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Forum: Life After Breast 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: Feb 1, 2011 03:28PM

Laurie08 wrote:

I thought it might be fun to start a thread on what we are having, making or had for dinner.  Sometimes it is the best tuna steak you ever had, sometimes it's a can of soup.  But we all do it every night in some form or another.  Maybe we can give each other ideas on what to make, or bitch about what we had, or the fact that we did enjoy that grilled cheese with tomato soup. 

Every night my husband comes home and says "whats for dinner?"  no matter what I say he always says "sounds good!"  even if I say it's a 'fend for yourself night'. :)

Bilateral Mastectomy on 6/30/10 Exchange surgery 1/10/11 Dx 4/22/2010, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Apr 17, 2021 08:02PM illimae wrote:

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the kind words.

Tonight was a sandwich, turkey with Swiss, red onion, lettuce, Mayo and avocado on a soft white roll. Dessert was an individual Marie calendar’s key lime pie cup. I probably could have saved fat and calories by getting key lime yogurt instead, next time.

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/22/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/17/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 17, 2021 09:12PM - edited Apr 17, 2021 09:14PM by ChiSandy

I had considering doing WW online (I'm actually a "lifetime member," having first hit goal in 1970) until someone here mentioned that oil costs points. While it is commendable that fiber subtracts points, insisting on non-or-low-fat is obsolete nutritional science. Per current medical nutrition advice, points ought to penalize sugars and simple starches--which have been proven to cause insulin to spike and promote fat storage rather than fat burning and glycogen storage. Some oils--such as olive, peanut, and avocado--are beneficial because they are monounsaturated, containing omega-3 fatty acids. (Polyunsaturated seed oils such as corn, sunflower, safflower, canola and grapeseed are high in omega-6 fatty acids that promote release of inflammatory cytokines and cortisol--the latter of which can actually spike insulin as much as can simple carbs). Fats of all kinds--even saturated--can blunt the glycemic load from simple carbs. (You're better off eating your bread with butter or olive oil than plain). Diets that demonize fats across the board while promoting grains & white potatoes and ignoring sugar are all the product of the grain--especially corn--lobby.

The Weight Management clinic of NorthShore Health System (part of the Cardiology Dept. at Skokie Hospital) uses one of four diet plans, all low-carb: keto meal-replacement bars & shakes; pure keto; low-carb near-keto; low-simple-carb (no added sugar but up to one serving of a whole-grain or dairy product per day) for its weight loss phase; and its maintenance plan is a low-starch no-sugar version of the Mediterranean diet, with an emphasis on fish, leaner meats and occasionally legumes as protein sources. All plans strongly suggest that 2/3 of every meal plate should be a non-starchy, non-sugary vegetable. No fruits except berries, cantaloupe, honeydew (the melons should not be too ripe) and occasionally citrus. No pomes, drupes, or tropical fruits--and no dried fruits other than unsweetened freeze-dried berries.

WW never did fully shed its Jean Nidetch roots (the original diet she promoted prohibited ANY added fats or ANY starches other than 2 required slices a day of cheap plain white bread; it mandated 4-oz. lunch and 6-oz.dinner portions of animal protein, requiring one liver meal and five fish meals a week and counting salmon as "red meat," which had to be eaten no more nor less than 3 servings per week. Pork in any form was forbidden. It limited eggs to 4 per week and required 3 fruits--but no bananas, cherries or grapes and only one serving of apple or pear--a day, as well as 2 servings of instant powdered skim milk per day. Blecch. There were unlimited ("#3," aka "free") and limited ("#4") vegetables, one serving the latter of which (no more, no less) was mandated daily. (Tomatoes, carrots, peas, green beans other than canned French-cut, winter squash, okra were among the #4s).

In 1972 it cut back protein portion sizes, allowed liquid skim milk and actually required 1 Tbsp. of oil or margarine per day. Whole grains (including unsweetened cereal) and even potatoes (plain) were added, and eventually--based on gender--allowed up to 6 servings per day. (Jenny Craig & NutraSystem copied that, using the term "exchanges" borrowed from diabetic diets--and on JC, men could have up to 10 grain exchanges a day). In the 1990s after Weight Watchers enlisted celebrity spokespersons like Oprah, Lynn Redgrave & Sarah Ferguson, it switched to the "points" system similar to today's (i.e., fiber good, fat bad). I recall that at one time when I was on it in the early "aughts" it even assigned point values to various Krispy Kreme & Dunkin' donuts and sweetened yogurts. There were so many calculations--including cheat points--that it became more trouble than it was worth.

