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Forum: Humor and Games — Breast cancer is no laughing matter, but sometimes a good joke or a game is the best medicine.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006 11:40AM

JanieMarie wrote:

Where did our thread go? Is anyone out there from our drinking group? Did I miss something - like we became too offesive or ...well, drunk?

I would love to hear from you gals!

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Mar 19, 2021 03:45PM illimae wrote:

Goldie, my reaction to taxotere included flushing, a BP drop to 80/60, an oxygen drop to 88% and a tremor but seizure was ruled out. Taxotere used polyethylene glycol, like the Pfizer vaccine. We thought taxotere was the problem, so it was stopped and we tried taxol for the 2nd chemo bu taxol included flushing, a BP rise to 180/117, vomiting and back pain so severe that I was taken to the ER and given morphine. The ER doc said the last time she saw someone with my reaction, the patient coded. Taxol uses polysorbate 80. Both poly products are chemical cousins, and my 3rd try was abraxane, similar to both previous meds but uses albumin (human protein) instead of a poly chemical. Without the poly chemical, I completed all rounds of chemo without any abnormal issues.

Long explanation but I’m in no hurry to experience any of that again. It didn’t take much either, both times shit hit the fan in less than 30 seconds!

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/1/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/22/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/22/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 19, 2021 08:35PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Happy last day of winter


Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 20, 2021 01:26AM ChiSandy wrote:

Karen, mazel tov on having your daughter be able to celebrate her 23rd birthday with you! Has she formally "made aliya" or is she simply living in Israel for awhile?

Lori, sorry for the poor quality of the photo (it's my built-in webcam). I'm drinking Irish coffee--that "head" is not Guinness froth, it's whipped cream (hand-whipped, with an eggbeater which my kitty Happy was all too delighted to lick afterward). And "schlep" is Yiddish for--literally--"carry," but figuratively "haul," "tow," or "drag along." (Yiddish expressions are often exaggerations, if you haven't figured that out by now).

No wine for me tonight, either. Late last night, let's just say that I experienced the stereotypical side effect of an antibiotic I'd not taken in over 20 years. Both Bob & the allergy NP said "that's not a bug, it's a feature" of amoxicillin, but my pre-dental dose Tuesday shouldn't have the same effect, provided I remember to eat enough first. The NP also said that I still had quite a bit of the Omnipaque oral CT contrast in my system, a side effect of which can be nausea (especially when you have to drink 20 oz. of it on a time schedule).

Oh, and here's the classic chocolate egg cream I made the other night. Just 3 ingredients: milk, seltzer & chocolate syrup. It's all in the technique:

Speaking of CTs, Kim, mine were all "stable." The lung nodule is definitely a scar from Dec. 2019's month-long "cough-a-thon."

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- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 20, 2021 08:46AM NativeMainer wrote:

Good Morning, Loungettes!Happy Saturday! It's supposed to be warm today, but I'm getting up to a 47 degree house! That new little black box put on the furnace was showing it's red light again, had to punch the button and get it running again, temps up to 49 now. I do not know what that stupid box is about other than creating havoc. I'm thinking about calling the company and getting it taken off. It wasn't put on to fix anything, cuz nothing was broken! Even Sadie knows to go straight to the furnace and sniff around the little black box!

The local Theatre Company sponsored an interactive Zoom play that I watched last night. It was kind of fun. It was a Murder Mystery, with an actor and an actress playing all the parts. During the breaks for costume changes there were scavenger hunts, one for animals (people who wanted to could turn on their cameras and show their pets, or stuffed animals, or pictures of animal, one for finding a sweet, savory or frozen snack, and the last one was to make a paper airplane. Lots of chatter in the chat box that they interacted with, too. At the end we voted on who the guilty party was and then got to see the confession. The actors were in Georgia, the tech person was in North Carolina. They did snow a little bit of how the whole thing worked, but I didn't stay on for much of that, I was bushed and it was past my bedtime. It is something I would do again, though, it was kind of fun!

Karen--so glad DD arrived safely and you've gotten your first hug! And you've had some good time together already, so wonderful! I do hope you get to travel again soon. It seems like we should be gaining on some kind of return to normal movement soon. I bet she didn't sleep, she must be as excited as you are for this visit!Happy Birthday to her, too!

