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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 06:51AM

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 6, 2011 03:09PM Leah_S wrote:

Chrissy, it sounds like you're having a great time! Thank you so much for continuing to post the pictures; I feel like I'm sort of there with you.

Even without tossing my foob around....

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2011 04:00PM Hauntie wrote:

I made it back from New Jersey. It was a rainy ride. Awesome time last night. I'm so glad I made the trip. Really tired right now. Will post more later.

Reesie - been thinking about you all day. Hopefully your surgery is over and your resting comfortably.
A CURE!!! We want nothing more. We will accept nothing less. Surgery - MX - November 1994, PMX - August, 2011, no reconstruction. Dx 11/4/1994, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/21 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Sep 6, 2011 05:16PM 3jaysmom wrote:

Great pictures, gals.. looks like a good time was had by all!!! see ya soon, chrissy..

   thinking of you today,Reesie.....3jays

3jaysmom Chemotherapy 4/20/2009 Dx DCIS, 2cm, Stage IIB, 1/27 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2011 05:36PM Sherryc wrote:

Chrissy I just found this thread and loved reading it.  I can't wait to meet up with you in San Antonio on Oct 1st. 

Oh and what is the story with the pants?

Sherry--lump left breast 9/30/10. No chemo, Zometa-6tx over 3 years.Oncotype score 23 with 14% recurrence rate. 34 rads. No family history, BRCA neg. 48 years old @ diagn. BMX/TE 3/26/2012, Exchange surgery 8/21/12, Revision surgery 11/27/12 Surgery 5/12/1997 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/30/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 12/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 2/7/2011 Surgery 11/3/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/26/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 11/27/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Sep 6, 2011 05:46PM pumela115 wrote:

I am new to this thread also, but i gotta say you ladies look like you are having so much fun!!! Thanks for sharing all the great pictures. I would like to hear the story about the pants too. Chrissy are you coming to the West Coast at all? Would love to meet you! Keep the pics coming.

Pam  

Dx 5/17/2010, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/9/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 7/30/2010 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) Radiation Therapy 3/1/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 6, 2011 07:32PM FireKracker wrote:

wonderful pics.wonderful sistas.thanks for sharing.

I too would like to know about the pants.

please keep posting the wonderful adventure.Be safe and Godbless.huggggs K

Focktober!!!!Pink stinks!!!!
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Sep 6, 2011 07:49PM annettek wrote:

what a great time it sounds like....

Reece.....sendin loving thoughts your way

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 09:54PM Sherryc wrote:

Annette are you going to meet us in San Antonio

Sherry--lump left breast 9/30/10. No chemo, Zometa-6tx over 3 years.Oncotype score 23 with 14% recurrence rate. 34 rads. No family history, BRCA neg. 48 years old @ diagn. BMX/TE 3/26/2012, Exchange surgery 8/21/12, Revision surgery 11/27/12 Surgery 5/12/1997 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/30/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 12/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 2/7/2011 Surgery 11/3/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/26/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 11/27/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Sep 6, 2011 10:24PM Scuba_duchess wrote:

Chrissy, just checked to weather for tomorrow, will have a plan B for the afternoon while DorK has her PT/psycho session in case of rain. Sorry to have missed last night, looking forward to seeing you (probably the only time I will be so excited to go to the PS's office). Having one final cocktail to close my lounge visit so I will be well rested and ready to go tomorrow. Night ladies!

BMx/Lat Dorsi Recon 8/8/11. Exchange 1/9/12. Oopherectomy 1/18/12. Scuba Diving 4/21/12. Just Do It! Dx 5/17/2011, ILC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2011 11:35PM Estepp wrote:

Ladies....... this is truly amazing to follow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT ! I love seeing the sisterhood....... So awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to seeing more shots!!

We are the Ta Ta Sisterhood! Her2+ BC is what I had.... and yes sisters.. I had lymph node involvement...Plus Radiation AND Implant only Reconstruction. DX 6/25/08
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Sep 7, 2011 12:39AM - edited Sep 7, 2011 12:55AM by Dara_Diverse

Hi girls,

Linda. so happy you made it home safely. I had a great time with you,. Reese , Kay and my dearesr breast friend - the one and only Chirissy B.I am honored to have you as my guest. Although she is a VIP, she treats me like one. We had the most wonderful dinner and she cooked! Ya see, my stove was formerly just ornamental. She made the best HOMEMADE pastaidnner I have had at home since I have lived here! 

Praying that all weent well for Reese and am thinking about her now. 

