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Forum: Life After Breast Cancer —

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Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 05:28PM

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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Oct 17, 2021 10:25PM MinusTwo wrote:

I'm resisting both because I don't want something else sitting on my counter. And really don't have a cupboard for storage. As it is, my large 12" frying pan has to stay on the stove top and my electric grill has to live in the garage.

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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Oct 18, 2021 07:55AM carolehalston wrote:

I have a multi-use pot that lives in a cabinet. I made the mistake of buying an 8 qt. size and it is huge. I may donate it and try a smaller Insta Pot. This summer I made use of a moderate sized slow cooker but left it in MN. I have a larger one here that is seldom used. At home the stove top and the oven are my favorite cooking methods.

The navy bean soup I cooked yesterday was good. Lots of leftover. I wasn't very hungry because we had Subway sandwiches for lunch.

I'm having lunch with friends today at Half Shell Oyster House and am hoping to have some good oysters.

Dinner will probably be leftover meatloaf.

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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Oct 18, 2021 05:49PM MinusTwo wrote:

Carole- your navy bean soup sounds good. I have some Anasazi beans I need to cook soon. And a small piece of Cure 81 ham in the freezer.

So the tried rice answer... Started with leftover Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice from a box that was old enough to still have Uncle Ben's picture on the package. It already had lots of seasoning, so I added only a bit of soy sauce. Sauteed 1015 sweet onions & mushrooms - then added the leftover rice. This was a 'clean the fridge' exercise and I didn't have any celery. I didn't want to open a can of water chestnuts or bean sprouts and have half left over - but I wanted some crunch. Decided an apple would change the taste too much so I added 1/2+ a cup of sunflower seeds. That made a very unique flavor - quite good. Added 1/2 a bag of spinach that was starting to wilt and mixed in one scrambled egg. The result was a lovely meal. Served with Marlborough Ti Point savignon blanc - $6.99 at Costco.

Maybe tomorrow for more protein, I'll open a can of shrimp or crab that I keep for hurricane emergencies (& dips) and mix that with the leftovers. Or, hmmm, I have a little package of rotisserie chicken "scrap" pieces in the freezer. That would probably match better with this rice & save the seafood for white rice.

In the mean time as I was cleaning, I made a lemon jello & set it in the fridge to get semi hard. Then whipped with 2 Tbls mayo and added grated apple & fresh tiny mandarin orange pieces. Another experiment. Taste test tomorrow.

Unfortunately Costco was still out of Pine Nuts - something I really like to keep on hand. Oh well, I was raised to buy by the case and rotate stock so I always have plenty of staples, as well as TP and paper towels..

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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Oct 18, 2021 08:56PM - edited Oct 18, 2021 08:57PM by ChiSandy

For me, it's more about the "spice," as in seasonings for pumpkin pie. I have some sugar-free Torani Pumpkin Spice syrup, which I bought for DIY lattes so I could avoid *$. (It's a rebus). Tried it the other day, but after nearly 2 years of being low-carb found it so sweet as to be cloying. For me, pumpkin itself belongs on the table--pie, mashed, soup, etc. I've tried two different pumpkin beers: Great Lakes Beer Co. Pumpkin Lager (at its downtown Cleveland brewpub), which just smelled & tasted gross, like the odor of raw pumpkin guts during a mass-Jack-O'Lantern-carving fest; and Lost Duck Pumpkin Ale, at the tavern of the same name along the riverfront in Ft. Madison, IA--brewed onsite, it was delightful. (It gets its name from the fact that the Mississippi R. flows E-W there rather than the usual N-S direction. Migrating waterfowl follow the river each spring & fall---until they hit that little stretch at Ft. Madison/Nauvoo, where they roost and go "WTF???").

