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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 10:20AM - edited Sep 12, 2017 07:09PM 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 everywhereโ€ฆ 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 rewardโ€”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) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 22, 2021 08:58AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Minus - All such great songs! I haven't been going to concerts for a long time. The last few have been at small venues. I miss the days of sneaking into concerts or paying less than $50. I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers for $5!

Here's a beautiful new video of an oldie:



"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 22, 2021 06:28PM MinusTwo wrote:

Nice Serenity!!! Thanks.

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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Sep 23, 2021 10:16AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Seahorses are so "super, super cool".

https://www.science.org/content/article/male-seahorses-grow-placentas-incubate-their-young


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 24, 2021 07:53AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Ready for September to restart.


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 24, 2021 08:40AM Betrayal wrote:

Heard this this morning sung by Petula Clark but cannot find it on youtube. This will have to do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcS018Rzs8s

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/30/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 24, 2021 08:41AM Betrayal wrote:

Worked this time.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/30/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 24, 2021 09:43AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

๐Ÿ‘
"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 24, 2021 10:54AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Love this.


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 24, 2021 11:15AM MinusTwo wrote:

YES - WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT!!!!!!

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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Sep 25, 2021 11:48AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Love when PFC does a Bob Marley cover.


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 25, 2021 11:52AM MinusTwo wrote:

99 pages Serenity!!! Woo Hoo. Thanks for keeping this going.

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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Sep 25, 2021 11:55AM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Didn't even notice! I should get more pastries! (Already had some today โ˜บ๏ธ)

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 25, 2021 11:57AM MinusTwo wrote:

It's almost 2pm, but I missed breakfast. So my slice of joy today will be to break - fast with sushi.

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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Sep 25, 2021 12:03PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Yum!

I had an almond croissant followed by a 2nd breakfast millefeuille. ๐Ÿ˜‹

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 26, 2021 05:01PM Jazzygirl wrote:

I'm back. My joy was giving my rock garden a facelift today


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 3/20/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 26, 2021 05:26PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Gorgeous! Quite different from here. I have pots to bring inside.

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 26, 2021 08:30PM MinusTwo wrote:

Jazzy - so glad to see you. I really must make it to NM to your mountain spa. I spent an afternoon off the beaten track lazing in the Rio Grande 50 years ago, but likely not the same.

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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Sep 28, 2021 02:56PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

It's much cooler today. I'm not ready. Listening to this. Dancing. Wish I had a mojito.



"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 28, 2021 10:37PM MinusTwo wrote:

Lovely. Drinking a libation from my college days - bourbon & coke. Given the song maybe I should have chosen Rum & coke.

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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Sep 30, 2021 07:07PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Haven't had a rum and coke in forever. With the variety of drugs I've had to take, I've had to avoid alcohol and some foods. โ˜น๏ธ

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 30, 2021 07:19PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Chocolate and coffees still on the menu. ๐Ÿ‘

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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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Sep 30, 2021 08:05PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

Earworm!


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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 1, 2021 07:31PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Slice of joy was delicious eggplant calzone


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 3/20/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 1, 2021 08:00PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

That looks so good! I love eggplant.

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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 2, 2021 08:41PM SerenitySTAT wrote:

I was mixing up some potting soil with perlite. Rather than hold my breath to avoid breathing in the dust, I used one of my masks. ๐Ÿ‘

"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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 3, 2021 08:31PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Balloon fiesta is underway. The special shapes are the most fun. Here's a new one this year (not my picture)


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 3/20/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 4, 2021 08:12AM Jazzygirl wrote:

This cracked me up on the way in to work. Our resident roadrunner watching balloons drifting down the valley


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 3/20/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 4, 2021 11:15AM - edited Oct 4, 2021 11:22AM by SerenitySTAT

You have a resident roadrunner? ๐Ÿฅฐ Cool balloons!

I promise I didn't break FB today. I don't have an account, but I did look at the FB page of a local orchid supplier. It was working when I left!

Twitter is having fun with it.


"Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿถโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽญ 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 4, 2021 03:34PM Jazzygirl wrote:

That's funny ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 3/20/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 4, 2021 08:45PM MinusTwo wrote:

I don't do facebook at all, but am really not sorry they are down. Unless,as someone on another thread suggested, they took themselves down so as not to have any data for congressional testimony. I'm sorry to say I expect they'll be back up tomorrow.

Jazzy - love the road runner.

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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