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Topic: Australian Sisters

Forum: Australians and New Zealanders Affected by Breast Cancer —

Australian health care, clinical trials, and life in general in the land down under.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2010 06:13AM

Trisha-Anne wrote:

Calling all Australian Sisters!

I'm in Canberra and have just done my second chemo treatment.  I'm have 3 cycles of FEC then will have 3 cycles of Taxotere and 12 months of Hercepten.

It might be nice to see how many of us are in Oz and if we aren't too far away from eachother try to organise a meeting.

I have made a long journey and been to a strange land and I've seen the dark man very close ... Thomas Wolfe Dx 9/17/2010, ILC, <1cm, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/17/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 11/4/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 13, 2017 10:26AM chrissyb wrote:

Hi Karen, because I'm a pensioner I only have to pay the gap which is about $40 so not so bad.

Oh! I just read you second post. That's great news and sure does take a load off your mind!

Love n hugs. Chrissy

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 13, 2017 11:36AM Trisha-Anne wrote:

Karen, it's good you are now covered, it's tough when you get these bills that you just can't afford!

I saw my oncologist on Monday morning, and thought he'd say, well done, see you in 12 months time. But no, I have to stay on 6 monthly visits, and have to have an ultrasound of my axillary lymph nodes done before I see him. I know he's keeping an eye on me. I know that the triple negative needs more surveillance, but I wanted to forget it all for 12 months damn it!! Ok, rant over, I'll be a good girl now lol.

Trish

xox

I have made a long journey and been to a strange land and I've seen the dark man very close ... Thomas Wolfe Dx 9/17/2010, ILC, <1cm, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/17/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 11/4/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 13, 2017 12:45PM Wildplaces wrote:

Karen,

I can be a bit of a warrior when it comes to medical bills - but unless you signed something on admission that states you are liable for all additional tests I would still be questioning that ultrasound bill.

It did not come from an ultrasonographer - they do not cannulate and their fees would never be that high - it's a consultant fee you are paying - so was it the consultant radiologist who did it ?? - in that case he/she should have introduced himself and consented you for his fee. Seriously - and no, 😉 I am not legal but medical of background...

If you can master the energy I would call and politely clarify whose bill you are paying - and let them know you were not financially consented - it might be enough for the secretary to reach some compromise with you.

It would be a dinner out for you - and at the risk of sounding mean - we can all do with a bit of light relief😊
Dx 8/5/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/12/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 9/11/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 5, 2017 03:39AM Lucy55 wrote:

Its very quiet over here .!.just dropping in to say Hi ...bit of a relief weather wise the last couple of days with finally a drop in temperature !

Love to all x

Dx 8/27/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/15/2014
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May 5, 2017 07:55AM chrissyb wrote:

How are you doing Lucy?

I'm doing fine although really busy this week preparing for the Antiques Fair which is this weekend. I'll be driving over to Walleroo later today to pick up my SIL as she comes to stay and help out for the weeken which is great. Keeping our fingers crossed that it's a very successful weekend with loads of people coming to town........oh, and spending their money......lol.

Love n hugs to all. Chrissy

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 8, 2017 07:07PM Tammy_M43 wrote:

Chrissy, was the Fair a success?


Dx 10/29/2012, ILC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 2/4/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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May 8, 2017 07:39PM chrissyb wrote:

Hi girls!!

Yes Tammy, the fair was a great success!!! My weekend started on Friday when I did my usual shift at the station before driving 90 minutes to Walleroo to pick up my SIL and did my grocery shop while I was over there. Drove home just in time fir my otger SIL and her friend to arrive so needless to say it wasn't what you call an early night......lol.

Saturday began with me putting together a stroganoff in the slow cooker gefore hwading down to the shop. There were people everywhere!!! and I'm sure at some stage through the day they all came through the shop! Talk about b u s y!!! I think I must have walked miles coz my feet sure were telling me a story when we got home. All I can say is I looooove my slow cooker.......lol.......all I needed to do was cook some rice and dinner was done!.

Thankfully Sunday was a little quieter but overall we had a really successful fair.

Today I helped at a very important morning tea at the station. We had a big wig from Canberra and tge big wigs from the city come to the station to announce that Burra and Moonta, both mining towns that the cornish settled, mined and bought new mining technology to, were both now listed on the National Heritage list. We are all so excited about this as now it can begin the process for world listing!

Drove my SIL home this arvo and am now sitting in my jimjams utterly exhausted and just about ready for bed.......that is if I can get the energy to walk into the bedroom. .....lol.

Take it easy all!

Love n hugs. Chrissy


I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 8, 2017 07:58PM Tammy_M43 wrote:

Chrissy, great news on th Fair and the heritage listing!


Dx 10/29/2012, ILC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 2/4/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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May 9, 2017 04:25AM Lucy55 wrote:

Chrissy sounds like a great weekend..hectic and fun ..but now you would definately need a rest !! You've given me an idea to cook a stroganoff in the slow cooker ..I use mine all the time for curries and shanks and legs of lamb etc ..but have never cooked a stroganoff in it .Do you have a special recipe or just make it up as you go ?