Goldie--One of the staffers was not wearing a mask, walked right up to me and made a point of shaking my hand when we were introduced. He's an avid conspiracy theorist and something of an anti-vaxxer and thinks the whole COVID thing is a hoax.The nurse I was with and I are both fully vaccinated, so in the nursing office we did take off our masks and sit next to each other while working with some computer stuff, another staffer came in, we put on our masks, she asked why we had them off to begin with, we said "because we are fully vaccinated", she spun around on her heel and hmmpphhed and stomped out of the office (actually said HMMPPHH!), turns out she's militantly anti-vaxx, and assumed we were putting her down for not having been vaccinated yet! It was Dress Up Fancy day, so lots of students were wearing costumes or dressed up in evening party type clothes. Onestudent had a remarkably high-class looking Tuxedo on with shiny black 6 inch stilletto heels. I'm still not sure of that student's gender, the upper body was quite masculine looking, the lower body quite feminine looking.The principal was wearing a crown and a cape and calling himself "King". One group of girls was wearing what I can only describe as Rompers, one piece sleeveless top attached to very short shorts. If the outfits had been spandex I would have called them bathing suits, but they weren't that snug and were clearly not for swimming (the high school does have a pool, by the way). White with black polka dots. With sandals. Outside in the 25 degree temps with a wind chill advisory going. No coats, hats, gloves, mittens. LOTS of goosebumps, though!

Illi--Wow, that really is suspicious for PEG and/or Polysorbate allergy! While that does create an issue for you now, after this first push of vaccinations the Pharma companies will start lookingto make versions without PEG or polysorbate 80 specifically for the allergic population. At least we do know that masking and distancing works, too, so you can protectyourself that way.

Jazzy--LOL!!!Happy Spring, Everyone!

Chi--that chocolate egg crème looks very tasty. So glad to hear the lung nodule is stable. It's almost frightening how much physical damage coughing can do to the body!

Spring Fever cocktail

Spring Fever

Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounce Nikolaihof elderflower syrup
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 6 medium-size strawberries, quartered
  • 4 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • 3 ounces Sassetti sparkling rosé wine, to top
  • Garnish: lemon wheel

Steps

  1. Add all ingredients except sparkling wine into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a wine glass over fresh ice.
  3. Top with the sparkling wine.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

From <https://www.liquor.com/recipes/spring-fever/>

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Mar 20, 2021 09:44AM JCSLibrarian wrote:

Good morning! Quiet around here without the dog, but he will be back next week. I did get the windows done! We got none of the bad weather. It was around us, but not a drop here. March Madness has started. Baylor won yesterday and will play again on Sunday. Lots of hoopla around the women’s teams and how there is much inequality. Pretty sure it is not Covid related. More likely a money deal.

I watched the movie, The Trial of the Chicago 7, last night. I had forgotten how bad the judge actually was. I also had no idea how bad the treatment of Bobby Seales was. He was not allowed a lawyer and was force ably detained to mainly shut him up. I highly recommend the movie.

Not sure what I will do today. I need to do a mani/pedi, but also need to think about cleaning up the courtyard. Probably will sit for a large portion of the day! I get my second shot next week. Fingers crossed for no bad side effects.

Take care!

Dx 11/5/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/20/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/22/2019 Surgery 7/17/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/12/2019 External
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Mar 20, 2021 10:18AM camillegal wrote:

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Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 20, 2021 11:02AM camillegal wrote:

Mornin ladies,

I'm trying I read all the time here just have a hard time since I don't have A regular computer desk, packed and still no closing so I',m still here and altho I'm treated very well I miss being home, Joey usually comes on Sat. that helps.

Karen I'm so happy for you. Holding ur now 23n yr old DD has to be wonderful just nseeing her is great. She's so far from u it's got to be rough.

Lori do u think maybe ur DH thinks maybe this will be the best he's ever going to be. I know rehab is hard and after kepping it up is worse but it does help a lot. If he's depressed that would answer a lot, but that iu have to go thru this is no answer for him I feel so bad for u cuiz some of this is not necessary <I think> if he just did what he's supposed to. But I am super happy about ur son, still praying.

Illi u got those SE's that bad and fast oh wow I'm so sorry ur going thru that chit.

JHL itis colder up north usually isn't it.

Misty u have to feel mixed emotions.I think after all these hyrs. of working it's great to stop. R u celebrating in some ways./ I know I still see and talk to my close working friends but I miss seeing them everyday and us having lunch. Other than that it's great, i"m sure iu will find the greatness in it. Even is u still get up the same time u don't have to do anything iunless u feel like it. Enjoy.

JC a card game in over a year. I'd be so excited that sounds like so much fun anmd I know how u love to be around ur friends u always have such a good time. U enjoy so much in life it wonderful.

