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Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 03:03PM - edited Apr 6, 2014 11:09PM 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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Jun 28, 2020 11:55AM kkcita wrote:

Anyone thinking ahead to fall yet, sending kids back to school? I think here it's going to be like 2 days a week at school, with social distancing, and distance learning at home - or choose to keep your kids at home full-time. My son with be a 3rd grader, and I have a 4 year old who we pulled from daycare/preschool in March. I'm not too immunocompromised on current treatment, but I still don't want to get COVID-19. My son will be so disappointed if he can't go to school to see his friends at least a little bit. But I know that will increase the risk he will bring home coronavirus to our home. I don't want to live in the basement by myself, I want to take care of my children. hmmm. I'm just worried what to do.

oncotype 19. initial dx at age 39, 6 weeks after 2nd child was born. mets dx at age 43. Dx 3/28/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/9/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/17/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/28/2016 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 12/1/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/27/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Dx 2/19/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2020 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Targeted Therapy 3/3/2020 Kisqali
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Jun 28, 2020 12:25PM pinkbutterfly wrote:

Yes, definitely worried about this. My oldest will be away at college but my younger son will be a sophomore in high school this fall. We have the option of a Full time online academy but he very much wants to return to school. Part of me says it’s a no-brainer...I am on chemo and can not afford to get this. But I also feel guilty because I know this (online classes) will be harder on him and I don’t know how he will fare or whether it would impact his learning. The school district is planning to reopen, so if we enroll him in online learning, they will not all “be in the same boat.” I imagine there will be many others with a variety of conditions faced with this choice. I understand that monoclonal antibodies may be available sooner than a vaccine and there is some talk of using them to protect vulnerable populations like us. At this point I am hoping for more clarity in the next few weeks to help inform this decision for us. As cases rise, it looks more and more like we will have to go the online route until it is safer.Good luck to you and to all.

"...for they cried out to God in the battle, and He granted their urgent plea because they trusted in Him."
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Jul 27, 2020 11:15PM Kjones13 wrote:

what a scary and crazy time for us mothers! Here we are again trying to figure out what the beat thing is for our children, while at the same time trying to protect ourselves so that we don’t get sick and are able to be around longer to watch our kids grow...AND not have guilt for doing so!

It’s a crap shoot isn’t it?

I *think* our district is going to do k-8 one week on, one week off like A/B weeks rotating (in-person and on-line). 9-12 is home doing on-line stuff. And then of course k-8 has the option to do on-line full time as well.

My husband is a teacher and he is ready to go back. I feel ok about the kids going back. My son (11th grade) will have to get out of the house somehow!!! He is already socially awkward...this is not helping his mental health at all! He will get his license soon so I told him to go grab his friends and go fishing or hiking or rafting or something outside!

We all have to do what is best for our kiddos and only we know what that is! I hope you all stay well

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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Jul 28, 2020 04:05AM leftfootforward wrote:

we are starting online only. You am Ng s as para educator do waiting yo hear of I gave my same assignment or another one.

Crazy times. Trying to get my senior to do college planing is especially trying.

Summer is ok as I don’t have to work BBC and make sure the kids are doing their own work. I am not looking forward to going back. Plus my husband is an ER doctor so he has to work.

It’s going to be crazy around here again.

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 11, 2020 12:37AM JFL wrote:

I am super uneasy about school. We had my son, who is about to start kindergarten, in summer camp for 6 weeks this summer and I felt fine about that at the time. It was great for him to engage in activities with other kids and have the chance to run around all day. They had good security procedures and the camp only took half the kids as usual. However, we pulled my son out the last two weeks when COVID started to get worse again where I live. I live in a COVID "hot spot" where the virus is very bad right now with our second round of outbreaks. A friend of ours had a child around the same age at a different summer camp and the child caught COVID at summer camp and passed it along to our friend, his father. The child never had symptoms. Our friend has been on a ventilator for the last week and we are not sure he will make it. Awful.

