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

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Posted on: Aug 30, 2011 05:51AM

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 8, 2011 06:58AM painterly wrote:

Please give my best wishes to SV (from one artist to another). We never hear how she is doing now that she is not on bco.

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Sep 8, 2011 07:49AM Scuba_duchess wrote:

FYI. Had lunch with Chrissy in Philadelphia yesterday while Dorothy had PT. All well, but for Dorothy's Internet connectivity which was an issue. They were headed for NYC today (Thursday). Chrissy is quite the photographer, so hopefully we will get a nice big update soon!

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 8, 2011 09:01AM Dara_Diverse wrote:

 Irr4993, you are so right, Chrissy is one of the lovliest gals I have ever met. She is a very wise and very loving lady. It is a true honer to be hosting her. I will be sad when I have to turn her over to Amy Jo but I know she will make good care of our girl. 

We are planning a trip to NYC today. Chrissy wants to see New York. One can not come to the USA without a trip to NY. Sadly, the weather is going to be bad but we shall plow through and get her there. This area is still flooded near any creeks or streams from Irene and I am told by a neighbor that there is flooding. But we will swim if we have to lol. 

 Well as Chrissy would say, Good day, mate 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 8, 2011 09:13AM Scooter-12 wrote:

Sounds like you all are having a great time.  Keep the pics and updates coming.

Dx 8/11/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 8, 2011 11:01PM chrissyb wrote:

Ok girls here we go.......my adventures with Dotty!!!!!

After a fantastic time on Monday night  with Hauntie, Kaye and Reecie, Dotty allowed me to sleep in on Tuesday morning to catch up on a few ZZZZZ's.  After lunch, we decided to go for a drive around so I could see some of New Jersey........It was fabulous and I was amazed at the variety of landscape in a small area!  The housing went from quaint to mansion and from built up area to farmland with a whole lot of woodland in between.

 

We did a drive by the swollen Delaware River and even though the levels were up, I still considered it beautiful.

  As we were driving down the road next to the river we saw this gorgeous little gazebo perched right on the river bank.

  A little further along that same road there was a house that had beautiful sculptures in the front garden............and of course I couldn't resist and snapped a few pics........lol

This one I thought was particularly poignant and very apt for this particular time.

  I hope you can read the date at the bottom.

Dotty also showed me where she grew up and where she works and I was blown away at the size of her building!!!  

On Wednesday, we drove to Philadelphia where Dotty had an appointment and I got to meet up with Scuba.  She took me to a great place for lunch and then on a tour of the city centre where I learned a lot of History.  She was the perfect tour guide....lol....and a truly lovely girl and I thank her sincerely for giving up her time to do that for me.  I saw Independence Hall where the Liberty Bell used to hang as well as the bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands in front.

   Thursday, today we headed off to New York!    All the way the song by Frank Sinatra kept running through my head and I was so excited!  I have never travelled on such a busy road before......oh sure we have freeways and express ways in Aus but nothing like the New Jersey Turnpike!!!  Oh man was there some traffic there!!!

  In just over an hour, we were turning into Battery Park on Stanton Island and I got my first clear glimpse of the famous Manhatten skyline.  It was an amazing experience!!!  Needless to say, the camera was once again in my hand and the shutter was clicking away madly!!!

  Dotty drove very quietly down this road as it was cobbled and a little bumpy but lovely none the less, until we came to the parking area.  We alighted from the car and made our way down to the old railway building which is now a musem and where we purchased our tickets for the ferry.

  After looking around inside the building, we made our way to the boarding area for the ferry, boarded and headed out in to the East River.  The view of New York was mesmerising! 

(This post is getting so long I think I need to submit and go to part two....lol)

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 8, 2011 11:36PM chrissyb wrote:

I'm back!!!   As I was saying, the view of New York was mesmerising.....I didn't know where to look first so I let the camera do my looking........

 

   The Ferry ride was wonderful and we lucked out when it came to the weather......it was perfect!!!!  While most other places were wet or overcast, we had beautiful a blue sky with a few clouds and the gentlest of breezes that just ruffled the top of the water so the movement of the ferry was very smooth with almost no rocking so it was very easy to stand without the danger of falling over.   The first stop  was at Ellis Island and to see first hand the amazing building that was used to process so many of the new settlers to the USA was awe inspiring!!!