So aggraved,I have spend the last three hours trying to get a neighbor's wifi as my service has been down most of the day. I was so obsessed with getting online and was outside looking for a connection. Then my dear Chrissy went off to bed and I shamefully did not say goodnight to her.I just HAD to get my bco updates tonight!  Sorry Chrissy! I thank my neighbor, "netgear' for allowing me to access.

Scuba, we will meet up with you at 12:30....hope you are feeling better.

Just have to say how I love Chrissy, my friend, confidant and Chrissy-ologist! Who needs a shrink when I have Chrissy! 

Peace ladies, and feel the love ... prayers to all and please pray that my internet is restored in the morning!, Chrissy needs to see all of these wonderful posts! and I am addicted to you girls Laughing!!

"Sugar Dazzle Thighs" *¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨* You can spend your life being angry about it. Or you can forget it and move on *¨*•¸¸¸.•*. CHEERS! Dx 6/1/2010, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 01:15AM hbcheryl wrote:

Awwww Chrissy you girls look like you had a fabulous visit I love the white carnation idea - a secret society of sistas' - did you ever imagine the first time you logged on to BCO that you would end up in the USA.

Dx 7/25/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 05:01AM Scuba_duchess wrote:

Thought it was 1:30. I will call DorK to check.... No sweat either way.

BMx/Lat Dorsi Recon 8/8/11. Exchange 1/9/12. Oopherectomy 1/18/12. Scuba Diving 4/21/12. Just Do It! Dx 5/17/2011, ILC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 07:32AM Dara_Diverse wrote:

you are right scuba, just checked :) cannnot wait to see you again!

"Sugar Dazzle Thighs" *¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨* You can spend your life being angry about it. Or you can forget it and move on *¨*•¸¸¸.•*. CHEERS! Dx 6/1/2010, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 07:39AM reesie wrote:

Everything went well. ThAnks for the thoughts and prayers everyone. I think I' still slEepy from the anesthesia.

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 7, 2011 07:48AM Scuba_duchess wrote:

Will be there with bells on. I have a 12 pm appt with PCP and will be at PS early as I can.

BMx/Lat Dorsi Recon 8/8/11. Exchange 1/9/12. Oopherectomy 1/18/12. Scuba Diving 4/21/12. Just Do It! Dx 5/17/2011, ILC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 08:34AM Dara_Diverse wrote:

aww, Reese, go glad ti hear all is well. Sending prayers and lotsa love! 

and Roger that, Lisa!!!

"Sugar Dazzle Thighs" *¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨* You can spend your life being angry about it. Or you can forget it and move on *¨*•¸¸¸.•*. CHEERS! Dx 6/1/2010, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 08:43AM Lowrider54 wrote:

Chrissy....I can't believe that the time has arrived...what a wonderful adventure!  I know you are stopping someplace in the Midwest - for the life of me, I can't remember where.  Are you going to keep us up to date of the next port of call?  With my new development and chemo started, the brain cells are not working real well.

I am hoping you will end up someplace close enough that I can take a day trip to meet you!

Cheers to your Big Adventure!

Hugs

LowRider

Smile...it will make people wonder what you are up to...Initial dx 04/99 - CMF; 9/2009 bone mets Arimidex; 6/2010 Faslodex/Xgeva; 8/2011; abdominal wall invaded, ER/PR flipped to TN, Abraxane/Avastin//Xgeva 09/02/2011; 11/2011Xeloda/Avastin/Xgeva. Dx 9/16/2009, Stage IV, 5/25 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 09:51AM Hauntie wrote:

Reesie - I'm so glad all went well. Yesterday, at one of my rest stops, just as I was finishing up (if you know what I mean), my phone rang. It was your phone. Lots of static. I'm yelling "Marie, Marie", then realized you were probably in surgery. Hmmm - daughter playing with phone or psychic connection?????

The dinner and after party in my room were so worth it, I would have driven twice as far to be there. We just all clicked so well. But, I guess that's what sisters do. Chrissy - boy do I wish you lived on this side of the world. You feel like such a kindred spirit. But, now I have a reason to add a trip to Australia to my bucket list and I know I'll be welcomed with open arms. 

I am probably going to face the rath of my BS for making her pull my drain out. I've developed a pocket of fluid. I first noticed it yesterday morning. When I laid down on my side last night, I discovered I had developed a "little boob". I just got rid of this damn thing and it's starting to grow again. It's a pocket between the size of a golf and a tennis ball. Waiting to hear back from my BS's nurse to see if it can wait to be aspirated until I get home or I need to make a trip to the emergency room while I'm here.