My son's school is starting online, which I am relieved about. The entire school district is starting online. However, I feel bad for my son, being cooped up at home longer, with little social interaction and less physical activity. It would be easier if he weren't an only child but he has no other kids to play with and I feel bad because I work all day from home.

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 11, 2020 10:39PM leftfootforward wrote:

JFL- I understand your concerns. I am so sorry to hear about your friend and hope he can recover. My husband is an ER doc and his colleague went from healthy to on echmo but has survived. Ii hope the same for your friend.
mtgese are very hard times. Keep you and your family safe.


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 19, 2020 05:43PM JFL wrote:

On a positive note, I was diagnosed with mets in 2014 while pregnant and just “sent my son off” to kindergarten today (online, at least). I didn’t know if I would make it to this milestone. I was in very bad shape at diagnosis and in a critical state requiring hospitalization. I wasn’t sure I would live to my son’s due date yet alone over 5 years. I had a liver full of mets at the time but more pressing, I had uncontrollable hypercalcemia from bone mets that had taken over a large portion of my skeletal system. My bones were aggressively throwing off calcium into my blood, which I learned can very quickly become life threatening at the high levels of calcium I had in my blood. My road has been full of numerous treatments and numerous progressions in my liver. However, for the most part, I have maintained my quality of life and still feel great. Not sure how long I will be around. I am running out of treatments and I have increasing collateral damage from all the treatments. However, today, I feel fortunate to be here.

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 19, 2020 09:27PM leftfootforward wrote:

big day JFL.

Today I celebrated my youngest 10th birthday something I never thought I’d sees she was 3 months old when I was originally diagnosed and 2 when I was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. My oldes, who was 8, just celebrated turning 18 another mark I think I’d never see. And I’m helping him do college applications. Crazy.

Celebrate and enjoy these moments. You earned it. Keep living your life.

Kindergarten was a big one for me because I knew my child would remember me not memories shared to her.

Congratulations.

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 23, 2020 12:30AM leftfootforward wrote:

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My now 18 year old son. He was 8 at my diagnosis. Keep fighting


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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Oct 9, 2020 09:38PM tangandchris wrote:

I just came across this thread and it has helped me just knowing I am not alone. I finally told my 11 year old that my cancer is back today. It wasn't as gut wrenching as I had imagined it would be. She's still processing.....we all are.

This idea of leaving my children too soon has to be the worst of it. It leaves me feeling so broken that I can not even bear it for long. I'm still very early in this. We are still trying to figure out where all of the cancer has spread.

So thankful for all of you.

My reconstruction with TE's failed...had them removed because of infection. I am still unsure of if or when I will try again. Dx 10/24/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/22/2013 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Dx 10/2020, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 15, 2020 12:32PM Pamela23 wrote:

TangandChris--I feel the same way about leaving my children too soon. I love hearing stories like JFL & Leftfoot. It gives me hope. I was diagnosed in Sept with liver mets then had a bone scan that came back positive. For the most part I've kept it together, but we all have our days, right? I'm just trying to spend as much quality time with my kids, especially since my oldest will start college next year.

9/15/2016, IDC, Left, 3mm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/15/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/6/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/15/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017
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Oct 16, 2020 08:53AM leftfootforward wrote:

some days are harder than others. Reading college essays about how my health effected their life is gut wrenching yet inspiring at the same time.,


we are here for you.

I have lived long enough that I have my remivevthem from school . Live on a beach, enjoy out last moments together plans for when I need tgg HT em.


enjoy every day eith your kids. The older mine get, the more I realize what exceptional people they are.

Your strength, courage, and love for them will take them places. hug

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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Oct 19, 2020 07:08PM deanders wrote:

Hi everyone! I was reading through this thread and recognize some of you from other boards. I wanted to join in here because I also have two kiddos who are living this with me and it's so reassuring to know I am not the only one.

