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Singles with breast cancer who want to connect.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2011 11:32PM

txkari wrote:

Hello --

I'm a 47 year old single, who was diagnosed with DCIS grade 3 in early March. The affected area is quite large ... 15 cm in one direction. I have had two partial mastectomies and they still don't have clear margins, so I will be getting a full mastectomy on the left side in a few weeks.

I guess I took the Dr's assurances that I would be OK, a little too much to heart. I was ready for a little surgery and radiation. I wasn't ready to be told I needed a full mastectomy. The reality of it hit me a couple of nights ago.

I haven't met with the plastic surgeon yet, so I'm not sure what my reconstruction plan is yet. My questions are ... how did you prepare yourself to see your body after the surgery? I'm rather large breasted (DD) so the difference is going to be pretty dramatic. Have you found that men can look past the changes in your body? Do they understand? I just want to know if I need to resign myself to being alone. Is there love after a mastectomy/reconstruction?

Thanks

Dx 3/4/2011, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes
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Jun 16, 2017 03:35PM juneping wrote:

hello everyone!!

E- sorry about your grandpa...how is he doing now?

simplicity - the trip looks so serene, the doggie is so cute cuddling w you.

jazzy - what a great event!! nice pix!!

juneping.wordpress.com/ Dx 11/15/2013, DCIS Dx 11/15/2013, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 16, 2017 09:26PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Good evening ladies- hope everyone is doing okay! I was supposed to go to a yoga retreat up in the mountains this weekend, but there is a bad wildfire up there that started yesterday and is out of control. I was concerned about safety and the smoke (with my asthma) and glad they called it off this morning. Sounds like it is still raging and this same area had a really bad fire in 2001 that destroyed a lot. I have another yoga event in town next week with the same person and will go back there again next winter, as I usually do (no fires in the winter). We have a heat dome out here in the west and it hit 100 today and going to 104 by next Thursday.

I have a BCO sister from another thread here in town this next week. We have plans to meet up on Thursday, she is coming over here next weekend for dinner. She has to do compression with the L stuff and worried about the heat. Looking forward to meeting her and spending time with her in person.

June- how is the new job?

Artista- you asked how I could live here with the heat? NM actually has a pretty nice climate, we have seasons and it only really gets hot here around this time and before the summer monsoons. This place is considered "high desert" so we don't get as hot as places like Phoenix which I hear are hitting 120 right now. But June is my least favorite month due to the heat, despite many fun things going on here this June. I think this summer may be a sizzler?

This weekend is Father's Day and know some of you will be missing your dads like I am. Peace sisters.

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-
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Jun 16, 2017 09:40PM Artista928 wrote:

We have a pretty even keel climate, not too hot and not too cold in general, so this week of 90-100 is odd. I have a fan, portable a/c and overhead fan on all at the same time. I'd much rather be cold. :(

I have my dad and am very thankful for him. At 78 he's quite healthy and still works full time. He's in better shape than me that's for sure! So sorry to those of you who don't have you dads with you. I can't imagine...

Have a nice weekend ladies!

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 17, 2017 09:09PM juneping wrote:

jazzy - i am starting the new job the coming monday.

summer in NY is just hot and humid. i can take the heat but the humidity...OMG...SickTired

juneping.wordpress.com/ Dx 11/15/2013, DCIS Dx 11/15/2013, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 20, 2017 12:18AM Artista928 wrote:

Saw ps today. Says looking good. Was excited to schedule my right fix it for a month out until he said follow up in 2 mo. Eh? What happened I asked. He said it was 1 mo after the infection was deamed gone but after the leak fiasco, it's bumped to 2 mo. So next appt is 8/22. So much for getting right side fixed while it's still summer. Looking like Sept now.

He did a great job. Kudos to him for not jumping the gun and pulling out the implant. He saw it wasn't infected and gave it max time before stitches and then max time with stitches. Success on that front!

Nasty heat wave continues here in the Bay Area Cali. Record breakers. I have no clue how peeps with no a/c do it. I have a portable with 2 fans going and I'm still miserable. We haven't reached the worst of it yet. Triple digits are coming to the Bay Area later this week. Shoot me now. :/

Hope everyone has a nice week.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 20, 2017 07:52AM Simplicity wrote:

Morning ladies.

Jazzy, that's so awesome! Hope y'all have a great visit!

June, congratulations! Not sure I could handle a change like that right now.

Artista, :( That's frustrating I know. I am waiting to get my left side 'fixed'. Always seems to be something, doesn't it?