Sandy ur drinks sound fab. food pretty good too. But they look so professional haven't had an egg cream in ages. I forgot what they taste like.

Kim that virtual play sounds great can,t even imagine. Sounds so good about ur job but now ur getting a taste of everything. Give sadie belly rubs for me.

Chevy if u lived by me u'd have everything done in not time for much cheaper. I get the family and I'll screw up ur calls discount. After a while homes cost a lot to keep up. But I'm sure u have a bundle saved for all the men who paid u NOT to dance on ur crazy pole.

LUBS U ALL

















Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 20, 2021 11:53AM camillegal wrote:

I sent that before I lost it. Well I'm still at Jodie's the damn closing was postponed AGAIN. This is crazy Altho Jodie and FF are very nice to me I still want to go home with Joey. This closing is a nitemare and pushing Leslie to her limits and if u know bi-polar u know that's not good so I hope it gets cleared up this week.

I was out of morphine for 2 days the pharmacy got it all screwed up I felt like I was starting withdrawal Leslie rushed them here as soon as possible and I feel much better. All I could think about was last time and ending up in the hospital and I was freaking out but I got them in time.

Snow is all gone and it's going to be around 60 today and tomorrow and Spring has started I think. Is it in like a lamb and out like a lion.

Did anyone notice my kitty??? I think I've got it now. It is different than I'm used to tho so I can't promise it will happen again.

And besides trying to learn the puter Jodie has a whole different TV system and this is tougher. I can get 3 programs easily Modern family, Golden girls. and my 600 lb. life yeah I know but I think I can operate on stomachs now. Easier than the puter and TV for sure.

OK I've bored u gals long enough, hopfully I see Joey today and I hope u all have a good day and relax.

Again LUBS UI ALL

















Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 20, 2021 02:03PM ChiSandy wrote:

Welcome back, Cami! Bummer about the closing. The worst one I've ever experienced just took a single day...all day...well into the evening, (Other atty. was preparing the papers by hand as he went along, title co. was having trouble getting the money and issuing the checks. And it was merely a re-fi!). Yes, we saw the kitty--who is typically averse to being "costumed" to any degree. Dogs will put up with a lot more indignity. Here by the lake it'll stay in the 40s--so no patio dining for us.

In Chicago, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb...a rabid lamb...on steroids. Egg creams taste just like chocolate ice cream sodas, minus the ice cream. Old-fashioned soda jerks would be very generous with the seltzer, letting the froth overflow into the fountain's drain tray and then leveling it off with the edge of a spoon and adding just one more squirt to bring the "head" to just above the brim. I like mine to look like meringue.

Lori (or whoever asked, I forget), they were called soda "jerks" not as a pejorative, but as a descriptor of what they did--they would have to pull, aka "jerk," on the soda spigot handle to make most fountain drinks. Pushing it away made the flow stronger and helped make that froth for the egg cream (and when making an ice cream soda, they'd add a little vanilla ice cream to the milk at the bottom, push the spigot to make the mixture froth, then pump the syrup and pull the handle to add the soda while stirring--for an egg cream, they wouldn't stir till the glass was full). Back then, there were separate pumps for different syrups: chocolate, vanilla, cherry (always red, not black), & Coke (the only brand they used). These days, they just push a button & out comes the drink. (Smaller buttons for plain seltzer & water).

Kim, I get so infuriated about unvaxed people who refuse to mask--and even more about the idiots who are "COVID-hoaxers." Good grief--their cult idol admitted he got COVID, was later vaccinated, then went on Bartiromo's show to praise the vaccine and tell people they should get it...but then, to avoid losing the support of idiots, backtracked and said they should be able to make up their own minds.

Here, there's a scandal about a tiny W. Side hospital (Loretto, in the desperately poor and almost exclusively black Austin neighborhood) whose COO & CEO blithely held "private events" where they vaccinated people living outside the area--even in you-know-who's tower in the posh downtown and the CEO's far-south-suburban church, at a time when eligible people, especially surrounding the hospital, were desperately seeking shots. Tower staffers, judges & their spouses, suburban church members: they claimed the church members said they were >65, had hi-risk conditions, or were essential workers, but they didn't even bother to verify that and didn't even ask the other recipients. The city is withholding the rest of the hospital's first-dose allocation while it and the Bd. of Directors investigate--which in effect punishes Austin residents who have nowhere else to get vaccinated because they can't get to the United Center vax site and don't have the tech equipment or skills to find appointments. Those illegitimately vaxed by Loretto will get their second shots (the suburban church already held its second-shot event). The church alone used up 200 pairs of shots.