Been laying low of late, what with HK out for 2 weeks, my back repeatedly going out, various cat-ailment woes, etc. Saturday night we went to Terra & Vine in Evanston--all I could eat there was chopped antipasto salad, grilled salmon and steamed broccoli. Last night, we went to the Rosemont (suburb next to O'Hare) location of Fogo de Chao churrascaria. Bit longer drive, but free parking and less boisterous clientele than their River North location. We like the chain because Bob can load up his plate and I can eat only what I'm allowed and as much or little of it as I want. My salad bar plate was mesclun and grilled veggies, with a bit of chickpea-black bean salad. The meats I had from the roving "gauchos" were slices of beef rib, top & bottom sirloin, seared cheese (no honey), lamb steak and a chunk of garlic beef. I had to spurn the mashed spuds, fried polenta, and cheese rolls.

Then this morning I got up and promptly threw my back out again (fourth time in as many weeks), but this one is the worst I'd had in years. I'm getting around (inching & shuffling) with a Rollator, cane and reachers. Even so, I barely could get anything together to eat--an Atkins bar for breakfast, string cheese and the end slice of a loaf of whole-grain bread for lunch. Had a pound piece of Norwegian Fjord trout (steelhead) already defrosted, so I had to (painfully & tremulously) cook it for dinner. Bob brought home some linguine & clams, plus spinach. We'll make our own plates--I hurt too much to try to clear and set the table and he doesn't know how; I'll put my plate on the Rollator seat and take it into the front room. There will be leftovers.

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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Oct 19, 2021 10:26PM Reader425 wrote:

Sounds like a lot of soup going on. I love my slow cooker. Not huge but big enough to keep on the counter. I made chicken white chili as I had rotisserie chicken I needed to use. Simple. I wish DH liked chicken chili as much as I do. ( He asked "Is this chili?" *sigh*) I'm back on my version of weight watchers so I need to make more of a variety than he would prefer. Thankfully he does eat it.

I have been quieter even than usual as DH and I just got over breakthrough covid. Me Pfizer, he Moderna. Vaccinated in March. So very glad we were as it could have been a lot worse.

Keep well all and Sandy feel better soon.

Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/28/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/3/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 19, 2021 10:36PM MountainMia wrote:

I mentioned my fructose elimination diet. It requires 3 or fewer small servings of fruit and veg (combined) per day, and no wheat products, onion or garlic. I'm starting to figure out how to eat around that. Today for lunch I had a dish of quinoa (cooked up earlier this week) with turkey (deli meat). Both of those are free. I also cut up and cooked 1/4 cup of carrots and a 1/4 cup of broccoli to add up to 1 whole serving of veg. I added the cooked veggies to the quinoa and turkey, splashed on a few drops of soy sauce, and heated it a few seconds in the microwave. Yummy! And I had some Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup of mixed berries (a whole serving of fruit). And because I was really indulging myself, I put a few corn tortilla chips on a small plate, covered with grated cheddar and a sprinkle of cayenne, and melted it in the microwave.

Then dinner was grilled chicken breast with a few more bites of cooked broccoli and a few bites of mashed potato, to make up my 3rd serving of the day.

So it's coming around and I'm starting to feel like I can eat around this for the required time. But it will be great when it's loosened up, too.

The rain comes and the rain goes, but the mountain remains. I am the mountain.
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Oct 20, 2021 01:59AM ChiSandy wrote:

Mia, remind me again what your fructose elimination diet is for, and why of all things fruit is allowed but not onion or garlic.

I'm having trouble avoiding carbs during this awful back pain. The one saving grace is that putting together a snack or meal is taking forever now, and requires getting up (painfully) from my chair so I'm at least controlling portions.

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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Oct 20, 2021 08:04AM carolehalston wrote:

Last night was the leftover bean soup and a tossed salad. DH said the soup was even better the second time.

Hurrah! The new refrigerator is scheduled to be delivered today. Even a few days of no refrigerator in the house has made us grateful at the thought of not having to walk to an outbuilding for anything requiring refrigeration. Hoping for a successful delivery and an undamaged refrigerator.

Not sure what's for dinner tonight.

