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A place to discuss the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on you and the ones you love.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2020 06:13PM - edited Apr 9, 2020 03:50PM by ShetlandPony

ShetlandPony wrote:

Here is a place to share how you are coping with the isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

My oncologist has told me I should stay home because I am immunocompromised, so I have hunkered down in my little house. But today I got myself outside and took a walk in the neighborhood. It was glorious! I saw so many amazing views and exquisite flowers. And it felt so good to get my heart beating just a little faster. Gyms are closed, dance classes are cancelled, and some of us are not supposed to even leave home. But the outdoors is not closed! And it is easy to keep a distance from others on a walk if it is not in a downtown area. Nature is healing, and exercise helps our mood and our health. So that is my quarantine hack for today.

What are your quarantine hacks? How are you looking after your mental health? Please share your creative ideas for coping, making the best of things, and finding ways to still feel productive, happy, and connected.

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Mar 17, 2020 06:15PM edj3 wrote:

I'm still running. My marathon isn't until June 20 so who know if it will happen. But I'm training as though it well. (I only have ever run outside)

Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/5/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Radiation Therapy 6/2/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/22/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 17, 2020 06:20PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Dog park for me!! The fur kids need to run around too!

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Mar 17, 2020 06:22PM hapa wrote:

Outside is one of the safest places to be IMO. A lot of viruses can't hack it in sunlight. If you can get some solitude out there, even better!

My hack is to spend as much time as possible in the cleanroom, since I still have to come into work. Everybody in there is in head to toe PPE with facemasks, safety glasses and gloves, no face touching (or anywhere on your body, for that matter) allowed! Corporate sent out guidance that anyone who can work from home should and only essential manufacturing employees should come in. Yet, there are a bunch of self-important douches sitting on conference calls in their offices (no face-to-face meetings allowed unless they are inside the cleanroom). The cleanroom thing is my hack anytime any kind of cold or flu is making its way around the office.

Dx 3/20/2018, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, 3/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 3/27/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/27/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/27/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 10/22/2018 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Targeted Therapy Nerlynx
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Mar 17, 2020 06:56PM - edited Mar 17, 2020 06:56PM by MinusTwo

Excited to have the time to dive into all the books that I always have waiting. I agree with Shetland Pony about getting outside. Kind of fun discoverng what's in the very back of the freezer and what kind of creative invention I can concoct.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 17, 2020 07:43PM BellasMomToo wrote:

I'm in the SF bay area so I am under the 'shelter-in-place' restriction. I normally take my dogs to the dog park every day, but the dog park is closed during this restrictive time. DH has been working from home. When he has an hour to spare, we're going to walk our dogs along the bay trail (10 minutes from our house via car). Our older dog is almost 15 and has trouble walking, so we'll bring the wagon for her. (At the dog park she just stands around and sniffs things -- doesn't walk much. My younger dog and I walk laps around the park.)

My pilates instructor is trying to set up online classes. That would be helpful.

Dx'd at age 56. Tumor found by my annual mammogram -- cancer can grow fast! Dx 10/6/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/6/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR- Targeted Therapy 11/1/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/1/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 3/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Mar 17, 2020 07:58PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

I live in San Francisco and decided to just drive around today and see how empty the city and the streets are right now. Was I ever surprised to be able to drive 2 or 3 miles along the water (Embarcadero). It was sobering to see hardly any cars and it all kind of hit me as I was driving along. I'm buying food primarily from my neighborhood market. Its a wonderful market with things as good as Whole Foods. Was in WF the other day and was just grossed out by all the hoarding. So while I can, I am going to be doing my buying in our neighborhood. So my hack today was driving around and seeing what the city looked like 30 years ago--as far as traffic goes. Tomorrow I"m going to take a walk. Take care.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 17, 2020 09:00PM bcincolorado wrote:

I have other issues as well and DH is a transplant patient so we are basically "on lockdown". We have been told we are safe to walk though since we do not encounter anyone. So if weather is nice (days here are few at a time right now) we take advantage and try to walk a mile or more each day outside. Gets us out of our house at least. Walking on a machine is just not the same as sunshine.

Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 17, 2020 10:10PM MinusTwo wrote:

Cowgirl - thanks for sharing. I was raised in the SF Bay area 60 years ago.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 17, 2020 10:36PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

San Jose resident here. I live in the downtown area near a main street. It was clear, sunny and cool this morning so I took a 2 mile walk down that street and it was virtually deserted. I’m a teacher so not at work due to school closures. Tomorrow we are having a staff meeting via videoconference to discuss the district’s plans for distance learning. Our governor is telling us to prepare for the possibility of no school for the rest of the year

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 17, 2020 10:59PM - edited Mar 17, 2020 11:03PM by Jelson

Will be kayaking with my husband on days the wind dies down and the temperature is above 50 (we had a 70 degree day last week!). The water is low 40's but I wear a dry suit. We go out on the Hudson. Usually by our selves, it will be interesting to see if there are other paddlers and motorboats out due to school and business closures. One of my community center exercise class instructors set up a virtual class via ZOOM today which was great. She is planning another one next week. I found a facebook group - Choir!Choir!Choir! - Canadian I think, which had a virtual sing along tonight They provided words to 7 songs you could download. I don't know what I expected, but it was two guys in a living room, one with a guitar and great voices, kind of fun - they are going to do it again on Saturday afternoon (different time - for their fans in Europe!) Our municipal golf course is still open to walkers and dogs off leash, so we will walk there. Governor Cuomo has waived fees for local and state parks to encourage people to get outdoors. We have set up a neighborhood mutual support group - currently about 8 houses - could go to 18, I will run errands, put out/bring in garbage cans for others as long as stores are open and I am able.

Dx 4/17/2009, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Mar 17, 2020 11:11PM farmerlucy wrote:

I can’t wait to get outside once it stops raining. It has been very dreary here in Central OK this week. I think we are due a little bit of sun tomorrow. Winter was too short and too wet to do much work on our property. Once the poison ivy, ticks, and snakes come out, I stay out of our woods. I guess a lot of it will just have to wait until next winter. My farm “to do” list is long and never done. Great for taking ones mind off current events!

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/21/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/22/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/14/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Mar 18, 2020 10:24PM bcincolorado wrote:

Snow coming my way but we've been walking in the neighborhood regularly. So I'll be stuck doing indoor exercise for a few days again.

Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 19, 2020 02:27PM keepthefaith wrote:

Spring is here and I am doing some gardening, transplanting, etc. When the weather isn't good, I am sorting and shredding several boxes of old receipts, files, that should have been done long ago! I have been working on stripping paint from an old iron rail that I am going to re-purpose. Just trying to stay busy:).

Trying to think of positives in the midst of it all! One is that we are giving Mother Nature (the ozone) a short break!


Dx 9/17/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/17/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/2/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 12/25/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/15/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 2/10/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/31/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/22/2014
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Mar 19, 2020 02:52PM - edited Mar 19, 2020 10:35PM by farmerlucy

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Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/21/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/22/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/14/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Mar 19, 2020 03:15PM ctmbsikia wrote:

Hi everyone: Wow Lucy!

I live about 40 miles outside of Philadelphia. Penn Medicine has expanded out here in suburbia taken over our county hospital several years ago which is currently undergoing an expansive reno. There are local offices all around. There was a report this morning of health care workers being infected that work at the main hospital in the city. City cases are rising everyday, and I truly feel for those who live in urban areas and especially those of you sheltering in place.

Husband had a Dr. appointment this morning. There is a lab right next to the oncology office which they have closed to the public now being used for just the oncology patients. All their follow up/well appointments have been pushed a month out. We were fairly alone and I saw only 1 patient in the treatment room. Hubs is due chemo next week. We are delayed a day as his platelet count is currently at 86K. Dr. wants him at 100. Crossing our fingers----it was at 56 last week so it is recovering. Labs on Monday and we'll see. I expressed concern that if anything happens I am not going anywhere near a hospital. They assured me that the cancer patients are to call and they will walk us thru any issue and they do have capability of treating locally. That made me feel better.

I have been working from home since Monday. At the moment, I am alone, and I HATE it!!!! I made an end of the world playlist that I put on headphones after dinner while cleaning up and getting ready for the next day and it has helped me escape. Keeping the TV off as much as possible and I'm trying to stay off the internet! Ha

Stay well everyone.


Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/31/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 19, 2020 03:29PM bcincolorado wrote:

Good info Lucy and cool guest house!

If the snow ever lets up here we may be able to go outside and walk.

Heard all National Parks are waiving fees for everyone. No services are available but if anyone live by one and wants outside...….

Our Govenor said the "great outdoors" is open for now.



Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 19, 2020 05:36PM - edited Mar 19, 2020 06:04PM by ShetlandPony

Thanks for all the contributions to this thread! My hope is that it will be a repository of creative ideas for coping, making the best of things, and finding ways to still feel productive, happy, and connected. (There are other Covid-19 threads for discussing complaints and worries, which of course are also valid.)

