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Topic: The 'Journey' has begun!!!! aka Chrissyb's USA Adventure!!!

Forum: Member Matchup & Virtual Support Meetups —
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Posted on: Aug 30, 2011 03:51AM

chrissyb wrote:

As the title says, I'm on my way!!!  I will use this thread to update all of the goings on over the next six weeks until I return home.  I will be posting pics also from time to time so everyone can travel with me.  First instalement tomorrow from London as my laptop battery is about to die.......I knew I'd forget something!!!!!!

Love 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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Sep 3, 2011 10:16PM hbcheryl wrote:

Chrissy you paint an amazing picture, I've been to London many times and I know exactly where you were and  I love the V&A they have some amazing exhibits and tea and cucumber sandwiches, yummmm.  Big Hug and welcome to America. 

Dx 7/25/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 3, 2011 11:44PM jezza wrote:

Chrissy....another Aussie here who did a similar trip back in Nov. How about that food hall at Harrods!!!! We had lunch there...probably at the same little restaurant as you (up a few stairs?).

 Wait til you get to the US. I still haven't gotten over NYC. Are you going there? Wonderful that you are catching up with ppl from this forum.My son is in London at the moment...gets back Tuesday. It certainly is a long flight. Did you go business class? Your flight sounds a little more comfortable than mine!

jezza

bi-lat mastectomies (one prophylactic) saline implants no chemo, no rads 21 years NED Dx 1/1992, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3
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Sep 4, 2011 01:04PM chrissyb wrote:

Hi all!!!   Well as you can guess, I have arrived!!!  The flight over from London was uneventful and I even managed to get a little shut eye so I wouldn't be so tired when I arrived.  I had an easy sojourn through customs and immigration and entered the International Arrivals lounge where I had my first cup of American coffee!!!  It was YUMM!!!!

I met up with Dotty and together we headed to the door.  Her DH was waiting for us in the car and as soon as we spotted him and waved, he drove up to where we were standing to pick us up.  Such a gentleman! and he gave me a very exciting ride back to Dotty's house where I had time to shower, change my clothes and put on some face before heading back to Philly to begin our dinner cruise on the cruiser 'Spirit of Philadelphia'. 

  We were greeted by a lovely young man and then passed to a young woman who showed us to our table and was our waitress for the evening.  The food was lovely and the dessert heavenly!  After dinner Dotty and I decide to go up on the second deck to sit and chat and enjoy the balmy evening while quietly making our way up river.  We had a wondeful night and I for one thoroughly enjoyed myself.   I managed to take a few good pics of the Philly skyline by night......hope you like them.  

I am having a wonderful time with Dotty, she is so sweet and I love her to bits......she has made me feel right at home.......lovely!!!!!!

Love 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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Sep 4, 2011 01:39PM Leah_S wrote:

Chrissy, thank you so much for keeping us updated. I love your pictures!

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 4, 2011 03:10PM BarbaraA wrote:

How cool! Can't wait until you get here!

Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield. Dx 4/30/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 11/25/2014, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+ Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 4, 2011 03:13PM justagirl wrote:

Chrissy - This is just what I needed today to try and stop my tears.  I am so happy for you!

Debbie: Now that I'm a Stage lV'er, my anxiety has become a reality - lung mets. I am sooooo mad! Dx 3/16/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/31/2010 AC
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Sep 4, 2011 04:46PM Marybe wrote:

Chrissy,   As always your pictures are beautiful.  Am happy you are on American soil and having a good time.  I have never been to Phidelphia so you are seeing places I have never been.  I hope you have a wonderful time with all the ladies on Monday. 

Marybe Be you own advocate and keep on your toes. I went from no stage (1990) to Stage lV while under an onco's supervision. Dx 4/1998, IDC, Stage IV, 0/19 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+
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Sep 4, 2011 04:51PM jenn3 wrote:

I am enjoying your journey........thank you for sharing.

Jenn - June 2009 IDC-TN, Stage III, 02/2011 Stage IV mets to the lungs & spine / Laugh until your belly hurts, then laugh some more...........
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Sep 4, 2011 06:08PM LuvRVing wrote:

Chrissy - welcome and have a wonderful trip!  I am looking forward to reading about your adventures and enjoying your pictures.  What a great adventure!

