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Topic: Thin Slices of Joy

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: Nov 16, 2016 01:20PM - edited Sep 12, 2017 10:09PM by SerenitySTAT

SerenitySTAT wrote:

I finished active treatment less than a month ago, and wow, you just don't bounce right back up. Before all this started I have had sciatica for a couple of years, and it worsened during treatment. In trying to recover from both, I've been feeling frustrated. Now, I'm tired of the pain, fatigue, and frustration. Oh, and all these pills! I've been told I'm not happy unless I'm complaining about something (yes, my darling husband, though he hasn't said it since diagnosis).

I recently read this article below and pulled out some sections. It reminded me of when I was younger and said "It's the little things...". I'm going to try it and will post my thin slices of joy as I experience them. Please join me so I can experience your thin slices of joy.

http://qz.com/818998/googles-former-happiness-guru...

Google's former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Successfully reshaping your mindset, he argues, has less to do with hours of therapy and more to do with mental exercises, including one that helps you recognize "thin slices of joy."

Although they last two or three seconds, the moments add up, and the more you notice joy, the more you will experience joy, Tan argues. "Thin slices of joy occur in life everywhere… and once you start noticing it, something happens, you find it's always there. Joy becomes something you can count on." That's because you're familiarizing the mind with joy, he explains.

Tan's "thin slice" exercise contains a trigger, a routine, and a reward—the three parts necessary to build a habit. The trigger, he says, is the pleasant moment, the routine is the noticing of it, and the reward is the feeling of joy itself.

A small study by psychologists from Loyola University published last month in the journal Aging, for instance, showed that among adults over age 55, those who reported a better ability to savor life were more likely to report higher life satisfaction, regardless of ill health. For those less able to relish small events, poor health made all of life seem drearier.

Sep 12, 2017 Edited to add update on sciatica: Using postural alignment exercises and nerve flossing, my sciatic pain is gone. I have most of my mobility back, and I am no longer taking any pain medications! I have significantly less mental fatigue after I dropped my Lyrica dosage. Big joy! I need to continue the nerve flossing or else I feel the tightness returning, but that takes less than a minute of my time. It took months of slow progress with some setbacks, but I finally succeeded!

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Oct 30, 2021 02:28PM CeliaC wrote:

Hello, all. Just catching up after being offline for awhile. Love all the music folks have shared. Made a long roadtrip for my brother's 70th birthday. He lives about 20 mins from the Woodstock themed Museum at Bethel Woods (near to Yasgur's farm). Sister-in-law, sister and I visited the museum - a terrific blast from the past! Sister-in-law, who grew up in nearby town Cochecton, NY, fondly remembers Woodstock and what it was like to have so many people coming in from all over. She had tickets for Sunday to go with her Dad, but the rains kept them away. Photo below is a psychedelic bus in the museum. Exhibits wonderfully captured the sights, sounds, experiences of Woodstock.


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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Oct 30, 2021 03:40PM MinusTwo wrote:

serenity - Thanks for "Tears on My Pillow". I remember Lil' Anthony and the Imperials doing this song years ago. Found this quote about Arron Neville from Wiki sad: a retired American R&B and soul vocalist,

Celia- Nice to see you back. Sounds like a fun trip.


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 30, 2021 10:05PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Walk in the bosque followed by a white pizza


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 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right 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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Oct 31, 2021 02:47PM MinusTwo wrote:

Beautiful trees. I miss the mountains in the fall.

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Oct 31, 2021 08:36PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Socially distant trick or treat


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 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right 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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Oct 31, 2021 09:13PM - edited Oct 31, 2021 09:14PM by SerenitySTAT

Celia - How fun! The psychedelic bus reminds me of the Revolution exhibit here that included clips from Woodstock.

Minus - It's a little sad, but he's retiring from touring only. At 80 during a pandemic, he's smart to be more prudent.