Have a great day Chrissy and Dottie. Enjoy every minute of your time together.

Lynda

A CURE!!! We want nothing more. We will accept nothing less. Surgery - MX - November 1994, PMX - August, 2011, no reconstruction. Dx 11/4/1994, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/21 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Sep 7, 2011 10:24AM - edited Sep 7, 2011 10:27AM by Dara_Diverse

Hi all!!!   I'm having a whale of a time here in the grand ol' USA!   Everything I look at is new even the style of the houses.....they are sooo cute! A   Even a simple drive to the shops brings me something new to look at.....lol.  I am meeting so many people and to me that is just fab.  I will continue to update the travels as they happen and post pics to share with you so you all can travel with me.

 A lot of you girls have asked about the story of the 'Travelling Pants'  and my knowledge is very basic on them but I'm happy to share that.   I'm not sure how it started exactly but a pare of jeans was donated by a young BC survivor for every one at a gathering to sign as a memory of that occassion and they have been travelling to all the different gatherings ever since.  I do know that some of the young women who signed them are no longer with us but aside from that sadnesshaving them with us was both a privelage and an eye opener to think that so many young women are getting this disease.  There is a thread somewhere on BCO about them and I will try to find it and post the link for you all.

Reecie, so glad you are done with your surgery and now it's just healing time.  Hopefully without too much pain in the process.

Hauntie glad you have safely arrived at your brother's so now you can relax a bit and recouperate from that long drive.  Yes, you would definitely be welcomed with open arms should you ever get to Aus and that goes for everyone else as well.  I don't live in the city but the country but you are all so welcome to come visit!

Welcome to all those new followers of my travels, hope you enjoy them!

Love n hugs.  Chrissy

PS:  I'm posting from Dotty's computer so it's under her login....sorry to confuse you....lol

"Sugar Dazzle Thighs" *¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨* You can spend your life being angry about it. Or you can forget it and move on *¨*•¸¸¸.•*. CHEERS! Dx 6/1/2010, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 10:52AM ProudMom_Wife wrote:

Chrissy - thank you for sharing this trip with all of us.  It is awesome.  

Dx 10/1/2010, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/17/2010 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/5/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/25/2011 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 5/16/2011 Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 7, 2011 03:18PM FireKracker wrote:

Love love love this journey....stay safe girls and have the time of your life.hugggs K
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Sep 7, 2011 08:14PM badger wrote:

You all have inspired a big smile in me today.  Love this thread!

Chrissy, where are you stopping in the Midwest?  {{hugs}} to all

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 08:19PM chrissyb wrote:

Badger, my itinerary is from here NJ I go to NorthCarolina, Florida, Missourri, South Texas, Colorado and then California.  

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 7, 2011 08:49PM badger wrote:

Excellent!  Missouri's the closest to me -- I sent you a PM.

This is like seeing my country with a fresh set of eyes.  Cool  WAY COOL!

Find your calm. Move forward from this place. Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 7, 2011 09:44PM Elisimo wrote:

YEAH!!! North Carolina is the next stop and we are so ready to meet you.  I will meet you at the Raleigh/Durham airport Friday evening and we can enjoy a good visit and eat a little and get a good nights rest before heading to the beach to meet Meilssa (SV).  I have your room all ready and waiting for you.  Have fun with Dotty and we will see you in NC on Friday.

Am I living to fight cancer or am I learning to live with cancer? Dx 7/20/2010, ILC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 5/6 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 8, 2011 12:16AM lrr4993 wrote:

Chrissy - You and I have never communicated before, but I have read your posts every now and then.  You seems like such a lovely person - and judging by all those lined up to meet you, my impression must be accurate!  I hope you have a fabulous and safe trip.   

Lisa Dx 8/6/2010, IDC, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 8, 2011 12:19AM hbcheryl wrote:

Chrissy/AmyJo please give my best to SV I miss her.

Dx 7/25/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 8, 2011 03:15AM Stanzie wrote:

Ok, so Chrissy, is it next Tuesday morning you will be coming through Atlanta? Oh I so need to go back through those posts! Oh wait, no it must be Wednesday morning, right?

Sounds like you have having a fabulous time!!! 

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Sep 8, 2011 04:01AM debbie6122 wrote:

I love the story about the traveling pants, made me cry seeing them, love all the pictures and the stories. Have mercy travels ((((hugs))))))

masectomy, chemo, node positive Dx 12/20/2009, IDC, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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