Well, biopsy Friday. Radiologist isn't sure, but concerned it may be a local recurrence :( VERY few know about this as I need no one to worry (especially my mother) unless there is reason to. I feel amazingly calm, considering. Either way, it is what it is. Can't change it.....so here I am once again, waiting.....

Hope all have a good day.

Dx 3/31/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/21/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/4/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 10/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 5/20/2016 Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 20, 2017 08:46AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Artista- sorry to hear things will be postponed until Sept. Maybe you can try to enjoy the summer and know that will be waiting for you later to take care of. Stay cool in the heat too, it is wicked hot here too and going to only get hotter. I went to the pool last night to swim and felt much better after that. Those who don't have AC are at high risk in this heat, this kind of heat can be a killer. AZ and places like Palm Springs are in the 120s......

Simplicity- I am sorry to hear you may have a local reoccurrence. I pray this is nothing but some scar tissue, but the doc is being sure. Please know you have done all the things for your BC and had ALOT of treatment so you have thrown everything in the book at this. The docs provide us with what they can to treat this stuff and pray it works. Will be in your pocket on Friday sister.

June- wishing you the best at the new job! Let us know how it is going once you are settled. I saw NYC got some wicked storms last night?

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-
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Jun 20, 2017 11:52AM Artista928 wrote:

Will be thinking of you Simplicity that it's not a recurrence. You have a great attitude though of it is what it is. There is no rhyme or reason to this beast. Some who have very unhealthy lifestyles don't have issues and some who do everything "right" do. I haven't really changed anything in what I do. In fact, can't think of one thing. I'm like weesa on here who is many years out and hasn't changed much if anything in her lifestyle. She's enjoying life for we all are going to go at sometime at any time even.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 20, 2017 12:13PM BosumBlues wrote:

Hello my friends. I lurk but not posting these days since there is nothing good here to report.

Artista, glad you are healed. Sept will be here soon enough. time flies.

Simplicity, I have been thru several scares and all turned out to be nothing. I am hoping the same for you. I believe they watch us closely in the early years and can be alarmists but I am glad they are being vigilant and covering all bases. I understand your concern and your reaction as well....at some point we just have to say "What will be will be". Hard to give up that control but you have been thru much and I have reached that place with my life. I will be thinking of you. Will you have someone to accompany you?

June, best of luck w the new job.

Jazz, you are a joy and I enjoy living life thru your retreats, work, daily pleasures and the friends that surround you.

E, slow down GF and learn to smell the lovely flowers on your terrace.

Lily, come back to join us. We love you!

Hugs to all.

Dx IDC
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Jun 20, 2017 03:37PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Good afternoon friends- another hot one in the desert. Back over 100 today. Staying indoors and cool. My new swimming routines help to keep me cool, I went last night and come home feeling cool inside and out.

BB- thank you for the kind words. Unfortunately, my yoga retreat got cancelled on Friday morning due to a wildfire that cropped up in the area the day before. Just not safe to be in the nearby canyon with the fire and smoke, and glad they cancelled it. The wild fires here get big really fast, and with one road in and out of those canyons, can be dangerous in this situation. I will return for a retreat there again next January, which is when I usually go. I have plans to go up there with my old BF when he is here in early July to hit the hot springs.

I think of you often sister and know things are difficult and sending hugs your way. I hope your mom is stable.

Artista- I had a pretty healthy lifestyle before my dx, although I was overweight (now finally loosing that after getting some things in to balance). I exercised regularly, ate well, etc. But will say I allowed other people to push my limits with work, family expectations, etc. So I will say there were times I got myself exhausted at the expense of others. I no longer let that happen, finally learned to put my well being first instead of trying to please too many others. My sister tried to get me to change some things in July to go with her to CT to help with her partners eldercare stuff (again) and said I have my follow ups then and will not be changing those.

I became borderline diabetic 6 months after I started the AIs so I gave up sugar in the fall of 2013, and been working the past 9 months with an endocrinologist to get more back in to balance. I am down 16 pounds since last Sept and will meet my initial weight loss goal in another month. All my numbers have been moving in the right direction. It has been a long road out with my fitness and my overall health since then. Some of the drugs we take to treat cancer cause many other side effects.

There are no guaruntees with anything we do, because all the cancers we have are a bit different. Keep taking good care of yourself with what works best for you!

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-
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Jun 20, 2017 04:05PM BosumBlues wrote:

Yes Jazz, I read about the wild fires but knew you were rescheduling and always doing fun stuff and on the go. i have plans for Thursday, Friday and Sunday. I am actually dreading it all as everything is such an effort these days. This is so not normal but maybe getting out will do me good? I will try.