Any diet that demonizes fat, looks the other way on carbs (other than green & red veggies), and still uses the tired (and since disproven) simple "calories in vs. calories out" trope is simply no longer sound science.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 18, 2021 06:23AM carolehalston wrote:

Most diets seem to work (for a time). Having guide lines helps me (for a time). I seem to become more involved in planning meals and doing prep. Most of my life I had no problem with weight control. Then came BC and no HRT and Arimidex for 5 years and aging. It's a battle. Fried seafood is probably more of a temptation than dessert foods. I also like bread and pasta. And butter. Oh, and a nightly vodka martini that costs me 8 points out of my 23.

With all that said, last night's dinner was a little strange. Grilled ribeye steak and cauliflower salad (mock potato salad) on romaine. The salad tasted much better to me before I put it in the refrigerator. Dh had diced sweet onion on his portion.

A woman in our MN campground makes a delicious broccoli salad. I want to look up a WW friendly version. Her version has a lot of bacon and mayo.

Tonight will probably be large peeled shrimp "fried" in the air fryer, oven potato fries, and romaine salad. Hmm. A lot of healthy "fried" food.

Glad Bedo popped in. Wish she would do so more regularly. I always enjoy sharing a bit of her life.

Good luck with the surgery, Special. DH is a veteran MOHS patient.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 18, 2021 04:56PM illimae wrote:

Tonight is a BL (no T) and it’s wonderful. The iceberg lettuce is extra special too, seems crispier than usual. So yummy.

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/22/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/17/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 18, 2021 07:17PM - edited Apr 18, 2021 07:20PM by ChiSandy

Went to brunch today, had my usual quiche (ham, Swiss & mushroom, and left the crust) and tossed salad. Later, Bob walked over to Whole Foods and brought back sea scallops which were on special. But because they were previously frozen, I had to cook them tonight. Sprinkled them with Penzey's Chesapeake seasoning. Pan-seared them in avocado oil and butter--to which I added saffron threads I'd soaked in a teaspoonful of hot water. Sauteed sugar-snap peas with sesame seeds in garlic-ginger oil. And for Bob, I nuked a packet of brown basmati rice. Dessert was an individually-wrapped square of Ghirardelli 86% dark chocolate.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 18, 2021 07:45PM MinusTwo wrote:

Bedo, Bedo, Bedo - oh how I've missed you. Congrats on the 2nd grandchild. Glad you're taking the summer off. PLEASE d0n't be a stranger. We miss you.

Mae - the news about the new lesions is the pitts. Glad you're approaching it with shrimp & lobster & a positive guess it's the same thing as last time.

Lacey - love the grandbaby. Carole - when do you expect to head North? Special - good luck with the re-excision. Nance - ho, ho, ho - boxes everywhere but they're not surprise presents.... Hope it goes smoothly.

I get to sleep in my own bed tonight. And I have a computer re-connected after 48 hours. The pace of trying to keep up with 4 & 5 guys working full bore SEVEN days a week is a real challenge. Not to mention I have to be up by 7am (and I'm a night person) and then get rooms ready for the next day after they leave, so don't sleep until 2am. Yup - I'm not 35 anymore so I'm tired. Food is catch as catch can. Friday I forgot to eat at all and then was too tired by 8pm. Yesterday the contractors brought me a Whopper with Cheese since the fridge was covered for sheetrock repair. Today I had a handful of dry roasted peanuts for breakfast and dinner was two flour tortillas with cheese melted in the micro at 8pm. Real excitement!!!

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 19, 2021 05:16AM carolehalston wrote:

Minus, you are on the Home Improvement Diet!

Tonight's dinner will be thin sliced chicken breast. Maybe Laurie's Salsa Chicken.

