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Posted on: Jan 13, 2007 01:10AM - edited Jan 9, 2009 06:29AM 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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Oct 20, 2017 05:37AM NavyMom wrote:

Hi Jewelz,

Welcome to the thread. I am not in your area, so I can't help with your question. But there are many ladies who check this thread often and they will be along soon to help you.

Also would like to invite you to a thread (there are many) that was started by a TN sister..Its called "Calling all TN's". Lots of love and support and information there. Feel free to join in.

TAC X6 BMX with recon Dx 5/27/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 20, 2017 07:21AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.



Mohandas Gandhi

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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Oct 20, 2017 07:25AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Jewlz, let me welcome you as well. I too am not close to the Chicago area, but there are many there. This thread has been here for some time and so it may take a bit but someone will pop in. Navy Mom is right -- there are a number of threads that would be appropriate I think. Hopefully you will find someone soon who could answer your questions as they apply locally.

We are wishing you well.

Jackie

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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Oct 21, 2017 06:57AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Living our life means that we take our life day to day and moment to moment, always trying to deepen our understanding of what it means to be human. Life will never be perfect, and we will always be in a state of moving towards completeness. Don, 84, put it this way: "You have lived the life you have lived. When we accept the life we have lived, then we can begin to be whole." He echoed an often-heard theme: When we judge our life we diminish ourselves. The more we can eliminate all need to compare, compete, grade, and judge our lives, the closer we get to wisdom.

John Izzo

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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Oct 22, 2017 06:43AM - edited Oct 22, 2017 06:43AM by IllinoisLady

Two today -- couldn't make up my mind.


A look filled with understanding, an accepting smile, a loving word, a meal shared in warmth and awareness are the things which create happiness in the present moment. By nourishing awareness in the present moment, you can avoid causing suffering to yourself and those around you. The way you look at others, your smile, and your small acts of caring can create happiness. True happiness does not depend on wealth or fame.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Life offers its wisdom generously. Everything teaches. Not everyone learns. Life asks of us the same thing we have been asked in every class: "Stay awake." "Pay attention." But paying attention is no simple matter. It requires us not to be distracted by expectations, past experiences, labels, and masks. It asks that we not jump to early conclusions and that we remain open to surprise.

Rachel Naomi Remen

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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Oct 23, 2017 07:23AM IllinoisLady wrote:

"Protect your spirit from contamination. Limit your time with negative people."

-- Thema Davis

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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Oct 23, 2017 09:12PM ChiSandy wrote:

Julie, Crystal Lake is pretty far N and W of the best-known Chicago-area cancer centers. I use NorthShore Health System. Closest to me (but probably furthest from you) is Evanston Hospital (where I had my lumpectomy & radiation) and adjacent Kellogg Cancer Center (where I see my oncologist and get my Prolia shots). My support group meets at Evanston's prof. bldg. too. Closer to you are Glenbrook and Highland Park Hospitals--both of which have Kellogg Cancer Centers. They're about 26 miles or so from Crystal Lake.

Advocate is a very good hospital system (disclosure: my husband is a cardiologist at its SW suburban Christ Medical Center). Its closest hospitals to you are Good Shepherd in Barrington, Sherman in Elgin, and Condell (perhaps their best outside Cook or DuPage County) in Libertyville. Christ, Good Samaritan, Lutheran General, IL Masonic and Condell have the best cancer centers in the system; but except for Condell they're either in Chicago, Oak Lawn or Downers Grove--all too far, IMHO, from you.

CTCA is in Zion, about 20 mi. east--but though it may offer cutting-edge care it's very picky about what forms of payment it accepts--no Medicare. Cash or top-drawer private insurance only. And they usually don't take advanced stages either unless the patient is quite young (they want to burnish their success record so they can boast).

Northwestern has both breast health and cancer centers at Lake Forest Hospital, as well as cancer care at its Grayslake Outpatient center. U of C, Rush and Loyola have nothing anywhere near you.

How far are you willing to drive for your surgery, radiation & infusions? Once you've had your surgery (if that's the route your team wants to take), you can get radiation & chemo at any branch in your chosen system that offers them; you need to go to a cancer center to see the specialists on your team.

There is also the Cancer Wellness Center (open to patients using a variety of hospital systems) in Northbrook--it offers classes, support groups, nutrition counseling & complementary therapies such as yoga, meditation, Tai Chi & Qi Gong, acupuncture, aromatherapy, art & music therapy, and massage (which is wildly popular, so be prepared to wait weeks-to-months for an appt.).

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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Oct 24, 2017 07:36AM IllinoisLady wrote:

What you seek is seeking you.

Rumi

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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Oct 25, 2017 05:48AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Because they were all so good today.....


