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Topic: Diagnosed/treated 2018 -- Sharing our "what's next"

Forum: Share Your Experiences Of Life After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis —

Share your experiences of life after a breast cancer diagnosis and offer advice on how you cope with life's daily challenges, including how you develop a new daily/weekly routine while you deal with breast cancer.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2018 06:53AM

Beaverntx wrote:

As this year is drawing to a close, thought it would be helpful to have a place to keep in contact as we move forward. Personally I have found tremendous help here and am interested in how everyone is doing.




Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 16, 2020 01:38PM flowergal wrote:

Hello friends,

I hope none of you have been affected by the terrible fires and hurricanes ! I know the smoke is terrible near SF where my sister lives. She is stuck in the house because of it .

My friend who had the masses found out they were fibroids and we celebrated with her!.

My recent mamograms were fine and now I am on a yearly schedule. Hope you are all staying safe and Covid free.

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 16, 2020 03:35PM Beaverntx wrote:

floergal, so far we have not experienced the smoke but it is coming across the northern part of the state, according to the map I just saw on the weather forecast.

Good news and celebration with your friend!

Not much change here. Still staying in most of the time and wearing masks when we go out.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 16, 2020 10:50PM Veeder14 wrote:

Hi

Congratulations on your clear mammogram.


I’m in Napa and the smoke has been horrible from the fires, this has been going on for a month now. The air quality got a lot worse recently. Mostly staying inside with air purifiers and windows and doors shut. Surprise, today we had good air and I just wore a mask and went on my bike ride. I’m very allergic to smoke so being careful but it was so nice to get outside

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/8/2018 Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Sep 17, 2020 08:33AM Beaverntx wrote:

Veeder, have been thinking about you and the fires! Good to hear that you were able to get out today. Fingers crossed that your air stays clear.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 22, 2020 12:56AM Veeder14 wrote:

Thanks Beaverntx,

Air quality alternating between moderate and good the last few days. It all depends on the wind direction. No more orange skies at least

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/8/2018 Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Nov 24, 2020 09:25PM JosieO wrote:

Veeder, flowergal, Beaverntx, and all of my dear forum friends:

I don’t need to say the obvious-we are living in a timeline no other, each of us doing our best to stay safe and healthy. But as we approach another traditional holiday not likely to be celebrated in the usual way, I offer all of you my best wishes-for health and safety, and continued thanks for the strength and friendship always freely offered through this forum.

Safe and happy Thanksgiving to all.

Josie

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Nov 25, 2020 08:16AM flowergal wrote:

Hi Josie and everyone,

I hope you all are safe and will have a Happy( socially distant, hand sanitized and masked )Thanksgiving!! Hopefully, this time next year we can use our masks for dust cloths!

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 25, 2020 08:41AM Beaverntx wrote:

Hello all and hoping for a happy turkey day for all. 🍗🍗

Yes, Josie, it is a sign of the times that our Tday will be just the two of us when it could be 14 of us. Love the idea of using our masks for dusting!! Really love the idea that it looks possible that we will get to the point that masks won't be needed.

Personal update: in September I took a bad fall while out walking ( have a friend who said she knew that walking was not good for your health!). Broke two teeth, had a badly bruised chin, soft tissue injury to my left arm (nondominant and not the BC side). Arm is healed, thanks to physical therapy; chin still has some discoloration, upper lip still tender and permanent teeth due to be installed next week. Lots of healthcare visits involved, at least two a week until this week. So much for staying home but I have been careful as have all the places I have been to.

Keep safe, stay well.


Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 27, 2020 11:02AM Veeder14 wrote:

Hello Josie, flowergal, Beaverntx and all,

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving even if different this year. We did go to my parents however my husband and I have been the only ones helping them during the pandemic with bringing supplies, etc., The rest of the family wasn't invited for safety reasons. We were strict mask wearers. It's nice to be home and take off that mask!

Beaverntx, sorry to hear about your accident and injury, good PT has helped and you are getting your teeth fixed. Back when I had a fall and landed on my face and had a horribly bruised chin and face, it took forever for the bruises to go away but eventually did so hopefully yours will be gone soon.

2nd yearly mammogram coming up in December. Take care everyone.



Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/8/2018 Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Dec 30, 2020 11:08AM flowergal wrote:

Hello everyone and hope you had a good Christmas. We celebrated as usual- me, my husband and our dog Chip. We will have a Zoom New Years Eve visit with the 2 couples we usually ring in the new year with. It is at 8pm so I won't feel obligated to stay up til 12 and can wake up to hopefully a better new year! Stay safe and Happy , Healthy New year to you!!!

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 30, 2020 10:34PM JosieO wrote:

Hello dear friends all,

I will be glad to see this year end. I’m ready to put 2020 behind and to hope for improved safety, health, and security for all of you.

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Jan 8, 2021 06:21PM Beaverntx wrote:

Catching up here...Glad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror but not at all pleased with this week's happenings.

My most recently scheduled 6 month check is waiting to be rescheduled due to the Covid levels in our area, Dr. is limiting office traffic to as few as possible. The office will call to reschedule when things open up. At the very slow rate vaccinations are happening in my county, me being safer may not happen for months even though my group (1b) is eligible for vaccine now. We will keep on doing what we can to be as safe as possible. Fortunately, I have no indications of BC problems so missing the appointment has not been nearly as stressful as it would have been a year or so ago!