40% of Chicago's shots went to suburbanites (some living in wealthy collar-county 'burbs like Oakbrook, Winnetka, Glencoe & Burr Ridge), while 21% of Chicago recipients (raising my & Bob's hands) had to go to suburbs (Norridge for me, Evergreen Park for Bob at one of his hospitals; my HK--who lives in Austin near Loretto--to far SW suburban Tinley Park) to find appointments. FUBAR to the max.

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- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 20, 2021 02:32PM - edited Apr 6, 2021 08:41AM by Teka

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Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.
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Mar 20, 2021 08:35PM MinusTwo wrote:

Cami - so glad to hear from you & know you are OK. Even though there are conflicting issues.

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 20, 2021 10:09PM goldie0827 wrote:

BabyGirl, so glad you were able to find out that the vaccine would be a bad choice for you. Sorry you had such horrible reactions, and three times!

Karen, how is your son in law doing? Are you enjoying your DD just a little maybe *big smiles*

Jazzy, last day of winter indeed. I hope we don't go right into the 90's. Been windy here, and my allergies the last couple days have been through the roof. The Juniper trees are loaded with pollen.

Sandy, no appologies needed. I was pretty sure that wasn't beer you were drinking! Your egg cream looks nice too. And yes, I knew what "schlep" meant. I find it funny. Kind of like Cami's "recockulous". Thanks for the "jerk" explanation, makes sense now.

NM, 47 degrees in the house? BRRRRRRRR! I wouldn't even want to get out of bed. I hope Sadie was keeping you warm. Interesting on the Zoom murder mystery, glad you enjoyed it and all the little extras they added. I would have been quite upset at that staffer that wasn't masking and shaking hands, and then the other one that came in. I don't understand how people can think this is political and a hoax! Ok, the dress up day, this was at the HS? LOL at the Tux and stilletto's. Ya know what, kudo's to him or her for even having the guts to do it. Thank you for sharing. I think we live vicariously through one another.

JCS, glad you escaped the bad weather.

Cami, I knew you would get things figured out. Patience my love, patience. What's up with the closing, why does it keep being pushed backed? Ohhhhhh, I know it's killing you, only seeing Joey once a week. I'm sure DH is depressed. But like everyone here says, don't use it, you lose it. He does NOTHING. Thank you for the prayers re my son. I'm sorry you started withdrawls from your meds, but glad you got them. I too watch my 600 lb life. It's amazing. I also like wathcing when they get the skin removed.

Cute pussy willows Teka.

Hopefully getting my micro wave replaced tomorrow, not sure if y'all remember when I blew it up! Had to go to our other warehouse today to get some merchandise and then to the dump. I'll be pretty busy with orders tomorrow, and Monday too. So not sure when I'll have time to come back. BUT....."I'll be BOCK!"

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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Mar 21, 2021 08:06AM NativeMainer wrote:

Good Morning, Loungettes!Happy Sunday Funday! Going over to Mom's in a bit, she's got some things she needs help with, then we are going to the somewhere to check on something, she hasn't said a complete sentence yet about whatever it is we will be doing so I can figure it out. Honestly, that woman can change subjects 4 times in a single sentence and expects everyone around her to be able to keep up! Yesterday wasa total couch potato day after messing around on the computer getting stuff ready for the class that starts in a couple of weeks. Binged watched American Ripper. But I feel much livelier this ayem and may actually get something done around the house before I leave. Maybe.

Sadie says Woof to everyone!

Librarian--the whole boys/girls, men/women team equality thing is getting more and more complicated all the time with more and more transgender people coming out.Sometimes I wonder if it's time to eliminate gender based sports entirely and just have one team per sport per school.

Cammy Cat--I'm sorry you haven't been able to move and get settled yet. It must be so hard to be in limbo like that, even when you are treated very well. There's nothing quite like being home.Sadie says "Thanks" for the belly rubs. Oh my goodness, how could the pharmacy mess up your prescription like that? So glad you and Leslie could get it sorted out quickly. I noticed the kitty, cute kitty with an hilarious expression!

Chi--I have found myself to be less bothered by the anti-vaxxers and people who won't wear masks since I got vaccinated myself, and I do realize that is a false sense of security. Still, it bothers me to run across those people. And I wonder what they go through if a family member gets severe COVID or, God-forbid, dies. I've heard of situations where vaccine doses were given to people they were not intended for, but none so egregious as what you describe. FUBAR indeed.

Teka--Yes, I need to go find some!

Morning, Minus!

