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Posted on: Mar 5, 2015 12:53PM

MagicalBean wrote:

I'm still under a ton of snow, and it's only 9 degrees today, but I just signed up for our county's Master Gardening program. Now I can't wait to dig in the dirt.

I have little knowledge and hope these classes help. I love flowers and plants but do not have a clue what to do with them. I'd love to hear from others who enjoy this hobby.

Dx 8/25/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 9/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/27/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 28, 2019 06:59AM MelissaDallas wrote:

Our Spring problem here (aside from late freezes) is insufficient winter chill hours. The daffodils will bloom late January/early February on 3” stems

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
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Apr 28, 2019 12:35PM magiclight wrote:

Twohobbies...that is a lot to keep up with. The rose and snow photo is, however, beautiful.

Life is available only in the present...the here and the now. Thich Nhat Hanh Dx 4/15/2015, IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 4/27/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 28, 2019 04:31PM Teka wrote:

Marilyn,

The wild turkey is playing peek-a-boo!

Jazzy,

I hope you get to take pics of baby quail chicks.

TwoHobbies,

Spring blooms in snow are always eye-catching.

I enjoy the lovely pics and chitchat. ;o)

Husband took 2 quick pics of an old toad that was uncovered then recovered while raking.

Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.
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Apr 29, 2019 12:11PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/6/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/24/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 8, 2019 10:58AM GmaFoley wrote:

Imagine God in His HUGE rocking chair, rocking you and saying, "It will be ok, you can do it. I will be right here for you". Oncotype score: 8, Rads 28, Bilateral arm, truncal LE and now Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dx 4/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 8, 2019 11:08AM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Looks like it is finally time to start planting this weekend!


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May 8, 2019 06:56PM jo6359 wrote:

I love looking at your new flowers, plants and animals enjoying spring. After your horrible winter, it's fun seeing all the spring pictures of new growth and life.

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 9, 2019 12:21PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/6/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/24/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 9, 2019 12:22PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/6/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/24/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 9, 2019 12:40PM - edited May 9, 2019 12:40PM by Jazzygirl

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Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/6/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/24/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 9, 2019 02:48PM Wren44 wrote:

Jazzy, I just love seeing your garden photos because your climate is so different from mine.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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May 9, 2019 05:29PM Cpeachymom wrote:

Gardens are planted! And new fencing put up to keep the new pup out. Tulips from the front-

39 at Dx. Fate whispers to the warrior, 'You can not withstand the storm.' The warrior whispers back, 'I am the storm.' Dx 6/21/2017, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 9/18/2017 Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/10/2018 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/24/2019 Reconstruction (right): Saline implant Hormonal Therapy Zoladex (goserelin)
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May 9, 2019 06:22PM jo6359 wrote:

cpeachy-Wow. Beautiful

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 9, 2019 07:20PM Wren44 wrote:

I love watching tulips open up. If you just leave them they go thru all sorts of gyrations. I've been painting them at different stages.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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May 10, 2019 03:07PM jo6359 wrote:

wren- so, you're a painter. Painting flowers is a real challenge. Can you post any of your artwork?

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 10, 2019 04:00PM - edited May 10, 2019 04:01PM by TwoHobbies

My cherry tree is blooming. And look at these wild tulips (I think?)I saw on my hike today in the woods.



Round 1 -bmx, tug flap reconstruction, tamoxifen. Local Recurrence-excision, TCx4, radiation, Zoladex, Anastrazole. Dx 2/22/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/25/2013, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 10, 2019 04:38PM jo6359 wrote:

twohobbies: Stunning

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 14, 2019 11:55AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/6/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/24/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 14, 2019 01:36PM april1964 wrote:

what kind of flower are those? Theyare beautiful,jazzygirl..

oncotype 18 Dx IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 14, 2019 06:38PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Its a variety of ice plant. They make great ground cover & do well in drier climates.

Oh but look at this- my neighbors century plant is about to bloom. This flower stalk is already 7-8 ft tall and has the coolest flower on top when it's done


Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/6/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/24/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 15, 2019 04:29AM Cpeachymom wrote:

Jazzy- century plant, are those the ones that bloom once and then die off? Or Is that just a myth? So cool!

39 at Dx. Fate whispers to the warrior, 'You can not withstand the storm.' The warrior whispers back, 'I am the storm.' Dx 6/21/2017, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 9/18/2017 Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/10/2018 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/24/2019 Reconstruction (right): Saline implant Hormonal Therapy Zoladex (goserelin)
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May 15, 2019 05:14AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Peachy- yes, that's true. Same neighbor had one bloom on another plant a few years back. After it died though, there were small ones found underneath

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/6/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/24/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 15, 2019 11:09AM april1964 wrote:

it looks like a giant asparagus


oncotype 18 Dx IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 15, 2019 12:48PM MCBaker wrote:

Looks like it, but the folaige is far from being lacy.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 15, 2019 02:52PM jo6359 wrote:

The century plant has many different names. They usually live 15 to 20 years and die after flowering. They almost always have several off shoots which will thrive and live for a long time. Hurricane Irma destroyed my 2 Century plants. I didn't bother replacing them because they have very long thorns. My not so smart retriever Ted would chew on the plant and end up with a bloody mouth. That did not stop him from chewing on the plant. I miss the beauty of the plants but I don't miss the vet bills.

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 15, 2019 04:15PM - edited May 15, 2019 04:15PM by Teka

Husband photographed the following wildflowers in bloom.

*bluets*

Note to self: I don't have to take this day all at once, but rather, one step, one breath, one moment at a time. I am only one person. Things will get done when they get done.
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May 15, 2019 06:35PM Wren44 wrote:

I love the tiny little flowers that show up in the spring. I noticed some tiny violets at the edge of the driveway. I'm so tempted to dig the little plants up to put in my lawn. I was raised right though and so far have resisted.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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May 16, 2019 12:46AM Meow13 wrote:

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May 16, 2019 06:53AM jo6359 wrote:

meow- beautiful flowers.

Dx 1/29/2018, DCIS, Right, Stage 0 Dx 1/29/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 16, 2019 10:19AM Gumdoctor wrote:

Yes Meow, GORGEOUS!!!

My photo is not spectacular. But it does represent a huge accomplishment. I spent 3 very hard days last fall, in 90 degrees, in 15 minute sessions, planting these 9 rosebushes. They survived and opened up many blooms this week!!!

Gumdoctor

Dx 7/9/2014, IDC, Both breasts, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/29/2014 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/20/2017, IDC, Both breasts, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 5/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)

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