As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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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Oct 26, 2017 07:21AM IllinoisLady wrote:

You don't get old from living a particular number of years: you get old because you have deserted your ideals. Years wrinkle your skin, renouncing your ideals wrinkles your soul. Worry, doubt, fear, and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die. -Douglas MacArthur

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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Oct 26, 2017 07:24AM IllinoisLady wrote:

You don't get old from living a particular number of years:you get old because you have deserted your ideals.Years wrinkle your skin, renouncing your ideals wrinkles your soul.Worry, doubt, fear, and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die. -Douglas MacArthur

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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Oct 27, 2017 07:25AM IllinoisLady wrote:

When we become expert at loving and caring for ourselves,
we feel healthy, centered, and strong. We don't need to
escape from our reality through shopping, eating, drinking,
drugging, or losing ourselves in abusive relationships.
We feel warm and safe within ourselves.

Susan L. Taylor

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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Oct 28, 2017 07:43AM IllinoisLady wrote:

In a noisy world, seek the silence in your heart. And through the power of silence, the energies of chaos will be brought back to harmony--not by you, but through you, as all miracles are. When we visit this silence regularly, particularly in the morning, then the days of our lives become lit from above. Darkness and fear are cast from our midst, slowly at first, one moment at a time. Ultimately, all darkness will be gone from every heart.

Marianne Williamson

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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Oct 29, 2017 07:43AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Find out how much God has given you
and from it take what you need;
the remainder is needed by others.
- Saint Augustine

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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Oct 30, 2017 07:27AM IllinoisLady wrote:

When one bases one's life on principle,
99 percent of his or her decisions are already made.

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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Oct 31, 2017 10:48AM IllinoisLady wrote:

You lose the very life you seek when you wallow in stupid luxuries.You don't need nine-tenths of the things you scramble for.Don't be afraid to have nothing.Happiness is not what you have, but who you are.You are already who you need to be. -Diogenes

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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Nov 1, 2017 07:38AM IllinoisLady wrote:

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.

- Aristotle -

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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Nov 2, 2017 07:52AM - edited Nov 2, 2017 07:53AM by IllinoisLady

The ingredients of happiness are so simple that they can be counted on one hand. First of all, happiness must be shared. Selfishness is its enemy; to make another happy is to be happy one's self. It is quiet, seldom found for long in crowds, most easily won in moments of solitude and reflection. It comes from within, and rests most securely on simple goodness and clear conscience. -William Ogden

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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Nov 3, 2017 07:58AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. -Henry David Thoreau

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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Nov 4, 2017 07:47AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.

Sidney Madwed

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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Nov 5, 2017 07:06AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Do we spread loving kindness? There are many who say that this is our ultimate goal on this planet--to spread loving kindness to our fellow human beings. And when we are able to accomplish this goal, we find that our lives are transformed in the process. We're no longer so strongly focused on things and negative thoughts and feelings, but we've become truly happy, content human beings who love life and living.

tom walsh

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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Nov 6, 2017 07:59AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

- Desmond Tutu -

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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Nov 7, 2017 07:14AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer,
for it acknowledges the presence of good
wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
- Alan Cohen

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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Nov 8, 2017 08:36AM - edited Nov 8, 2017 08:37AM by IllinoisLady

How often are you worrying about the present moment? The present moment is usually all right. If you're worrying, you're either agonizing over the past which you should have forgotten long ago, or else you're apprehensive over the future which hasn't even come yet. We tend to skip over the present moment which is the only moment God gives any of us to live. -Peace Pilgrim

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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Nov 9, 2017 08:25AM IllinoisLady wrote:

We all have to go through the tumbler a few times before
we can emerge as a crystal.

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross


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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Nov 10, 2017 07:24AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, is to study and learn how to know ourselves.This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good. -Pierre Chardin

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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Nov 11, 2017 07:27AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Friends. . . they cherish each other's hopes. They are
kind to each other's dreams.

Henry David Thoreau

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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Nov 12, 2017 07:23AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The quote today is from one of my favorite people -- and my signature lines are from her as well.


Whether you know it or not, one of the most important relationships in your life is with your Soul. Will you be kind and loving to your Soul, or will you be harsh and difficult? Many of us unknowingly damage our Souls with our negative attitudes and actions or by simple neglect. By making the relationship with your Soul an important part of your life, however, by honoring it in your daily routine, you give your life greater meaning and substance. Use your experiences--all of them--as opportunities to nourish your Soul!

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

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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Nov 13, 2017 07:48AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.
- Wayne W. Dyer

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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Nov 14, 2017 07:17AM IllinoisLady wrote:

To free us from the expectations of others,
to give us back to ourselves--there lies
the great, singular power of self-respect.

Joan Didion

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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