Goldie--Yes, the Fancy Dress day was at the High School. That's where the interesting staffers were, too. Sadie was keeping me quite warm yesterday ayem, but then we both needed to pee, so getting out of bed was inevitable. I keep the bedroom quite cool, I sleep better that way, so I didn't realize the heat had gone off until we got up and came out into the hallway. While I don't keep the house super warm, there is usually a noticeable difference between the bedroom and hallway, and yesterday there wasn't!

Just stumbled across this cocktail:

New Englatini

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons apple juice
  • ¼ cup gin
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon St. Germain
  • 3 dashes bitters

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake thoroughly and strain into a martini-style glass. Serve.

From <https://threemanycooks.com/recipes/new-englatini/>


"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Mar 21, 2021 08:44AM camillegal wrote:

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Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 21, 2021 09:38AM karen1956 wrote:

Sandy - DD may Aliyah in 2017 so she's been an Israeli citizen for 4 years in May. She did a gap year program and made Aliyah before the end of the program.

Lori - total trip is 2 1/2 weeks. She leaves on 04/05. Originally is was to be 3 weeks, but when her original flight was canceled this was the best she could get. No one is complaining as she is here. At one point we didn't think it would work out. So far, we still can't travel to Israel.

We drove up to the mountains Thursday after work. Great hiking Friday and Saturday. Beautiful blue sky and sunny. Trails were packed down but off the trail the snow was at least 3 feet deep (we stepped off a couple times to let people go by. It snowed a few inches last night and will start snowing again mid afternoon. Originally we were going to stay till after dinner to miss the crazy Sunday rush hour down the mountain. But now thinking about leaving by noon so may hike a little bit this morning. Have to pack up and clean the place before we leave. DD said Friday she got exactly what she wanted for her birthday :). Hiking and being in the mountains. Also cooked some of her favorite foods including veggies she doesn't get at home or are too expensive.

Will post photos from my phone.

Have a great Sunday

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Mar 21, 2021 09:46AM camillegal wrote:

Mornin ladies,

Oh Kim ur jobs sounds more and more fun all the time, especially after all those other years. Kids can be so much fun, they look at the world with such optimism even when things go awry and now ur in the middle of it. I think it's a good thing. And ur drinks are getting better but I have to look up stuff.

Lori with work I got to use the word Ballcock twice this week, of course I enjoyed it. Well now ur more busy with work besides everything else u do. On top of it u have such long drives everytime u have to go to some Dr. U have to be exhausted just thinking about everything I wish u had more help for ur DH. Men can be strange, well I think so maybe that's why I couldn't be with one more than 6 years. I give u so much credit and always love. Lori isn't it amazing how they take the excess skin off like 40 lbs now that looks like after it would really hurt.

Sandy u crack me up I never knew why they were called "jerks" well I just thought it was cuz most of them were but quite interesting actually. My favs. were chocolate coke and green river. Which I don't drink now green river was like green sugar yech but chocolate coke probably would still be OK.

Teka so cute are u doing OK???

Joey called me yesterday he didn't feel well, just his us usual bad headache day which he gets every so often so he just stayed home but wetalked for a while. He told me life throws us crap all at once sometimes and we need patience and things will be as they should. His brain is to old for me now. And how he missed me just being there. Made me feel good.

Bob stopped over yesterday for a while now Jodie sees why I'm crazy about him I came out of my room to talk to him and my pants fell down and they were new> I always have to make an entrance somehow. There a size M but the elastic waste musthave stretched outcuz I know I'm not smaller than that. Of course Jod LOLed hysterically and I'm getting to old to be embarrassed so I pulled them up and sat down like no big deal.

I'm saying HI to everyone u r all such special people and I'm so happy to know and have you to talk to and really complain to

Thank you all/LUBS U ALL


Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 21, 2021 09:53AM karen1956 wrote:

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Mar 21, 2021 09:54AM karen1956 wrote:

an elk crossing the street by where we stay.

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Mar 21, 2021 10:11AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Happy Funday Sunday and happy Spring all!

Hope everyone is doing well on this first weekend of the new season. We had the most spectacular day yesterday with the first day of spring, went to 78 degrees for a high! I ran a couple errands around noon including into a couple stores and could not help but chuckle at all the women in their sandals with fresh pedicures. I made more progress on my back yard getting more yard clean up in the dumpster, plus I pruned my pampas grass which is a big chore. My dumpster is full, and today I am going to focus on other things (like the garage and inside). Love having the change of light, new season, and see green things popping out of the ground. Spring is slowly unfolding.

