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Posted on: Apr 2, 2020 01:55PM - edited Apr 2, 2020 02:15PM by viewfinder

viewfinder wrote:

Sorry if this has been posted already but I think it's useful information now that they are saying to cover our faces if we go out. It's helpful to me because I hardly know which end of a needle to thread. Honestly!Singing

No-Sew Pleated Face Mask with Handkerchief and Hair Tie

I wish you peace during these very uncertain times for us all. Stay safe and let's recognize our blessings even if they may feel distant right now.

"You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion. – C. S. Lewis Dx 4/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 6/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/13/2018 Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 2, 2020 02:10PM buttonsmachine wrote:

Thanks for posting this!

Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences one year later, probably due to needle seeding at inital biopsy. Now dealing with MBC. Dx 8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/1/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/31/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/31/2017 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/30/2017 AC Surgery 3/31/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/30/2018 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 6/30/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2019 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2019 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Dx 8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 8/30/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 1/2021, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs Chemotherapy 1/14/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Apr 2, 2020 05:27PM ayr1016 wrote:

thank you. I have shared on my FB

DX at age 41, Oncotype DX 15, Neoadjuvant Hormone Therapy: Lupron + Tamoxifen (then Arimidex) Dx 12/22/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/4/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 8/9/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/12/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Apr 2, 2020 06:13PM SondraF wrote:

I made one earlier today with a larger piece of 100% cotton and it actually works great!

"The closer we come to the negative, to death, the more we blossom" - Montgomery Clift Dx 9/27/2019, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/29/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 2, 2020 06:34PM - edited Apr 2, 2020 06:34PM by viewfinder

Terrific idea sharing on Facebook. So glad to hear that it works!

"You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion. – C. S. Lewis Dx 4/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 6/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/13/2018 Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 3, 2020 06:50AM Rah2464 wrote:

Thanks for posting! I am going to sew some face masks this weekend but this will do temporarily. I read somewhere that if you wanted to increase protection to insert a trimmed piece from a HEPA air filter. Sounds like an interesting idea but not sure how much that would impact how well you could breathe so if lung function lower maybe not a good idea.

When I checked out at the local supermarket yesterday (self check out and from a distance from the clerk) she indicated that she didn't sew and had no access to masks. I told her that the next time I went to the store in a week or two I would bring any extra I had made and give her she is frightened. Maybe I will print up these instructions in a simpler format and hand out as well. It is just so stressful for all the people working and stocking the grocery stores, not to mention our emergency services along with the healthcare workers. Heros all.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 3, 2020 03:50PM AliceBastable wrote:

And what if you don't have handkerchiefs or those hair things? And since I don't sew, I certainly don't have fabric laying around.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 3, 2020 04:02PM beeline wrote:

Maybe cut up an old shirt or t-shirt? Rubber bands would probably work instead of hair ties

American in NZ. Dx’d at 42. Had to stop Taxol after #6 due to neuropathy. Randomised to control group in MonarcheE trial 😩 Started delayed recon with FT and implants in 2020. Dx 7/17/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/2/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 8/21/2018, DCIS/IDC/Paget's, Right, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 10/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 9/18/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 2/25/2019 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 1/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 3, 2020 04:03PM - edited Apr 3, 2020 04:06PM by viewfinder

Alice, I don't have any of those things either. I've read you can use tee shirts, scarves, etc. to make a mask. I ended up buying inexpensive, washable cotton face masks on Amazon (arriving May 22 - June 15!!). I have a partial box of basic face masks that I've had for a long time.

If they make wearing masks mandatory, the police could stop you Devilif they find you out without one. Something would be better than nothing. I'm not yet convinced these non-professional types of masks are effective but everything is worth a try.

"You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion. – C. S. Lewis Dx 4/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 6/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/13/2018 Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 4, 2020 01:39AM SondraF wrote:

Alice - those instructions posted above also suggest using either the cut off top of a sock or cut up pantyhose/tights. Rubber bands would probably work too in a pinch - you just need something round and stretchy to go around the ends. Do you have an old 100% cotton t-shirt, skirt, bedsheet, clean kitchen towel or some other piece of clothing or house fabric you could cut up?

Frankly I don't give a rats ass who or what says I should or shouldn't wear a mask - I'll wear one anyway. It certainly won't hurt, just so long as it gets washed after I go out. And besides, there aren't any 'professional' masks available anywhere right now anyway.

"The closer we come to the negative, to death, the more we blossom" - Montgomery Clift Dx 9/27/2019, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/29/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 4, 2020 05:14AM Rah2464 wrote:

I was going to suggest rubber bands in case you don't have hair ties (I don't). I have been scavenging around for old clothing or old scarves that I can cut up. Also lucked upon an N95 mask that I had been using to install insulation in the attic. Its dirty but I will use it. If there was a way to clean and sanitize it, would go to the cause for sure.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 16, 2020 07:52PM CeliaC wrote:

I am using fabric dinner napkins & cutting "elastics" from the tops of knee highs. Rubber bands can be ouchy.

Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 16, 2020 08:56PM bcincolorado wrote:

We did not have a banana but cut a T-shirt that size. We did have hair ties we had bought for grandkids we can't see so used those. It works fine but using a dinner napkin is a great idea too for another one since I have some of those I can pull out too if I need them.

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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Apr 17, 2020 12:11AM AliceBastable wrote:

My hubby lucked into three good face masks left behind by renovation construction workers in his workplace. It looks like they gave each essential employee enough for their families' needs. I guess that sort of makes up for needlessly exposing them to germs. The building is closed to the public, but he still has to interact with other staff. Makes me nervous every time he leaves the house, which is currently three days a week.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 17, 2020 08:21AM viewfinder wrote:

Thanks for all the ideas!

CDC information about Homemade Cloth Face Coverings including step-by-step tutorials and information about proper care and use.

"You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion. – C. S. Lewis Dx 4/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 6/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 9/13/2018 Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 17, 2020 11:37AM SummerAngel wrote:

I made a face covering with an old t-shirt based on the CDC instructions. It was super easy and worked well. A lot of local companies are making cloth masks, too. I ordered 3 from a local company and they're great.

Age at dx: 45. Oncotype, left-side tumor: 9. Right side had multifocal IDC and "extensive" LCIS. Isolated tumor cells in 1 right-side node. Dx 3/27/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 4/27/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/1/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 6/1/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/27/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction

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