Dx IDC
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Jun 20, 2017 04:56PM Jazzygirl wrote:

BB- getting out will help. I did something last weekend after the retreat got cancelled that I was on the fence about and had a better than expected time. Sometimes when we push ourselves to do something, we have that experience. I do hope getting out is good for you!

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-
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Jun 21, 2017 02:19AM Artista928 wrote:

Freakin-A.. Just as I'm basking in having only my miserable se's to deal with, I break my lower front tooth in the back, pretty decent size. Ah! I have no dental insurance. This was broken before and it was nicely fixed just before I started chemo. Then toward the end of chemo another tooth broke and he put an amalgan on it. Seriously. :(

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 21, 2017 07:00AM - edited Jun 21, 2017 07:32AM by Simplicity

Morning ladies.

:( Artista. My teeth are really declining fast. Sorry to hear that. I have to have a root canal mid July and then the real fun begins with the rest *sigh*

BB-I've been doing a bit of the same. Lurking more than typing. I have to force myself out of bed everyday. I feel like I could reside in my bed!! Even these past camping trips, just not even excited for those, having to force myself to pack the car and my bag :(

Enerva, how are you?


Dx 3/31/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/21/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/4/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 10/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 5/20/2016 Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 21, 2017 07:35AM Simplicity wrote:

Enerva, this is Tony, my Conure. He's a bit demanding, but loves his baths!!

Dx 3/31/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/21/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/4/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 10/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 5/20/2016 Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 21, 2017 10:06AM - edited Jun 21, 2017 10:14AM by Artista928

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Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 21, 2017 10:14AM Artista928 wrote:

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Simplicity! LOVE green cheek conures! I used to have 2 of them. One would dance with me on his perch, could say come here Peek (his name was Chepeeka, didn't get he should say mom), and a few other short phrases I can't remember. The other is Kiara I used to have birds from 93-2011. Such cute personalities! I so miss my beaks. Chepeeka is up front here, always always has an eye on me and ready to interact either by dancing with me or saying his cute phrases.


Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 21, 2017 10:17AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Oh man ladies- I am sorry about the dental issues. I did not do chemo, but know the SEs with it are endless. Hair, nails, now teeth too? Hugs.

Simplicity- one foot in front of the other was the way it was for me for a good two years after I finished treatment. You went through far more than I did. Give yourself credit for getting up and getting to work every day. I know that awful feeling of just existing vs. living. It goes on for way too long......

Birds are adorable everyone! My neighbor behind me has a conjure and budgies and they are outside chirping their brains out all day long. Like living in an avery, but love it.....

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-
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Jun 21, 2017 10:29AM Simplicity wrote:

Love it Artista! Oh and look at all the toys! They are a handful but so fun. Tony will snuggle against my neck at naptime and get on my finger for the sole purpose of me wiggling my finger with him on it lol he is a dancer too. I also have 2 cockatiels; Pepper in the front, Prissy (sometimes Pissy haha) in the back

Jazzy, I am trying..

Dx 3/31/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/21/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/4/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 10/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 5/20/2016 Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 21, 2017 10:39AM Artista928 wrote:

I've had cockatiels too, as well as a golden mantelled rosella, love birds (noisy), finches, canary, and a grey cheek parakeet- not all at the same time. I'd be in heaven if I could have an aviary. While I love my guinea pig a lot, birds have always been my fav and out of them, my green cheeks.

Green cheek conures have such spunk and personality. If I wasn't financially strapped and in the shape I'm in, I'd adopt another. I still have their cages with their toys in it. It's been 6 years and I don't have the heart to touch it.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 21, 2017 11:09AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Simplicity- you are doing great sister. Never doubt you are doing the best you can every day. Other people put ALOT of pressure on us to just go back to normal. There is no normal after this, we find our way to a new normal with time.......

Those cockatiels are adorable!

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-
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Jun 21, 2017 11:18AM - edited Jun 21, 2017 11:18AM by Artista928

My golden mantled rosella Roujie is the duller pic. Film quality plus not fully grown yet to produce the vibrant colors that are in the top pic. And another photo with lots of flash of Chepeeka always seeking attention and being playful. I have to say, he's my fav bird of them all. Film quality sucks. Have we come a long way with that though.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 21, 2017 11:29AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Artista- wow, what a beautiful bird!

Enerva loves birds, wait until she sees all these cuties....