Monday is my weigh day and I am down 3 lbs from last Monday.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 19, 2021 09:58PM - edited Apr 19, 2021 09:59PM by ChiSandy

Good work, Carole! Last night was the first in several days when I didn't get up in the middle of the night to carb my way back to sleep. Maybe having gone to bed at 3 and sleeping till 11 was the key--I am a shameless night-owl (having inherited the gene from my mom, and even 23&Me confirms it). I get up at 11 because that's the kitties' first wet-food meal of the day (whether fed by me or my HK). I don't need to set an alarm, because loud purring and persistent furry-face-bumping does it for me. Seems as if they have timers in their tummies.

Bob had office hours tonight, so I was on my own for dinner. Had briefly thought about picking up some Popeye's from the drive-through en route home from picking up a couple of new masks, but decided to raid the freezer instead--and grill before it gets too wet & cold to do so. I defrosted and seasoned a grass-fed beef patty, which I grilled with a slice of sweet onion and sharp cheddar, on a keto-friendly bun with lettuce & heirloom tomato. It felt so good to eat a cheeseburger on an actual bun, instead of between portabella caps that fall apart or wrapped in lettuce and dripping all over me.

I keep looking with morbid fascination at the bag of Polish chocolate-covered "candied plums in cocoa creme" Bob brought home (a gift from a patient). On the one hand, they're really prunes. On the other, though, they're....prunes. Does the chocolate make them candy, or does the fact that they're prunes cancel out the candy factor? (Sort of like those fast-food "Asian chicken salads," which are loaded with canned mandarin orange sections, gooey sweet dressing and fried wonton strips--do the chicken breast & lettuce lessen the carbiness...never mind you bought them at Wendy's)?

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 20, 2021 10:06AM CeliaC wrote:

Dinner last night was a large amount of roasted brussels sprouts & a mix of chopped rotisserie chicken, sauteed baby bella shrooms, small amount of alfredo - jazzed up with some pesto. Will probably have the same tonight as it was easy to throw together after early evening Zoom exercise class.

Looking forward to lunch this upcoming Saturday, outdoors (forecast is for rain, but we will be under cover) at a farm to table place, with my "work son" from my former workplace. It will feel so good to get out for a meal, thanks to being fully vaccinated.

Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/21/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/5/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 21, 2021 06:32AM carolehalston wrote:

We will join our first family gathering since last spring, when the Covid fear struck. On Sunday we plan to go to my sister's house for a potluck noon meal. Only four of the six siblings will be there. One brother lives in OK and one sister lives about three hours away but a combination of circumstances will keep her away. Too complicated to explain. The four of us and spouses have been vaccinated. There will possibly be a few younger relatives that aren't vaccinated.

I need to discuss the menu with my sister. I'm thinking of bringing a couple of salads. Conversation will steer clear of any controversial topics. It will be good to see these family folks in person. We touch base at least weekly with a text thread.

Last night I wolfed down my beef burger and sweet potato oven fries. DH enjoyed his meal, too.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 21, 2021 06:51AM auntienance wrote:

Carole, enjoy your family gathering! We are anticipating having our own soon with two of DH’s siblings and their spouses. It will be the largest gathering we have participated in for a long while. I was also invited to a luncheon in May with a group of neighborhood ladies. Apparently they met monthly prior to the pandemic and are now starting back up. I’m less sure about this gathering so I haven’t yet accepted. I just don’t know how I feel about it. If it were outdoors I would be more willing. I’ll just have to see.

Last night was chicken and dumplings with a salad and applesauce. Tonight is undetermined.

Flooring installers are coming tomorrow and Friday. Yay for that but I have many boxes to pack today. Oh my aching back!
Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/22/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/25/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/3/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 21, 2021 07:52AM carolehalston wrote:

Chicken and dumplings. Yum.

Minus, how are you faring with the home improvement? You asked about our departure. We plan to head north on May 20 so that we can arrive before the Memorial Day holiday. We will detour for a visit with my youngest brother and his wife in OK on the way up.

Our big challenge is packing up DH's bowls and other turned items like big S & P shakers and candlesticks. He has been very productive this year and has produced some beautiful things in his workshop. You would think he has a job judging from the hours he puts in. It's wonderful to be so engrossed in an interest. We have already paid our dues for the Park Rapids Farmers Market which takes place on Saturdays throughout the summer.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 21, 2021 09:09AM SpecialK wrote:

carole - do I remember you mentioning that your DH has an Etsy shop for his woodworking creations?

