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Forum: Stage III Breast Cancer — You are not alone. Meet others who have Stage III breast cancer.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2010 10:49PM, edited Apr 26, 2014 11:00AM by AnacortesGirl

AnacortesGirl wrote:

OK ladies.  I know this may go over like a lead balloon but I have a weird sense of humor.  And in the spirit of Jeff Foxworthy and his redneck jokes I thought we might have enough material to do some cancer jokes. 

You know you are a cancer patient when ...

You read a book and you laugh when the subject has been diagnosed with cancer and their first question to the oncologist is "Will I lose my hair?".

Your onc says that you need a transfusion and you ask "Can I get that from a  nineteen year old?" 

When your onc asks you the folllowing "Are you fatigued? Apetite OK? Any neuropathy? Bowels OK?" and you respond with "Can't you come up with any new questions?" and the onc responds with "I get paid to ask these questions!"

For more short, fun and uplifting posts, click the following link for some cute pics:

Warm & Fuzzy owls, goats, kitties, dogs, birds, ETC. Pics & Links

Christy - BRCA2+; mets to bones and liver, Taxol/Sutent -> AC, BMX - no recon, Rads, Carboplatin, BSO, Veliparib trial (8/30/13-3/13/14) Dx 7/21/2009, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 14/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 09/01/2010 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 02/01/2011 Hormonal Therapy 09/09/2012 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Dx 9/9/2012, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 03/29/2013 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 08/16/2013 Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant, class: estrogen receptor downregulator (ERD)) Chemotherapy 03/20/2014 Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin)
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Jul 25, 2010 09:14AM jenn3 wrote:

The onc/dr actually expects us to either gain weight and/or is happy with no weight loss.......

You find yourself discussing your bowel movements with cyber friends from BCO online and don't find it a little strange.................

Jenn - June 2009 IDC-TN, Stage III, 02/2011 Stage IV mets to the lungs & spine / Laugh until your belly hurts, then laugh some more...........
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Jul 25, 2010 09:45AM , edited Jul 25, 2010 04:31PM by justpayton1

You are thrilled to be able to poop "normally"....

You have more Dr.s than friends ( this DOSEN"T include you ladies).....

You can rattle off your platelet counts and actually know what good and bad are....

Dx 2/9/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 2/13 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 25, 2010 11:29AM squidwitch42 wrote:

you look at an infants head of hair and compare it to yours

Dx 10/2/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 25, 2010 11:35AM amlg1 wrote:

When everyone sooooo nice to you!

Anna.7/22/11 mets to spinal fluid.7/1/2011 now met to brain:( Stage IV Dx 4/22/2009, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 31/34 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Jul 25, 2010 04:29PM jenn3 wrote:

your friends from work see you with very little hair and a bloated face from steriods and they say you look good...............

you actually miss plucking or having your eyebrows waxed..................

Jenn - June 2009 IDC-TN, Stage III, 02/2011 Stage IV mets to the lungs & spine / Laugh until your belly hurts, then laugh some more...........
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Jul 25, 2010 04:30PM justpayton1 wrote:

You are on a first name basis w/ the flower delivery guy

Dx 2/9/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 2/13 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 25, 2010 04:36PM changes wrote:

Your breasts have had more "pictures" taken of them than Pamela Anderson's.

IDC Stage 1, Grade 1 Dx 5/14/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 05/26/2010 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast Hormonal Therapy Radiation Therapy
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Jul 25, 2010 04:39PM , edited Jul 25, 2010 04:40PM by Scooter-12

When you get your head shaved and look like the woman on the anti-nausea medication box, dark circles and all...

Dx 8/11/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 25, 2010 04:42PM Alaina wrote:

...when your sex life is so non-existent you actually look forward to being felt up by your oncologist...

#Don'tJudgeMe

#I'mJustSayin'

Dx 3/20/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jul 25, 2010 04:49PM Titan wrote:

You walk in the rads room through the hallway and threaten to just go there topless because what difference does it make anyway?  The whole entire cancer center has seen your boobs.

Dx 3/18/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 25, 2010 07:48PM SpunkyGirl wrote:

ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!

Alaina, I was just thinking those very thoughts at my last checkup a few days ago!  I can't even think of anything as funny as what I've read here, but if I do, I'll be back.

Hugs

Bobbie

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul."
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Jul 25, 2010 07:52PM momand2kids wrote:

when you go to the dentist and start to unbutton your shirt because you have been showing everyone your breasts for so long....... 

Dx 10/29/2008, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/24/2008 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast Chemotherapy 01/15/2009 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin) Radiation Therapy 03/22/2009 Hormonal Therapy 06/14/2009 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor)
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Jul 25, 2010 07:56PM shells43 wrote:

People ask you how you are feeling and you answer truthfully. My favorite answer right now is "draggin' ass".

