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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 08:40AM

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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Sep 23, 2021 09:13AM mistyeyes wrote:

Hello! School buses are back to normal, that gives me a break from picking up kids. I still have to pick up my daughters 2 girls twice a week and take them to dance, and my sons 4 year old twice a week because the older brothers play football, one middle school and one high school. The 4 year old does not have fun watching and would rather play so he stays with me.

Friday will be three years since my husband died and I finally feel ok. I was ok before, but always felt like a heaviness inside and a smile wasn't really felt inside. Anyway, now I feel much lighter and not sad inside all the time.

I want to travel and want to go out west because I have never been there and want to see the beauty there. I wish covid would go away. I suppose we are all tired of it. My youngest son who lives with me has Asperger's, very smart and sometimes very funny. He doesn't go out and do a lot so I am trying to plan a trip that he would like. He does like the mountains in Tn. and N.C. and I would like to go to Helen, Ga. I showed him pictures online and he said he would like to go there. So I am trying to see when he can get time off from work to plan a trip there. I think I may put his name on my deed. The other kids say its ok with them, they both have places to live and he would be the one that would need a place and he lives here and pays for some of the upkeep anyway. I don't want any of my kids to feel slighted or hurt if I die and they feel bad because things were not divided equally. I really don't have alot of stuff to argue about, so maybe it really doesn't matter.

It is still so hot here, Oct is when we get some cooler weather, but this morning was so nice and you could feel a little cool breeze that is so welcome after the heat and humidity every day. I told my older son that I think I need to move a little further and that means that everybody will have to move with me. LOL

Tomorrow is my once a month breakfast with a former co-worker and I am looking forward to that. I am planning to buy tickets for Diva Night here. I don't think they did it last year. It has a bunch of raffles and crafts to buy and food, bands and all of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. One year I went it was the '70's theme. This year is Disco. It should be fun. I went with some friends last time and I know 2 of them want to go again, I thought that I would ask my sisters to go too.

Hope you all have a nice day and looking forward to some fun for the weekend.


IDC right- Stage IIA, Grade 3,ER-,PR+,HER2+ Dx 11/15/2016, Right, PR+, HER2+
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Sep 23, 2021 09:22AM Reader425 wrote:

Hi Kim I so enjoy reading your posts. Sadie reminds me of Sillie Sammy our gray kitty. Always up for playtime and being a little wierd!

Chevy I am terribly sorry about your brother. We just lost a dear friend of my husband's, same reason. 60 years old and in Kidney failure. But no vaccine. DH was friends with him for 40 years.

Two day brightening pics for you. A wonderful portabello stuffed caprese salad I made recently. Pretty and tasty. And our kitty. The other is shyer and hard to capture.


Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/28/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/3/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 23, 2021 09:27AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Chevy - I'm lurking today. I'm so sorry about your brother 🙏❤️😔

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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Sep 23, 2021 09:29AM - edited Sep 23, 2021 09:44AM by goldie0827

NM, you could never be offensive. I think you are getting the rain I think, that we just had for the last couple of days. Been chilly here, just in the 50's. Oh dear on the parents sending the child back to school early, yikes.

ED, I'm sorry for hurting heart, wish I could give you a real hug.

Sandy, sounds like you got your exercise in going to that game.

Had a busy day yesterday with my brother and his partner visiting and my son came after work. Played games and had pizza. Same brother is coming back today. One of my GF's is coming tomorrow, and then everyone on Saturday, so about 12 people I think.


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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Sep 23, 2021 09:46AM illimae wrote:

I’m here, mostly just reading along. DH is out of town for a week, so I’m relaxing and enjoying my alone time, watching movies and cleaning up the kitchen before the tornado that is DH returns. He’s not destructive, just have too much stuff everywhere. I’ve got scans early next week but I have no issues currently, so I’m as calm as one can be.

Hello to all!