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 21, 2021 05:56PM - edited Apr 21, 2021 06:41PM by ChiSandy

Dinner last night was potluck--the last Buffalo wing in the freezer, plus Mediterranean dips (hummus, babaghannouj, tzatziki, red pepper), tabbouleh, and a low-carb tortilla. Later, tuna salad in lettuce cups.

Tonight I'm grilling a big (1/3 lb.) grass-fed burger from the freezer--with sweet onion, heirloom tomato, homegrown basil, and aged Provolone. No bacon, as I made a BLT on low-carb/high fiber bread with homemade guac for brunch, Had tomato & basil salad as an app whlie the grill heated (no mozzarella, since I have enough protein & fat for the day). Had it on a keto bun: 1 gm net carb, acc. to the package--but honestly, it tastes too good for me to truly believe that--I still remember the 1968 "Skinny Shakes" scandal--as well as Natural Ovens' Hunger-Filler bread being "outed" as having more calories than they claimed, and Dreamfields Pasta's claim of having only 5 of their 41gm per serving as "digestible" debunked by websites...staffed, no doubt, by people who were classroom tattletales when they were kids.

I have my MO appt tomorrow and am terrified she'll insist I get weighed. Besides the weather sucking and my sore back, I've not exercised. (And I HATE all exercise except cross-country skiing--it's the only physical activity where I look at my watch and think "uh, oh, I'm late for my next appointment" rather than "how much longer do I have to do this?" My days are mostly taken up by my cat Happy (who is almost 14, with IBD which could turn to lymphoma) occupying my lap whenever he's not nagging me for food. I don't want to reject him: it's happened twice before that the day after shooing a cat off my lap so I could enjoy my own food, one had a debilitating stroke and the other died suddenly.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 21, 2021 06:20PM illimae wrote:

Tonight was steak, baked potato, Swiss chard and garlic bread. Everything was a treat!


Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/22/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/17/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 21, 2021 06:30PM ChiSandy wrote:

Illi, you hit it out of the park again!

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 21, 2021 07:09PM jhl wrote:

Tonight's dinner was perfect, but not for the cuisine. We had our grandchildren over after school for some swim & sunshine. I texted their folks to see if they could stay for dinner (on a school night) & they said sure. So, we grilled hot dogs with GF buns, baked beans, watermelon (Whaat? It's April) & beautiful strawberries. It's a dinner that should be in July but we had so much fun. Everyone ate heartily after swimming all afternoon. My husband & I couldn't get a word in edgewise with all those kids had to tell us.

Again - just perfect!

Dx 11/15/2019, IDC: Cribriform, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Apr 21, 2021 07:24PM MinusTwo wrote:

Looks delicious Mae. I had a bowl of cheerios, and as I type I am eating Boursin Cheese on Rosemary/Fig Artisanal crisps from Target. Not as good as "Rain Forest" crisps, but those are hard to find down here.

Carole - I agree with Special. I want to see all these lovely bowls & wood items that your DH has been turning out (no pun intended). So you're stopping in OK? Don't you usually stop in Chicago?

The renovation is "going" and thanks for asking. They're doing wonderful work, but it's a challenge for me to live w/constant mess. Sometimes I can't find my glasses and other times I can't find my phone (which is hanging on the kitchen wall...so you know how crazy that is). I stomped my foot Sunday night and said I HAD to have a day off. So that was Monday - however the entire day from 8am to 5pm was spent running around picking out vanity lights & towel bars, buying switch plate covers & shower rods & door hinges,etc. Before I raced home to beat the electrician who finally worked me in at 5:30pm to install a GFI plug in the bathroom. All the trades in Houston are running 3 weeks out trying to fix the freeze damage destruction. Not to mention that supplies are hard to find. Even easy things like R-30 insullation and paint base at Sherwin Wms.

Nance - I have a special place in my heart for your floor installation. Hope it goes well. I have so many boxes stacked in the middle of all the rooms - along with bunched up furniture - I'm not sure how flooring & carpet will ever go in.

Special - how was the re-excision? Thinking of you.