Yours are more funny though, and I needed a laugh! Thanks

Rt. Mx 3/11/10 no recon. FECx3-Tx3. 28 Rads. Finished 10/26/10. Arimidex. On with life. Dx 3/8/2010, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 03/10/2010 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast
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Jul 25, 2010 08:01PM lovetosail wrote:

(funny thread!)

you don't go anywhere without immodium in your pocket

you can't remember the last time you bought razors

Dx 10/19/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jul 25, 2010 08:04PM apple wrote:

these are great!

peace and love, apple - ..... Mary Magdalen Dx 4/10/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2+
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Jul 25, 2010 08:41PM justpayton1 wrote:

The sight of red kool-aid makes you gag..thanks A/C

you no longer have to budget in shampoo..haircuts..colors..

Dx 2/9/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 2/13 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 25, 2010 08:55PM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:

You ask for "seconds" of Communion Wine!

Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted. Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Jul 25, 2010 09:03PM flash wrote:

when you're ecstatic over having nose hair

multifocal multicentric IDC, DCIS, pagets et al. - er+,pr+ her2+++, mast,chemo, ooph, hyst Dx 10/10/2007, Paget's, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jul 25, 2010 09:23PM weesa wrote:

when your living room sofa has a permanent indentation in it which looks strangely like your butt.

Sometimes I wonder if I am an old soul temporarily trapped in a breast cancer body. Dx 11/22/2002, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 01/19/2003 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 06/13/2003 Hormonal Therapy 08/22/2003 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side ; Reconstruction of my right breast: Latissimus dorsi flap
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Jul 25, 2010 09:27PM BrendaAreYouA4 wrote:

On windy days you have to hold onto your 'hair' to keep it from blowing across a parking lot.

You have more anti-diarrhea medications than your grandmother!

Bilateral Mx, DIEP reconstruction with hemorrhage, clotting, staph infection in one breast, oopherectomy, 14 surgeries for complications, TC X 4, Arimedex for next 5 years. Dx 8/28/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 25, 2010 09:33PM BrendaAreYouA4 wrote:

..When you keep at least 3 blue plastic throw up bags in your night stand drawer.

Bilateral Mx, DIEP reconstruction with hemorrhage, clotting, staph infection in one breast, oopherectomy, 14 surgeries for complications, TC X 4, Arimedex for next 5 years. Dx 8/28/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 25, 2010 10:01PM weesa wrote:

when your pedometer says you took 108 steps today.

Sometimes I wonder if I am an old soul temporarily trapped in a breast cancer body. Dx 11/22/2002, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 01/19/2003 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 06/13/2003 Hormonal Therapy 08/22/2003 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side ; Reconstruction of my right breast: Latissimus dorsi flap
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Jul 26, 2010 05:32AM BrendaAreYouA4 wrote:

when your doctor gives you a prescription for a cranial prosthesis...

when you wish you still had bad hair days... 

Bilateral Mx, DIEP reconstruction with hemorrhage, clotting, staph infection in one breast, oopherectomy, 14 surgeries for complications, TC X 4, Arimedex for next 5 years. Dx 8/28/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 26, 2010 05:49AM chrissyb wrote:

When your family doctor asks if he can give you a hug.

I found my peace which gave me strength. 52 at dx. (Sugar Glitter Cheeks) Dx 12/8/2003, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 0/12 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 26, 2010 05:57AM Leah_S wrote:

When you call people up to tell them (with great excitement) "I used mascara today!!!!"

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 26, 2010 06:30AM diana50 wrote:

when you fall off your bike.....end up with road rash, sprained wrist and broken finger and tell the doctor in urgent care."its not THAT bad" Cool
Courage is being scared to death...but saddling up anyway...John Wayne.. Dx 2/26/2002, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 10/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 03/03/2002 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side Chemotherapy 04/02/2002 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 08/05/2002 Hormonal Therapy 08/09/2002 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Dx 8/30/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 10/01/2012 Hormonal Therapy 10/14/2012 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Chemotherapy 07/07/2014 Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 05/04/2015 Ixempra (chemical name: ixabepilone)
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Jul 26, 2010 06:43AM still-kickin wrote:

You know you are a cancer patient when.....Your favorite snack is a rusty flagpole!Tongue out
We might not have it all together, but, together we have it all Dx 4/8/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Jul 26, 2010 06:49AM lorrhaw wrote:

(This thread is too funny)

You know you're a cancer patient when you are happy that you, or another breastcancer.org friend, GETS to have chemo because white blood cell counts stayed high,

Diagnosis: 1/8/10, Stage IV, 1 met ER,PR +, HER2 negative Dx 1/8/2010, 3cm, Stage IV, 0/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 26, 2010 06:55AM still-kickin wrote:

When you catch yourself giving self-breast exam in public

We might not have it all together, but, together we have it all Dx 4/8/2008, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Jul 26, 2010 08:42AM justpayton1 wrote:

when you have to check to make sure you have all your "parts"on before you answer the door.

Dx 2/9/2009, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 2/13 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-

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