I'm still a bit new to this whole MBC thing - just found out in August and started Xeloda in early September. So far so good. With this year being as crazy as it is, I have been doing a lot of thinking and self-care. through that I have discovered that one of my biggest fears/problems is the fact that my kids may not have me for some of their milestones. I had always taken for granted the fact that I would just be here - there would be a "next phase" of life - like rediscovering my husband now that the kids are older (18 y/o boy & 15y/o girl) but now I just want to make it to my daughters graduation. I had always planned on seeing them off to college, weddings, grandbabies, new houses, careers etc.. but now I just want to make it out of 2020. That's a bit dramatic I know but that's how it feels. My peer mentor described it as being handed a bomb with no timer on it but you know it's going to blow at some point. And the idea of my kids watching me be sick and decline is heartbreaking.

I am very proud of my son - he was supposed to graduate in 2020 but COVID took that away from him, he is planning on starting college (online) for the Winter quarter and is just a nice guy. The one I struggle with is my daughter. Don't get me wrong, she is an amazing person as well but with her being in the "teen angst" and also dealing with 2020 and all it's glory - she is really not that nice to me. We can't talk serious topics as she gets so passionate about them and starts talking to me like I'm an idiot. She's artistic and a bit quirky (which I love) but that also puts her in this really opinionated and abrasive place where she (like all teens) thinks she knows it all. I tell her I love her everyday - she won't say it back to me. I hope she doesn't regret that later, I would hate to think that she would feel bad for just being her age.

Anyways - sorry this is so long, it's just that the struggle with MBC and leaving my kids early in life has really been weighing on me lately.

Glad you gals are here - it's nice to know there are people that get it.


Dx 7/2/2019, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/20 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 7/25/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/4/2020 Dx 8/2020, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 19, 2020 07:47PM Pamela23 wrote:

Hi Deanders--you are feeling exactly how I feel. I was dx at the same time, an incredible shock. I have 3 daughters, 17yo & twins 14 yo. I have the same fears. Today I likened it to a guillotine above me, not knowing when it'll drop. I'm actually very positive around everyone but those dark thoughts enter my head several times/day. I want to make the most of these beginning stages since I am still strong and healthy but it's such a head game. Every day I tell myself it's going to me a "cancer free" day in my head, that I'm not going to think about it. But then I get reminders...I had to check out of a store early today because a sad song came on the overhead radio and started to cry. It comes at the most surprising times. I'm hoping the fear fades as we become confident that things are under control. I just want you to know you are NOT alone. I'm happy 95% of the day but when I'm alone or see something, I crack.

I find great hope in these forums.

9/15/2016, IDC, Left, 3mm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/15/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/6/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/15/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017
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Oct 20, 2020 04:25PM tangandchris wrote:

Hi ladies

I'm meeting with a thoracic surgeon tomorrow and things are getting so real. It comes in waves, moments of feeling ok and others of terrible dread and sadness.

My 11 yr old seems to take all of this in stride, but I don't think she really gets it yet. My 28 yr old might not either, possibly coping mechanism. My little 2 yr old grandson came over Sunday. I was sitting on the couch and felt this overwhelming sense of emotion. Mixed with happiness of being here with him and not knowing how long any of this will last.

I like the guillotine analogy. Im trying to stay positive in front of my family. My husband has heard me cry and vent and I think its too much for him. The first time around he stayed in denial as long as possible.

Im scared at the idea of leaving him and our youngest alone without me. How will he manage things? Will he be able to help her thru the pain?

How does anyone get thru this? ?

My reconstruction with TE's failed...had them removed because of infection. I am still unsure of if or when I will try again. Dx 10/24/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/22/2013 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 2/12/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Dx 10/2020, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 20, 2020 05:07PM Momchichi wrote:

hi everyone,

Glad to see this topic revived! Deanders - I have a screechy, howler monkey sounding teen girl too. Reminds me of the terrible 2s when I called her my troll baby. She is a big meanie to everyone right now but does still tell me I love you some nights at bedtime, when she isn’t stomping away and yowling. I think she is part cat, lol! I take her volunteering with me a couple times a month at a goodwill type place and she enjoys rolling her eyes at the outdated fashions and judging the people who donated the clothing - mommy & teen bonding time!

