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Topic: Bonfire of the Goddesses

Forum: Moving Beyond Cancer —

Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2011 08:28PM - edited May 20, 2017 06:34PM by jo1955

jo1955 wrote:

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 23, 2011 08:45PM jo1955 wrote:

Hadley - I can't take all the credit.  Nancy91355 had the original idea.  She asked me to start this so we could have the picture at the top.

Hang out with us - this should be fun. 

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 23, 2011 08:49PM Eph3_12 wrote:

I'm tossing in my almost empty tube of skin numbing cream that I used on my port before getting stuck each chemo treatment.  I've been saving it for some reason, but I think it's hardened to the point of no longer being viable.  I have my never used wig too-since it's not real hair it shouldn't stink right?  Oh, and my Susan Love Breast Cancer book.  Cracked it open once-scared me too much to read!  That's not a lot of fuel, but it can burn, virtually, for a looooooooooooooong time!

God Bless Your Day-Joni2 Dx 4/2/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 23, 2011 08:54PM jo1955 wrote:

Eph - We have got to get this baby started somehow and every little bit helps the cause. 

I am throwing in all the literature the rad nurse gave me about their support groups, zumba dance class and about their facility.  Don't ever want to go back there again.

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 23, 2011 09:00PM Alyad wrote:

Can I throw in the stupid cancer binder I got when diagnosed? and all my doo-rags (acutally planning to donate those tho), I still have a bunch of creams and stuff left over from rads- things in my medicine cabinet- stool softner, heartburn meds, special mouthwashes

Dx 12/8/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+, HER2- Dx 3/22/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 23, 2011 09:00PM jo1955 wrote:

Bad attitudes from rad oncs, unscented soap, Aquaphor sample tubes and a partially used tube of Topicort and the next person who asks me how I am doing and has a pitiful look on their face.

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 23, 2011 09:07PM jo1955 wrote:

Nancy - OK!  So will I.  I had a major whine fest there too.

Good Night My Friend 

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 23, 2011 09:22PM ToriGirl wrote:

Yeppers...I have all the "Welcome to Cancer 101" swag too...heck, I think they even charged my insurance for some of it!  I'm chucking it all into the bonfire too!  

I still have rads to do, so I'm keeping my "whiney-ness" for a bit longer!  I'm sure the fire will still be burning when I"m done..so I'll toss it in then!

LOVE THIS THREAD!

Tori

DE COLORES! 

"Sorrow carves the opening for joy later..." Dx 6/4/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 23, 2011 09:22PM sheila888 wrote:

I already threw away so much and it was recently.

I still have the brand new pink shirts but I cant donate and throwing in the bon fireUndecided

(((jo)))

Sheila♥ Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 8/21/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/12/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 11/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/lungs, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 23, 2011 10:07PM Anjanita wrote:

This must be the spot!

 Looks like you've got a pretty good blaze going now.  Are all of us finished?  If so, I'll add my silly purple slippers to the pile. Any more dancing from here out will be done in more stylish attire.

Not to worry about the whining.  Seems it's what a person needs to do until they don't need to do it anymore.  I suspect I haven't hit that spot yet.  If so, I don't mind keeping the door open for when it's my turn. Wink

 The whole works of you look just like goddesses tonight.  Ya do!

Gratitude is the attitude! Dx 10/2010, ILC, Stage II, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jan 23, 2011 10:11PM - edited Jan 23, 2011 10:13PM by Anjanita

What I get for posting without more careful reading.  'scuse, Tori, for missing the part about your rads.

I'll expect hearing a very fine whine.  Maybe also some cheese and crackers?

Edit:  I've grabbed a branch and am pulling my purples out of the cinders before they get singed.  (Gotta wear 'em for the Tori dance.)

Gratitude is the attitude! Dx 10/2010, ILC, Stage II, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jan 24, 2011 01:56AM raeinnz wrote:

I'll throw in the info pack I received from the local bc support group (could just never get myself there) and the bright green crocs I wore to all the bc appointments and surgeries (can't bear to wear them now so no use hoarding!)

PILC, BMX with immed recon Feb 09. No chemo. No rads. Femara. Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. Dx 1/20/2009, ILC, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 06:20AM jw523 wrote:

Hey sisters  - I will add all the bras, tank tops and t-shirts I bought for after surgery and during Rads that I thought would be so comfortable but weren't. 

My make up bag filled with cornstarch, wipes, miaderm samples, a comb, calendula cream and deodorant that I used for the past 9 weeks and never want to look at again. 

Also my 3 full tubes of aloe vera (how did I keep buying that stuff!? Am I a cream hoarder?)

Dx 7/30/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 07:04AM jo1955 wrote:

I want to throw in all the bras that got soaked with Aquaphor and are now stained with purple ink from rads.

Anjanita - Hope you were able to save the purple slippers.

                          

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 24, 2011 07:20AM AnneW wrote:

I've been waiting for this moment and just cleaned out my closets this weekend. Let me add all the cutsie pink ribbon $h!t I got from everyone (there is so much!), the "How to heal Yourself" CD set, the past-their-expiration date vitamins and supplements I bought because someone suggested they would keep the cancer from recurring, and post-implant bras. As well as all "the looks" (you know what I'm talking about!)

