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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: May 5, 2016 06:13PM - edited May 5, 2016 06:15PM by CJSharma

CJSharma wrote:

Hi All -

I'm currently undergoing treatment and dealing with the ups and downs. As I tend to be a positive person, I like to focus on the good in life. So even though I'm dealing with cancer and there is all sorts of non-fun things associated with it, there is still a lot of good I'm experiencing. Please feel free to join me daily, weekly, or just when you really need a reminder. The goal is to post three things for which you are grateful. They don't have to be deep or soul searching, just what you are grateful for that day.


Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 5, 2016 06:20PM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm grateful for the following:

1. My daughter. First and foremost. She is an amazing young lady who lives 90 minutes away but who will be here in 90 minutes if I need her. She's so supportive, and does research for me to give me things to make me feel better. Her love and support truly make this easier to do with.

2. My friends. I have had so many people come forward to cook for me, sit with me, go to chemo with me. If life is sucking at the moment and I can't see the bright side, they will sit in the dark with me just so I'm not alone. Yeah, I have some friends who I thought would be there more, but it's okay as they cannot handle it. The ones who are coming through are amazing.

3. Safeway deliveries!! I've been so tired for the past 3 days and I need things from Safeway - like toilet paper! I'm so happy they deliver and I don't have to hop in the car and be miserably running around the store looking for things. They do it all for me.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 6, 2016 11:40AM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm grateful for:

1. The ability to Work From Home - it makes treatment so much easier! And customer calls in pjs rock!

2. My medical team - I feel really lucky to have the team that I do and the oncology nurses are simply some of the best human beings on the planet.

3. The friends I have made on these forums. I feel supported not only from my friends locally, but from a world wide (literally) circle of people who are going through the same things and are there for me when I'm down and happy for me when I'm up.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 6, 2016 01:23PM Jlb2016 wrote:

I am grateful for:

1) my husband - he's keeping a positive front and trying his best to stay normal while keeping his own health challenges in check.

2) my mom - at 82, she's my rock. i pray everyday that she remains healthy and strong.

3) my girls - for trying their very best to understand the current challenges.

i just realized, my strength to fight this is very dependent on how my family is taking this journey with me.

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May 6, 2016 02:07PM CJSharma wrote:

That is awesome JLB - family is so important. :)

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 8, 2016 11:10AM CJSharma wrote:

3 Things for today:

1. Good days!! Man, after a week of high fatigue, I'm thrilled to feel normal!

2. Physical activity - it keeps me sane. Even just a walk can make a difference to me.

3. Netflix and OnDemand that allows me to binge watch a series when getting off the sofa is a struggle.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 10, 2016 05:52PM Jlb2016 wrote:

3 things for today:

1) feeling normal - makes me forget the back pain

2) prayers/faith - something that makes me centered when the noise in my head won't shut up:)

3) sunshine - i can't imagine to be in treatment during winter. sunshine gives me the chance to walk.

hope you are doing well CJSharma. I am prepping for my next round next week. trying to be strong.

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May 11, 2016 08:41AM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm grateful for:

1. My animal companions. My dogs make me walk even when I don't want to, and when I'm at my most down, they lay beside me letting me know how much they love me. My cat, will curl up in my arms and purr me to sleep when sleep is hard to find.

2. The nurses at the fusion center - they are always so bright and cheerful and make the time go more quickly.

3. Free online courses that I can take to keep my mind as sharp as possible through the chemo fog.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 11, 2016 09:40AM hsant wrote:

CJ, what a cool thread you created!

1. I just celebrated (for lack of a better word. I didn't exactly throw a party) my one year cancerversary. I'm grateful that my TMs came back normal.

2. I'm grateful for my husband. I've been in Cleveland taking with my dad since August, and the hubs has been supportive and patient.

3. I'm grateful for my dad. He was an extraordinary father my whole life, and it's a privilege to be able to give a little of that back.

P.s. I hope you come back to the booze thread

Dx 5/10/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 6/11/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 11, 2016 12:34PM - edited May 11, 2016 12:34PM by farmerlucy

Thanks for starting this thread.

Today I'm grateful for

1. My DD and boyfriend moving home from Denver. She's only been gone a year but I really miss her.

2. I'm grateful that the baby chicks were all safe overnight, their first night out of the dog crate, and that they were protected by Boz and Spike the roosters.

3. I'm grateful for a bit of time off from my farm duties, as we have company there for the next week.

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/21/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/22/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/14/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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May 12, 2016 04:03PM CJSharma wrote:

HSant - I've pretty much given up booze for this duration as it just makes me more tired and more dehydrated. As soon as I'm done with chemo, I'll probably start up again. :) I feel like an imposter on the thread. :p CONGRATS on your Cancerverary and on your one year clear! That is exciting

FarmerLucy - thanks for joining!! I get what you mean your DD. Mine is only 90 minutes away and is home frequently, but I wish she were closer. And I love your baby chick story. Sounds like an exciting life on your farm.

Today's things are:

1. The California sunshine. It helps me go for a walk even when I don't want to.

2. A possible understanding to why I was so fatigued last chemo round. My lab tests came back with a high Phosphate level which means I probably have not been drinking enough water. Well, I'll hyperhydrate this round if it means less fatigue.

3. My LAST AC chemo round. It's on to Taxol but it's nice to cross this one off the list!!




Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 12, 2016 04:30PM Jlb2016 wrote:

today i am grateful for:

1) my Senior ex-neighbors and friends - i just did my second reiki with them today.

2) co-workers - trying to work my share

3) friends - praying with me

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May 13, 2016 10:47AM CJSharma wrote:

JLB - I have a senior ex-neighbor who is absolutely amazing. I used to call her the little old lady who lives down the street. I miss seeing her daily.

