote:

MizMarie, a gift of love handmade. Your daughter must be very creative. Everytime you carry that bag, your reminded of your little girl growing up. Wow!

Fredntan, I've always thought one of the best gifts you can give someone is the gift of music. Soon you'll be sharing this gift when you play your banjo at get together. Ate you going ti learn bluegrass picking or dixieland? I love the sound of the banjo. Awesome!

Ducky, a gift given filled with love for you which is treasured and shared down through the generations. That love you'll carry with you all your life. Beautiful!

Debbie, the simplicity, beauty and joy of a music box. The message of the tune is so special. This pulls at my heartstrings . I lost my mom too. Cherished memories must be brought back when you sit with your music box. Wonderful!

I find this hard to answer.. My parents gave me a Yamaha guitar when I was 12. It has been through so much and has gotten me through so much in my life. My family call it my Willy Nelson guitar.

My kids, at 3 & 4, took their own money and bought me a present at a neighbour's garage sale. They were so proud and excited. It is a little sandcastle.

My Dad decided, out of the blue, to buy hiis 3 girls brand new Honda Civics. All of our cars were ready for the junkyard. (Each girl newly single) We have been driving them since 2004.

Christmas wishlist: a hhousecleaner once a month to do the jobs I have trouble doing!

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Nov 21, 2011 10:13AM Moderators wrote:

Love the idea of a housecleaner! Wouldn't that be such a nice break!
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Dec 25, 2011 01:23PM Kaara wrote:

One of the best gifts I have ever received is seeing the happy look in my daughter's eyes at church last evening.  She has had a very troubled year, and recently she met someone who seems to really care for her.  He is the angel I was praying would come and make her life better!

Kaara Dx 11/14/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 25, 2011 02:13PM negirly wrote:

I bought a iPad2 for an unsuspecting family friend that left him speechless.  It was my was of "paying it forward", I had had a good year financially.  His ex wife drains his financially and emotionally. 

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Dec 25, 2011 02:48PM nwest125 wrote:

I received my engagement ring for Xmas in 1980, he wrapped it in a big box and I had been saying I wanted a sewing machine that year. What a surprise that was, and years later my daughter got me my mothers ring , I think that was in in 1998. those rings mean the world to me and when I had to removed them this summer for swelling it broke my heart, So my DH told me to got get them re-sized so I could wear them again.


IDC 11-1-10 Lumpectomy 11-15-10 reincision/ found ILC 12-16-10 BMX with no reconstrution Dx 9/21/2010, ILC/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 25, 2011 03:24PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

I am at a point in my life where I don't need too many things. 2011 has been a year filled with terrible difficulties and wonderful blessings. My "gift" always has been ,and I hope will continue to be, the love and support of family, friends and community. But an easier to clean juicer wouldn't be a bad idea :)

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 25, 2011 04:35PM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:

The years of life I am having resulting from the treatment I underwent two years ago.  Life is just so amazing and vivid now.

Other things are too numerous to mention.  I would say the friendship of my friends.  The wonderful earth we inhabit.

Even the raging beauty of today's storm.

And that I get to share Christmas Dinner with some very special friends. - Claire

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Dec 25, 2011 05:24PM profbee wrote:

I just read this question aloud, and hubby immediately said, "My wife's clean prognosis."  He's a keeper.  I hit the jackpot with him. Happy holidays, all!

Dx 3/2011 at 38 yrs old. 16 weeks of Taxol/Lapatinib 4/2011-8/2011, BMX with TEs 8/23/2011, 4 rounds of AC ended 11/10/11, Tamoxifin started 11/25/11, Herceptin starting 11/28/11, exchange surgery on 12/19/11. Dx 3/1/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 25, 2011 05:34PM lizcarolan wrote:

I sent my mom a maid service for moms day. It was such a hit I send them out every couple of months. I got the idea after my ex husband (who was deployed to afganistan at the time) just wanted to do something to help me recover from a hysterectomy and hired Molly Maid

Liz -- Cribiform Carcinoma BMX with TE's Dx 9/2011, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Dec 25, 2011 06:08PM Angelice wrote:

Mine for this year is clean scans and mammo can't ask for any thing more 2 days before Christmas !!!! And the best family Sister ,kids and hubby :)

Dx 6/13/2010, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 3/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 26, 2011 09:53AM - edited Dec 26, 2011 09:54AM by dreaming

I was around10 and  loved to read, I had been eyeing a collection of books, and on Christmas Day it was by my bed, Baby Jesus  as is our tradition , had brought them , I still have them.