  After picking up more passengers we headed once again out into the East River and headed for Liberty Island and my first good look at Lady Liberty.............she is just awesome!!!!!    I can imagine how new settlers felt when they first glimpsed her!

Well this has taken me well into the night and I must go repack my suitcase as I'm off to North Carolina tomorrow!   See you all from 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 8, 2011 11:54PM wahine wrote:

Amazing pictures, Chrissy! Feels like we are right there with you! So glad you are having such an amazing time, and I know our DorK was the hostess with the mostess. I was thinking today, that I am glad your trip to NYC did not happen 3 days from now. I know a lot of people work/live in NYC and Washington, but I would be a bit wary of being in those places on the 11th. My only trip to NYC was about 12-13 yrs ago, and we went up to the top of the World Trade Center and took so many pictures. This is a sad anniversary coming up, and I hope and pray that nothing bad happens on that day. SO I am glad you will be far away on the 11th! Have a great time at your next destination, and can't wait to hear about it! Hugs, Kathy

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Sep 8, 2011 11:57PM kcl65 wrote:

What a fantastic thread! I have really enjoyed it tthank you so much for sharing!  I am so glad that you are having such a good time in the states Chrissy! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.... Laughing
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Sep 9, 2011 03:13AM annettek wrote:

Wow what a journery cannot wait to meet you in San Antonio!!!!!!!!

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 9, 2011 01:16PM reesie wrote:

www.stage4travelingpants.com

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 9, 2011 01:26PM Kay_G wrote:

Wishing you a safe trip and fun in North Carolina!  I'm glad you got to experience New York with nice weather.

Well that is a pie crust promise, easily made, easily broken. Mary Poppins
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Sep 9, 2011 02:07PM SoCalLisa wrote:

Crissy, so glad you are seeing so many sisters and scenes in the US..thanks for keeping those of us who are not able to see you in person up on your adventure..

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 9, 2011 02:12PM wahine wrote:

reesie, Thanks for the Traveling Pants link! And the pics of the gals with the pants that just met up in New Jersey are on there already! So glad Chrissy got to "meet" the pants and some of you have your picture taken with the pants. Really awesome.

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Sep 9, 2011 02:22PM FireKracker wrote:

Keep the pics.comin...they are just wonderful...enjoy enjoy enjoy.....God bless and stay safe....I too am glad you will not be in NYC for 9/11....hugggggggs K
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Sep 10, 2011 12:11AM sweatyspice wrote:

I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you during your stop in NYC.  Hope you enjoyed it and have a fab time on the rest of your adventure!

Dx 8/2009, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+
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Sep 10, 2011 07:41AM lassie11 wrote:

I've been lurking here and so enjoy seeing your trip Chrissy. Almost like we all are along for the adventures. Thanks for posting!

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Sep 10, 2011 07:55AM Hauntie wrote:

Hi  Chrissy - I hope you have as much fun on the next leg of your journey as you did on this one. I'm so glad I got the chance to spend some time with you. Safe travels.

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 11, 2011 08:31AM Dara_Diverse wrote:

Chrissy,

I can't say how much of an honor it was hosting you for the week. I miss you so much but you will always be in my heart. Your visit was the greatest inspiration if life received (other than giving birth). You taught me so much about myself and how to manage life each day. I am feeling so blessed at this moment and my heart is very heavy. I just send a friend request to the founder of the "traveling pants" (thanks again Reese for posting this link). I have purchased the pin and have finally found the right place to donate in memory of our dearly departed Junie.  I know you are having a great time with my newest breast friend, Amy Jo and hope the rest of your journey here in the USA is as sweet as you are.  Love you to pieces, Chrissy....(still have the image in my mind of you disappearing through the window at the airport ♥) You know what I mean, I watched until you were out of sight. Bittersweet. Thanks for being you, you are a beautiful lady and oh so wise. Thanks again and again for sharing so much of your wisdom and giving me your valuable time, so many words of wisdom and oh, the counseling was the best ! lol.  Love you, can't say that enough either. Happy trails to you, until we meet again.......