I went to the supplier this week to take a look at granite slabs to try to figure out what I want to do for my countertop upgrade project. Boy is that a fun place and picked out about five types of granite and took home some small samples to see how they look with my interior. My favorite is still my favorite but made a second choice and will use the top of two ranges to get the estimate finalized. I still need to talk to my plumber about some things and by early April, I should be ready to figure out how I will finance this with the help of my credit union. Then I will schedule this for sometime late summer early fall, when I know my schedule will allow me to be home for a few days without having to run out to clinics, etc. Really excited about getting this done, been thinking about it since I paid off the house in 2019 and this will be a good year to get er done.

This week marks a milestone with coming off of probation with my new job. Sounds like nothing to worry about, and know they also need this long lead time to finish doing the very detailed background search. That will allow me to take my first vacation day off on Friday and have things lining up for my trip to go down south to the hot springs. Made a reservation for a spa treatment at the Ted Turner resort too. Work has been a bit challenging lately due to politics and management demands, but just pushing through; some of it is them and some of it is me getting used to working in a FT job vs. for myself. I do remind myself after self employment for 14 years, this is all a journey and to be patient with myself.

Cami- I am sorry your family is still trying to get through this closing. It makes it so hard on everybody, and a lot of rescheduling of things. I am glad Joey comes to see you on Saturdays but not seeing him every day must be hard for you too. And your meds, whew, glad Les got those to you and no doubt you were coming into withdrawl. Hope you are feeling better. I do understand the bipolar world with my family history and know this kind of stress is not good for one with that condition. Sending you all much love. And yes, seeing your kitty pics!

Goldie- my allergies are in full bloom here right now. I have a lot of problems with juniper, worse right now. April is my worst allergies month here. And with the wind, ah choo!

Will be back later to write a bit more. My outdoor yoga class is back this weekend and heading out to that. More later!


Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 21, 2021 05:09PM illimae wrote:

DH suggested a beach day, so off we went!

DOTD for him was a Bloody Mary with fried oysters, a bacon wrapped shrimp and boudin balls. Mine was the Pelican punch, two kinds of rum, orange and pineapple juice, some kind of syrup and grenadine. The punch was delicious and dangerous, one too many and I might wake up on a sidewalk somewhere, lol


Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/1/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/22/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/22/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 21, 2021 06:12PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Ill- I love nothing better than a good bloody mary with snacks stacked in. That looks fabulous. Glad you enjoyed your outing!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 22, 2021 08:57AM camillegal wrote:

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Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 22, 2021 09:36AM JCSLibrarian wrote:

Good morning! Beautiful day here. Sun is shining and in the low 50’s. I slept through the dog arriving this morning. He has been full of energy with some puppy nips and lots of barking. We will do a quick walk a bit later. I did work in the side yard on Saturday and it looks a lot better. All three of my basketball teams won on Sunday and we watched most of the NASCAR race. Lots of sitting! Today will have more activity. Laundry, bill pay and some general house cleaning.

Good to hear from you, Cami. I have been missing the cat memes and your interesting life. Careful with those pants!

I am always amazed, Jazzy, with how quickly people break out the shorts and flip flops. They must have strong internal heaters!

My goodness, Illimae, those are drinks???? Do you take the food out so you can drink it?

Karen, those pictures of your family in the mountains are beautiful. And the scenery is nice, too!

Take care everyone.

Dx 11/5/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/20/2018 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/22/2019 Surgery 7/17/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/12/2019 External
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Mar 22, 2021 09:46AM NativeMainer wrote:

Good Morning, Loungettes!Happy Monday Monkey Day! Been a crazy one for me so far. I did something to my bad knee over the weekend, been gimping around big time. So I spent less time on the computer this ayem so I'd have more time for getting dressed while not falling over or swearing at the knee and still get to work on time. Managed that, just to find out that there is no school today due to boiler problems, no heat, no water. So, chatted with the receptionist for a few minutes, checked on my plants, and came back home. Its shaping up to be a beautiful day today, I've got the furnace turned off, going to open up the doors and windows in a bit, and work on getting the garbage off the kitchen floor and getting that floor washed. Maybe even do some laundry, too.Sadie was a tad confused when I got home so early, but decided it was ok since I came in and gave her belly rubs while telling her the story!

Cammy Cat--cut kitteh! The job is a lot of fun, and I do so hope my contract will be renewed. The kids are so adaptable, and so imaginative, and so funny! Good talk with Joey, sorry he couldn't visit in person. He gave good advice, though. LOL at the pants falling down, and you nonchalantly pulling them up and then pulling up a seat!

