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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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Nov 5, 2020 11:18PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Character is the product of daily, hourly actions, words and thoughts: daily forgiveness, unselfishness, kindnesses, sympathies, charities, sacrifices for the good of others, struggles against temptation, submissiveness under trial. It is these, like the blinding colors in a picture, or the blending notes of music, which constitute the person.

John MacDuff

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, 2020 11:08AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Character is the product of daily, hourly actions, words and thoughts: daily forgiveness, unselfishness, kindnesses, sympathies, charities, sacrifices for the good of others, struggles against temptation, submissiveness under trial. It is these, like the blinding colors in a picture, or the blending notes of music, which constitute the person.

John MacDuff

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, 2020 11:26AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.

- Marsha Petrie Sue.

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, 2020 08:59AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility. -Leland Kaiser

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, 2020 08:03AM IllinoisLady wrote:

I wish you humor and a twinkle in the eye.
I wish you glory and the strength to bear its burdens.
I wish you sunshine on your path and storms to season your journey.
I wish you peace--in the world in which you live and in the smallest corner
of the heart where truth is kept.
I wish you faith--to help define your living and your life.
More I cannot wish you--except perhaps love--to make all the rest worthwhile. -Robert A. 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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Nov 9, 2020 08:45AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Don't expect perfection and things to go the way you want them to when it comes to people, business, your prospects, and your social life. When things don't go according to your desires, when the weather of life is foul, be creative and consider what may be the higher reasons why this is happening and why you must adjust. Perhaps it's to gain forbearance, patience, inner strength, flexibility, or the ability to withhold criticism while serving as a loving model.

Michael Goddart

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, 2020 09:32AM IllinoisLady wrote:

If You Want To Be TRUSTED, Be HONEST.
If You Want To Be HONEST , Be TRUE.
If You Want To Be TRUE , BE YOURSelf….

Anonymous

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, 2020 03:29PM hopeful2020 wrote:

Hello everyone

I just finished my lumpectomy surgery at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. However, I won't be able to go to downtown for radiation therapy. Are there are any recommendations you can give me for radiation oncologists / hospital close to northwest suburbs that you liked working with (besides Northwest Community). Northshore is accessible to me but not NW Lake Forest. I work close to O'Hare airport so if there is any recommendations in Lutheran General, that might work on my way back. Were you able to drive after radiation? Please let me know. Thanks!




Dx 9/17/2020, LCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/30/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Nov 10, 2020 07:27PM IllinoisLady wrote:

hopeful2020

I will see if Sandy is available. I think she is familiar with most of those places you mentioned. I'm sorry I'm getting here late. I came home from work late and no time to check here. I will mention to Sandy that you'd like some input. Good for you on getting through the lumpectomy. Hoping any tx. is smooth for you and w/o stress.

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, 2020 07:43PM hopeful2020 wrote:

Thank you. I did find out where Sandy went and that is still a little away from where I live and work.

Dx 9/17/2020, LCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/30/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Nov 10, 2020 07:51PM ChiSandy wrote:

Hopeful, LindaB (who had the same dx & treatments as I did, and only about a few weeks behind) had her care at Lutheran General (part of the Advocate system), with good results. Lutheran has very good oncologists. If you want to get your treatments en route to or from work and would like to use the NorthShore system, I'd suggest Glenbrook Hospital's branch of Kellogg Cancer Center. It's only about half a mile off the Tri-State.

Riding out a tornado watch (not a "warning," thank goodness--one of those a year, such as we had this summer, is one too many). Storm rolled through here with no damage. (Unlike the summer derecho). Temps dropping like a rock--60F now (going down into the 30s tonight), was 75 earlier this afternoon. Still windy, patio chairs & tables sopping wet, so outdoor restaurant dining season may be out of the question till spring. (Not sure if any of those tents & canopies withstood the high winds).

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- (IHC) Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 10, 2020 07:57PM hopeful2020 wrote:

Thanks so much Sandy. Glenbrook is definitely doable compared to Evanston. Are there any particular RO you recommend at Glenbrook and Luthern General? I can look them up and make the appointments.

Dx 9/17/2020, LCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/30/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Nov 10, 2020 08:05PM ChiSandy wrote:

I don't know the ROs at Glenbrook, hopeful. I had Dr. Shaikh at Evanston--perhaps he's also on staff at Glenbrook? lindab 142 can tell you who she used at Lutheran.

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- (IHC) Surgery 9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 10, 2020 09:28PM keywestfan wrote:

Hopeful, Dr. William D. Bloomer, head radiologist at Evanston was wonderful,gentle, and kind and is, I believe, also at Glenbrook. If you google you can find out about him. Let us know who you use.

Anastrozole June 2019 Dx 2/14/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/24/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Nov 10, 2020 09:39PM hopeful2020 wrote:

Thank you so much everyone. I will let you know who is available first for my needs. I have a few names now - Dr Shaik and Dr Bloomer in Northshore and Dr Hirsch in Luthern General.

