Topic: How has the Pandemic affected you as a cancer patient/survivor

Forum: All things COVID-19 or coronavirus — A place to discuss the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on you and the ones you love.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2021 04:58PM

Posted on: Sep 8, 2021 04:58PM

trishyla wrote:

Has the Pandemic substantially impacted your life as a current or former cancer patient? Please post your stories; heartbreaking, frustrating, even uplifting.

If you post anything about treatments, cures, vaccinations, hospitalizations or deaths, please back it up with research from accepted, credible sources. Your Uncle's neighbor's third wife who posted a crazy conspiracy theory on Facebook is not a credible source.

Angry, passionate, sad are all acceptable, disrespectful is not.


Dx 8/30/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/30/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 9/6/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/28/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/4/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (Right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 8/4/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Sep 25, 2021 09:21PM - edited Sep 25, 2021 09:22PM by serenitystat

🤦🏻 Dying of COVID more than any other cause.

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/police-anti-vaccin...


🌻 🇺🇦 BCO leaked our private data. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ . . . . . "Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 🐶Dx.11/2015.IDC.L.IIIC.10/11nodes.++- ☕️12/2015.L.Mast 🛀2/2016.4AC.12Taxol.fasted 🖼9/2016.Rads.Nodes.ChestWall.15+4boosts 🥐10/2016.Tamox(2.5y) 🌲4/2019.Exemestane 🎭12/2019.Ibrance/Xgeva 🕊
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Sep 25, 2021 10:25PM chisandy wrote:

Know what BCO needs, across the board (no pun intended)? "ReactEmojis," like FB and NextDoor have. So many times I read a post and want to say "right on" or "wow," but by the time my reply posts it's several pages onward. Would save time and typing too.

Tonight was OSF Little Co. of Mary's annual Physician Dinner-Dance, first one since early Nov. 2019. It was at the Morton Arboretum, in the "White Pine Pavilion" ventilated tent--cocktails were in the tent & on the lawn, dinner in the tent. Sadly, attendance was sparse (I've had more people at my coffeehouse gigs)--people are still scared to gather indoors, and I guess they didn't realize the whole shebang would be alfresco. (So much for the mask I blinged-out DIY--I only wore it in the restroom). At first, I thought maybe the anti-vaxers refused to attend--but all the hospital staff are vaccinated. (Only the "plus ones" needed to show proof, because the hospital has doctors' vaccination records). Bob & I had a table for 8 all to ourselves. None of his colleagues we usually see at these dinners were there--some were on duty, others didn't feel like driving out to the west suburbs (they prefer the city landmarks like the museum campus), and we were probably the "oldest fartz" there--mostly Gen-Xers & millennials. Could be the older docs were staying home due to age & underlying conditions. Pity--the bar was free & open, the hors d'oeuvres plentiful (the waitstaff kept urging us to take as many as we wanted), and the steak & salmon spot-on. The usual society band was replaced by a hospital staffer doubling as DJ.

Chicago's positivity rate continues to drop, as do hospitalizations. Deaths remain steady, because they tend to lag 2-4 weeks past diagnoses (and 4 weeks ago transmission was much higher). CDPH had talked about easing the indoor mask mandate for fully-vaccinated people once the case rate drops below 11 per 100K people (the county is at 17 and the city at 13), but I hope they keep it--especially with flu season starting in a week or two. (Heck, I sometimes find myself masking outdoors in uncrowded settings--pollen & mold counts have been particularly brutal).

Speaking of venom extractor kits:

"Sister got bit by a copperhead snake in the woods behind the house. Nobody was home, so I grabbed her foot and I sucked that poison out. Sister got better in a month or two when the swelling it went down. But I'd started off my teenage years with a poison in my mouth."--Victoria Williams, "Summer of Drugs."

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right) Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 25, 2021 10:32PM chisandy wrote:

Serenity, I'd read that statistic too--COVID is the leading cause of death for first responders: more than shootings, line-of-duty injuries & heart attacks combined. I'm not a fan of "de-funding" or abolishing the police despite the institution's racist slave-patrol origins (though I think it needs a gut rehab, from recruitment--to weed out the racists & power-trippers before they're admitted to the academy--to reallocating funds to mental health intervenors), but it doesn't surprise me in the least that those who think "protect & serve" means "occupy & rule" are similarly right-wing-wrongheaded about masks & vaccines too.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right) Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 25, 2021 10:34PM sbelizabeth wrote:

ChiSandy, my grandma was born in rural Arkansas in the 1880s. She told me my uncle got "snakebit" by a poisonous snake. They "socked his leg down in" a bucket of kerosene. She declared she saw the venom floating out into the kerosene, all green and deadly.

Antivaxxers, leave your kerosene buckets outside the vaccination clinics. You can sock your arm down in when your 15-minute observation period is up.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (Left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (Right): DIEP flap
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Sep 26, 2021 10:27AM alicebastable wrote:

Ignore treatment info (below) which is a BCO glitch. Do not enter personal information on this site since they grossly mishandled a data breach.
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Sep 26, 2021 10:30AM divinemrsm wrote:

Ain’t it the truth, Alice!!!!!!!


found lump 12-22-10—ilc—er+/pr+/her2—stage iv bone mets—chemo~lumpectomy~radiation~arimidex—March 2019-ibrance/aromasin* —Sept 2019-verzenio* —March 2020-xeloda*
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Sep 26, 2021 10:33AM minustwo wrote:

sorry ChiSandy - I strongly disagree about the emojis. This in not Facebook or Next Door - thank goodness. If what we read is of some interest or value, it's worth taking the time to at least type HOORAY or SO SORRY.

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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Sep 26, 2021 12:34PM chowdog wrote:

Get your flu shot! swine flu case found in Ohio

https://fox8.com/news/ohio-reports-case-of-swine-f...

I also don't think the react emoji is good for BCO. I think it will just amp up unnecessary drama and create more divide.

Dx 6/2007, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/1/2007 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right) Chemotherapy 8/14/2007 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/9/2008 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 2/12/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 3/18/2018 External Local Metastases 3/18/2018 Brain Targeted Therapy 4/8/2018 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2018 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Sep 26, 2021 01:07PM serenitystat wrote:

I'm so dumb. I can do 6th grade math. After 18 months, I still rely on what the consensus of infectious disease specialists say.

🌻 🇺🇦 BCO leaked our private data. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ . . . . . "Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 🐶Dx.11/2015.IDC.L.IIIC.10/11nodes.++- ☕️12/2015.L.Mast 🛀2/2016.4AC.12Taxol.fasted 🖼9/2016.Rads.Nodes.ChestWall.15+4boosts 🥐10/2016.Tamox(2.5y) 🌲4/2019.Exemestane 🎭12/2019.Ibrance/Xgeva 🕊
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Sep 26, 2021 01:12PM serenitystat wrote:

I don't mind if COVID+ anti-vaxxers decide to self-medicate at home, but an anti-vaxxer shouldn't be allowed to into the hospital to do this. I don't think he was a relative.


https://www.irishcentral.com/news/joe-mccarron-cov...


🌻 🇺🇦 BCO leaked our private data. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ . . . . . "Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 🐶Dx.11/2015.IDC.L.IIIC.10/11nodes.++- ☕️12/2015.L.Mast 🛀2/2016.4AC.12Taxol.fasted 🖼9/2016.Rads.Nodes.ChestWall.15+4boosts 🥐10/2016.Tamox(2.5y) 🌲4/2019.Exemestane 🎭12/2019.Ibrance/Xgeva 🕊

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