Have fun at all the family gatherings. I hope to travel to CA by Sept. to see my son for the first time since August 2019. That's a LONG time between visits.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 21, 2021 07:35PM MinusTwo wrote:

Celia forgot to say your Brussels Sprouts dinner sounded great. I probably could have skipped everything else.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 21, 2021 09:20PM Reader425 wrote:

Both DH and I are recovering post-2nd Covid shot so tonight was comfort. A rather good macaroni and cheese from the freezer that i made about a month ago, along with baked baby tomatoes, sprinkled with bits of butter, seasoning and grated cheese. Baked til they almost "pop".

Illi once again your dinner looks fantastic.

Sandy I'm with you on the weight issue. I need to call a halt here. I've gained and know what I need to do. Now to just do it!

Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/29/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/3/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 21, 2021 11:51PM - edited Apr 22, 2021 12:09AM by ChiSandy

Oh, how I miss mac & cheese, real crackers, dried fruit, fried chicken (those McDonald's chicken sandwich commercials drive me nuts), corned beef hash, real pasta (semolina, not "zoodles" or shirataki), Nabisco Marshmallow Pinwheels, fish & chips, gelato & sorbet, really good donuts, etc. Closest I've come to "fast food" since June 2019 is when Bob goes through the drive-thru at Boston Market...to bring home roast chicken & veggies. (I admit I cheated with pazcki for Fat Tuesday and hamantashen for Purim, plus a single glazed Krispy Kreme I got for free by showing my vaccination card). I cook low-carb. When I go to restaurants (or order out), except for winemaker dinners (few & far between during the pandemic), I order as keto as they offer (and our fave places know and accommodate my dietary restrictions). I fill up fast, so my body naturally dictates portion control. (I always bring home leftovers, and sometimes they last two more nights). My undoing, due to cravings, is snacking, especially late at night, when the keto-friendly stuff just doesn't cut it. Chocolate and starch...sigh...But I can't relate to people who claim to eat a pint of ice cream or polish off a bag of cookies in one sitting. I can't eat that much without getting queasy. I simply eat the wrong things...at the wrong time.

I can get full on salads, but that's just my stomach (and the "fullness" may actually be boredom with the food). My brain & my mouth still want taste & texture...and I don't find veggies delicious. And any fruit I really enjoy has too much sugar. The only fruits I'm allowed (berries, cantaloupe, the occasional citrus), taste nearly unripe to me. Some people may talk about "pandemic fatigue," but I'm experiencing low-carb fatigue. I wish I didn't constantly have to read nutritional info labels before I buy something new.

And did I mention I detest exercise? Wish hypnotists offered to make one crave physical activity, not just avoid inappropriate eating.

I hope they don't weigh me at the MO's office tomorrow.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 22, 2021 06:37AM carolehalston wrote:

Sandy, you seem really "fed up" with your weight control plan. I love carbs, too. One positive about WW is that you can eat carbs as long as you fit them into a balanced diet in moderation. Fortunately, I like exercise. I especially like the way I feel afterwards. Yesterday our instructor, Autumn, really pepped up the senior exercise class. I'm a WW lifer which hasn't prevented me from becoming overweight. I'm a veteran of all the various "plans."

SpecialK, I had an Etsy account offering my hand crocheted wash cloths and dish cloths for sale, but I closed it. The only buyer was a friend on another thread. When I sent her the purchases she made, I included a bunch of freebies. DH and I have talked about an Etsy account for him but haven't followed through. It seems a lot of trouble, packing up and shipping items. I buy from Etsy occasionally. Recently I bought three pottery spoon rests, the kind I made when I was passionate about a pottery hobby.

I read an article in NYT or WAPO (I read them both online) about rotisserie chickens. Most are injected with a lot of sodium. Sam's Club is one of the worst offenders and Costco isn't far behind. I would buy the chickens at Sam's more often but dh isn't a fan of any store rotisserie chickens. He probably doesn't like chicken as much as I do.

Last night I made a zucchini mock lasagna dish as an experiment. Zucchini is always available whereas good eggplant are not as easy to buy. I sliced the zucchini lengthwise and browned the slices on a griddle, using the same procedure I use with the eggplant. The cheese was bought grated mozzarella and fresh grated pecorino romano, my Italian cheese of choice. The tomato sauce was made with the leftover ground beef and canned tomatoes along with a little leftover Rao's with turkey Italian sausage. WW is nudging me toward making my own sauce since canned tomatoes are a "free" food and Rao's costs me some points.