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 1/21/2020 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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Sep 23, 2021 03:57PM MinusTwo wrote:

Kim - sorry, I got busy drinking last night (LOL) Well, not really but it seemed appropriate for this thread. Shameful about the parent lying & sending the kid to school. Have you retired your canoe for the season?

Chevy - great to see you posting more. You're one of the first people I followed 10 years ago. I'm so sorry to read about your DH. And your brother.

I made it out of the liquor store today w/o breaking the bank. Bought two bottle of a red wine that I tasted several weeks ago - Crimson Thread. It's a red blend from CA - and of course they don't have to tell you all the wines included. But the label says: Our red blend has luscious aromas of dark cherry, blackberry & blueberry. Tempting hints of brown sugar spice are complemented by supple notes of vanilla & a round velvety finish. $8.99

I've been having trouble with extreme dry mouth at night. Yup - I have spray Biotene from my chemo days, but by the time I wake up enough to spray - I'm awake for several hours. One of the causes can be alcohol so I'm keeping a diary. If I drink gin & tonic, no problem. If I add white wine, maybe just minor problems. But when add a glass of red wine at dinner - Katie Bar The Door. My tongue gets literally glued to the top of my mouth. Lots of other potential causes - like a bag of potato chips at 9pm or my new carpet - but I've about decided the primary cause is AGE. Thank heavens a glass of Amarula at 9pm doesn't seem to trip it.

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 23, 2021 03:59PM - edited Sep 23, 2021 04:03PM by MinusTwo

Mae - I saw your doc appointment schedule. Whew!! However I agree with the concept. I try to make at least two & possibly three appointments on one day so I don't have to drive to the medical center as often. Hope you're enjoying a relaxing break with DH out at the cabin.

ANd Goldie - thanks for sending a picture from your vacation.

Jazzy - aren't you supposed to be on hiatus for another 10 days or so?? Still, good to see you.

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 24, 2021 03:44AM - edited Sep 24, 2021 03:46AM by NativeMainer

Good Morning, Loungettes! TGIF, TGIF, it's been an exciting week at school. Lots of COVID craziness early in the week, then a Lockdown Wednesday afternoon. Dismissing all the kiddos with a driveway full of police and sherriff's vehicles is an experience I would just as soon not repeat. It went smoothly enough, but created a lot of anxiety, understandably. Not being able to tell anyone what was going on was really hard. Fortunately, all ended well, threatening person located and served no-trespassing paperwork, threatened person (an adult) unharmed. Reminds us all why it's so important to keep the doors locked and someone in the front office at all times.

Sadie's response to the big story was for me to take her to work (not allowed due to health regulations) so she can take care of troublesome peoples. She changed her mind when I pointed out that she would have to get up with me in the ayems and not go back to bed after breakfast!

Chevy--I'm still sorting through the booster research. Not sure what the final outcome is going to be on that. I can't imagine booster shots going over very popularly when so many states are having to mandate vaccination for healthcare workers and the fed having to mandating vaccination for all employers with more than 100 employees. Personally, I'd like to see 80% of the world population vaccinated for the first time before we start worrying about booster shots, but that's just my opinion. Losing your brother must be so very hard. I can't imagine losing my brother. I've gone back to not going out very much myself, with the transmission rate so very high here right now. and I'm masking in public places, indoors anyway. The place in your garden to remember your brother sounds really special and beautiful.


Hello Friday Ingredients

Ice cubes

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons spicy ginger ale (such as Blenheim)

1 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) 100-proof bourbon (such as Old Grand-Dad Bonded)

1 teaspoon Angostura bitters

Directions Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes; add all ingredients. Stir gently, and serve.
"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 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 24, 2021 04:47AM - edited Sep 24, 2021 05:01AM by Chevyboy

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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+ Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 24, 2021 04:56AM - edited Sep 24, 2021 05:01AM by Chevyboy

"A Place for Kenny" in my back garden! His urn with ashes is under the arch, and a few things that remind me of him...May be an image of 2 people and outdoorsMay be an image of tree and outdoors

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+ Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 24, 2021 03:36PM mistyeyes wrote:

Reader- your portabello stuffed caprese salad looks delicious. The picture looks like a cookbook picture.