Dotty

"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 11, 2011 09:31AM goldie0827 wrote:

Awwww.........so sweet DorK!

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 11, 2011 01:25PM chrissyb wrote:

Thanks Dotty, you make me blush with your praises but if I have helped in any way, that's a good thing.  I loved staying with you and the time just seemed to fly by too quickly but that's what happens when you are having fun....lol.

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 11, 2011 02:25PM - edited Sep 14, 2011 10:56PM by chrissyb

Well girls, Dotty drove me to the airport in Philly and sent me on my way on the next leg of my journey.  The knees were playing up a bit so we got a ride up to security and down to the boarding gate.....thank heaven for that!  I still had a time to wait as I was early so I got myself a snack and a cup of tea at the store across from where I had to board.  The flight was quick and it felt as if I was no sooner in the air and it was time to come down again.  As the plane was approaching Raleigh, I was looking out the window and I was waiting to see a huge built up area which didn't arrive!  From the air, I saw little pockets of buildings and vast stretches of woods interrupted by rivers, lakes and civilisation........ It was a fantastic sight!  Amyjo and her DH picked me up from the airport at Raleigh on Friday evening and then we went back to her house to drop off my luggage before heading out to eat at a place called The Red Robin.  Wow!  The food there was great but there was enough per serve to feed me twice!......lol.  I could only eat half of it and the other we took home for the next day.

After getting organised and connecting up to Amyjo's internet, we visited for a while before hitting the pillows for sleep.  Saturday morning came too soon....lol....and Amyjo needed to wake me so we could get ready and packed up to head out to the Outer Banks.  We were chatting so much that she missed the turn for the bi pass road ...twice.....so I ended up with a great tour of North Carolina.  I saw Tobacco growing!.........something I had never seen before and cotton as well!!!    The Woodlands all the way were amazing!  Truly beautiful country!

To get to the Island itself, we had to cross a very big bridge.....but it was awesome!!!

This was my first view of The Outer Banks as we came down off the bridge.

Because of the tour.....wink, wink.......the trip took us a bit longer than normal so we didn't arrive at our Hotel until just after 5pm.  We checked in and promptly went to the room to set our things down and wait for S.V. to arrive so we could all go out for dinner.  It is so beautiful here and if you have never been, I highly recommend it!  We ate at a place called The Red Tomato and it served Italian style meals and after we ate, I ordered some cannolli to take back to our room to have with coffee........they are soooo yum!!!  Both Amyjo and I were so tired by just after 10pm that we both hit the sack and was out like lights until this morning.

Stay tuned for more adventures on The Outer Banks!

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 11, 2011 02:27PM SoCalLisa wrote:

Love it

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 11, 2011 02:30PM Scuba_duchess wrote:

Chrissy. This is by all standards a special place in the US. Pirates hung out here, so we in the lounge should always feel at home, especiallly you as an Aussie. Enjoy my friend. See you in Oz....

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 11, 2011 02:48PM elimar wrote:

Look like a lovely day to be heading to the seashore, Chrissy.  Enjoy!

[Note to self:  Check around for restaurants with "Red" in their name, as Chrissy does seem to be partial to them.]

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 11, 2011 02:52PM MCTHO wrote:

When I saw the topic "Journey" I thought it was something about cancer treatments!  What a pleasant surprise when I saw it was about a vacation!  Thanks for sharing the pictures, I feel like I'm there with you!

Dx 7/2009, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Sep 11, 2011 02:53PM BarbaraA wrote:

Oh Chrissy, how great to see SV. See if you can talk her into going to MO. Eli, so glad I get to meet you!!

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 11, 2011 03:25PM elimar wrote:

BarbA, I hope you will still feel that way after we play "Truth Or Dare!"  Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 12, 2011 07:12AM BarbaraA wrote:

Melissa posted this pic of Chrissy meeting the Atlantic Ocean.

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 12, 2011 07:12AM - edited Sep 13, 2011 07:17AM by BarbaraA

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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 12, 2011 08:24AM Sherryc wrote:

great picture.

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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