Dx 9/17/2020, LCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/30/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Nov 11, 2020 03:31PM IllinoisLady wrote:

It's true that we live in a harsh world, but it's also true that gentleness invades that harshness with its own kind of beauty. We see it in the way a mother cradles a newborn baby, in the eyes of a father roughhousing with a preschooler, in the silence of a setting sun, in the affectionate caress of a lifetime lover and friend, in the peace that settles during an anxious prayer, and in a thousand ways more.
Yes, gentleness is invading our world today. The only question is whether or not you've joined the revolution. -Mike and Amy Nappa

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, 2020 12:05PM IllinoisLady wrote:


TheArt of Common Sense
Wilferd A. Peterson



Common sense is a personal compass for guidance around the rocks and shoals. Common sense is not based on theory; it is not a hypothesis. It is life acted out, it is discoveries made in the crucible of existence. It is the tried and tested experiences of humankind Common sense sits in judgment on the centuries, on every science, every religion, every art, every government. It is based on what has been proved true, sound and practical. Common sense is the voice of the ages. It is the distilled essence of what people have learned about life as expressed in the proverbs and maxims of all nations. "That person is happy who lives on his or her own labor," observed the Egyptian. "Just scale and full measure injure no person," recorded the Chinese. "Examine what is said and not who speaks," said the Arabian. "An idle brain is the devil's workshop," wrote the English. Common sense is pragmatic. It is what William James called "the cash value of an idea." It is a method that works, a truth that can be applied. Common sense is the common denominator of intelligence, the key to right answers. Common sense recognizes the utter senselessness of war, the irrationality of using death, suffering and destruction as a way of settling disputes.
Common sense observes that crime does not pay, that murder will be found out, that the law of compensation works relentlessly and cannot be escaped. Common sense is the rock on which every enduring institution and organization must be built. Common sense is the law of God written into the nature of the universe. It is the sum total of the workable findings of people in their long evolution toward the light. Common sense is dynamic, not static. It change as time goes on.
The art of common sense is applying the best wisdom we know today based on all our yesterdays.

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, 2020 09:25AM IllinoisLady wrote:

If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us. -Jim Rohn

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, 2020 09:30AM - edited Nov 14, 2020 09:31AM by IllinoisLady

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well. the Buddha

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 15, 2020 08:15AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The winds of grace are always blowing;
all we need to do is raise our sails.

- Anonymous

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 16, 2020 08:15AM IllinoisLady wrote:

To the people who love you, you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

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 17, 2020 09:30AM IllinoisLady wrote:

And when we come to think of it, goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows. It is deep, quiet, and very simple. It passes not with oratory, it is commonly foreign to riches, nor does it often sit in the places of the mighty: but may be felt in the touch of a friendly hand or the look of a kindly eye. -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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Nov 18, 2020 04:10PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Sometimes things which at the moment may be perceived as obstacles--and actually be obstacles, difficulties, or drawbacks--can in the long run result in some good end which would not have occurred if it had not been for the obstacle.

Steve Allen

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 20, 2020 08:40AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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 21, 2020 03:38PM IllinoisLady wrote:

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life. For me this began with the discovery of the meaninglessness of possessions beyond my actual and immediate needs. -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 22, 2020 06:39AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Truth is the beginning of every good thing, both in heaven and on earth; and the person who would be blessed and happy should be from the first a partaker of truth, for then that person can be trusted. -Plato

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 23, 2020 08:23AM IllinoisLady wrote:

A garden that never died eventually would weary. Robbed of springtime, unacquainted with the extraordinary perfume that rises from the soil after it's had its rest, the garden that winter doesn't visit is a dull place. The return every spring of earth's first freshness would never be kept if not for the frosts and rot and ripe deaths of fall. So when I go out from the garden for the last time in autumn, I leave the gate open behind me.

Michael Pollan

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 24, 2020 09:09AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Kindness may be achieved by all, rich
and poor, learned and illiterate.
Brilliance of mind and capacity
for deep thinking have rendered
great service to humanity, but
by themselves they are impotent
to dry a tear or mend a broken heart.

unknown

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 25, 2020 08:37AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Be Impeccable With Your Word.

Speak with integrity.

Say only what you mean.

Avoid using your word to speak against yourself

or to gossip about others.

Use the power of your word

in the direction of truth and love.

- don Miguel Ruiz

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 26, 2020 09:16AM IllinoisLady wrote:

The soul grows into lovely habits as easily as into ugly ones, and the moment a life begins to blossom into beautiful words and deeds, that moment a new standard of conduct is established, and your eager neighbors look to you for a continuous manifestation of the good cheer, the sympathy, the ready wit, the comradeship, or the inspiration, you once showed yourself capable of. Bear figs for a season or two, and the world outside the orchard is very unwilling you should bear thistles. -Kate Douglas Wiggin

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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