Goldie – love the picture! Enjoy your family, and a much needed break.

Chevy- the special space for your brother is beautiful. I hope if brings you peace.

Minus – when I have dry mouth in the morning, I always just figured I slept with my mouth open. Hmmm… maybe this is another thing I'll just blame on the weather. My problem with alcohol is I get a hot flash every time I drink it. My cousin told me she only gets hot flashes with wine, so she drinks other stuff now.

NM - it sure is different than when I was in school. I am glad that I am not a kid these days. I am glad there is people like you in the schools letting kids be kids. So many things and people to watch out for.

Karen- I hope you are having a wonderful time with your family.'

Hoping Cami is better.

IDC right- Stage IIA, Grade 3,ER-,PR+,HER2+ Dx 11/15/2016, Right, PR+, HER2+
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Sep 24, 2021 03:48PM MinusTwo wrote:

Misty - turns out there are any number of causes for dry mouth - researched at Mayo - starting with sleeping on your back (which I went to great & difficult pains to learn after my mastectomy) to possible gastrointestinal reflux (which of course is a serious symptom of possible esophageal cancer), and then of course aging. I confirmed with the periodontist that the high acid content in my saliva can cause teeth & mouth problems, but is not likely to cause whole system problems (like liver). Big sigh.

I'm cutting out the wine & back to drinking gin & tonics because: 1) not much problems with dry mouth - but even more important; 2) the juniper berries keep me 'regular'.

Chevy - you've created a lovely memory tribute to your brother. Thanks for sharing.

I too am hoping things are going better for Cami.


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 24, 2021 06:36PM - edited Sep 24, 2021 06:39PM by ChiSandy

Actually, reflux is less a symptom than a cause of Barrett's (erosive) esophagitis, which if untreated can cause esophageal cancer.

Chevy, so sorry about your brother. It's always tough to lose ones we love, but especially frustrating when they might have been able to avoid it. May the shrine you built bring you peace and lovely memories.

I know I've stirred up a hornet's nest on another thread (mostly among our Canadian BCO sisters), but I am firmly convinced that denying boosters to our most vulnerable would not result in those doses going into the global arms that so desperately need them--especially in those Third World countries (not all, but msny) plagued by corruption, dictatorship, and rule by vengeful warlords. I'm glad to hear that the FDA & CDC agree that Pfizer boosters are warranted for senior citizens, immunocompromised, and those at particularly high risk of serious disease should they become infected. The FDA said the latter category should include health care, education, and congregate-living workers, and that the high medical-condition-risk category begin at age 18. The CDC advisory committee pointedly omitted high-risk occupations and the high-risk category begin at age 50. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky overruled the committee and reinstated the occupational category--and said that those over age 18 with high-risk conditions (asthma, obesity, diabetes, etc,) discuss with their own doctors. Moderna & J&J's booster recommendations will likely come within the next month, and Pfizer shots (pediatric doses) for kids age 5-11 may start going into little ones' arms by Halloween.

Interestingly, the cops & firemen patients in his Union Health practice who had been anti-vax and anti-mask for political reasons are now trying to get him to declare them "high-risk" so they can get boosters. (They--or their union officials--are opposed to being mandated, though).

Back to drinking--haven't done much of it since Sunday. Had some Meiomi pinot noir with Mon. night's hamburger and last night's Beyond Burger. (With tonight's I'm just drinking ice water, though I might make a pour-over drip of the Peruvian decaf I bought earlier today).

But I do have two reasons to crack open some bubbly when Bob gets home tonight (late because he got stuck behind a freight train crossing between going to a couple of his hospitals. First, the White Sox won the AL Central Div. yesterday--making the playoffs two years in a row, which hasn't happened since 2008; and my BIL's thyroid biopsy came back benign!