The result was very good. The side was a romaine salad. Now I have a use for zucchini which are not a favorite veggie.

Minus, you are going to love your "new" house after all the renovation.

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Apr 22, 2021 07:47AM SpecialK wrote:

carole - I get the ETSY hassle - my son also does some woodworking, but his projects are large - headboards and bookshelves, particularly reclaimed wood - and he closed his shop on there as well because it was hard to package those big things. He sent one project to my SIL and it was stolen off her porch, and he was done after that. He delivers in person now, which limits things, lol!

I stopped buying rotisserie chicken for the most part, for the sodium reason but also because I really don't like pulling the chicken off all the different parts of a whole bird. I do like to buy breasts that are bone in, skin on. I rub them with olive oil and sprinkle with my "house seasoning" which is seasoned salt/pepper/granulated garlic in a shaker. Then I roast them for an hour at 350 F and pull the meat off and remove the skin. Easier because it is a breast but you still get the flavor since it is roasted with skin and bone. The seasoning flavor penetrates but a lot of the salt stays on the skin which I don't use. There is a large yield of usable chicken because those breasts - at least at my Publix - are huge. I usually get a package of four and cook all, then bag the portions and freeze them so they are cooked and ready to use. The meat stays very moist if it is bagged and frozen right away. I occasionally buy a big package of legs, but do that less lately.

I have made veggie lasagna with zucchini and like it too. The technique of par cooking the zucchini first seems to help with the dish not becoming too watery.

minus - re-excision is scheduled for the 29th, with a covid test on the 27th. Will report in but not expecting it to be any worse than the wide excision. The local tends to wear off right as they are ready to stitch, pretty consistently. So, there is a slight delay while they get more ready. Prob not an issue with MOHS because it is phased by nature with the final stitching done after the clean path report. As my derm says, they want the procedure to be as pain free as possible because they want everyone to come see them for their skin cancer removal needs, lol! My temptation is to ask for a big chunk off the bat so I don't have to sit around longer than the first round of pathology - seems to take an hour for that for all the ones I have had done so far. I already submitted to a wide excision so what is the difference? if it was my face I wouldn't do that but I already have a four inch scar where they will be working.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Apr 23, 2021 05:23AM carolehalston wrote:

Last night's dinner was catfish fillets, breaded with fish fry and cooked in the oven at 425 degrees. Sides were creamed spinach and romaine salad.

Tonight will be Pork Salsa, the same recipe for Chicken Salsa but with a shoulder pork chop/steak.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 23, 2021 04:03PM auntienance wrote:

Bone in skin on chicken breasts are hard to find around here except at butcher shops. When you do find them they are HUGE. I don’t but Costco rotisserie chickens often but I do buy them because they are versatile and delicious in spite of whatever all is added to them. Or maybe because of it.

Floors are done! Yay! The installers were great and very efficient. Thankfully their taste in music wasn’t hip hop but instead it was heavy metal. After seven straight hours yesterday I determined that I really despise AC/DC. As far as the floor is concerned, It’s amazing how much sound travels now without the carpet. It will take some getting used to. I’m especially happy with the kitchen. Happy to have no more big projects for a while. Whew! It’s exhausting. The weekend will be spent putting stuff back where it came from.

Tonight is gyros and a Greek salad. I might make pilaf if I can muster up the energy.
Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/22/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/25/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/3/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 23, 2021 05:58PM illimae wrote:

Pepperoni pizza! DH is out of town for the weekend, so I’m having a carb fest :).

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Apr 23, 2021 09:18PM Lacey12 wrote:

Those rotisserie chickens are always tempting, but I have mostly avoided them due to the info about sodium level. Special, I like your idea for having cooked chicken at the ready...but you are much more organized than I, and my cooked chicken could easily be covered in freezer burn before I remembered to rescue it from there!

