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 11:22PM - edited Feb 5, 2014 06:32PM by SelenaWolf

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013 11:22PM - edited Feb 5, 2014 06:32PM 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.

 

"... good girls never made history ..."
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Nov 28, 2013 03:05AM - edited Nov 28, 2013 03:09AM by pupmom

I'm really vain, but with a practical twist. First, I'm one who wouldn't dream of stepping outside the house without the full make-up, hair treatments. However, being very flat footed I only wear practical shoes. My favorite is SAS, which, fortunately, has become more trendy lately. I also prefer casual, comfortable clothes. Lately we've been going to some pretty big events and I've had to buy some fancier clothes than I usually wear. My biggest vanity obsession is skin care. I am a fanatic about that, and I think it shows. At a dinner party last week, one of my husband's colleague's wife almost fell over in amazement when I told her my age. She thought I was about 15 years younger! YAY!!

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 03:22AM shoppygirl wrote:

I am all about the comfort too when it comes to shoes! Good thing flats are it, no stilettos here!!

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 2/28/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/9/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/12/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 8/20/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/30/2014 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 03:23AM Oncearunneralwaysarunner wrote:

I dyed my hair lavender between the time I was diagnosed and starting chemo. I'm a natural red head (well when I have hair) and rarely colour it, but I wanted something fun and daring before it all fell out. Not sure what I'll do with it when it grows back in but I will definitely experiment more with colour.

I'm also vain with my toe nails, will not go barefoot without polish on, even in the winter to yoga or the pool. I too have discovered the at home gel nail kit and I am now developing a polish habit with my finger nails.

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 28, 2013 03:28AM FTell001 wrote:

As soon as I lost my hair, I donned a wig. I have about six of them, all gifts from a friend here that is a beautician.  The scarves and hats weren't doing it for me. Since I lost my hair and eyebrows and lashes, I make sure I have my eyebrows and eyeliner and lipstick  on every morning along with one of those wigs. I love perfume and again, I wear some every day even if I'm staying home and in pajamas all day.

Unless I share with others, nobody knows I'm even on chemo. I don't like being treated "special" because of my diagnosis.

I too like nice sheets and towels along with nice pajamas!  


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Nov 28, 2013 03:59AM nancyhb wrote:

First, thank you for the best laugh I've had all day (I was following the other thread) - except that my computer screen was quickly baptized in Jack Daniels' Winter Cider. I needed something to make me smile.

I'm a JewBu...kinda-sorta...a "Jew by injection" as my (jewish) husband's best friend reminds me. And an exploring Buddhist (not all who wander are lost...except maybe me). And yes, I do attend a UU church (when the spirit moves me).

I'm far less vain than I was prior to chemo. I loved being bald - no bad hair days, no dyeing, no fighting with electrical torture devices to make my hair do something it didn't want to do. I would still be bald, I suspect - except now it's just less work to let the hair grow. Without eyelashes and eyebrows, I gave up makeup; I use it from time to time but I refuse to spend more than 5 minutes doing anything to my face.

I'll admit - I got lazy with the hair-loss thing, and I only shave my legs when the hair gets annoying now. I run and do yoga (not *well*, but I try...) and sometimes, I notice others kinda *noticing* the hair on my legs blowing in the breeze. And I always shave before any doctor's appointment because I know someone's going to want to touch my boobs and I'll have to lift my arms and...well...

The only thing high-maintenance about me anymore is my fingernail polish fetish. My nails were a disaster after chemo - holy cow, they were fugly! The only way I can keep them from splitting, even now, is to keep them polished. Essie is great, and a nice base coat, two coats of polish, and a quick-drying top coat - it's my Sunday afternoon ritual! And my fingernails look great. Now, if I could only get my toenails in as good shape.

TMI? Probably not in these forums...

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam Surgery 12/5/2011 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 1/19/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 6/12/2012 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 2/15/2016 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left) Chemotherapy 3/1/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/21/2016 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 6/2/2022 Surgery 6/2/2022
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Nov 28, 2013 04:14AM Tomboy wrote:

Just because i am not really pretty, and can dress quite schlumpily(often and frequently, too), doesnt mean i am not vain.

"I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound & vision" David Bowie, Rest in pax, my beloved changeling... Dx 6/8/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 25/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Nov 28, 2013 04:40AM del4 wrote:

NancyHB - that was quite a thread, wasn't it. I don't usually read in that Forum, but the laughs when we were all posting was much needed. Expect I'll have fun at my next haircut.

Laughed re: shaving. I strangely never had underarm hair grow back. I think my chin makes up for it. Seriously, I mean a few long, very long if I miss them hairs. SO STRANGE. Told my friends if I ever get sick enuf to have to go to hospital, someone is going to have to be my Designated Plucker.

No heels for me, probably flatter feet than yorkie's and bunions, I look down at my feet and see my grandma, really, she died about 50 years ago, but her feet are still here! Keen shoes for me.

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Nov 28, 2013 06:35AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Because I'm on my feet at work all day, I'm sold on Dansko clogs which come in a multitude of colors and prints. I also adore Tieks flats and Aerosoles make some comfy heels. Back in my Pan Am days, we had to totter through airports in pointy navy blue heels. When the aircraft doors closed, we could put on our navy blue flats, aah! Never forget, we can be vain, girly, brilliant and beautiful!

Dx IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 28, 2013 12:21PM Momine wrote:

I bought a wig, but it made me look like a Python dressed up as a blousy housewife. Quite depressing. So I went the scarf route. I sewed a shaped headscarf for myself and called it my diva scarf (long ends down my back and made of silk):

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 12:22PM Momine wrote:

Nancy, "by injection" LOL.

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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