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Topic: How vain are you?

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

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013 12:22PM - edited Feb 5, 2014 07:32AM by SelenaWolf

SelenaWolf wrote:

Okay, a few of us have had so much fun on another thread comparing the ways in which we are still vain, that I thought it deserved its own thread.  Everybody chime in... how vain are you?

Edited to add:

We on the "How Vain Are You?" thread recognize that our sense of fun- and humour is not to everyone's taste.  Hence, we have chosen the "Humour and Games" forum to let our hair down.  Although swapping "vain" stories, style tips and beauty secrets are always eagerly welcomed, going off-topic is not a crime.  Neither is bad language or differing opinions.  We recognize that each- and every one of us is interested in conventional, complementary, holistic and alternative treatments as long as there is science-based  research behind each- and every one.  [Like someone said, if honey badger pee as a treatment for breast cancer had hard science behind it, I would be the first in line.]  We reserve the right to honestly discuss the strengths and weaknesses (and dangers) of everything, and laugh at the ridiculousness of life. 

This thread is for sharing and laughter, but it is also about the freedom to DISCOURSE, DISCUSS, DECONSTRUCT, DEBATE and DEBUNK the various- and sundry myths out there about breast cancer and breast cancer treatment no matter what they are.  But don't forget to recommend your favourite lipstick shade along the way.

 

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Nov 28, 2013 05:52AM del4 wrote:

Oh, MY, GAWD, what GORGEOUS women!

Momine!

Selena!

YorkieMom!

Awesome ( I'm old enuf to use that word, tee, hee)

truly wonerful to see such GORGEOUS SMILING FACES - and that red hair...really, looks fabulous long or short...

gotta figure out how to use the digital camera which has been sitting on my desk for almost 2 years...technophobe here...

Selena - me & your mom are "friends who haven't met yet"

Is Momine REALLY in ATHENS????????? green envy green here....if she is... ;-)

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Nov 28, 2013 06:04AM Momine wrote:

Yeah, that is me in what I used to call "chemo chic" :D

Selena, definitely one hot witch and pft about shoes being for walking in. Although I do have quite the collection of walking shoes as well, truth be told.

Yorkie, you definitely do NOT look like a grandma. Good for you!

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 28, 2013 06:06AM pupmom wrote:

Thanks Momine! I turned 65 last month.

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 28, 2013 06:14AM Momine wrote:

Wow, may we all look so great at 65.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 28, 2013 06:14AM del4 wrote:

Yorkie - NO WAY! I think you should check your birth certificate. Not. Possible. WOW!

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Nov 28, 2013 06:20AM edwards750 wrote:

Wow you guys look great. I am vain but not to the point I don't leave the house w/o makeup and in fact I do it all the time. I like the reaction to the people I see at another time when I have makeup on, hair looking great and dressed really nice. They cant believe the transformation. I do have my hair woven - med brown with blond highlights. I dress to the nines when we are going to dinner, etc., but seriously look like I have been swabbing the decks around the house. I had a friend who said she wore makeup all the time for her husband. Not doing that. Love him but he looks like a homeless person around the house sometimes so....I do like to have my nails done and in fact had the full set yesterday. I know no one will see my feet, hopefully, but just didn't seem like a finished job w/o both. The Vietnamese ladies who own the shop know I am a challenge for a pedicure. I don't wear shoes around the house - socks maybe and I just love to go barefoot. I used to be embarrassed by my not so clean feet which I do scrub all I can at night but not anymore. I tip them well. I think we all deserve to primp and be pampered. What great results we get from all that...diane


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Nov 28, 2013 06:38AM - edited Nov 28, 2013 06:39AM by SelenaWolf

Yorkie...  you are HOT!!!

Sunflowers... yeah, sometimes I wonder how I "... sprang ..." from my mother's loins.  She and my elder sister are peas-in-a-pod: minimalist (their houses feature, like, a single chair, lamp, plant and they consider it decorated), practical, earthy, flat-shoes-and-trousers kinda gals).  Me?  Full-blown, unashamed Victorian.  They both call my century-old, antique-stuffed house a "... house of horrors ..." because all they can think of is "... all that crap needs DUSTING..."  [Horrified eyeroll.]  To which I reply, "... yeah?  So? ..."

HOSEIRY.  Lovelovelove hosiery.  Fine denier stockings.  And I'm so excited that Cuban-heeled, French-seamed stockings are coming back in style!  #slobber

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Nov 28, 2013 06:45AM pupmom wrote:

Selena, LOL! Sure does make you wonder sometimes about that switched at birth phenomenon! Loopy

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 28, 2013 06:51AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Momine, Selena and Yorkiemom,

Wow! So beautiful in addition to being such smart cookies.

Momine- glamour incarnate

Selena- beautiful red hair and porcelain coloring that reminds me of my late mother

Yorkiemom- the biggest surprise since your avatar, as far as I can remember, has always been that cute pup. If people say I look too young to be a grandmother, you have me best by a mile. So nice to "see" you.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I'm off to make my mom's recipe for butternut squash casserole. Although we lived on separate coasts. We always spoke on a Thanksgiving day and discussed menus, recipes and everything food. She's not only the woman who taught me to cook, but the woman who (tried) to teach me to look good. As I mentioned, I was a slow learner :) BTW, she was buried sporting her first gel polish mani. She had gotten it for my dd's wedding and loved it. Miss you mom.

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Nov 28, 2013 07:01AM Momine wrote:

Sunflowers, yep, in Athens, Greece, and it ain't too shabby really.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 28, 2013 07:01AM pupmom wrote:

Thanks exbrnxgrl, but something tells me that is probably not the case!

I think gel nails is the greatest invention since baked bread! Never, ever, ever want to give them up!

