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Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 01:03PM - edited Apr 6, 2014 09:09PM by Kjones13

Kjones13 wrote:

I know this diagnosis stinks, no matter age or what phase of life you are in. I was hoping we could start a thread for mothers of school aged children. 

Edited to say: and younger...forgot to include my 3 yr old!

James 1:2-4 Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 11/11 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 10/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/16/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2013 Surgery 10/23/2013 Mastectomy: Right
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Aug 25, 2016 07:24AM Kjones13 wrote:

ditto! Thank you!

We usually start school around the middle of August, but this year it starts Monday! Now I truly know what it is like to set a goal and meet it. My dd was 18 months when I was diagnosed. She will start kindergarten Monday! I have so many emotions about that but I can't really put it into words right now. My ds who was in 3rd grade will be going to 7th grade! And playing football (ahhh!)

To speak about the writing of letters...I still haven't written any. It will be 4 years next month. I am still on my first line of treatment. It has taken me a LONG time to get to where I am mentally and emotionally, so I feel I would slip back into a black hole. I would of course write the letters in a positive position. It's just not time yet. For me at least.

So momma's--how about posting pics of first day of school!

James 1:2-4 Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 11/11 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 10/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/16/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2013 Surgery 10/23/2013 Mastectomy: Right
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Aug 25, 2016 04:19PM kaayborg wrote:

KJones!!!!!! I am so celebrating with you that your baby at dx is now in kindergarten. Kindergarten is big time emotional for any mama but here...I am tearing up right along with you because this holds a lot more. It gives me so much hope that I'll see my 8th grader graduate from high school and I want to see my 2nd grader do the same. I do hope I can hold onto my first line as long as you. I've got a year now.

I don't know if I ever posted this before but I haven't written any letters either. I do want to but the time never seems right and I have so much trouble writing into the future but not knowing how far into the future. Anyway, I worked out an idea I like at Christmas. I gave each girl a nice journal and wrote the first entry explaining that it was a Mommy and Me Journal. We exchange it back and forth underneath our pillows. I get to tell them things I want them to always know in current time. I like the idea that while they'll not remember all the things we said or did together, they'll have our conversations and record of special things we did together in the journal forever. I also like the comfort that if I don't ever get to the letters (sometimes I fear I'll get ill too fast and not have the time I wanted to spend writing), they'll always have the journal or journals, as I hope it will end up having to be.

Dx 6/24/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/16/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 8/20/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/31/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Dx 7/24/2015, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/3/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 6/20/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Chemotherapy 9/12/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 9/25/2017 Halaven (eribulin) Targeted Therapy 11/13/2017 Chemotherapy 2/5/2018 Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Aug 25, 2016 07:56PM DebK227 wrote:

kaayborg- I absolutely love the journal idea. My 9 y/o daughter and I are very close. I was diagnosed with MBC 5 months ago, and have decided with my DH not to tell her anything until my condition worsens. She took my primary BC dx very hard, and I can't imagine how she'd deal with this now. I'm lucky to only have bone mets at this point, no pain, and my Ibrance/Faslodex/Xgeva and Herceptin seem to be working. TM's have dropped in half in 3 months, and my MO is already starting to talk about extending the time between scans if things stay the same after my September scans. She knows my bones are "funky" from my meds, and that's the reason I go for tests.

We've been enjoying the end of summer, and she started 4th grade yesterday. I just want to keep giving her the most normal childhood as possible.


Debie

Dx 2/27/2014, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/3/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/19/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Dx 3/17/2016, ILC, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 3/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 3/26/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Radiation Therapy 4/20/2016 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/22/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 6/22/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Dx 11/2017, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 11/21/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/1/2018 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 1/7/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy External: Bone
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Aug 25, 2016 10:36PM JFL wrote:

KJones, congrats on the kindergarten milestone!!! Such a great story to hear. I hope to make it there (and much further).

Kaayborg, the shared journal is a great idea. I haven't done anything yet for the same reasons you mention . . . But am also worried things might come swift and severe when it is "that time". I hope I don't get caught off guard but am just not ready yet.

Debie, your daughter is so sweet! Happy smile.

My little guy (20 months) starts preschool on Monday. It is essentially an alternative to daycare because he is so young but it is nevertheless his first day of school and I can't wait to see him in his little uniform!

I don't know about any of you but I find it difficult to bargain with myself (e.g., "If I can stick around until he is old enough to have some memory of me or see him to kindergarten, that is all I ask for"). No compromise is enough for me and I am so sad that it is a reality that my time with my son will be cut short. For some reason, I find it harder now, over a year and a half since mets diagnosis, than in the beginning. Maybe that is because I have experienced one treatment failure and have seen many women on these boards pass since then. It always seems like a surprise when/how it all happens. No matter how many women I have seen pass since my early stage dx 11 years ago, I never feel like I am any closer to understanding the path of this disease when it takes a turn for the worst. It is an unpredictable beast.