Here is a summary of our list so far: Getting outside — running, walking, dog park. Read those books that have been sitting there waiting. Get creative with cooking with what you have. Go for a drive without traffic. Virtual exercise class (using a program like ZOOM). Virtual sing-along. Farm chores. Gardening. Home improvement projects. Shredding old papers. Listen to music instead of watching TV and Internet about you-know-what. And the two most unusual ones — Spend time in the "clean room" at work and Go kayaking!

My hack for today comes from my young adult kid whois going to use this time when music classes are not happening and bands cannot meet to rehearse, to practice songs, improve skills, and maybe learn some basic theory, looking forward to being even better when things start up again. I will jump in on helping with the basic theory. And I'm talking really basic here!

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Mar 19, 2020 10:12PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Due to the marvels of technology, I worked for about 3 hours today! School wide staff meeting, grade level team meeting and planning for the next two weeks all via videoconference. ThenI made sure that all of my students had home access to the apps we use. All students in my district are 1:1 for devices and are allowed to take them home if needed. Comcast is providing free internet service for those who need it. So starting Monday we go live! Not all day mind you but we’ll make assignments from various apps which I can monitor and give feedback on. I can do video mini-lessons too. Tomorrow night I’ve invited my class to join me on a videoconference. I am going to read them a bedtime story and then chat a bit. I’ll be so happy to “see” them!

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 19, 2020 11:05PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

Today I went to Whole Foods during the senior hour just to check it out and see what it was like. While I was there I bought some chicken and boxed soup. Then I went to safeway to check out their senior hour bought some spaghetti sauce and mayo. Then I went to Costco to check it out and buy some hearing aid batteries (they are so cheap!) but the line was way to long. I'll try again tomorrow and get there before starting time. I'm embarrassed to tell you that I went to check on my home market but did not go in. So I had a nice little tour of the city doing this and marvelled again at the lack of traffic. So little outing, big fun, so to speak!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 19, 2020 11:07PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

Today I went to Whole Foods during the senior hour just to check it out and see what it was like. While I was there I bought some chicken and boxed soup. Then I went to safeway to check out their senior hour bought some spaghetti sauce and mayo. Then I went to Costco to check it out and buy some hearing aid batteries (they are so cheap!) but the line was way to long. I'll try again tomorrow and get there before starting time. I'm embarrassed to tell you that I went to check on my home market but did not go in. So I had a nice little tour of the city doing this and marvelled again at the lack of traffic. So little outing, big fun, so to speak!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 19, 2020 11:59PM AnnC2019 wrote:

Pulled out the mini trampoline to use while working at home. I live in a small apartment so I am hoping this helps.

Dx 6/19/2019, ILC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 8/15/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 11/4/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 7/22/2020 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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Mar 20, 2020 09:39AM - edited Mar 20, 2020 09:48AM by ErenTo

Great thread! I already worked from home, so nothing new there, but complete shutdown of life as we know it adds another dimension to it. I'm in Toronto and weather is getting better, so I make sure to go out for a daily walk and soon start my runs. I also do home exercises with weights. I live in the city but in a residential neighbourhood so not a lot of foot traffic. If we get cabin fever, we go out for a drive. I'm afraid to see my mom out of fear of putting her at risk, but at the same time I don't want her to be isolated, so I drop by at hers with extra caution.

It's tempting to constantly follow the news, but it gets overwhelming, so I'm trying to schedule that, maybe 3 times a day. Helps with sanity.

Podcast is another source of distraction. Connecting with friends and family that I haven't talked to in a while helps too.

I am in need of a haircut, but it has to wait I guess and my dentist appointment must be cancelled next time. We might have to go back to basics and do everything DIY!

Edited to add: if anyone is interested in good podcasts relating to scientific findings on Covid-19, Peter Attia and David Sinclair are the two I recommend. Their instagram pages are also great. Their regular podcasts are on healthy living and longevity, but in the last two weeks they have regular updates on Covid-19

Survived an unexplained sudden cardiac arrest b/w surgery and chemo (while attending a chemo info session at the hospital). Code blue, CPR, induced coma, ICU, ICD. Escaped alive with heart and brain unscathed! Dx 12/8/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/20/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 8/4/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 20, 2020 10:00AM claireinaz wrote:

Walking, practicing my yoga sequence (I will sub at my local studio in the summer), hope to go cross country skiing today and Sedona (which is basically closed, so all the trails will be quiet!) tomorrow. Trying to take breaks from my computer screen since my university just moved all courses online for the rest of the semester, and I teach full-time. Observing everything I see as though I'd observe a social science experiment: it really is. I wonder how long the world can remain closed. I see this as somewhat of an 9/11 experience--first we were in shock for a few weeks, then sadness and grief, then fear, then we got angry. I don't think that Americans will take being cooped up completely for long, actually, but it's early now, and we just have to cope, right?