Dx 8/27/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/15/2014
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May 9, 2017 09:28AM chrissyb wrote:

Lucy, my strogonoff is just beef strips, onions, loads of myshrooms, red wine, beef stock, pepper and salt. Cook on low for about six hour ot high for three to four. Then add sour cream with a little starch and serve over rice with dill pickle on top. Very yummy.

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 9, 2017 08:42PM aussie12 wrote:

Hi all

I had my mammogram 2 weeks ago and then saw the Oncologist yesterday for my yearly check up. It's been 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis and luckily I got the all clear this time.

I have my CT next week for my Bowel cancer then I see the oncologist for the results for that. Then hopefully I can relax for the rest of the year.

Carol

Dx 2/2/2012, DCIS, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/16/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 5/13/2012 Surgery 3/7/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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May 9, 2017 11:08PM chrissyb wrote:

Yay Carol!! Great news! One down, one to go......sure hope the good news keeps coming!

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 10, 2017 05:40AM Lucy55 wrote:

Carol..that's great news !

Chrissy ..thanks for recipe ..I'm definitely going to make it ..I love my slow cooker in the winter ..it's the second rainy day in a row here , so it may be just about time to pull it out again !

Dx 8/27/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/15/2014
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May 10, 2017 06:45PM Delvzy wrote:

Hi girls it's great to see some Aussie girls back on the boards again I was getting a bit lonely reading the bone met boards. I don't quite connect with the girls there. I had my bloods done and got the results last week tumour markers are now normal at 27 hemoglobin and calcium which were both low are now normal, just need the all clear end of June for CT and bone scan. I guess having these kind of tests are my new normal . I hope your town gets its world heritage listing Chrissy and it's good to hear from Lucy and Carol and that you are both doing well. Chrissy roughly how much stock and red wine for the beef stroganoff? Judy x

Dx 9/8/2008, DCIS, Stage 0, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/10/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/22/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2009 Dx 11/1/2016, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+
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May 10, 2017 08:38PM chrissyb wrote:

Hi Judy! Great to hear that your tests are giving good results. ......your meds are definitely doing their job. Hope you are feeling a whole lot more confident about the future.

I just put a single glass (200ml) of red wine and about the same for the stock. Because it slow cooks it creates extra moisture but if you find after a couple of hours you want a little more liquid, don't be afraid to adjust by adding a little more stock.

It's going to take more time and a lot of work to get a world listing but this at least is the first step. It took ten years to get this far so fingers crossed that the next one won't take that long.

Loce n hugs all. Chrissy

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 17, 2017 05:06PM KarenAus wrote:

I think I have been watching too many house reno shows. Was thinking, I have had plumbing fixed, then a broken internal wall. Found rot that was cut out of verandah and found more so whole verandah had to come off. Was then fumigated to make sure all rot was gone. Problems were found as happens with renovations. Now into the rebuild stage. Verandah rebuilt, walls fixed with problems of course. This has gone way over budget and time which happens with most renos. When it is all over hopfully I will have a lovely body to live in.

Thought Aussies would get this.


KarenAus

Dx 3/2015, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 3/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 6/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole)
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May 17, 2017 09:35PM chrissyb wrote:

Hahaha! Absolute love it Karen! Thanks for the share. I hope you have a beautiful body to live in too.

Love n hugs. Chrissy


I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 25, 2017 06:11PM Jestea wrote:

Hi all, ive been a long time reader of this group but never posted anything.

I sit in that very grey area where I havent got cancer but I have pre breast cancer (so not cancer free either...) I have been having follow up surveillance for almost 7 years with yearly mammograms/US/surgeon visits, with yearly MRI's the other 6 months.

I live rural/remote in QLD so have to fly almost 1000kms to have this testing done....

So ive just had my MRI today and there appears to be some major changes in the right breast (which is the troublesome one) The report states that I haved marked background parenchymal enhancements with rapid enhancement and predominantly persistent enhancement. When compared to '16 the enhancement is much greater on today's study. Also on the same side there is changes related to skin in the periareola region. There is also a intramammory node lying against the chest wall.

So do you ladies think I should be concerned in regards to these major changes or wait until my next set of testing in 6 months? Im hoping to speak to the surgeon on the phone about it but she is very hard to get into contact with...


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May 25, 2017 07:38PM chrissyb wrote:

Hi Jestea, it sounds like they are seeing changes campared to last year so a conversation with your doc is a really good idea. Your GP should be able to go through the results with you if you can't get hold of your surgeon.

These results may indicate nothing to worry about yet but you really do need the input from a qualified person. They may suggest a biopsy of the area in question or they may say there is not enough there for a biopsy. Which ever the case may be remember, that to worry about what may be is a waste of energy, it's much better to wait and worry when you have something to worry about.

Good luck with it all, please let us know how you get on.

Love n hugs. Chrissy

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 26, 2017 01:54PM Jestea wrote:

Thank you Chrissy. Im flying home tomorrow so im going to try and schedule a phone consult for sometime next week.

Thank you once again and enjoy your weekend Nerdy

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