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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Oct 20, 2021 08:40AM MountainMia wrote:

Sandy, the elimination diet is because I was diagnosed with fructose malabsorption, which creates digestive issues including bloating and discomfort, diarrhea and/or constipation, cramping... the range. So the intention is to largely eliminate the classes of food that might cause that, and once my system is settled down to a "normal" feeling, start reintroducing things to find out if particular items are troublemakers.

Fruits vs onions and garlic: actually I have a very short list of fruits that are okay for this phase. Okay to eat in very small portions are avocado, lime, lemon, unsweetened cranberries, cantaloupe, strawberries, and most other berries. Vegetables also have an "avoid" list.

The wheat, onions, and garlic have something called "fructans," which by my understanding are more complex carbohydrate molecules made up mostly of fructose molecules, and they break down into fructose. So while we don't think of wheat as being especially sweet, its structure is still apparently a problem.

None of it is life-threatening, but creates quality of life issues if I don't get it sorted.

The rain comes and the rain goes, but the mountain remains. I am the mountain.
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Oct 20, 2021 06:35PM - edited Oct 20, 2021 06:39PM by ChiSandy

Sounds like they put you on a low-FODMAP diet. Wheat (and most starches) are converted to sugar (mostly glucose) fairly quickly--even before you swallow it. Back in kindergarten (after we returned from our field trip to the A&P for cream and saltines to churn butter), our teacher had us chew a cracker and notice how sweet it quickly tasted--she said it was our saliva that did that. (We were too young to understand what an "enzyme" was, so she didn't explain further).

Just out of curiosity, who (i.e., what kind of practitioner) diagnosed your fructose malabsorption?

This a.m., I felt limber enough (albeit still stiff & painful) to make coffee and avocado toast (ready-made guac, a diced homegrown tomato, minced shallot & cilantro) with a fried egg for brunch. Tonight, Bob's bringing home wings & spinach salad.for dinner. Might add another tomato if a ripe one on the sill is getting soft. A couple more on the vine are beginning to ripen--so tomorrow when it gets a bit chillier & wet I will pick them to complete their ripening on the sill.

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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Oct 20, 2021 06:41PM wallycat wrote:

The lamb curry lasted us another night. Improved with time, as most of those types of meals do.

Yesterday I made a bean/spinach shakshuka of sorts. Tonight I used the leftover bean/spinach as a side and heated up a pre-cooked hamburger from Costco.

We drove to Sequim for our monthly costco/walmart run. It is always stressful...people in line without masks, hauling a freezer-bag full of frozen/refrigerated stuff, hopeful nothing thaws before we get home (it's about an hour one way) and OY on the unloading! I'll be clearing my counters tomorrow.

Sandy, I hope your back improves soon. Homeopathic stuff is a love-hate for me, but have you tried Arnica Montana? Just a thought...can't hurt.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Oct 21, 2021 01:01AM - edited Oct 21, 2021 01:02AM by ChiSandy

Arnica gel helps me with bruising, as well as sore small joints like knuckles or elbows. It does nothing for my back strains--or any muscle strains, for that matter. The topicals I use in rotation (a different one every few hours) are menthol (Bio-Freeze), Voltaren, lidocaine roll-on, and a 1:1 CBD:THC massage-in balm. Might try going to bed with a Flector (prescription diclofenac) patch.

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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Oct 21, 2021 08:09AM carolehalston wrote:

Last night was an old faithful on the meal rotation. Pork piccata made with tenderloin medallions. Side was steamed yellow squash, an unexpected find when I stopped at Rouse's supermarket on the way home from the gym. I also found two eggplants that looked fresh.

The atmosphere at dinner was downcast because we still have no inside refrigerator that works. The new refrigerator was damaged with a dent near the water connection. DH was afraid that unseen damage might have cause a leak over time. So he refused delivery.

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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Oct 21, 2021 08:41AM MinusTwo wrote:

Carole - Oh no, but I do agree with DH based on the placement of the dent. You all have me worrying about buying a fridge. Mine's working but it's from 2006. For years I had my grandmothers from the 1950s. It lasted almost 50 years - even in the heat of the garage for many years. I don't think newer things last as long.