Karen--does that meanyour DD has dual citizenship, Israeli and US? Sounds like she is having a great visit so far. WOW, great pics!

Jazzy--so exciting to be planning renovations/upgrades to the house for this year! Congrats on getting through probation! Work situation changes do take getting used to, don't they?

Illi--A beach day!I am seriously jealous! Those drinks look amazing, although I wouldn't touch the one with shrimp. Don't like shrimp. The punch one sounds like fun!

Librarian--Don't you wish you had the energy of the puppy?

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"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Mar 22, 2021 09:59AM goldie0827 wrote:

NM, that is pretty funny about your mom " that woman can change subjects 4 times in a single sentence". Regardless, I hope you had a nice time with her. I know you like the house cool, but in the 40's is a little too cool! I think we can all relate to the inevitable, getting up to pee!

Karen, 4/5 will be here before ya know it, but let's not think about that! Love the pictures, everyone looks so happy. And that looks more like a moose to me, not an elk?

Cami, did you laugh out loud (literally) when you said "ballcock"? Taking that excess skin off, hell ya that's got to hurt. I'm always amazed at how different they look in the face tho. Sorry about Joey's headaches, but that young man is wise beyond his years, just so damned sweet. I can totally see you with your pants falling down and you just acting as if it's a normal occurance.

Jazzy, new kitchen counters, how exciting. I'm sure your background check will come out just fine! As for the allergies, snowing here this morning, so that should help. And that darned wind sure doesn't help!

BabyGirl, the drinks look AHHHHH Mazing! I'll take the top off the bloody mary and have it with yours please!

JCS, was it the puppy that woke you up?

NM, why weren't you notified of school being closed? I'm so sorry about your knee and hope it doesn't give you too much trouble. You have some plants in your office, I assume? You don't like shrimp? But eat lobstah? What did you and mom do?

Had neighbors over yesterday, got the new micro wave put up and the yard hydrant fixed. Glad to have those done. Good people, and wouldn't take any money. He likes his beer, they got here at 8 am, him toting a beer! I said "that's coffee in there, right?"

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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Mar 22, 2021 10:04AM camillegal wrote:

Mornin ladies.Jod worked on her garden yesterday and she said she had a great day. My GD came over yesterday with her boyfriend so that was nice. She's a manager at a chicken place and I wonder who would take her seriously. She's about 5 ft maybe 100 lbs and has a face like a 14 yr old she's so cute but I doubt if anyone could take her seriously plus she's shy as can be... What a combination. Since Joey and her spent every weekend together for yrs they are still really close and I like that.

Karen I love u pics. Everyone knows how much I enjoy everyones pics and urs are great and all smiles. This is such a happy time for you so enjoy every minute of them I know u will.

I'm praying for closing this week like crazy. Oh Oh guess what the name of the street if all things go well. Here it comes ....ALBERT EINSTEIN DR. LOL... should be Murphy's Law Court. Then there is Madam Curry's Lane...well I think u get the picture names u either won't forget or never heard of. Just depends.

I talked to Joey last night and he as usual comforted me and I told him it should be the other way around and he told me well that changed a few yrs. ago. Yeah he's right too. I think sometimes I put to much on him but honestly talking to him he just knows what to say and sounds so old that for that time I forget.

I can't believe it's Monday these days are still all screwed up for me by now I should be used to especially sinmce there are only 7 and I've been around a long time to know that.

OK for now.

LUBS U ALL

Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 22, 2021 10:13AM camillegal wrote:

OMG see how long it takes me I miss 3 posts and all I did was jabber on and on saying nearly nothing. So I'm more caught up and Kim I hope ur leg feels good quickly that's a pain in the ok well leg.

Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 22, 2021 04:57PM Chevyboy wrote:

I just love you gals! Sorry I read through your posts, and then promptly forget what is going on... Hah! So much going on here, just trying to keep up with it all.

Miss Cammi... You know, I love reading about little Joey... Our oldest Grandson still calls us every week from Orlando, just to talk! I just love that... And he cracks me up, just like he always did when we were together! He is with Amanda, and we have someone else to love... They both call me Grandma, and our other Grandson calls me Grams! But it's like just being happy & carefree when they call! I can say something, and he comes back with the funniest damn response!

We are so lucky to have those boys! I got to be with them on all my days off when I worked PT for Coors... And we did something special on those days... even if it was just making a lunch, and crawling down in the ditch by the water to talk and just enjoy each other! Man, it broke my heart when they moved to Orlando... But life changes... we sure know THAT, right?