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 28, 2013 07:01AM Momine wrote:

Oh, I should note that in the picture I still have my boobs and a bit of chub. It was during the neo-adjuvant chemo.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 28, 2013 07:02AM - edited Nov 28, 2013 07:06AM by SelenaWolf

Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.  May you all bask in the love of family, good food and great shoe sales!

Haven't tried gel nails.  My fingernails are a mess since chemo - brittle, slightly discoloured - my toenails fared much better.  Been afraid to try false nails; I was afraid that the glue would make my real nails even worse.  How do gel nails work?

exbrxgrl... THANKS!!  This mutual love-in has really made my day.  It's so nice to focus on something frivolous and fun and GIRLY.  Vanity UNITE!

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Nov 28, 2013 07:06AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Selena,

I collect metal mesh purses, mostly Whiting&Davis and Mandalian. My favorites are from the Edwardian and flapper era. They are true works of art. I also have a few pre-1900 chatelaine purses. You would appreciate them!

Nancyhb,

Dansko clogs are like no others in terms of comfort. Millions of doctors, chefs and teachers will swear to it!

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Nov 28, 2013 07:07AM SelenaWolf wrote:

OOOooooooo.  Those purses are so pretty!  I have a vintage, needlepoint one from the forties, but nothing as nice as that!

#jealous

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Nov 28, 2013 07:27AM shoppygirl wrote:

Beautiful ladies! All of you!

Less than 2mm of cancer in the sentinel lymph node. Dx 1/27/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/8/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/11/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/19/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/29/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 9/26/2015 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/16/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 28, 2013 08:55AM - edited Nov 28, 2013 08:56AM by SelenaWolf

I think what it is is that we've been through so much with treatment we come to the realization that these little things - pedicures, manicures, hosiery, spending a day getting your hair done - become moments of immense grace and pleasure.  We, finally, clue into the truth underlying that L'Oreale marketing phrase, "... because I'm worth it ..."

Yes, I am.

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Nov 29, 2013 02:10AM Momine wrote:

Hey bitches, ooops, I mean WITCHES :D do what you want, but don't step on my blue suede shoes (just came back from shopping, had to share). The skirt is silk tweed in brown, beige and blue, the patterned blue thing is a very light wool scarf, brown tights and a blue T. We have a T-day dinner tonight:

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 29, 2013 02:17AM Momine wrote:

Brnx, I looked up those vintage purses and now I am really jealous too. They are great. I keep toying with the idea of making evening purses, because every time I try to buy one, I am seriously underwhelmed by the available choices.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 29, 2013 03:01AM pupmom wrote:

Love the shoes, Momine! They even look like something even my feet could tolerate, for five minutes at least. The whole ensemble is just gorgeous! I sure you were stunning in it.

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2013 03:26AM Momine wrote:

Yorkie, they are actually quite comfortable, thanks to the heavy rubber sole in the front. Oh, and thanks! The dinner is not till tonight.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 29, 2013 03:34AM pupmom wrote:

Yes, that was what made me think I could wear them. What brand are they?

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2013 03:50AM Momine wrote:

Yorkie, they are from my favorite Greek shoe company - Vavoulas. They use local leather, which is very good quality, and their shoes are usually fully lined in goat skin, for example. The shoes are also cut to have enough room across the knuckles. Unfortunately the Vavoulas people are not very good about marketing their wares abroad, so I doubt you can find their stuff outside Greece.

They do have a fairly miserable FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vavoulas-Shoes/181627621862869


Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 29, 2013 04:26AM pupmom wrote:

Ah, well maybe I can find something similar.

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2013 04:31AM Momine wrote:

Yorkie, you may want to check out Clark's. It is an English company, but huge and worldwide. They are known for decent quality and comfort and have started making some very cute shoes (in the old days they were distinctly orthopedic-looking).

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 29, 2013 04:36AM pupmom wrote:

I will do that. Thanks Momine!

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 29, 2013 05:01AM - edited Nov 29, 2013 05:02AM by Oncearunneralwaysarunner

Momine - those shoes are gorgeous! They sound very comfortable and practical too, the overall perfect shoe.

Dx 6/25/2013, IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 7/18/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/10/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 12/2/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 1/13/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Radiation Therapy 3/10/2014 Breast
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Nov 29, 2013 05:28AM SelenaWolf wrote:

Momine ... gorgeous shoes!  And I really like the silk tweed skirt, so classy.  You'll rock the dinner out!

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Nov 29, 2013 05:36AM Momine wrote:

Thanks all, nothing like pretty shoes to lift the mood, I say.

Selena, my mother introduced me to silk tweed, because she and my dad used to travel to India fairly regularly and would bring back wonderful fabrics. I think my dad even had a raw silk Nehru suit that he had sewn in Mumbai. Oy!

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 29, 2013 05:37AM NancyHB wrote:

Wow - those Whiting & Davis purses are gorgeous!! I make beaded chatelaines, and quirky fabric purses. Okay, just realized I also have a purse fetish. Dammit - I thought I was low maintenance. My husband will not like this.

I'm feeding my other fetish, and getting myself a pair of Dansko clogs for Hannukah. I'm using my post-cancer foot-pain as an excuse to purchase new shoes (who would deny me that?) Thanks for the suggestions!

So I've never posted a picture of myself to any of these forums, but I like to be like the cool kids. So here's a before-chemo picture (I had my hair cut the next day in preparation for it to fall out...)

And then the Sunday before my final radiation, at the Color Run with my lovely daughter:

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam Dx 11/22/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/4/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 1/18/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 6/11/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 1/27/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2016 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left Chemotherapy 2/29/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/20/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Dx 1/31/2017, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone

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