Gordy's fiancee is having surgery to remove abdominal cysts next Wed. (Her parents are coming in from Houston and her sister from Anchorage to help out). It was planned a couple of months ago. And I'm getting a liver MRI on Tues--my melanoma onc. says it's part of my scan schedule--so I don't want to blow a chance to celebrate while I can.

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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Sep 24, 2021 08:21PM ChiSandy wrote:

Bob just got home--so we opened a bottle of Mumm Napa Deveaux Ranch brut 2016.

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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Sep 25, 2021 07:53AM NativeMainer wrote:

Good Morning, Loungettes!Happy Saturday! It felt so nice to sleep in this ayem, cuddled up against Sadie and listening to the wind and rain. Got to get Sadie up in a bit for her appointment, she needs a booster shot at the Vet's.Speaking of Booster Shots, the US. CDC's recommendations is for people who got the Pfizer/BionTECH vaccination.

"Specifically, the U.S. CDC recommends:

a. People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;

b. People ages 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;

c. People ages 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks;

and

d. People ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks."

U.S. CDC (2021, Sept. 24) Booster Shot. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

There are no official recommendations yet for people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Well, back from the Vet. Quick in and out visit for Sadie. Their lobby is closed again due to high COVID transmission. Sadie was not impressed with having to go in without me, and very quick to pull the poor tech out the door on the way back to the car! Took advantage of being out on a Saturday morning to stop at a local apple orchard's farm store and pick up some cider and fresh cinnamon sugared cider donuts. A treat I look forward to every fall.

Chevy--your Place for Kenny is beautiful!

Misty--being in school surely is different from what I remember! We try to shield them from things they don't need to know at their age, but it's hard given what many of them are exposed to at home.

Minus--I never associated waking up with a dry mouth more often with learning to sleep on my back to help the reflux! Danged if I do and danged if I don't, apparently. Well, dry mouth is easier to manage that reflux attacks.

Chi--congrats on the reasons to celebrate!

Food, Juice, Drink, Bellini, Non-alcoholic beverage, Ingredient, Punch, Mimosa, Wine cocktail, Beer cocktail,

Apple Cider Mimosas

Ingredients

2 bottles of prosecco (or champagne), chilled

2 bottles of apple cider, chilled

.5 cup granulated sugar

4 tbsp pumpkin spice seasoning

12 slices of apple to garnish

Instructions

Mix the sugar and pumpkin spice seasoning; dip the top of each champagne flute in water then into the sugar/pumpkin spice mixture to create a flavorful rim for each glass. Garnish each glass with an apple slice. Combine the prosecco and the apple cider, mix well in a punch bowl and allow your guests to serve themselves or pour into prepared glasses.

From <https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/g28568631/apple-cider-cocktails/>

"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 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 25, 2021 07:59PM MinusTwo wrote:

NM - I saw a sign today that made me think of you:

"I saw my neighbor talking to her cat; It was obvious that she thought her cat understood...

SO I went and told my dog... We laughed a lot."

Missing Goldie & Jazzy!!


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 25, 2021 08:02PM Jazzygirl wrote:

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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Sep 25, 2021 08:05PM MinusTwo wrote:

Jazzy - delicious but aren't you breaking your hiatus?

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 25, 2021 09:46PM - edited Sep 25, 2021 09:47PM by ChiSandy

Jazzy--shaken or stirred? Gin or vodka? Inquiring minds, er, livers want to know!

Kim, ever since the start of the pandemic our vet's lobby has been closed to "pet parents." We have to wait outside (in our cars or on the sidewalk), phone to say we've arrived, wait for the tech to come and get our furbabies, talk to the vets when they call us, and pay by credit card on file, with an e-mailed receipt.

Tonight was the OSF Little Co. of Mary Physicians' Dinner-Dance (first one since early Nov. 2019). Very sparsely attended, mostly by the Gen-X and older millennials on staff. Pity--it was alfresco (cocktails on the lawn or in the vented tent, dinner in the tent), but I guess most older docs felt it was just too risky--or they've gotten used after all these months to not socializing. My DOTD (to go with surf & turf) was Rodney Strong Pinot Noir.