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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Oct 21, 2021 05:14PM wallycat wrote:

I'm thawing leftover pork peanut noodles.

Sandy, I meant the oral tablet that you put under your tongue. It worked for DH, a skeptic! Worth a try since it is an easy thing to do. If it doesn't help, you're out only the $ for the tablets. Good luck and hope your back feels better soon.

I hope you ladies that are waiting for fridges get something soon. Has to be infuriating. I do agree that nothing is made to last these days.


Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Oct 21, 2021 05:46PM ChiSandy wrote:

I tried the arnica tablets back when I had knee pain pre-TKR. They might as well have been saccharin. The placebo effect can be a powerful one--an intense desire to not have to admit you're wasting your money can outweigh skepticism...up to a point. Homeopathy (NOT the same thing as "natural" treatments) is utter and total b.s. It is founded on a hypothesis called "The Law of Similars" ("law" being a stretch because it isn't even as credible as a "theory" as it is unproven & unprovable): that any ailment can be cured by ingestion of the very substance that triggers it...only in an extremely weak dilution. But here's where it gets even more ridiculous: desensitization injections start weak and end up strong (when the allergy symptoms disappear, the shots are stopped); but homeopathic remedy dilutions start out exceedingly weak and get ever weaker to the point of near-undetectability of the solute--crazier still is that homeopathy holds that the weaker the dilution, the stronger the effect! Even alchemy makes more scientific sense. But hey, it's your money, not mine.

What's confusing is that when it comes to some topicals & drops, homeopathic-remedy companies do make natural but non-homeopathic stuff--like Boiron's arnica gels & calendula creams and Similisan eyedrops.

The Flector patch wore off in only about 8 hours. My back hurts the worst in the morning when I try to get out of bed, which requires rolling on to my side, swinging my legs across, and then trying to push up from the side to sit up. That stretch is the most painful of the day--and I have to constantly remind myself to get used to the pain and slowly work through it, rather than flinching (which only triggers another spasm) or tensing up my muscles. I managed to sponge-bathe & dress myself (though I still can't get over the rim of the tub to shower). My HK was able to capture Happy & load him into the carrier & then the car--she drove us and we were both allowed in so long as we kept our masks on. (Gordy had an audit of his work computer, plus needed to get an Uber to pick up his dog from daycare while Leslie's at work. We will all be together at dinner tonight, though I may teetotal it because I'm taking Aleve--unless I hold off on my evening dose till bedtime. Mercat a la Planxa has a special wild-game tasting menu tonight.

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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Oct 21, 2021 05:54PM MimiArmani wrote:

What a fun thread. Nice to think about something other than treatments! It is mushroom season. I love to forage. And I'm having chicken and chantrelle pie. Probably not the healthiest option, but it is only a once a year thing.


Chicken and Mushroom Pie

Filling

  • Four ¾ lb chicken breast halves on the bones
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 quart chicken stock or canned low sodium broth
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ lb mixed wild mushroom, thickly sliced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced thyme (you can use dried also)

Pastry

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 lb) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sour cream

Egg wash

  • 1 egg lightly beaten with ¼ cup milk
  • 1.Filling. Preheat oven 425° F. Put chicken in a roasting pan, season generously with salt and pepper. Roast chicken for 20 minutes until partially cooked. Discard the skin and shred the meat.
  • 2.In saucepan boil the stock until reduced to 2 cups about 15 minutes, keep warm.
  • 3.Melt the butter in a deep skillet. Add mushrooms season with salt and pepper over high heat until softened. Sprinkle flour and stir until mushrooms coated evenly. Add stock, cream and whisk until thick. Add chicken, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Turn off heat.
  • 4.Make pastry: In food processor pulse flour & salt. Add butter & pulse. Add sour cream & pulse. Divided in half and chill for about 30 minutes. Turn pastry on floured surface.
  • 5.Roll into 15" round and transfer to 10" pie plate. Spoon chicken mixture into pastry and brush rim with egg wash. Roll remaining pastry and cover. Poke holes with fork. Brush top with egg wash.
  • 6.Bake pie about 20 minutes in 425°F preheated oven until pastry is golden brown.
  • 7.Lower to 350°F and bake for 40 minutes more. Enjoy!
Dx 2/1/2021, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 3/18/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/3/2021 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/14/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 21, 2021 07:35PM illimae wrote:

Tonight was the garlic and herb pork tenderloin again, by request with half of a huge baked potato and broccoli. With wine and to be followed by ice cream.