I looked for, and found, signs of spring early this week (2 robins and lots of bulb shoots) but then we got 7 inches of snow and it covered everything up Scaredso I'll be looking for them when we drive south for sun and warmth tomorrow.

Everyone, this will pass...I keep telling myself I got through chemo and rads, and it seemed endless, but it passed...

9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
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Mar 20, 2020 10:42AM ErenTo wrote:

Yes, as catastrophic as this could potentially turn out to be in every way, I am observing this with morbid fascination as it impacts every part of our lives. It's like living in a science fiction movie, a scientific experiment of sorts.

Survived an unexplained sudden cardiac arrest b/w surgery and chemo (while attending a chemo info session at the hospital). Code blue, CPR, induced coma, ICU, ICD. Escaped alive with heart and brain unscathed! Dx 12/8/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/20/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 8/4/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 20, 2020 10:51AM santabarbarian wrote:

My son and I have been cooking from scratch more - bread and pasta noodles. That's been fun. We are planting our garden as well. Glad to have him home for this!

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo w/ integrative practices; Proton rads. Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/12/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/10/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Mar 20, 2020 11:16AM - edited Mar 20, 2020 11:17AM by beach2beach

Getting up and out at 6 am to walk here on Long Island. It puts a smile on my face to hear the birds chirping....sounds of normalcy. I work in the office of a school so we are out tentatively until the 2nd but I'm sure that will be extended. We have not hit peak here yet unfortunately. Hopefully gets a little warmer and I can walk the boardwalk at the beach.

Oh and I will add it is nice to see families out together, walking, riding bikes, playing on the lawn. Not seen that around much for years.


Dx 7/28/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 20, 2020 04:26PM - edited Mar 20, 2020 10:06PM by NancyD

I am semi-retired, and I have two part-time paying jobs. One is after school child minding for some neighbors. Lost that in the social distancing and school closings. The other is custom college textbook cover design which is seasonal and just gearing up. I hope I don't get sick and have to forego the rest of the season. It's my main income aside from social security.

My son has been working from home for the last two weeks. He came back from a business trip with a bad cold, and then just as he was recovering the company closed all offices and mandated work-from-home. He's been around 24hrs now for two weeks which is kind of getting on my nerves. He was also apartment hunting which has come to a halt, so he'll be here indefinitely now.

We've been coming up with innovative recipes using the ingredients I have in my pantry. We could do pasta and tomato sauce every day for a month, but that's boring. I will make a trip to one of my local markets next week to see what I can pick up. Also, my son-in-law works in Hunts Point in the Bronx at the wholesale produce market. I'll ask him to drop off some stuff if there's slim pickings at the store. It might not be the produce I want, but at least I'll know it's fresh.

I've been collecting online exercises for the kids I babysit for. Their mom is a teacher and even she has been challenged in this period. They are kindergarten, second grade, and seventh grade so each child has a different level of attention than she's used to (she teachers 4th grade). I've found several good suggestions for virtual field trips and how to keep them from devouring all the snacks in the house, lol.

I miss seeing my grandson. He's not that far away but we've all decided that it's probably best if we just Facetime for now. He should be getting up from his nap soon, so I'm going to give him a call now.

Life is good. It's not perfect. but it's good. Dx 2/22/2008, IDC, Left, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/21/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/10/2008 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 8/31/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/4/2008 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/27/2010 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Mar 20, 2020 11:12PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

I just had a bittersweet experience. I set up a videoconference and read my class a bedtime story tonight. It was wonderful to see their faces and touch base with them, but the thought that the school year, at least in the classroom, abruptly ended last Friday is devastating. We will start a home learning program on Monday, but of course it won’t be the same 😟. I love my students and I know that these circumstances are beyond our control, but I miss them

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 21, 2020 08:27PM LiveLoveLaugh2020 wrote:

I've been walking daily, watching Netflix, and drinking wine to celebrate my birthday weekend. Drinking way too much wine!

I'm hoping and praying you all stay safe and for everyone that has been affected by this.

Any good Netflix recommendations?

DCIS Dx @ 34 - Bil NSM 09/2019 - Bil implant exchange with FG 01/2020.

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