May we all have a happy, healthy 2021.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 9, 2021 09:02AM flowergal wrote:

Well, Like Beaverntx, glad to see 20202 gone but SO distressed by the assault on our democracy this last week. Will be SO GLAD when Jan 20 is here . Like you, I have no idea when the vaccine will be available for my group. Our state has none at this time . So, I'll just stay at home except for weekly grocery store run and occasional Dr. Visit. Did get my 6 month check up and labs were all food. Not scheduled for yearly Mammo til August..

Take care, stay safe in 2021.

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 21, 2021 11:37PM Veeder14 wrote:

Hi All,

Had my annual breast MRI last Wednesday, and got results today..no malignancy, yeah! I stressed out all weekend since last year (right in the middle of Covid) I had my MRI and the tech didn't place me in the machine correctly. So the films on my non cancer side looked thickened and I had to follow up with an ultrasound and exam. This time a much better experience.

Vaccinated and a low rate of Covid infections in CA so enjoying getting out of the house more. Met my music friends for a jam at a park after not seeing any of them for a year! Still wearing a mask indoors in the stores regardless of it not being required for vaccinated individuals, too many non vaccinated people and there's no way to tell.

Keeping up with my bicycling, and have been busy helping my parents get moved into Assisted Living. I hope everyone is well and their treatment is going well. Take care everyone.

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/8/2018 Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Jun 23, 2021 05:04AM GreenHarbor wrote:

Great news, Veeder! I had my mammogram on Monday. As usual, the 15 minutes that it takes the radiologist to read the films is the most stressful part of my year (at least the medical part). Luckily, all is good for another year! I saw my surgeon after the mammo for a quick check in; she likes to follow her patients for 5 years after surgery. I saw my MO in May. All good there, except for my bone density, which has declined to almost osteoporosis. She switched me from anastrazole to tamoxifen, which is going well so far. I’m looking forward to a summer where I can see more people and go more places. I’m grateful to be at this point in my breast cancer journey. Wishing you all a great summer!

Dx 7/5/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/23/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 9/15/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/1/2018
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Jun 23, 2021 07:55AM flowergal wrote:

Hello all, Glad to hear good news from you both! I have my 6 month labs and bone density scheduled end of July and yearly mamo in August. Got the Pfizer vaccine in March and the mask mandate was lifted last month. WE went out to eat for the first time in 15 months and felt comfortable with no mask. I do hope more of our citizens will get vaccinated so we can truly get back to normal. Hope you all stay healthy and have s good summer.

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 23, 2021 08:16AM - edited Jun 23, 2021 08:19AM by ctmbsikia

Hi all. Nice to see all these recent updates. Last June I was asked to switch MOs so I did and I sort of regret it. I liked my 1st one, a lady, she was all over it. This one, a man, seems a little laxed and I'm trying not to form too harsh of an opinion of him yet as I've only really seen him once. In January 2020 I had a biopsy-benign (fat necrosis). Then, next imaging comes up post biopsy changes birads 3 so I'm still doing 6 mo follow ups on both mammo and MRI. In April 2021 mammo/us radiologist said OK-lesion is smaller and gave me a birads 2. Finally! I am due in July to do the follow up MRI. I am hopeful the results will be fine. See the MO again late July so due for bloodwork soon. I still get anxious around these tests and appointments but it is getting better, especially if I don't go too far ahead of myself.

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 31, 2021 09:12PM JosieO wrote:

Veeder and flowergal,

Ladies, so great to hear from both of you! I thought I had set an automatic alert to new posts in this thread, but hadn’t received any. Happened to be browsing the site and saw both of your posts. Glad for your continued good results.

I have been busy with some minor medical issues, but so far all is good on the cancer front. Staying vigilant, but thankful for an excellent cancer team who takes excellent care of me.

Doing my best to also remain cautious with virus exposure. Still wearing my mask in stores and trying to stay away from large public gatherings.

Best wishes and prayers for continued good news and an enjoyable fall season ahead.

Josie

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Sep 1, 2021 07:06AM Beaverntx wrote:

Just realized I have not posted here since early January. Was able to get the Moderna vaccine in February and March. Just as I was "practicing going out bare faced" the delta variant became rampant so masks back on! Mammogram in July was B2, benign post surgical changes. Have regular check up with PCP next week.

Family wise, younger son was diagnosed in March with possible Stage 4, tumor of unknown origin. He has responded so extremely well to mild chemo that his integrative oncologist is questioning if it was cancer or an extremely strong inflammatory reaction and his regular oncologist no longer denies that possibility. In any case he is feeling better and back to work, mostly remotely due to Covid and his immune compromised status. Our other son is now in South America, his daughter had one day of in person school and school was shutdown for at least two days because some of the staff may have been exposed to Covid.



Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 1, 2021 07:59AM flowergal wrote:

Hi guys,

Glad to hear from you. I am doing well, July lab work all good and last week had yearly mamo which was fine. I did start Fosamax for Osteopenia as my Dexa scan this year was a little worse in the hip but better in the back. I still walk 2-3 miles a day with my dog and work in my garden when it's not too hot! Had a great tomato crop and lots of sauce and chopped tomatoes in the freezer. Hope you all stay safe as this Delta variant seems like a whole new pandemic.

Beaverntx, glad your son is better. That must have been a very stressful time for you all.

Take care and stay well.

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 1, 2021 08:53PM JosieO wrote:

beaverntx, very glad for the good update on your son. I think the entire concept of inflammation is not fully understood in today’s medical world. It leads to misdiagnosis and often unnecessary treatment. The body is clearly reacting to something, but what is often not clear.

But the bottom line for him right now is that he is doing well. Glad for both you and him.

Best wishes to everyone on this thread

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