Michelle

Michelle - read my blog at www.mch-breastcancer.blogspot.com - Be kind to one another! Dx 6/15/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/29/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 4/21 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 5/11/2012, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 5, 2011 07:49AM reesie wrote:

Excited for tonight!

Marie - It's A Great Day To Be Alive. Dx 10/29/2010 ER+/PR+, HER2- Stage IV mets to bones, liver, lungs, skin, pleural effusions
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Sep 5, 2011 08:42AM elimar wrote:

Chrissy, Have a great time with the NJ/PA gang tonight.  Ask Reesie what edition of "Girls Gone Wild" you will be featured in, and don't let Hauntie talk you into too many Jello shots.  Look forward to seeing the matching commemorative tattoos you all are getting.

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 5, 2011 09:13AM Maureen813 wrote:

This is a great thread.  Have a safe journey Chrissy!!  I'm saving in my favorites too!  Was in a funk today and saw this thread, WOW what an uplifting thread.  Wish I was closer to PA to meet up.  I'm from WNY area and I think that trip is too long?  (HAHAHAHA)

Love,
Maureen

I am strong because I know my weaknesses, I am wise because I've been foolish, and I can laugh because I've known sadness Dx 8/13/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/21/2013, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/19/2014 Gemzar (gemcitabine), Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 10/31/2014 Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 4/1/2015 Navelbine (vinorelbine) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Sep 5, 2011 09:35AM reesie wrote:

Hahaha E. I can just imagine that girls gone wild with all the umx and bmx ladies there with no recons or in process recons! I almost peed myself thinking about that. Maybe we'll all get matching nipple tats lol.

Marie - It's A Great Day To Be Alive. Dx 10/29/2010 ER+/PR+, HER2- Stage IV mets to bones, liver, lungs, skin, pleural effusions
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Sep 5, 2011 09:48AM chrissyb wrote:

Can't wait 'till tonight!!!!!    Soooo looking forward to meeting everyone!!!!   See you there!!!!

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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Sep 5, 2011 02:06PM painterly wrote:

Chrissy,

Did I read somewhere that this trip is the first trip you have taken outside of Australia? How wonderful for you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!!!

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Sep 5, 2011 07:54PM sas-schatzi wrote:

Chrissy-------how exciting and the pics are great fun. Can't wait to see you L&H's sheila

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting "holy crap....what a ride".
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Sep 5, 2011 07:59PM SoCalLisa wrote:

your trip is one for all of us..thanks so much for sharing

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years
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Sep 5, 2011 10:01PM Valjean wrote:

I am enjoying your trip right along with you, Chrissy!

Welcome to America !!

♥ RIP MELISSA ♥ 💛RIP CINDY🌼 ~ DX 11/5/2008~Lumpectomy SNB~Oncotype DX 14~finished Rads x33, 2.19.09~Aromasin started 2.20.09
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Sep 5, 2011 11:46PM KiwiMum wrote:

What a trip Chrissy! It's such a long way. I'm in NZ so certainly can relate to the distance.

I hope you have a fab time and enjoy meeting all your BCO friends. I'm enjoying following along from a distance.

PS. The Aussie rugby team arrived today for the rugby world cup. NZ love to hate the Aussie rugby team. It will certainly be tense here if we lose!! Especially if we lose to Aussie!

Dx 3/2/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 12/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/14/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 4/19/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/25/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2011 Surgery 2/1/2013 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 7/1/2013 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Sep 6, 2011 01:11AM annettek wrote:

ChrissyYEAH!!!....this is the best stuff I have read for a very long time! WELCOME:)))))))

Surgery Stats: BMX 11/2010 with immediate reconstruction with 450 TEs Exchange 3/19/11 Mentor 550 HP Smooth rounds Dx 10/17/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2011 04:11AM Starak wrote:

Hi Chrissyb:  Hope you don't mind that I have been following along.  My girls and I are out here in the middle of the US affectionately known as "fly over" country.  I feel strong ties to Australia through a number of longtime online friends crossing your country from Western Australia to Victoria and beyond, and one in particular that I have roomed with on numerous occasions at US dog shows.