Wow, I feel better.

Bring on the marshmallows!!!!

2002 IDC stage 1, grade 1, rads & AI Dx 9/18/2007, ILC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 07:30AM jo1955 wrote:

AnneW - Welcome to our group.  Good place to hang out and get rid of all the crap.   Also for all you in the cold temps, good place to gather around the fire and stay warm.

                          

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 24, 2011 08:17AM prayrv wrote:

I'll add all the requests for donations that have started to come to my mailbox since I donated to the ACS (they were helpful and I was grateful).  I am on a list now - so I'll add something every other week to the fire!

Trish

Dx 4/27/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 08:20AM - edited Jan 24, 2011 10:50AM by elimar

I'd add my green sharpie stained bra (from rads markings 'cause i passed on getting the tattoos) to the bonfire, but that got torched the day I finished rads.  I'll start tossing my empty Tamox. bottles in.  That should give you a steady supply of fuel for the next four years!

Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 08:21AM elimar wrote:

BTW, jo, I LOVE the thread title.  Burn, baby, burn.
Dx 6/24/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 08:27AM jo1955 wrote:

Elimar just reminded me.  I want to toss in the Armidex and Femara bottles.  Those did not work for me and I just assume get rid of them.

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 24, 2011 08:41AM Letlet wrote:

Binders with pages of SE of Adriamycin, Taxol, Cyclophosphamide....this will keep the fire going for an hour or so. Then we move on to Neulasta..

 oh and how about the mountain of EOB's from the insurance company...okay...2 more hours of fuel...

Dx 8/27/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/23 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+
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Jan 24, 2011 08:46AM jo1955 wrote:

Let's add all the doctor bills.  

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 24, 2011 09:36AM Meece wrote:

The other day I ran across the "planner" they gave me at beginning of tx.  Something to read and write all my appointments in.  It's about 3/4" thick, should burn pretty well.

Sure it's tough, but so are you! Dx 11/23/2003, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/5/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/1/2004
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Jan 24, 2011 09:55AM jo1955 wrote:

I had a ton of paperwork that was given to me when I went for my pre op. That should be tossed.

Jo - Lump, no chemo, 25 rads + 5 boosts, Tamox X5 years . cancerr free since Aug 30th, 2010. April 2014 - Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction. July 13, 2013 - Hysterectomy due to multiple uterine issues while on Tamoxifen.
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Jan 24, 2011 10:04AM Ellie1959 wrote:

I have a boatload of stuff too - Pink is my favorite color but enough is enough - chemo blanket- check, ugly hats- check, stupid books - check, comment from the lady who said "I am surprised you made it this far........,", check. I may not be able to quit whining completely but I am DONE feeling sorry for myself........,

Dx 12/27/2005, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 10:24AM - edited Jan 24, 2011 10:25AM by walker2222

Here is my old bras, under wire mastectomy bra (who came  up with that idea?)  My TE cards and booklet since I am not going to use them.  Gona keep my wig for now, may donate it.  All the pamplets from all the dr visits that have I have no use of. 

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. I had several surgries due to problem with reconstruction, had last TE remove 2011. Dx 3/30/2010, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 5/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/11/2010 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/21/2010 Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 6/23/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 10/22/2010 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 11/9/2010 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/14/2010 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 1/3/2011 Breast Surgery 6/7/2011 Reconstruction (left)
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Jan 24, 2011 10:42AM barbe1958 wrote:

I threw my bras out the night before my masts, sorry! They were HUGE and would have burned for HOURS!!!!!! So I'll just throw in my 2 hoodies that I fortuitously bought with pockets that held the drains for almost 3 weeks!

Dx 12/10/2008, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/16/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 2/4/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 2/17/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jan 24, 2011 12:36PM chabba wrote:

Along with all the books, fliers, pamphlets, anything with a pink ribbon or "for the cure" on it, window stickers, creams, lotions, the bras that didn't work, the stained shirts, I'll toss all the invitations to come to support groups, seminars, look good feel good presentations and so on (all held in the evening of course) at a location 90 miles from here--and 70 miles from the clinic!

Dx 5/25/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 12:49PM Karenp62 wrote:

Here are the heavy prosthesis I received from the American Cancer Society (not that I didn't appreciate them). They were soooo heavy they stretch the mastectomy bra.

Karen

Dx 6/1/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 01:32PM cathmg wrote:

Love it!

Throwing onto the blaze: my old stained-after-surgery bathrobe, zillions of dr's appointment cards, bill and insurance eobs, the letter that said my mammogram was NORMAL, my old bras, all the bc books and pamphlets, the OTC meds for chemo side effects, my mood/sleep log kept during the clinical depression I was in...

Would like to throw in the folks who told me to "think positive", but I guess I'll spare them, along with that unfeeling witch of a surgeon.

Thanks, I feel better!

CAt

Dx 7/17/2008, ILC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 24, 2011 01:57PM Letlet wrote:

unfortunately I can't burn my button down and zip shirts. i still live in them since my mastectomy. Forget about turtlenecks. I don't think I can ever wear them anymore.

Dx 8/27/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/23 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+

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