Daily Diary of Joy

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ElaineQW
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Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 9:27 AM
Hi Ladies and Men,

I began this thread a long time ago and I think it's time to resurrect it.  I looked for the old thread but it didn't come up in my search.

It's meant to help us find the joy in our lives in the midst of this horrible disease and what it tries to take away from us.  I try to live in the moment -- and this moment - right now - is good.

Let us know what made you happy today -- a sunrise, a sunset, family, friends, good food, ice cream,  whatever gave you joy and share it with us so that we can look for the joy in our lives as well.

Thanks everyone -- 

Hug,
Elaine
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Dancer
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 10:26 AM
Hi Elaine!
 
I'm sorry we haven't had a chance to meet-up again!  I will try harder :)
 
It's kind of cloudy here in So. Cal, but I opened the balcony door this morning and breathed in the cool AM air - such joy, such peace washed over me - sigh....
 
Dana
age 49 (HB, CA)
IDC & DCIS R/breast, ER/PR+ HER2-, no nodes!
BiLat Mast. 2-1-08 w/immediate reconstruction
4 rounds A/C, done 6/11/08
Strong Family Hist.
carepages: doodlebuggy
RECURRENCE 2-1-2013 - five years to the day! Stage IIIb - yikes! Nothing is more important than this day.

Cheryl Gorham
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 10:59 AM
The rain is giving me joy today and my new scarf in a beautiful spiced orange color!
Dx @ 42 yrs old, IDC R/B
Lumpectomy 5/1/08 w/node dissection
1+/9 nodes, 5cm area removed
ER+/PR+, BRCA1-/BRCA2-
Stage IIb, Grade II
TAC 6/5/08,6 rounds,completed 9/17/08!
34 rads 10/9/08 completed 11/25/08
Lymphedema r/arm

fight4myboys
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 11:59 AM
My two amazing boys, and just being able to have another day with them.  
 
Susie 
43@ DX 7/18/08
No primary breast tumor
only found by biopsy of axilla lymph nodes
er/pr+ her-
Chemo 8/08 4 a/c 4 taxol finished 11/24/08
Bilat mast 12/08. w/ tissue expanders
5+/23 nodes
No signs of tumor in breast after pathology
pet, ct, and mri all negative for primary tumor 
 28 Rads started 2/2/09 finished 3/13/09  YEA!!!!!!!!!
hysterectomy April 24, 2009
 expander exchange for silicone 11/19/09
Aromosin May09- 5 YRS


amy d
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 12:58 PM
Great idea Elaine.  For me just coming from a three-month check and having a printout of normal lab results in my hand.  Still waiting on my CA 27/29 results later today so hopefully that can be tomorrow's reason to smile.
Amy D. dx 8/6/08 @ 42
Upstate NY
Loving husband and two beautiful daughters (16 & 18)
IDC; Stage 3A; grade 2; 5.5cm; E+P+HR-; 2/13 +
LM 8/21/08; chemo 9/29/08 AC x4; taxol x12;
Avastin 9/08 thru 9/09
; 28 Rads;Tamoxifen 5 years
Disc Tamoxifen - started Femara - 4/13; Ooph - 12/13; Reconstruction - Free Tram Flap Surgery - 12/14

sharonma
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 2:35 PM
I bought a beautiful new spring bag today, and I can see spots of  grass beneath the snow... happy, joy 
dx ILC/dcis excisional biopsy 5/30/08
r segmental mast (partial) snb 6/4
node neg stage1 gr ll
er+/pr- Her2 - Oncotype Dx 11
R mast 9/22/08 w DIEP
tamox,now AI 
BRCA 1 & 2 NEG
davinci hyst/bso,  

Rena
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 3:04 PM
I live about 40 miles down the road from Cheryl, and we're also having the rain--LOTS of it--and much needed!
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
29-year survivor
BRCA2-positive
Dx 1986 IDC ER/PR negative 22 positive lymph nodes
CMFVP chemo weekly for one year, 7 weeks radiation
October 2007: New chassis and spark plugs!

Tricia Keegan
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 3:32 PM
I had one of those good to be be alive days days today Elaine.   We've had a rough winter but beautiful spring sunshine the past few days.   I took my usual walk on the beach and the water was sparkling in the sunshine and the birds singing:)  
Simply beautiful and made my day, I even found the energy from this to begin some spring cleaning!!  xx
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
Carepage- survivortricia

bellahopes
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 7:31 PM
Beautiful sunshine!
DCIS4+CM,IDC/ILC 2.5CM Nov 2007 Bilat Mastectomy, SNB, -! (Except 2 isolated tumor cells smaller than grain of salt)A/Cx4 Taxolx4 Done! Clear scans x4! No vascular invasion, Tamox. Zometa 2011 AI
reconstruction x2

Toni Soucie
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 8:11 PM
Elaine,
 
I love the idea of resurrecting the Diary of Joy.  I found joy today by telling my supervisor I will be retiring the end of May after 34 years on the job.  After putting so much thought into the decision, it felt so liberating to finally tell him.  He commented how relaxed and happy I seemed!  This was a very joyful day.
Toni
LI NY
DCIS 10/05 
Surgery & 6 1/2 weeks of radiation 
Tamoxifen for 2 1/2 months and stopped
due to vision issues

JoGrif316
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 8:52 PM
It was a nice day today in Southwestern Arizona, so I took my longer walk (4 miles).  I heard (but didn't see) a cardinal...I'm so excited that they've moved in for the spring!