I pray for all of us and everyone on these boards. Pray for more time, more meds to hold this disease at bay until a cure or predictably long-term treatment is found. Pray that our families will heal from the pain of a stage 4 dx while we are still alive as well as when we are gone. And pray that our children will remember us as a positive inspiration when they find themselves missing us, to give them strength to go for their dreams and give them resilience to weather the storms they will face in life. I also pray that our loved ones will find other sources of love and support, to fill the void we leave, all the while celebrating and remembering the positive, one-of-a-kind memories they have with us.
Chart your own course. Dx at 30. Dx with mets at 38 while pregnant - extensive liver & bone involvement. Currently on Enhertu & XGeva. ER+/PR+, HER2-low (IHC equivocal, +2/FISH negative). Y90 liver radioembolization in 2018. Dx 9/2006, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/22/2006 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 11/6/2006 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/15/2007 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 12/2014, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 12/26/2014 Aromasin (exemestane), Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 6/18/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 3/10/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Targeted Therapy 5/14/2017 Afinitor (everolimus) Chemotherapy 8/18/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/23/2018 Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 4/26/2019 Navelbine (vinorelbine) Hormonal Therapy 4/26/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy 11/27/2019 Gemzar (gemcitabine) Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2020 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 8/25/2020 Piqray (alpelisib) Targeted Therapy 10/2/2020 Enhertu (fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki)
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Aug 26, 2016 02:38AM Heidihill wrote:

Beautiful prayer, JFL.

Dx 8/2007, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/24/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 26, 2016 04:33PM kaayborg wrote:

'Tis

Dx 6/24/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/16/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 8/20/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/31/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Dx 7/24/2015, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/3/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 6/20/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Chemotherapy 9/12/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 9/25/2017 Halaven (eribulin) Targeted Therapy 11/13/2017 Chemotherapy 2/5/2018 Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Aug 27, 2016 05:51PM jan125 wrote:

I was diagnosed stage 4 when my kids were 3 and 1. Now they are 13 and 11. I have been on treatment the past 10 years with ups and downs but I never thought I would see them grow to be this old. While I often get sad that they are not little anymore, I am happy that they are getting to grow up with their mom. I would like to see both out of high school, but that would mean a total of 17 years at stage four, so here's hoping!

Dx 5/20/2006, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Aug 27, 2016 07:08PM leftfootforward wrote:

here is to hoping. There is no reason to not reach for the sky. We all deserve that.

Dx 12/13/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 1/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 12/4/2012, IDC, Stage IV, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Aug 27, 2016 08:05PM JFL wrote:

Jan, congrats on 10 years!!! Gives us hope. Here is to making it to see your kids graduate high school! Can I ask where your mets are?

Chart your own course. Dx at 30. Dx with mets at 38 while pregnant - extensive liver & bone involvement. Currently on Enhertu & XGeva. ER+/PR+, HER2-low (IHC equivocal, +2/FISH negative). Y90 liver radioembolization in 2018. Dx 9/2006, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/22/2006 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 11/6/2006 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/15/2007 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 12/2014, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 12/26/2014 Aromasin (exemestane), Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 6/18/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 3/10/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Targeted Therapy 5/14/2017 Afinitor (everolimus) Chemotherapy 8/18/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/23/2018 Doxil (doxorubicin) Chemotherapy 4/26/2019 Navelbine (vinorelbine) Hormonal Therapy 4/26/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Chemotherapy 11/27/2019 Gemzar (gemcitabine) Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2020 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 8/25/2020 Piqray (alpelisib) Targeted Therapy 10/2/2020 Enhertu (fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki)
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Aug 28, 2016 05:21AM kaayborg wrote:

Love hearing the happy news!

Dx 6/24/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/16/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 8/20/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/31/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Dx 7/24/2015, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/3/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 6/20/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Chemotherapy 9/12/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 9/25/2017 Halaven (eribulin) Targeted Therapy 11/13/2017 Chemotherapy 2/5/2018 Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Aug 28, 2016 09:08AM - edited Aug 28, 2016 09:10AM by PattyPeppermint

glad to see this thread revived. So many of us have school aged children. Loving all the pics.

Kjones aww your baby is in kindergarten. How exciting. Impressive you are 4 years out and still on your first tx. Praise God!

My boys are 14 and 11. Ds1 is going tomorrow for his 2nd attempt at drivers permit so excited to be alive to see this goal being met. Here's to many more goals reached.

To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Aug 28, 2016 11:43AM Heidihill wrote:

Wow, so many milestones! Congrats, Kjones, Jan and Patty. Love to hear 10 years, Jan. That'll be me next year!