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 1/1/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 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 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/22/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/21/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Oct 21, 2021 09:02PM MinusTwo wrote:

Welcome Mimi - the chicken & Mushroom pie sounds delicious.

My dinner was a grilled cheese sandwich - Gouda cheese on sourdough bread. A real treat!!!

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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Oct 21, 2021 09:30PM Beaverntx wrote:

Our dinner was pecan crusted tilapia, roasted baby potatoes and steamed green beans.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 21, 2021 11:46PM - edited Oct 21, 2021 11:47PM by ChiSandy

Apparently, Mercat a la Planxa didn't get enough reservations for the wild game tasting menu, so they just put the dishes on the regular menu instead. We shared everything: razor clams in brine, with housemade potato chips and a salad of cauliflower florets and chioggia (striped) beets; shaved duck breast salad; rabbit roulade with cipolline onion, braised tomato and chickpeas; venison chops (the star of the show, IMHO) with golden beets & pumpkin puree; and a small mariscos paella (manila clams, mussels, shrimp. calamari & scallops). The rice had enough saffron, but the soccarat was only along the sides of the pan. The kids had mussels in escabeche (same accompaniments as with our razor clams); grilled octopus with black grapes, and a carne (lamb, pork, beef, chicken) paella.

Small-ish portions (it's a tapas restaurant), especially the paellas; quality of the food has slipped a bit since Iron Chef Jose Garces sold the place and it basically became the restaurant for the Blackstone Hotel.

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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Oct 22, 2021 08:31AM - edited Oct 22, 2021 08:32AM by carolehalston

Welcome, Mimi. The chicken mushroom pie sounds delicious. Beautiful plate, Illimae. As always, Sandy, your food descriptions are incredibly detailed. Minus, your sandwich sounds good, too. I love grilled cheese sandwiches.

I should feel underprivileged about our meal last night but I enjoyed it and was satisfied. Romaine salad with additions on a dinner plate topped with chicken strips. My planned eggplant lasagne didn't "pan" out when one of the eggplants proved not to be edible. I was fooled by a glossy exterior. So I thawed some thin sliced chicken breast fillets, couldn't figure out a vegetable side, and made the salad dinner instead.

We purchased a different refrigerator from a different appliance retailer. It's exactly what I originally did not intend to buy. Stainless, not white. French doors with bottom freezer, not side by side. No dispensers in the door/s. But I'll get used to it and may like it. IF it is indeed delivered on Tuesday and works. Oh, and it cost $1000 more than the first one we purchased. Now my collection of magnets from all the places we've visited will not have a home.

Tonight will be fried catfish dinners picked up at YMCA. The dinner is a fundraiser. I plan to pick them up early, about five, while dh is making martinis. I will use the air fryer to heat the fish when we're ready to eat. Usually about 7 pm.

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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Oct 22, 2021 01:42PM MimiArmani wrote:

Illimae. Fanastic looking plate. Minus Two, I also love grilled cheese! carolehalston, darn about the eggplant, catfish sounds great though. ChiSandy - some delicious sounding food there. Not your average menu.

Tonight thinking black beans with rice and some poblano cream chicken enchiladas.

Dx 2/1/2021, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 3/18/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/3/2021 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/14/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 22, 2021 02:48PM - edited Oct 22, 2021 02:49PM by wallycat

Welcome Mimi! We just had some foraged chanterelles and they are SO good, aren't they? I'm going to look at your recipe again and see if we get more 'shrooms!

