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 06:58PM

Posted on: Sep 8, 2021 06:58PM

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 8/5/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Sep 26, 2021 07:42PM wrenn wrote:

I have 3 sisters who are nurses. The first became an RN when women were teachers or nurses. She was a good nurse if bossy. :-) Not really intelligent but a hard worker.

The second was a BsN and was a competitive narcissist who made everything about her and loved drama. She then became a nurse practitioner and is still a shitty caregiver. LOL

The younger one was an RN and was fantastic (flew 3000 miles to care for me after BMX)). Her patients and co-workers loved her. She was very intelligent but shone as a caring person who loved her patients and when above and beyond. She got her degree in her 50s because it was recommended and nothing changed about how she was as a nurse. Those are only 3 different examples but again I think we shouldn't expect health care workers to be any less crazy when it comes to covid than anyone else.

I have another sister who has 2 honours degrees and a very important job in a well known company in Michigan. She voted for Trump and believes all of the conspiracies. ALL of them. Her and her family got covid but apparently she did get vaccinated later. Oddly she is angry about anyone who says vaccines caused her daughter's autism. That's my life story.

Triple Negative Metaplastic. I had one dose of Cytoxan/Taxotere and was then cut off due to complications. Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy (Left): Simple; Mastectomy (Right): Simple
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Sep 26, 2021 07:58PM serenitystat wrote:

Some nurses have 2 years of education while others have advanced degrees.

The level of education attained is related to intelligence, but opportunity is a factor, too. So, you get all kinds. Even an immunologist became an anti-vaxxer. Sound mental health is certainly not a requirement for higher education.

I only brought up the different levels of education because people are surprised to see nurses as anti-vaxxers. They may not see the suffering of COVID patients if they don't have the training to work in the COVID ward. Apparently even some who do still are anti-vaxxers. ???

In my extended family there are physicians, nurses, a pharmacist, and an EMT. All vaccinated. Some crazy.

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Sep 26, 2021 08:08PM harley07 wrote:

@wrenn - you made a great point with โ€œwe shouldn't expect health care workers to be any less crazy when it comes to Covid". I think that's true of health care workers with regard to anything. They are humans with diverse feelings, thoughts and experiences - just like any of us. They aren't perfect, some are great, some are awful and some are in between.

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Sep 26, 2021 08:30PM chisandy wrote:

My ocular onc, the city's top eye cancer and retina specialist, got the COVID vaccine because the university medical center (where my husband did his residency & fellowship) mandated it. Testing was not an option because it only reveals if you had a viral load at the time when that swab was stuck up your nose. It was the first vaccine he ever took. (Glad he's managing my ocular melanoma--and that he's not my PCP).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I wonโ€™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 26, 2021 09:21PM serenitystat wrote:

This pandemic seems to be a big deal. Not like the flu or a bad cold.

https://montrealgazette.com/pmn/health-pmn/19-pand...


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Sep 26, 2021 10:53PM alicebastable wrote:

My dad used to say "Some people use all their brains on education and don't have anything left for life." This was in reference to my sister, who has a Master's but has spent most of her adult life walking into the very walls that she erected.

I'm not sure that education has much to do with someone being anti-vax, any more than the easy assumption that the MAGA bunch are ignorant hicks. It's just not true. Some are gullible and under-educated, but a lot are just arrogant and think they're superhuman. I watched the movie "Compulsion" the other day, the barely-fictionalized telling of the Leopold-Loeb case, and those two brilliant but disgusting young men reminded me of some of this country's current crop of the most cringe-worthy young politicians and their supporters. Some of them actually think they're so special that none of the laws of the country, nature, or science apply to them.

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Sep 26, 2021 11:11PM sbelizabeth wrote:

Entry-level registered nurses have either an associate's degree (ADN) from a community college or a bachelor's degree (BSN) from a university. In the old days, you could also become an RN with a diploma from a hospital-based program, but I don't believe you can find a diploma program anymore.

Many employers are phasing out hiring ADN nurses and encouraging their existing ADN nurses to get their bachelor's degree. If a nurse wants to advance beyond basic bedside nursing, into administration or management, a bachelor's degree is becoming increasingly mandatory.

In most states, licensed practical nurses (LPN), and in California, licensed vocational nurses (LVN) can legally take on more patient care tasks than a nursing assistant but fewer than an RN.

A nurse with a master's degree can be a manager, professor, administrator, researcher, and more. A master's degree is required for nurse practitioners.

Scholastic background aside, does the nurse care deeply about the well-being of her/his patients? Does she/he sense the patient's pain, anxiety, fear, despair, and want to help? Education can't teach compassion, and this is the fulcrum on which nurses must be weighed.

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Sep 27, 2021 12:16AM cowgirl13 wrote:

"Education can't teach compassion...". Thank you, sbelizabeth.

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, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/17/2009 Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/23/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 27, 2021 03:10PM moth wrote:

just fyi, unlike in the US, Canadian RNs are all bachelor's degree of nursing holders. The programs are v competitive. many require 1-2 yrs of university level pre-req's to apply. My school admits on GPA of the uni pre-reqs & it's ~ A- to get in. lots of people try repeatedly to get in to the nursing programs & apply to schools all over trying to get in.

We have practical nurses too; they need an 18-24 mo college diploma.

ime, some of the most fluffy out to lunch nurses are the ones with masters or PhDs (as opposed to the NP programs). Lots of the curriculum here is about integrative practice & tolerance etc etc which is all lovely but then you get a nurse talking about how reiki would help an icu pt & your jaw drops....

I take weekends off

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Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Hormonal Therapy 12/16/2020 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External Local Metastases 3/3/2021 Radiation therapy: Bone Targeted Therapy 1/1/2022 Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy) Chemotherapy 6/1/2022 Other
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Sep 27, 2021 03:23PM - edited Sep 27, 2021 03:50PM by wrenn

Moth, I wonder if people who got into nursing years ago were forced to upgrade their educations? My sister was an RN until about a decade ago when she got her degree. Her work paid for it I think (shite memory).

When I was in MSJ for BMX there was one RN (BsN) on duty to do meds and the rest were LPNs (or equivalent). Might have been a fluke but I was in for 4 days and all were really sweet people persons. Staffing might be different at different hospitals.

I hope you are recovering from your fall. I really am still mind blown that you had that piled on top of everything else. Hope it is improving quickly.

Edited to fix gender stereotyping.

Triple Negative Metaplastic. I had one dose of Cytoxan/Taxotere and was then cut off due to complications. Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy (Left): Simple; Mastectomy (Right): Simple

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