Dx 8/2007, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/24/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 28, 2016 12:04PM PattyPeppermint wrote:

heidi. 9 years. Very impressive. Love to read stuff like that !!!!

To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Aug 29, 2016 08:36PM singlemom1 wrote:

Congrats on 10 years Jen! Keeping going for your dreams! There are people who have lived over 20 years with Mets. I plan on being here for AT LEAST 25 years. My daughter needs me. She is 10 years old.

Dx 2/7/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2015, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER+, HER2-
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Aug 30, 2016 06:06AM PattyPeppermint wrote:

singlemom. Great attitude !

To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Aug 31, 2016 05:52PM Kjones13 wrote:

love all the talk about 10 years and more!!!

Here's my dd, ds, and dh. Kindergarten, 7th grade, 12th year of teaching :)

And one of me and my sweet baby girl!




James 1:2-4 Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 11/11 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 10/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/16/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2013 Surgery 10/23/2013 Mastectomy: Right
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Aug 31, 2016 06:16PM kaayborg wrote:

Awe! I just love seeing pics of you all! Here are my gals on the first day of school. 2nd grade, 5th grade and 8th grade. It's my 17th year of teaching!

Dx 6/24/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/16/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 8/20/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/31/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Dx 7/24/2015, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/3/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 6/20/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Chemotherapy 9/12/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 9/25/2017 Halaven (eribulin) Targeted Therapy 11/13/2017 Chemotherapy 2/5/2018 Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Sep 1, 2016 12:07AM Bluefrog76 wrote:

I love seeingthese first day of school pictures. They are such a testament to the normal lives we are all trying to preserve and create for our kids. And with those smiles, I'd say you are succeeding. We don't go back until the 6th; stay tuned!

Rachel, diagnosed stage IV out of the gate at 38 in August 2015 after 2 fractured vertebrae revealed bone metastases. Mom of an 8 and 10-year-old. Dx 8/4/2015, Both breasts, 4cm, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 8/13/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/13/2015 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/13/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 1, 2016 05:57PM PattyPeppermint wrote:

love all the pics. Some good looking families

Kjones. Love the pics. You look so young and beautiful. How is dad liking kindergarten. What are you doing all day with your free time ?


To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Sep 1, 2016 07:20PM Bosco2602 wrote:

First day of 3rd and 4th grade!!!

My little was mad and kept cring " I go to school"

They keep me smiling. Life is good when I look at them.

Dx 11/11/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 11/20/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 11/20/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Sep 1, 2016 08:22PM Kjones13 wrote:

sweet pictures! They are just all so huggable!! My dd LOVES school (so far)! My ds got hurt yesterday in football. He's been at his dad's house so I will see him tomorrow and see the damage. They were doing a hitting drill and the other kids helmet hit my ds's right forearm. Sounds painful! My husband is enjoying his classes (he teaches pe...which is good because he's a big kid himself!). He also coaches football at a high school. Let's see...in the last 3 years they have won 3 games. It's awful! So discouraging.

We recently moved (just one county over) and we have hit the jack pot with our new neighbors! They are our age and have kids too! They are so sweet, so kind. We are taking turns taking and picking up the kids from school! On the days that I have taken them to school, I get up and go all day! This morning she took the kids and I went back to sleep and was lazy the rest of the day. I'll try again tomorrow (she is taking again in the am). I do have things I need to get done...or even started would be an accomplishment :)

Sending hugs to you momma's!

James 1:2-4 Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 11/11 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 10/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/16/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2013 Surgery 10/23/2013 Mastectomy: Right
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Sep 3, 2016 11:30PM PattyPeppermint wrote:

kjones. Hoping your ds is ok. Football can be so dangerous indeed

Here's a pic of my ds's. Both were unhappy. Ds2 didn't want to get his new shoes wet since it was raining and was mad I wouldn't let him carry them and put them on in the car. Ds1 mad that he couldn't ride the bus with friends. Our tradition is to drive them and pick then up the first day. Always go celebrate with dessert somewhere. Ugh. He will spend many days wanting to be driven but not this day apparently.



To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Sep 3, 2016 11:36PM PattyPeppermint wrote:

ds1 with his new required haircut. So tired of seeing hair in his eyes. He is going thru the stage of wanting to be a rock n roll drummer. He is actually very good at drumming and his best buddie plays lead guitar. They are trying to get a band together and since drums are hardest to move that means practicing here. Trying to talk dh into sound proofing shed and moving music equipment out there.

To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Sep 4, 2016 05:17AM BarbDenise64 wrote:

love all these pictures of all the kids on their first day back. Would love to put some of my girls when they go back tomorrow but youngest is always so grumpy in the mornings ( not a morning person) that I don't think it would do her justice but we'll see. Barbar

Dx 8/2014, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, 2/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy
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Sep 5, 2016 12:29AM SusaninSF wrote:

Just read on the Angels List that Romansma died two days ago. She was such a lovely woman and a dedicated Mom of five kids, youngest around 9. So sad.

