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Posted on: Jan 13, 2007 04:10AM - edited Jan 9, 2009 09:29AM by ritajean

ritajean wrote:

I'm very curious about all the Illinois ladies who are making this breast cancer journey or who have finished it. Where are you located? What's your diagnosis? Where are you in your treatment plan? How's it going for you?

I thought we might be surprised to find somebody right in our own back yard that could use some encouragement or company.

I'll start us out. I live in Bloomington. I was diagnosed in Nov. 2006 with IDC cancer, 1.4 cm. er-, pr+, her2-. Stage 1 but that horrid Grade 3. Had an excisional biopsy that came back without clear margins. Went to Peoria to an excellent breast surgeon. Had a lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy. Nodes and margins were both clear. Now I'm headed for my first CMF chemo on Jan. 26th. I'm very nervous about the chemo, which I dread more than any other part of the journey, I think.

Hop on here and tell us about yourself. There may be some of us that are even close enough we could meet for an outing some time.

Rita
Dx 11/21/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 24, 2017 10:20AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body.
For that person whom your outward form reveals is not
yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure
which can be pointed out by your finger.

Cicero

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 25, 2017 09:51AM IllinoisLady wrote:

"Happiness comes most to persons who seek her least,
and think least about her.
It is not an object to be sought; it is a state to be induced.
It must follow and not lead.
It must overtake you, and not you overtake it."

—John Burroughs

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 26, 2017 09:51AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Life may not be all we want, but it's all we have, as my old school precept said, and it's high time we have it. We shall not find its secrets or its possible riches in the advice of others, however wise, unless we complete that counsel with our own grit, gumption, and common sense. - Mary Ellen Chase

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 27, 2017 11:09AM IllinoisLady wrote:

"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost."

-- Helen Keller

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 28, 2017 10:53AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him or her the gift of miracles.

Samuel Smiles

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 29, 2017 10:30AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Wise people possess humility. They know that their small islands
of knowledge are surrounded by a vast sea of the unknown.

Harold C. Chase

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 30, 2017 03:04PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Life is not about doing it right.Life is the calling forth of your soul by God, in order for you to live by principles that honor God and see yourself as a part of God for the purpose of doing good.God is good, you know?It is that same God-goodness that life expects from you and will give to you when you live a life of integrity. -Iyanla Vanzant

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 30, 2017 05:46PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Hooray !!! Had my first ever colonoscopy today and it turned out great. No polyps -- no nothing. Though dx'ed in 2007, I've always done the home testing procedure and sent it to the lab afterward. That is a workable test, but not as good as the procedure done by a Dr. with a scope. As it has been ten yrs. now since dx. I really made myself a promise -- to go and get this test no matter how I felt about it. Laxatives have always seemed to have stalled out on me -- and feeling the round trip to go for this test ( about 150 mile rd. trip ) I have had so much reluctance for fear I would need bathroom facilities ( sometimes iffy on the road ) either going or returning home.

After the procedure ( which by the way is far quicker than I had imagined ) you come back to the room. The nursing staff provided me and Dh too, a drink and a hot ham sandwich. When we got home and emptied the goody bag, there were also two frozen beef and mac dinners. They are not huge -- but seem just enough for supper so no cooking tonight. Hmmm, could have used that last night as I had to make a small dinner for one for Dh after work.

Now there is a Choice Care Program for Veterans -- so I was able to get this appt. done within 20 miles of home. Great for me !!!. Truly appreciate it. The hospital is only 3 yrs. old. Great staff and very good Dr. Since I worked for a Dr. who is from around here --- if I have any apprehensions about a Dr. I just ask him. He knows everyone and can tell me if I am going to be in good hands. So for now great news

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 30, 2017 07:22PM doxie wrote:

Great news, Jackie. So glad it went well.

I've only had one and the whole process was miserable, but mainly because I sprained my knee really badly three days before. And of course these things always happen over a 3 day holiday weekend with the appointment at 6 am the next Tuesday. I needed to cancel, but instead skipped pain meds and hobbled repeatedly to the toilet. Sometimes I really question my actions.

Dx 8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/2/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 1, 2017 10:32AM IllinoisLady wrote:

A greater poverty than that caused by lack of money is the poverty of unawareness. Men and women go about the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the glories in it. Their souls are poor. It is better to have a poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul. -Jerry Fleishman

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 2, 2017 10:54AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Deep in the soul, below pain, below all the distraction of life,
is a silence vast and grand--an infinite ocean of calm,
which nothing can disturb; nature's own exceeding peace,
which "passes understanding."
That which we seek with passionate longing,
here and there, upward and outward;
we find at last within ourselves.