And what's this miss Cam about your pants falling off? Is that a normal occurrence? Does that happen when you go to the store? Or when salesmen come to your door? You need suspenders. Unless of course you are doing this on purpose... like we used to....

Kim!!! WTH??? Do you use Icy-Hot or something like that? Or even those pain patches? And maybe you need a temporary cane to use? And I made a bunch of those little rice-bags, that I heat in the microwave, and put them on everything that hurts! What did I miss? Did you fall? Or is it Arthritis? Also, I would get so mad if someone came up to me without a mask! My neighbors for the most part, always wear one, or stay about 10 feet away, but our OTHER neighbors with the 3 little ones, run around like everything is normal! They must not care, about us OR themselves. Yes, we've had both our shots, but we still don't take chances.

Okay Karen, I love your pictures... You guys look like you are having so much fun! And I loved the snow this morning! At least it melted fast, for the most part, and I'm so glad for our gardens!

Okay gals.... love you all! xoxo


Don't walk ahead of me, I might not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not want to lead. Just walk beside me & be my friend. Dx 11/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Mar 23, 2021 06:20AM NativeMainer wrote:


Good Morning, Loungetttes!Happy Twofer Tuesday! Back to school today, the boiler has been fixed. The emailcame out yesterday afternoon. It got beautifully warm here yesterday, hit 70 degrees outside and inside the house even with the furnace turned off! Lots of melt off, lots of mud, looks like mud season is waking up. Sadie enjoyed basking in the sun. So did I. I got nothing much else done, though. Oh well, the housework won't run away, so I'm not worried about it.

Goldie--Mom has a lot of stuff stored in a garage that belongs to one of my cousins. We went there so she could sort through what she wants to keep and what she wants to get rid of. That mostly involves Mom opening up bags and boxes and taking everything out, looking at it and talking about it, and then putting things in different piles, and then putting them all back in the box or bag again and then moving them around so she can't remember which she's looked at and which she hasn't. She actually throws away next to nothing, not even water damaged papers that are unreadable. She did take back to her apartment a trash bag full of stuff. Some of it she will actually use, most of it was "I might want that someday" stuff. Gotta love the woman, but there are definite hoarding tendencies going on here! I wasn't notified about school being closed because my phone number hasn't been added to the RoboCall list. E-mails were sent out, and I have got my work e-mail showing on my home desktop now so I can check that before I leave the house. I do have a couple of small plants in the office, a miniature rose and a shamrock. Some of the students have some fun looking for the 4 Leaf Clover in there. No one's found one yet, so I don't think there is one, but hey, it's fun to look! Glad the neighbors are so helpful, and funny about him toting a beer at 8 ayem!

Cammy Cat--I learned a long time ago that the little, petite bosses were the ones with the biggest effect on staff! I bet your GD does just fine at work. Albert Einstein Drive? Sounds very brainy. Joey sounds like an old soul. He's growing into quite the special young man. The knee/leg is much better this ayem than yesterday, which was much better than Sunday. So whatever it is, it's healing/repairing/going away.

Chevy--I have been using a heating pad. I had a rice pad that I loved but has disappeared. I have some rubs I use at times too. I do have arthritis in both knees, worse in the bothersome right one, which started out as traumatic arthritis after I slipped on the stairs running to a Code Blue at work one evening. I do not know what happened to set it off this weekend, though. On Sunday I actually considered a cane, and if I had come across one I probably would have used it! I'll wear the brace again today, but should be able to leave that off later this week judging by how it feels this ayem.


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  • 2oz dark rum
  • 3/4oz amaretto
  • 3/4oz cream of coconut
  • 4oz pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2oz oj

Mixing Instructions: Shake or blend all with ice, float dark or ovenproof rum. Raise glass and toast.

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"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Mar 23, 2021 07:41AM - edited Mar 23, 2021 07:41AM by karen1956

Lori - I don't want to think how fast 04/05 will come - all too fast

Yes, its a Moose

Kim - yes, she has dual citizenship - two passports - and bilingual - but says her expressive Hebrew isn't as good since the lockdown. May will be 4 years since she made Aliyah and her 5th year in Israel. The lockdown has been hard on her. Us too.

The King Soopers mass shooting in Boulder really has shaken me up - It's about 45 minutes from me so not near me - but I shop at King Soopers by me since I moved to CO 35+ years ago - the one by me is less than 1 mile away and another 1 1/2 miles. I'm there at least once week since the lockdown but before several times/week.

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,

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