Mets to brain, lung, eye, femur bone. Currently on Sacituzumab Govitecan TROPICS-02 trial. Dx 2000, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/31/2000 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Reconstruction (right) Dx 2008, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/2/2008 Mastectomy: Right Dx 3/29/2014, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/bone/lungs/other, Grade 2, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 4/28/2014 External: Brain Chemotherapy 10/30/2014 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 1/8/2015 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 6/6/2016 External Hormonal Therapy 11/16/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 12/21/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2017 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy 8/21/2018 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 8/21/2018 Piqray (alpelisib) Chemotherapy 4/23/2019 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/19/2019 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/23/2019 External: Brain Immunotherapy 10/25/2019 Targeted Therapy 2/18/2020 Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy)
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Sep 5, 2016 05:33AM Kjones13 wrote:

Susan--it is so sad! The last I remember her posting, on this thread, she had just returned from a trip to Mexico with her kids. No dh. Just kids. She said she highly recommends going with kids alone because the dynamics are so different. Hope was so kind. Always helpful and supportive. I pray for her family and those left here in this world who will have to live with the pain of losing her. Makes me hug my kids a little tighter. Love to you all

James 1:2-4 Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 11/11 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 10/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/16/2012 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/16/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2013 Surgery 10/23/2013 Mastectomy: Right
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Sep 5, 2016 10:01AM PattyPeppermint wrote:

so sad indeed. Hope was one of the first people on bco that I started talking to via text. I had seen a bumper sticker I wanted but had to order a minimum of 12. I ordered them then gave them away at my cancer center and here. Hope wanted one this began our texting. It said. " My mom kicked cancers ass ". We laughed because our youngest would love an excuse to use the word ass without getting in trouble lol. She will be missed.

Seems like school just started and already out for a long weekend. Yea ! Could do this every week

To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Sep 6, 2016 09:35AM Bluefrog76 wrote:

At long last the first day of school has arrived. 6th (middle school!!!) and 4th grades. So excited for them and grateful for such a great school community.


Rachel, diagnosed stage IV out of the gate at 38 in August 2015 after 2 fractured vertebrae revealed bone metastases. Mom of an 8 and 10-year-old. Dx 8/4/2015, Both breasts, 4cm, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 8/13/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/13/2015 Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/13/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 13, 2016 10:30PM PattyPeppermint wrote:

today dh picked up ds1 for follow up orthopedic surgeon from his broken collarbone. All is healing well. No surgery needed. Great news. However the bad news is his teacher met dh in the office to say that 4 weeks into school hehas a 0 in math. Wth ??? Apparently he hasn't done any homework and has been goofing off in class Instead of working. He got a zero on a test. Didn't do anything except his name. Math has always been a struggle for him and if he gets a overall grade of C and he tried his best we are happy. All other subject is A and B's. He is very shy and has never ever been even verbally reprimanded at school. So this was a total shock. The school has the gradebook on line for us to use but they don't assign this year's password until parent teacher conferences after nine weeks. Ds1 is in serious trouble. Everyday we discuss what happened at school and do homework at the table together.hehas said he Finished it during study hall. Not like him to lie. Don't understand how he thought he could hide this. So it looks like I am gonna be busy with him every night trying to catch up in math. I hate math also, exp fractions. Hello Google

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To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Sep 16, 2016 08:15PM TarheelMichelle wrote:

Patty, my son struggled in math in high school. He is a college freshman now. During his junior year, I was paying two different college students to tutor him, plus tutoring with the teacher after school. I felt the same as you, how does my son think he can hide these terrible grades and why isn't he even trying??

It wasn't until after graduation that my son felt comfortable telling me what the problem was. He didn't like the teacher at all, and was generally unhappy during class. I'm not saying this is what is going on with your son, but it's a possibility, especially if your son is doing well in other classes. Math isn't my son's best subject and I guess he just didn't feel comfortable telling me how awful the class was, or maybe he just didn't know. He was just stressed about the class all the time. Looking back, I don't know what I could have done differently. Regardless, math is a subject he had to pass. I should have gone to the classroom and talked face to face instead of just email. It was a whole year of the teacher complaining about all the students. I just kept thinking it was an intelligence issue but I think it was a personality issue.

I wish you and your family the best.

Ronda - Extensive mets to lungs & bones. My life is Stage IV precious. Celebrating 8 years with Stage IV 12/2019 Dx 2/14/2008, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/11/2008 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/17/2008 Dx 12/19/2011, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 1/31/2012 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2012 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/24/2014 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2014 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 11/17/2015 Afinitor (everolimus) Targeted Therapy 5/20/2016 Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant)

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