Dx at 38, TN in breast, HER2 + in some nodes. TN met to L2 at 40. Dr thinks I was never HER2+ & it was a false + from neoadjuvant chemo - whaaat??? Dx 7/19/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/9/2017 AC Chemotherapy 9/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/23/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 6/19/2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 8/11/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy 9/3/2019 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 11/22/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/6/2019 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 1/6/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 1/9/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Targeted Therapy Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy)
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Oct 21, 2020 04:08PM Anotherone wrote:

mine is going to be 16 in a couple of days ..

How good it is to see them doing this stuff !

How much we already accomplished - I know we never would want to live our children but it is a big difference leaving 50 year old in a stable relationship and with children of their own and a 2 y.o. which would not remember you even...

I look at my daughter and mentally count all the ticks in the boxes I wanted to tick - "can enjoy cycling", " knows the joy of when you dont understand some math questions, wracked your brains trying to figure it out and then it slots into places", " i managed to impart the attitude to fitness , food, money etc that I wanted her to have", " read such and such books, go to such and such places ".

I hope the above will help more people than hurt them in case they have not accomplished x y and z ; the very point of it is to appreciate what we already managed where we are all on a sliding scale rather than to be upset at what we would have wanted to manage or could have reasonably expect of we did not have MBC

At the end of the day we all walk under guillotine- everybody dies ; it is just that we have high likelihood of dying far far earlier...

Primary in 2006, metastasis 2019. Sorry can lot log in diagnosis and treatment info properly - it gets jumbled. Dx 10/10/2006, IDC, Left, Stage IIIC, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/1/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs Chemotherapy 9/17/2019 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Surgery Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy External: Chest wall Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Oct 26, 2020 09:25AM Pamela23 wrote:

ladies, I wondered how you are approaching Halloween this year? How are you participating? It's the last year for my twin girls and we are putting rules in place so they can still enjoy but be safe for all of us. I have always been the "Halloween house". When my girls entered kindergarten I would have several families coming over & eating pizza around the fire pits and us moms would start T & T while the dads stayed back and handed out candy. A few years later we changed it to just feeding the kids beforehand and having an after T&T party with the parents while the kids played games and traded candy. This year is so different. Between COVID and my situation, definitely no pre or post party and strict rules for my girls. I'm thinking my husband & I will set up a table and lay candy out so the kids (we get 100+) can grab their own without touching others. We'll just bring the wood burning fire pit out front, grab a hot cider and wear our masks so we can still say hello to people. How are you guys doing it?

9/15/2016, IDC, Left, 3mm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/15/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/6/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/15/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017
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Oct 26, 2020 11:42AM Momchichi wrote:

hi Pamela,

I think we’re doing something similar, I’m spreading outan old tablecloth on the lawn and putting baggies of candy on it. I’m going to do them all the same so no kiddos lingering over making a choice, just grab & go. I’ll probably wave from behind my storm door or front window. I love Halloween so trying to make it as fun as possible. Might make a balloon arch to grab attention since we’re in the back of our neighborhood & a bunch of other neighbors not participating. Can’t wait to see costumed cuties but sure don’t want their cooties!

Dx at 38, TN in breast, HER2 + in some nodes. TN met to L2 at 40. Dr thinks I was never HER2+ & it was a false + from neoadjuvant chemo - whaaat??? Dx 7/19/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 16/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/9/2017 AC Chemotherapy 9/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy 2/15/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/23/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 6/19/2019, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 8/11/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy 9/3/2019 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 11/22/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/6/2019 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 1/6/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 1/9/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Targeted Therapy Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy)

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