C.M.C.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 3, 2017 11:52AM IllinoisLady wrote:

"The best six doctors anywhere - and no one can deny it - are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet." ~ Wayne Fields

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 4, 2017 01:59PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Giving love, attention, and respect to the individuals who share our lives and to the people who cross our paths by chance will smooth our own passage day by day.The effects of our goodness will often be felt quickly.A smile elicits a smile.Kind thoughts bless us as well as the receiver.Life events do come full circle. -unattributed

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 5, 2017 10:06AM IllinoisLady wrote:


You are not here merely to make a living. You are here
to enable the world to live more amply, with greater
vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.
You are here to enrich the world.
You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.

Woodrow Wilson

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 6, 2017 10:44AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Are you balanced? Do you share your time, your energy, your life, as much
with yourself as you do with those around you?. . . . Know your limits.
You are one of the most important people you need to look after and love.
Balance your time, your energy, your life with those around you. You'll be able
to give more freely and joyfully as a result, and you'll be more open to the
gifts of the universe. It's not wrong to give to others.
But it's okay to say yes to ourselves, too.



Melody Beattie

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 7, 2017 10:10AM IllinoisLady wrote:

You can't pursue happiness and catch it. Happiness comes upon you unawares while you are helping others. The philosophy of happiness is pointedly expressed in the old Hindu proverb, which reads: "Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore. "Happiness is like perfume—you can't spray it on others without getting some on yourself. -Wilferd A. Peterson

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 8, 2017 10:19AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Often misconstrued, authenticity is not about being an open book, revealing
every detail of yourself without rhyme or reason. It is simply the act of
openly and courageously seeing what needs to be seen, saying what
needs to be said, doing what needs to be done, and
becoming that which you are intent on being.



Scott Edmund Miller

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 9, 2017 10:26AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire,
called conscience.
- George Washington

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 10, 2017 10:28AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Awe enables us to see in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple, to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal. -Abraham Joshua Heschel

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 11, 2017 10:32AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The moment of grace comes to us in the dynamics of any situation
we walk into. It is an opportunity that God sews into the fabric
of a routine situation. It is a chance to do something creative,
something helpful, something healing, something that makes one
unmarked spot in the world better off for our having
been there. We catch it if we are people of discernment.

Lewis B. Smedes

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 11, 2017 08:13PM Imkopy2 wrote:

Greetings and warm wishes to all of my Illinois warrior sisters out there. Just found this forum, I'm 35 minutes south of Chicago. Currently looking for anyone who has any knowledge on Dr Julie Park from University of Chicago. I have a consult for revision reconstructive surgery at the end of the month, any info would be appreciated.

Cyber hugs-Michelle

If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you Dx 3/7/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/13/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/23/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/8/2017 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/27/2017
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Jul 11, 2017 08:27PM ChiSandy wrote:

Hi, Michelle. Can’t report on Dr. Park, as I’m up north in Edgewater and my team’s at Evanston Hosp. But private-message brithael, who lives in the far s. suburbs and chose to be treated at U of C rather than closer to home in the ‘burbs. She can tell you who her surgeon was. If you are more southwest than south, I can highly recommend Dr. Barbara Kruger at Advocate Christ (where one of my BFFs traveled from Minooka to have her BMX, and was delighted with the result). Haven’t seen any PS myself (though I’m contemplating oncoplastic bilateral reduction not just for symmetry but for better biomechanics and back pain relief).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 12, 2017 10:18AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Forgiveness ... is the finishing of old business
that allows us to experience the present,
free of contamination from the past.
- Joan Borysenko

Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.
- Lama Surya Das

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 13, 2017 10:09AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Joy of life seems to me to arise from a sense of being where one belongs. . . of being foursquare with the life we have chosen.All the discontented people I know are trying sedulously to be something they are not, to do something they cannot do. -David Grayson

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 14, 2017 11:00AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice. . . . Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It is amazing. It is radiant. -T.R. Kelly

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 15, 2017 09:38AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur
when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy,
or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled
by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts
and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

M. Scott Peck

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 16, 2017 09:46AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Whatever noble aims we may have, paths we may be on, or necessary efforts
we may make, our only real freedom is to awaken now, this very instant, to
the mystery and miracle of being, to the spacious awareness that we are.
It is only this immediate awakening to the deepest levels of ourselves, to the
conscious source that connects us all, that will enable us to experience and
manifest real harmony, intelligence, kindness, love, and compassion in our
lives and bring about the transformation in the world that we all wish for.

Dennis Lewis

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 17, 2017 10:31AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service & character. -W Ward

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 17, 2017 10:31AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service & character. -W Ward

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 18, 2017 12:45PM IllinoisLady wrote:

"Don't let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace."

-- Kimberly Jones

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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