Happy Friday all!

Today I'm grateful for:

1. Fridays! And my daughter coming down to hang out with me for the weekend.

2. Oncologist nurses with good advice. While looking over my labs with me, my nurse pointed out that I had elevated phosphates which could mean that I need to drink more water. My last round was horrible with fatigue and I started it out with a dinner out with my hubby and nephew and the wine was flowing. Then when the fatigue hit, nothing tasted good especially plain water. I'm all stocked up with natural flavorings for my water, and an app that reminds me to drink a glass every 2 hours. I'm hoping for a much better round four (and final!) of AC.

3. Again, my friends who are always there for me. I so appreciate it. I'm so blessed.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 14, 2016 02:14PM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm grateful for:

1. A neighborhood 5k that got me out and about with my neighbors and enjoying the houses (I live in an old part of town with unique houses).

2. Pizza - when I want carbs, pizza is there for me. :)

3. Good days where I feel normal and at the top of my game.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 14, 2016 04:14PM hsant wrote:

A. The auto body shop that fixed the damage I caused on my back bumper at no cost, even though they could. I was rear ended a couple of months ago.

B. Truffle salt. I sprinkle a healthy amount every morning on my soft boiled eggs.

C. The rain has stopped (for now). I'm grateful for the sun peeking thru the clouds

Dx 5/10/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 6/11/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 14, 2016 10:28PM Positivepower11 wrote:

cj what a lovely thread

Today I'm grateful for

My loving and supportive family particularly my brother

Amazing supportive friends from all over the world

A stranger who is a friend of a friend who spent an hour talking to me giving me tips on handling AC chemo and supplements.

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May 15, 2016 10:09AM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm grateful for:

1. That first cup of coffee this morning.

2. My very darling daughter who takes time off work every time I have treatment and keeps me company. I did something right with her (I will always be thankful for her).

3. My insane exercise DVD collection. It means that I always have a workout that suits my needs, even when it's just a very simple, gentle workout.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 15, 2016 12:31PM hsant wrote:

Today:

1. That the morning snow has stopped and is starting to melt.

2. Sundays!

3. My friends

Dx 5/10/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 6/11/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 15, 2016 09:54PM Positivepower11 wrote:

Today I am grateful for

A lovely niece and nephew

The Hay house world summit which has a number of inspirational video and talks online until May 27th .

My fresh orange juice every morning

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May 16, 2016 12:25AM Jlb2016 wrote:

today I am grateful for:

Friends - who continue to pray with me for complete healing

Celebrating my daughter's confirmation

Hairdresser who helped me through this process of embracing my baldness.

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May 16, 2016 09:15AM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm grateful for:

1. Local forum friends who spend hours answering questions about things. It's so nice to have someone who gets it and who knows things. :)

2. Feeling good in the morning. It may not last, but I love waking up and feeling decent. :)

3. When the constipation ends and I no longer feel like a stuffed turkey. :p

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 16, 2016 09:36AM 2ND20 wrote:

My husband. My son's and my grandsons.

Dx 2/9/2016, Left
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May 16, 2016 10:59AM hsant wrote:

Today:

1. Uber! I didn't want to deal with the stress of traffic and parking when I was diagnosed last year, and fell in love with Uber. Most recently, I met friends for cocktails on Saturday, and Uber in the suburbs of Cleveland didn't disappoint.

2. My father. I am so grateful he's still sharp as a tack and has his brilliant analytical mind.

3. Beautiful sunny weather

Dx 5/10/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 6/11/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 16, 2016 10:35PM Positivepower11 wrote:

Today I am grateful for a Chemo session that went well

Blood counts and all parameters normal

The fun shopping I did at Sephora with my niece.

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May 17, 2016 11:43AM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm thankful for:

1. Cool mornings on hot days so I can walk the dogs and even my little white guy who gets overheated as he's so low to the ground is happy.

2. The ability to walk the dogs. It's tiring, but I can usually make it the .8 miles around the block and the dogs are happier when I do it.

3. CSA's who deliver lovely vegetables right to the door. I have some gorgeous Swiss Chard that I'm planning to cook tonight.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 17, 2016 02:12PM Jlb2016 wrote:

I am grateful for:

The nice weather today

The meditation which calmed my nerves and anxiety because my 2nd round is onThursday

For email and text messages from friends trying to uplift my spirit

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May 17, 2016 11:28PM Positivepower11 wrote:

Today I am grateful for :

I woke up feeling great

My accupuncture session

Lovely Thai dinner with an old friend

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May 18, 2016 09:02AM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm grateful for:

1. Safeway delivering. :)

2. People who inspire me to be and do more.

3. Cats who snuggle on my lap and purr. They make me happy.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 19, 2016 02:15PM CJSharma wrote:

Today I'm grateful for:

1. My amazing coworkers - coming back into the office is wonderful every single time.

2. Working out. When I can work out, I'm happy. Even if it wears me out.

3. Opportunities... I am on the cusp of making some big changes as this experience has been the motivator. My mom waited her entire life to move to her beach house and then died from liver cancer six months before the scheduled move. I don't want to be that way. I plan to move to my mountain house next Spring, and hope to continue to work for my company until I can figure out what I want to do.

Wag More, Bark Less (Purr More, Hiss less) Dx 3/11/2016, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/30/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/17/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 19, 2016 02:31PM Positivepower11 wrote:

Today I am grateful for

My friend who sends me healing every day

The fact that I don't have to work every day and can work at my own pace

Forums where people who share there positivity with me.


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May 20, 2016 07:27PM Jlb2016 wrote:

Grateful for friends and family praying with me. Technology helps in virtual prayers.

Grateful for my mom and hubby who are always with me during treatment days.

Always grateful for a loving Go

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