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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Sep 26, 2021 04:54AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Hi friends- I am back! Started lurking this week and felt ready to return to all the social media sites (FB too) where I have been taking a break. September has been a busy month, but maybe some more fun in it than I have had in awhile. I went to my fav hot springs over Labor Day weekend which just reopened in August after a fire last year, got to the state fair (you have to provide proof of vaccination), been catching up with friends and starting to enjoy some cooler weather finally. It was in the 90s through most of the month until just this past week, which unfortunately has become the norm anymore. But now it finally feels like fall.

Also been catching up with some friends for some one on one time lately which has been fun. Chi wants to know about that martini and it was an extra dry vodka martini (with Titos) shaken, with olives. I met a friend for dinner last night at a place I love here and have not been to in awhile and it was just the best. We did the whole thing from cocktails, to apps, salad, dinner, desert, wine and after dinner drinks. I have not had a really good meal like that in a long time (maybe since before the pandemic?) Total treat. I have a few more dinners planned in the next few weeks.

Balloon fiesta is coming up next weekend and the city is getting more traffic with out of state folks coming in. It's an outdoor event for the most part (except for the museum which has some events) but people are shoulder to shoulder at this event so not a place I will be hanging out. I never go to the field unless people are visiting anyways. I know the city and the state can use the tourism dollars and hope everyone can have a good time and stay safe, but a bit worried this could be a super spreader. Our Covid numbers are up and hospital ICUs have been over capacity for awhile, with higher death rates again. I plan to enjoy the balloons just floating around my hood like I usually do.

And then there is work, we are in the final months of this phase of this project and god willing I will be off this thing before Thanksgiving. I also am taking that entire week off and it will my first full week off since I started this job last October. And I am about a month out now from my year anniversary at which time I will get a small raise (3%), and some more benefits including some matching on my retirement fund. I don't have any big plans for Thanksgiving week outside of some routine medical things I need to get taken care of without the pressure at work. I may go up to Santa Fe or Taos for a quick junket after the holiday, but going to wait a bit before I decide on that. I made more plans for hot springs at Xmas time, my fav thing to do as you know.

My sister is doing a bit better as time goes on. She has been back to work PRN but her old job is trying to get her to commit to a regular PT job with benefits (which she doesn't need). I told her to think carefully as it will tie her down more and probably better for them than for her. She likes having the flexibilty of PRN and saying no if she cannot take on something. She is taking a trip back east to our home state next week and has some nice plans to visit friends and family in a pretty time of the year on the east coast. We talked about doing something for Xmas but neither one of us wants to get on a plane for the holiday so we are both doing our own thing.

I will share a few more photos from my month next and hope you enjoy!


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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Sep 26, 2021 12:15PM ChiSandy wrote:

I personally can't taste the differences between unadulterated vodkas (cheap Smirnoff, Tito's, and artisanal Russian vodkas all taste like firewater to me, as does white rum); and if my choice of cocktail is martini-or-nothing, I'll take plain seltzer water. Bob is a fan of vodka martinis (brand unimportant), with enough of the vermouth to detect, and a lemon twist--but a skewer of olives on the side. I don't particularly like gin, but I tried Dutch genever when I was on a river cruise in 2012 and again in Amsterdam in 2019, and I found them interesting. Friends have told me that Hendricks has enough botanicals to have an unique flavor (which is why they don't like it), but if I'm having straight hard booze I prefer bourbon, Islay Scotch, good cognac or an aged (añejo or reposado) tequila. Considering my preference for "mellow," the Islay is an outlier, but the iodine-y smokiness fascinates me--to me, Highland & Speyside single-malts taste like good brown booze ruined by peat smoke. (And except for Tullamore Dew, I can tolerate Irish whisky only in coffee, muddled with brown sugar & topped with loosely-whipped cream). If I had to choose between brown boozes, it'd be either an XO Cognac, well-aged Armagnac or Calvados, or single-barrel bourbon.