Sandy, yes, I know exactly what homeopathic tablets are (or should I say, are not, LOL). The Arnica Montanta is supposed to be specific to back pain and for $5.00, even if it is hokum, may be worth trying. DH was in so much pain, he figured what could a sugar pill hurt. He was shocked it worked. I thought acupuncture was hokum till I had a friend who was studying for her license and needed a guinea pig to practice on. To this day, the car accident neck pain has not returned since my two sessions with her....nearly 20 years ago now. I figure first do no harm; the easy stuff before I throw big guns at it. Your mileage may vary. Your meal sounds incredible. How wonderful to be able to share it with family and try a lot of different items on the menu. Kudos!

Carol, the newer "stainless" should be fingerprint proof and magnetic; ours is so I hope yours is too.

Illimae, OMG that photo! I could just dive into that potato. I just had lunch and am now hungry again.


I'm making rock fish tonight...it will sit on a bed of creamed spinach with white beans, shredded carrots and butter.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Oct 22, 2021 08:47PM illimae wrote:

Tonight was pork roast, roasted mini butter potatoes and a veggie medley.


Tomorrow we start a diabetic prevention meal plan (for DH) for a week. Plenty of healthy food and meals we don’t typically eat but sadly, no cheese.

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 1/1/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 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 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/22/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/21/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Oct 23, 2021 08:46AM carolehalston wrote:

I just assumed the stainless steel is not magnetic. I did read placards that claimed no fingerprints when we were shopping appliance departments. Our refrigerator in the 5th wheel in MN is a house refrigerator with a similar design, stainless, but it has a single large door on the top, not the two doors.

The best thing about the catfish dinners from the Y fundraiser was the catfish. The side portions of cole slaw and potato salad were so tiny that I bought a third dinner, giving us each three pieces of fish and a more normal serving of the sides. The air fryer worked great for warming up the catfish. Next year I will pass on buying the dinners.

Today I will cook a pork roast stuffed with chopped green onions, garlic and cayenne pepper. Side will be baked sweet potatoes. I'm thinking I will dig out the slow cooker since the weather is very warm for using the oven while cooling the house with the a/c. Someone, I'm hoping dh, will need to go to the store for the green onions.

Illimae, I will be interested in your meals for the eating plan.

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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Oct 23, 2021 09:04AM illimae wrote:

Carole, they’re from a book called “2 day Diabetes Diet”. The basics are healthy foods with 2 days of very low calorie/carb/fat that mimics fasting without avoiding food completely. I’m not a diet person (I quit that in my 20’s) but this is really just ingredients and recipes that I usually have anyway. We’ll be tracking weight and DH’s blood sugar daily for the week to see how it goes. He’s always been convinced he’d have to eliminate carbs and fruit but I’m hoping this proves him wrong. I’ll post pics and results of this week.

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 1/1/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 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 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/22/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/21/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 12/4/2020 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Oct 23, 2021 02:43PM carolehalston wrote:

I have two jars of Goya products on a pantry shelf. I bought them on impulse for who knows what reason. One is Recaito and the other is Sofrito. I went online today looking for inspiration for how to use them and didn't come up with anything. Is anyone here familiar with either or both? I don't know whether you use the whole jar in a recipe or Tablespoons.

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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Oct 23, 2021 03:08PM Beaverntx wrote:

Carole, I did a quick search using Bing as the search engine (I've often found different results than with other search engine). Try www.yummly.com/recipes/goya-recaito and www.yummly.com/recipes/cooking-with-sofrito Also, www.goya.com/en/recipes.


Did not look at the recipes but thought these might give you some ideas. Let us know...

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Oct 23, 2021 03:45PM - edited Oct 23, 2021 03:48PM by auntienance

Carole, although paella comes immediately to mind, you can use it the way you would a holy trinity. It's great in beans. It's also the base for a lot of dishes. I've kept it frozen and used broken off pieces in different things (like beans or rice for extra flavor.). It’s good in stewed meats or as a sauce for chicken or other meat. It’s pretty versatile.

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 6/21/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/24/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/2/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2012 Femara (letrozole)

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