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-
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Jun 21, 2017 11:31AM Simplicity wrote:

Gorgeous colors Artista! They are great pets. I have had Pepper and Prissy 22yrs. Tony, he is definitely a character

Dx 3/31/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/21/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/4/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 10/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 5/20/2016 Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 21, 2017 11:44AM Artista928 wrote:

Over 20 years, nice! I had mine 15 years. Someone stole my rosella when I rehomed him with my avian vet in his outdoor aviary when I was moving into my apt. They do much better in aviaries anyway. Picked the lock and he was gone. :( My green cheeks I gave to her as well when I had my major meltdown that sent me to the psych hospital. I couldn't take care of myself properly let alone them and the fact that they are very social, esp Chepeeka, and he was getting very depressed with me not being able to give to him like before. They wound up in a much better place so I put them first and let them stay there. That's the great thing with birds. Most live so very long. I had them in my will. That's also a downfall too in that they tend to be impulsive buys, as are guinea pigs, so people don't realize all that's involved and for how long. And the vet bills! My vet bills on those little birds is the same as my guinea pig and not much cheaper than a cat! So need to factor in the vet bills as well. I'm a big advocate on people becoming fully educated first before being able to adopt a pet, any of them, but esp exotics. They certainly are not kid pets as many people seem to think. Sadly people find out after the fact and you have shelters full of unwanted birds, some plucked themselves so badly. Ugh. If only I were a millionaire...

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 21, 2017 11:29PM Enerva wrote:

ahhhhh how I miss my Lucky green check Bawling

Arista like you I gave mine away to so call a better place but regret it every day. One day the lady told me he past away and it just killed me. How I wish I had never done that.

Thanks for sharing the pictures I love them.

I wanted to tell you all I have been busy but also not having much fun with the hormones

Hot flashes stopped and that is the good news

Still no 100% normal.

Hoping for better weather. Today was the first day of summer and on the cold side . Tmw it supposed to rain .

Squirrels are driving me cucu lol my roses are spectacular but the rest are having trouble with the squirrels

I finished 1 autocad class and finally now just have school 2 a week.

Still have my eye out there for jobs.

My papi is no well. It kills me to know all he is enduring. Hoping he goes soon. So he rest Bawling

Yesterday it was 2 years of my sister s death and it made me so depressed. I still feel one day we will wake up from this nightmare.

Symplicity I wish it is only scars and that it will be taking care of soon.

Arista sept is around the corner soon you will be able to move forward.

Bb miss you. Glad you are ok I think of you often.

Good night

Here is a picture I took this past weekend at a park where two snapping turtles were laying eggs lol

Dx 8/27/2012, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/17/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) Chemotherapy 12/20/2012 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/24/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 5/30/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 12/23/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/26/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 22, 2017 12:02AM Artista928 wrote:

Cool photo E. I love animals more than most humans. Not sure if my birds are still alive or not. I'm guessing my rosella that was stolen isn't. Poor thing was probably sold and since he is by nature not a friendly bird, he probably was mistreated. If so, I hope he passed quickly. My green cheeks I never bothered to check on them after that first year. To complete the adoption process I had to sign a release of ownership. I did it by fax. No way was I going to go in person. Hopefully they are both alive and doing very well. I don't regret my decision since I've been worse off than when they were here. But I miss them tons and tons and think of them all the time. Wish I had better photos of them. Now with my guinea pig I have a ton of great photos.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 22, 2017 07:44AM Enerva wrote:

Arista I regret my decision because I learned that the lady who toke him was not honest so I never will know if he was neglected. Green check last almost 30 years and mine was only 4 so I don't know how or why he die. Is something that will hunt me till I die. I am like you I love animals too much and the reason I don't get another one is cuz I could not replace them. Plus the fact that I can get sick again is always there too.

I will share some of my pictures I just don't have then in this phone

Dx 8/27/2012, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/17/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) Chemotherapy 12/20/2012 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/24/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 5/30/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 12/23/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/26/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 22, 2017 09:36AM Enerva wrote:

Dx 8/27/2012, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/17/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) Chemotherapy 12/20/2012 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 3/24/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 5/30/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 12/23/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/26/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jun 22, 2017 10:02AM Artista928 wrote:

Ohhhhhhh E! What a cutie! I loved seeing mine take baths too. They would get soaked and look like wet rads. My heart hurts reading about your bird. I feel the same way about Roujie who was stolen. I'm sure he went before his time from neglect and or improper care. Rosellas are not easy at all, not considered pets really unless you they are in a large avair. Kiara liked lying on her back too but not Chepeeka. He would snuggle tight against my neck and say "the peek" "peekerpeek", offshoot names I'd given him. One thing I love about birds is they always look like they are smiling.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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