Speaking of the latter, I have an unopened bottle of local (Evanston) Few bourbon, a thank-you gift from a neighbor on my block--who is Few's head distiller--for lending him my traction mats when his Prius got stuck in deep snow in the alley.

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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Sep 27, 2021 02:58AM NativeMainer wrote:

Apparently I didn't post this yesterday:

Good Morning, Loungettes!Happy Sunday Funday! Waking up to rain here, at least we won't' be going into winter in drought conditions. And better rain than snow. Sadie was pretty disgusted this ayem when she went out for her ayem potty trip. How a dog that loves water in ponds, puddles, and lakes can dislike wet grass and rain so much baffles me.

Minus--LOL!I can just picture that happening!

Jazzy--looks like you are having fun!

Chi--my vet was doing the closed lobby thing, call on arrival, tech would come get the pet, but we could pay using a card over the phone. They had just opened up to allow one pet parent to come in with the pet aftercheck in by phone, straight back to the exam room, and check out from the exam room, then straight out of the building. They've gone back to no pet parents inside due to the surge. Two weeks ago I went in with Sadie, yesterday I couldn't.More and more businesses are re-instating masking requirements and social distancing, a few have even restarted limiting the number of customers inside at a time.The Dinner -Dance sounds like a really good time. Too bad so many people opted out.

One Dance Cocktail

Recipe

  • 1 1/ 2ounces Empress Gin
  • 3/ 4ounce Lillet
  • 1/ 2ounce St Germain
  • 1/ 2ounce Lemon Juice
  • 1/ 2ounce Simple Syrup, 2:1 ratio
  • 2dashes Bittered Sling Celery bitters

Method

  • Step 1
    Shake well and pour over crushed ice.

From <https://thefeedfeed.com/cheerstohappyhour/one-dance-cocktail-with-gin-lillet-and-lemon-juice>

"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 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 27, 2021 03:26AM NativeMainer wrote:

Good Morning, Loungettes!Happy Monday Monkey Day! The rain has moved out, more than 3 inches recorded just down the road from me. Nothing like lots of rain to make for a lazy weekend. Sadie and I got absolutely nothing accomplished yesterday, and it felt good!

Welcome back, Jazzy! Sounds like you had a really good time during your social media break. It must be great to get together with people and get caught up like that. The full 9 course dinner (I didn't count, but you know what I mean) sounds like a great way to spend an evening with friends. The balloon festival must be something to see. Many of them go right over your house, don't they? Glad to hear the work project is progressing. From my point of view a 3% raise is a pretty big one! I'm used to 1% to 1.5% raises when it isn't a straight 3 to 5 cents per hour for everyone. I think you and your sister are wise not to plan travel around Christmas. I have a feeling that is going to be another big surge time. And good advice about the PRN vs PT job. She can be hired on PT without benes (or with very few) and wind up being required to work pretty close to full time hours. As you said, more benefit to them than to her. Can't wait to see the pics!

Chi--Great description of the "brown boozes," some of those I've been leery of trying. Everybody needs a few outlier preferences, those keep life interesting and people guessing!

Silver Balloon

Ingredients

How to make

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

From <https://www.absolutdrinks.com/en/drinks/silver-balloon/>

"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 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 27, 2021 07:32AM Beaverntx wrote:

Good morning all. I've been lurking to keep up but not taking time to comment. We've been pretty busy lately. Older son, wife and their youngest daughter have now moved to South America. Their company made reservations for their flight with an airline that will not fly pets in the cabin to their new country, so their min pin is currently with us under the care of their oldest daughter (she is job searching for a job in publishing with little response so far; she does have a part time job here in town). They are coming to the US for a company meeting next month and the dog will travel to them to fly to their new home on a more accommodating airline!