Jazzy - Great pictures! It's a cold and rainy night here. I'm sure people have lots of candy they'll have to eat. 😉

Apparently this is a "creepypasta":

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Nov 2, 2021 03:37PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

I completed another 36-hour fast this morning. There was a higher degree of difficulty due to the bowls of candy on the counter. I did not succumb to temptation. 🎉

This looked fun. 🎶



"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 3, 2021 12:26PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Slice of moon in the pre dawn sky with Venus close to the horizon. I was in awe


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 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right 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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Nov 5, 2021 03:53PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Finally found some Thanksgiving blend today. It's my fav from Starbucks. It's the best part of today after morning dental surgery



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 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right 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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Nov 6, 2021 11:01AM Jazzygirl wrote:

One of the things I love about where I live is this. Seven of them over the house this am




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Nov 6, 2021 11:28AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Jazzy - I love your pictures! Hope you’re feeling well after dental surgery.

Clear, bright day. It’s chilly, but then I get more pup cuddles.

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 6, 2021 12:10PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Serenity- doing better than expected this morning. Woke up to no pain which is a pleasant surprise.....

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 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right 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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Nov 6, 2021 05:33PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Waking up to no pain is fantastic!

Got a new orchid! We went to an orchid farm that’s not too far from here. We will have to go again. They had so many and some were deliciously fragrant.

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 6, 2021 09:14PM MinusTwo wrote:

Jazzy - great news. This is my ear worm for the week - waking, sleeping, eating.... I tried to change the channel but ended up with Tea for Two (1924) - just as intensive.



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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Nov 8, 2021 11:11AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

I haven’t seen that musical in forever!

The new Dexter show premiered last night. Loved it! I too have a thing about blood. Not the same thing.

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 9, 2021 09:55AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Completed my 3rd weekly 36 hour fast. Feeling good. Nice to be back in the habit.



"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 9, 2021 05:08PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

My husband makes breakfast smoothies for himself. He switched from almond milk to oat milk to reduce our almond consumption. Then he switched from oat milk to just using oats. Less processing, packaging, and $$. He's very proud of himself for figuring this out.

That's when I realized my superpower after chemo/radiation is telepathy. Ok, not really. But I didn't remind him that I suggested it all first. Maybe he has sympathetic chemo brain?

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 9, 2021 06:29PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Love this song. Nice cover.


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 9, 2021 06:34PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Wow!


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Nov 9, 2021 07:57PM MinusTwo wrote:

Yes, nice cover of Oh Oh Child. Thanks for sharing. And I ALWAYS like Unchained Melody.

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Nov 9, 2021 10:57PM MinusTwo wrote:

Anybody besides me do classical?



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Nov 10, 2021 10:02AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

I enjoy classical music, but I don't know much. Most of what I know is from Bugs Bunny. 😁


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 10, 2021 07:44PM - edited Nov 13, 2021 10:46PM by Jazzygirl

I played violin in numerous symphonies in my life. I love classical music ❤️

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Nov 13, 2021 02:52PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

It’s cold, gray, and rainy. This music is warming.


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 13, 2021 06:56PM MinusTwo wrote:

NIce Serenity!!

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Nov 13, 2021 10:47PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Beautiful fall day here. Took the most amazing walk today and savored the beauty


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 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right 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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Nov 14, 2021 04:59PM oldladyblue wrote:

Oh SerenitySTAT, I just love Unchained Melody and he does it so well. I needed a lift today! Thanks.

64 years old, Oncotype 28 Dx 6/25/2021, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/27/2021 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 10/8/2021 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/10/2022 Hormonal Therapy
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Nov 14, 2021 08:07PM Jazzygirl wrote:

I was watching Waiting to Exhale today on HBO and heard this version of this song by Roberta Flack. I loved it and thought I should share....



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 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right 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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Nov 15, 2021 03:31PM - edited Nov 15, 2021 03:31PM by SerenitySTAT

oldladyblue - Hope today is better for you!

Jazzy - Love Roberta Flack!

This is a great cover. Nice to hear on a wintry mix day after getting a flu shot.


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 💉💉🐶☕️🛀🖼🥐🌲🎭 Dx 11/2015 IDC L IIIC 10/11 nodes ++-, 12/2015 L Mast, 2/2016 4 AC+12 Taxol fasted, 9/2016 Rads Nodes Chest wall 15+4 boosts, 10/2016 Tamox, 4/2019 Exemestane, 12/2019 Ibrance/Xgeva
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Nov 15, 2021 09:41PM MinusTwo wrote:

Hadn't thought about that song in ages. Oops almost typed hadn't heard about that 'shot'. Serenity - hope you don't have anything other than a sore arm.

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