Tonight we had rolled chicken breasts stuffed with sundried tomatoes, pesto, and mozarella cheese. Sides were marinara sauce over angel hair pasta and garden salad with horseradish vinaigrette. I rarely serve pasta as a side, and it sure tasted yummy tonight!
Last week I made a similar chicken recipe, but with feta cheese instead of mozzarella. When our grand toddler came to visit on Monday when her daycare was closed, I fixed her a lunch that included some of that leftover chicken. The week before, she’d enjoyed grilled chicken, so we figured she would also like this. Well! Forget chicken with feta cheese! She eagerly popped a piece in her mouth, and promptly looked horrified, took it out, and vigorously tried to wipe down her tongue and mouth. Sensory systems are so fascinating. We got the message! ;)

Carole, the eggplant pizzas I made were actually from two medium sized eggplants that I sliced longwise for ease of the process...I could make fewer. They are good, but as a leftover, not so much due to texture degrading. The zucchini lasagna sounds good. Have not made it in years!

One day this week we ate coconut shrimp from Trader’s that DH picked up. They were easy and really good with a cocktail sauce I made.

I am so impressed with all of the home renos nearing completion...and Minus, I really hope you have your whole house back to yourself very soon! You have my total admiration for your ability to go through that process. Nance, I laughed at the music tolerance issue, but how nice that your workers did an efficient, nice job. Our son just had new floors put in the renovated wing of their house, and have yet to get them “finished”. Their project seems to be going on forever. And they work from home mostly now, so are never away from it. So witnessing that puts me in touch with what many of you are going through. And your reward is that you will have great spaces in the end! Yay!

Special, I hope the re-excision goes well!

Tonight’s dinner pi. No idea about weekend food...maybe pizza, after your inspiration, Mae!


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Apr 23, 2021 11:53PM - edited Apr 23, 2021 11:55PM by ChiSandy

Mariano's or WF's roast chickens come regular, Cajun, or salt-free. They're not as good a buy as Costco's (which are loss-leaders for the store) but at least I can control the sodium level. As to chicken breasts, the only ones I can stand are fried & breaded...and I don't do breaded/battered & fried, haven't in over 2 yrs. My chicken parts of choice for scratch-cooking are bone-in, skin-on thighs. (But when I get lazy I default to frozen hot wings).

I checked the ingredients & nutrition labels on Rao's marinara, and it's no more "points-y" than made from scratch (at least a scratch marinara with a decent amount of flavor). I hate to say it, but a "balanced" diet that is still not fattening is very difficult to do when dining out. Low-carb, as restrictive as it sometimes feels, is the easiest for me to stick to because even in the smallest town at midnight after a show you can still get a burger patty & a salad; and steakhouses & seafood restaurants are keto-heaven (if you know what to order and pack enough of it to take home for the next night). It's the only eating plan I've been able to stick to (for the most part) for as long as even a year--and for me now it's almost 2 yrs.

Tonight Bob brought home chili & seared ahi. I'd have gone out to eat with him, but my benefit concert was streaming and I had to do a Zoom chat for it afterwards. (It'll be archived at www.wildhoginthewoods.org).

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 24, 2021 06:19AM carolehalston wrote:

Nance, Yay on the completed flooring! How do you make gyros? I had them at restaurants many years ago and couldn't quite figure out what the meat was. Some lamb mixture?

The modified Chicken Salsa dish, made with pork instead of chicken, was successful. I think I like the combination of black beans and salsa better with pork than with chicken. I sprinkled grated Mexican blend cheese on top at the last minute. We also added sour cream to our servings. Tortillas would have been good but would have added carbs.

Lacey, I enjoyed your description of the toddler's reaction to an unfamiliar taste.

It's true that the skin on and bone in chicken breasts are always huge.

I have a box of nice mushrooms that I want to use in tonight's dinner. All I can think of so far is beef stroganoff which would involve noodles. Undecided.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 24, 2021 06:54AM auntienance wrote:

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/06/greek-american-lamb-gyros-recipe.html

Carole, these are the ones I make, usually with a combo of lamb and beef, but last night’s were some I purchased from the global food market and had frozen. They were all lamb. The market has a marvelous selection of freshly baked pitas and flat breads too. None of it diet friendly.

Everybody has pork butts on sale here this week I should probably get one and make the salsa dish it sounds really good that way Except I can’t find my slow cooker in storage. I may have to try it in the pressure cooker

Gloomy rainy day here. I think tonight is tika masala (from a jar purchased from Costco with additions) with brown rice and mini naans. Fresh strawberries with lemon custard cakes for dessert.

Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/22/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/25/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/3/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2012 Femara (letrozole)

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