Younger son whose scans had shown NEAD chose to do a second round of chemo, "just in case". He only received two of the four doses because three of their kids got Covid (2 11 year old sixth graders and a vaccinated college freshman who came home to isolate), in sequence, of course to extend the time. In his words " the cancer center wouldn't let me in the door until I finished quarantine! " Since it had been several weeks from his last treatment, he had a PET scan last week in which one lymph node lit up. Plan is to try the four rounds of chemo again and if need be to radiate that node.

Then last Friday our elderly, blind dog apparently had a stroke and we had to put him down. We are down to two dogs for now and will be to one after the min pin leaves the second week in October.

Minus, my dog agrees!!

NM, what is it about dogs and wet feet? I've seen our dogs practically cross their legs to avoid going out in the wet!

Jazzy, always love your balloon pictures.

Goldie, hope you are having a great visit.

Chevy, what a lovely memory garden for your brother.

Thinking of Cami. Has anyone heard any updates?

Still masking here and limiting contact with others. Have recently had record Covid numbers but end of last week reports were indicating a downward trend. Will get today's county report tomorrow morning to find out what happened over the weekend. Our county public health office publishes an online report at 6:30 am the morning after each day the office is open.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 27, 2021 10:28AM illimae wrote:

Goldens, yay for your son but so sorry about your dog.

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 1/21/2020 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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Sep 28, 2021 03:51AM NativeMainer wrote:

Good Morning, Loungettes!Happy Twofer Tuesday! I think things are settling down a bit at school now, got through an entire Monday without having to put out any fires, just the usual stuff I've come to expect. Listened in on the School Board meeting last night, that was rather entertaining. Sadie wasn't impressed, though. Apparently I stopped belly rubbing too often while listening!

Beaver--Good luck and prayers for the older son's family in South America. I'm glad they found a safe way to get their pup with them! Praying for younger son, too. So hard to balance treatment and isolation/quarantines. And so sorry to hear about the passing of the elder dog. So hard, losing a pet. I don't know what it is about dogs and wet feet, either! But it's kind of funny. I'm still masking and limiting my movements, gone back to grocery pick up rather than going in and shopping. I tend to save money that way, too, so bonus! Numbers starting to come down, but both the county I work in and the one I live in are still in the red.

Morning, Illi!

Conference Cocktail

Ingredients:

1/2 ounce Rittenhouse 100 Rye

1/2 ounce Bourbon, such as Buffalo Trace

1/2 ounce calvados

1/2 ounce cognac, such as Hine

1 teaspoon demerara syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 dash Bittermens xocolatl mole bitters

Garnish:

1 lemon twist

1 orange twist

Preperation:

Step 1

Stir all the ingredients over ice, then strain into a double rocks glass over 1 large ice cube. Garnish with the lemon and orange twists.

From <https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/conference-51254530>

"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 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 29, 2021 03:27AM NativeMainer wrote:

Good Morning, Loungettes! I spoke too soon about things calming down at school. Yesterday we had an electrical fire in the library! Nothing big, thank goodness, but scary enough. Spent almost an hour evacuated out to the ball field. Never a dull moment!

Awfully quiet in here lately. Where is everyone?

Alice's Electric Blue Butterfly Cocktail

Electric Blue Butterfly What You'll Need:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka, preferably lemon or citrus
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 3 oz. Lemonade
  • 7-Up to fill glass
  • Ice
Instructions:
  • Fill a highball glass half full of ice.
  • Add 1 1/2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. blue curacao, 3 oz. lemonade, and enough 7-Up to fill the glass.
  • Stir gently to mix, and serve immediately.
"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 3/14/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/28/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/9/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/4/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/14/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/20/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 29, 2021 04:39AM Teka wrote:

NM,

Good Morning!

I just returned from a 4 week time out from the threads.

A hummer at the flowers and 38*F.

Time for me to skim prior posts.


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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Sep 29, 2021 07:31AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Welcome back Teka. I just returned last weekend myself after a month away!

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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Sep 29, 2021 05:38PM MinusTwo wrote:

It's definitely NOT fall in Houston, and I usualyy only drink bourbon in the winter. But I treated myself to an old timey bourbon & coke last night. Tasted delicious.

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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