Barbara & Her Yorkinesses

Freed 'em when they tried to kill me. BMX, no recon, center dog ears removed, currently living flat but still tending an extensive foob and mx bra experimental farm in the back of the closet.
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Sep 6, 2011 06:11AM Racy wrote:

Chrissy, I'm so glad you are enjoying this trip of a lifetime and have the chance to meet the ladies in America.  Your descriptions and pictures are lovely; you could be a travel writer.  I am planning to go to London next year and your travel log gave me a real taste of what to expect.  

Continue having a fabulous time and lots of laughs with the ladies. I look forward to reading more.

You are an inspiration to all on this site!

Racy from Aus.

Dx 2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2011 06:19AM - edited Sep 6, 2011 06:20AM by reesie

Had a great time last night. Loved meeting everyone who could make it. I have to get ready for surgery now (yuck) so I'll let the others post pics.

Just know that at one time there were foobs flyng across the room lol.

Marie - It's A Great Day To Be Alive. Dx 10/29/2010 ER+/PR+, HER2- Stage IV mets to bones, liver, lungs, skin, pleural effusions
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Sep 6, 2011 06:26AM goldie0827 wrote:

OMG Reese, what a way to celebrate! I sure hope you ladies got a picture of that! Of course a video would be better! Please tell me you were not out in public!!!! Surprised

Rock on Chrissy!

AKA - Sugar Lusty Heat! Hair pictures on my profile. DON'T LOOK DOWN ON ANYBODY, UNLESS YOU'RE PICKING THEM UP! Dx 3/27/2008, DCIS, Right, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/2014, ILC, Right, Stage IV, 2/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 6, 2011 06:41AM LuvRVing wrote:

Foob-flying...LOL!!!  Can't wait to see that video!

Michelle - read my blog at www.mch-breastcancer.blogspot.com - Be kind to one another! Dx 6/15/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/29/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 4/21 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 5/11/2012, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2011 10:00AM FireKracker wrote:

Thanks Chrissy for sharing....God bless...Please keep the pics coming..xoxoxoK
Focktober!!!!Pink stinks!!!!
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Sep 6, 2011 10:26AM 3jaysmom wrote:

so glad the meeting/ dinner went so well... can't wait till i see you here!!!!i'm so glad you'r'e able to meet so amny of the bco ladies.. can't wait to see you in the Fla sun!!!3jays

3jaysmom Chemotherapy 4/20/2009 Dx DCIS, 2cm, Stage IIB, 1/27 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2011 10:45AM chrissyb wrote:

Hi all!!!   Thanks for enjoying my travels with me and I am having the time of my life!!!  I can't thank everyone enough for making me feel so welcome!!

Last night I met up with a few of the girls from NY/NJ and one from Massachusetts ........thank you Hauntie for driving such a long way. We met at the entrance to Fridays Restaurant in Mount Laurel (I think that was where it was) and were easily recognised by the white carnation being worn.

We are from the left myself, Dotty, Kay1963, Reecie and Hauntie.  After waiting for a while, which gave us a good chance to start the chat....lol....as if we wouldn't anway......lol.........we were shown to our table where there was a discussion on the food that was available before orders were given.  In Australia, we don't have Fridays Restaurants so it truly was a new experience for me and might I say a very enjoyable one........the food was delicious!  It took a while for it to be consumed because we were so busy chatting up a storm!  I ate sizzling chicken with cheesy mashed potatoes and the lightest strawberry short cake...................amazing!!!!

When we had finished eating, we were joined by the 'Travelling Pants!'     Wow! reading them really humbled me...............so many young women!

I feel privileged to say that I have held them.

  Here are a few of the signatures.

 

After dinner the pants were repacked and we went back to Hauntie's motel room where the conversation went on for another few hours.  At one point we were discussing bras and foobs and ended up playing check out the foobs with Hauntie's swim foobs and my silicone one and rather than getting up to pass them around, we were throwing them to one another...............we had the flying foob show happening!!!  About one thirty this morning we thought it time to say goodbye and with hugs all round we left Hauntie to her  room to sleep, Reecie headed home and like wise Dotty and I.

What an evening!!!!!   What a night!!!!!    Lovely!!!!!!

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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Sep 6, 2011 10:50AM BarbaraA wrote:

How cool!  I will be seeing you soon!

Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield. Dx 4/30/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 11/25/2014, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+ Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 6, 2011 11:58AM Maya2 wrote:

Oh Chrissy, how wonderful! I'm sorry I will be missing you. But obviously you are having a great time! Sante'!

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