My beloved father made sure that our dreams will be made true, that he and my beloved mother keep looking after me.

After the mastectomy a second diferent cancer was found: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, C.F.M.: Dx 7/7/1991, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 26, 2011 11:37AM bludaizy wrote:

Mine is a necklace I received this year. It's from my two teenage daugthers. It's a heart shaped necklace engraved with "Mom, I love you always". It's not from a fancy jewelry store. It might even discolor after a few wears. But, my oldest hasn't been driving long and the two of them went out completely on their own to find me a gift. They picked it out and paid for it completely on their own. Very special to me.

Isaiah 26:4 - Feel free to read my blog at Dx 11/28/2011, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Dec 26, 2011 11:54AM LisaMomOfFour wrote:

The days before the internet, when my husband and I were in the early years of our marriage and didn't yet have children.  He researched the list of Nobel Prize winners for literature, and bought me a book from each of the past twenty years worth of winners, an immediate and meaningful library of wonderful literature!  

Dx 10/9/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 19, 2012 12:04PM Demson wrote:

Can I have four?  If so I gotta say my two horses and my two dogs, but hang on, my really best gift was the birth of my son 26 years ago.Laughing
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Jul 30, 2012 06:09AM chemoangel wrote:

When I was first diagnosed, a woman from "Wish Upon A Hero", sent me a beautiful decoupage box filled with everything "Pink". And she kept sending one, once a month, filled with beautiful things from jewelry, to soaps, angels, and even a t-shirt. 

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay then it's not the end"
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Jul 30, 2012 06:29AM Leah_S wrote:

My dd went to a high school that had an intense arts program. Her major was dance (ballet and modern) and for their senior project the girls had to choreograph a dance (for a few dancers, not just one) with the theme of "Relationships". My dd choreographed her dance for me - she danced about her relationship with me, with the cancer, how it affected her relationship with G-d, and how she came to acceptance of it. It is truly the best gift I've ever received.


Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 30, 2012 09:16AM - edited Jul 30, 2012 09:17AM by SelenaWolf

I was a very un-traditional bride.  I was in my thirties, my husband was younger.  I didn`t want to wear white because I wasn`t getting married in a church (I`m not Christian) and, besides, being a pale blond (this was years before my `red-head`phase), I looked washed out and putrid in white and cream.  So, I wore a dark, emerald-green Victorian-inspired gown trimmed with black Chantilly lace and paired it with a hooded, black velvet cape (Autumn wedding).  My wedding gift from my husband was equally non-traditional: a suite of green opals-pendant, earrings, bracelet and ring.  It was his birthstone.  I love them.

We`ve been married 18 years, 19 this year.  Opals are - by no means - an unlucky stone.
"... good girls never made history ..."
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Aug 10, 2012 12:44AM KelpieAU wrote:

A surprise homecooked meal from a neighbour - it makes me grateful and humble everytime. Nothing beats living in a small town :)

"You only live once, but if you do it right then once is enough" Dx 5/2009, DCIS, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes Dx 4/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 10, 2012 09:47PM - edited Aug 10, 2012 09:47PM by bevin

Best gift every- my daughter. My little sis donated eggs for us so that we could have a child.  Every mothers day I thank her for helping to make me a mom. I am truly fortunate!

Age 45, Oncotype 11, Primary Tumor 2.1 cm, smaller satellite tumor nearby Dx 5/1/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/9/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/9/2010 Breast
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Aug 10, 2012 11:40PM - edited Aug 10, 2012 11:40PM by Landdownunder

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Dx 6/28/2005, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 3/16 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Dx 6/2009, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-
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Aug 11, 2012 05:16PM Leah_S wrote:

Sometimes it's the little things. I'm having surgery soon and was asking a friend if she knew someone coming from Baltimore (she has family there) who could bring me some Hershey's Kisses from there from my son - they are more expensive here than fancy gourmet chocolate. She said she'd find out, but then another friend who was there went and bought me some.

The sweetness of the gesture is far more than the sweetness of the chocolate.


Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 13, 2012 02:12PM Moderators wrote:

We are loving these stories -- and the generosity and thoughtfulness spread all year long!

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Aug 13, 2012 02:22PM CelineFlower wrote:

Shayna Valentine, 


 Given to me by my husband for valentines day 2001

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! ~Dr. Seuss Dx 8/31/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/17/2012, LCIS

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