Topic: With Gratitude, for Julie

Forum: May Their Memory Live On — Honor those who have passed.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020 11:37AM

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020 11:37AM

PaulL wrote:

Thank you to everyone on these forums for the wisdom and knowledge they imparted. My wife, Julie, was diagnosed stage IV at 55 and with treatments got 5 years of life. It was a roller coaster at times; but witnessing the real-life experiences here helped us to navigate the side effects and medical choices.

I did write up some of her story (and her cancer journey) at julieslife(dot)com and I will do more to support this community for the future.

I hope that others can witness her life and know that she made everything around her that much better and helped myself and others see the beauty in people, animals and everyday objects.

Also a reminder to always opt for Joy where-ever you can find it. I was able to bring our big dog into the hospital near the end.

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Jan 14, 2020 05:55PM debal wrote:

Wow Paul. What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing. I'm so sorry. Wishing you strength and love too.

"Opt for Joy" will do.

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right) Surgery 2/12/2018 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 4/2/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/9/2018 Reconstruction (Left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/20/2018 Reconstruction (Left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting Surgery
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Jan 14, 2020 07:50PM dysonsphere wrote:

I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute. She was lucky to have your support.

Age 50 at Dx, 11/20 abnormal Mammo, 12/2 Ultra sound, 12/3 Biopsy,12/31/19 Started treatment at MD Anderson , 1/9/2020 Node biopsy, malignant 1/13/2020 Genetic Test negative 2/6 Started 16 cycles of chemo (completed 6/18) Dx 12/10/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 5/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/6/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2020 Lumpectomy: Right
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Jan 15, 2020 04:14PM PaulL wrote:

Thank you dysonsphere and DebAL. Sending strength and support to both of you.

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Jan 27, 2020 06:40PM edwards750 wrote:

What a wonderful heartfelt tribute to your wife. She was indeed an amazing lady. So sorry for your loss.

I lost my one and only sister to Stage IV BC last August. My sister was DX in 2012. Her cancer came back 3 times and the last time it took her life.

I know the pain of losing someone you love from this insidious disease. My sister was a fighter too but she suffered so. I miss her every day.

Cherish your memories as I will.


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Feb 15, 2020 12:15AM PaulL wrote:

Thank you edwards750 and so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister.

It can be such a roller coaster.

I still miss Julie every single day and remember how much I love her.

This week KEXP Radio did a whole day of telling cancer stories. It was so powerful. They told Julie's story and played two of her favorite songs. It brought forth tears and a smile.

And you can see the playlist and dedications here:

Just keep clicking on 'Earlier' for the whole 12 hours. Very powerful.

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