Joyce
Portland, OR. DX: 6/09/05 IDC lb Age: 54 PR/HR+ Her- Lumpectomy/SNB 6/22/05 Nodes Neg! 33X Rads Comp 10/12/05 Tamoxifen: '05-'10 PT for lymphydema in breast '06 BRCA Neg 7/08! Tamoxifen induced uterine issues '07-'11 Total LA hysterectomy 12/11

ElaineQW
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:06 AM
Toni:  You wil LOVE retirement -- I've never been happier - lol.  Congratulations.

I've been having a happy week -- spending time with friends and family --  and working out.  Have a date this week as well, with a nice guy (they're hard to find :)  Can't ask for more. 

Hug,
Elaine
 A person's greatness is the power to stand alone;to be able to make her own choice; in action,to write anew her own law; to choose her own sacrifices; run her own dangers; win her own freedom; venture her own destruction; to choose her own happiness 
 






sharonma
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:32 AM
Toni,
Congratulations on your retirement!
Elaine,
Enjoy your datePals
 
My perscription sunglasses were found!  An older gentleman mistakenly picked them up at my PT office, and found them in his pocket!  Yeah!!  
dx ILC/dcis excisional biopsy 5/30/08
r segmental mast (partial) snb 6/4
node neg stage1 gr ll
er+/pr- Her2 - Oncotype Dx 11
R mast 9/22/08 w DIEP
tamox,now AI 
BRCA 1 & 2 NEG
davinci hyst/bso,  

Pat Patterson
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:13 PM
After a day and a half of rain here in "sunny" Florida, the clouds are moving out and the sun is coming back!  As are the Boys of Summer!  Spring Training starts today and I have tickets on Sunnday to see our Tampa Bay Rays play the much loved Philadelphia Phillies!!!  I just love this time of year!  
DX 5/13/08 Clearwater, FL HER2 +
IDC Stage IIIA changed 12/2/08 to IIB Grade 3
Taxotere, Carbo & Herceptin  6/11/08
Part Mas 11/5/08 SNB neg & addl node neg - CLEAN MARGINS!
Arimidex 11/25/08  35 Rads 12/15/08

annette53160
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, March 03, 2010 6:38 PM
Grateful for spring arriving in a few weeks and for more daylight as of Sunday.  Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead.  The Yankees are in full spring training and open one month from today!! What could be better?  xxoo Annette
IDC October 2009
Lumpectomy x2 to get clear margins
Stage 2a Grade 3
1/11 nodes positive 
er+
4 DD A/C
12 Taxol
Radiation
Femara

ElaineQW
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:12 PM
Looks like everyone is looking forward to Spring and all the sign are there!  REBIRTH!  Just like us!  

BTW, I forgot to say my joy today was also that I'm having a pain free day - no back pain - yay!  Thank God for epidurals!

Hug,
Elaine
 A person's greatness is the power to stand alone;to be able to make her own choice; in action,to write anew her own law; to choose her own sacrifices; run her own dangers; win her own freedom; venture her own destruction; to choose her own happiness 
 






Bunkys Mom
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, March 03, 2010 9:03 PM
Daffodils coming up at my office on the sunny side of the building. It's almost spring!
Betsy, 53, from NH
Stage I, grade 2 IDC. ER/PR +. HER2/neu -. Lumpectomy 4/30/07. 1.4 cm tumor, 4 nodes, all negative. Oncotype score 17. 4 TC done 9/18, 33 rads-done 12/6/07. Arimidex for 5 years. TailorX clinical trial.

FIVE year survivor! April 2012.

amy d
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, March 04, 2010 12:09 PM
A beautiful, sunny day here in Upstate New York (not very common this time of year).  Even saw "God-sun" on my drive into work this morning; the kind when beams of light shine down from the sun through the clouds...beautiful.
Amy D. dx 8/6/08 @ 42
Upstate NY
Loving husband and two beautiful daughters (16 & 18)
IDC; Stage 3A; grade 2; 5.5cm; E+P+HR-; 2/13 +
LM 8/21/08; chemo 9/29/08 AC x4; taxol x12;
Avastin 9/08 thru 9/09
; 28 Rads;Tamoxifen 5 years
Disc Tamoxifen - started Femara - 4/13; Ooph - 12/13; Reconstruction - Free Tram Flap Surgery - 12/14

Cheryl Gorham
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, March 04, 2010 4:24 PM
My husband kissing my neck this morning!
Dx @ 42 yrs old, IDC R/B
Lumpectomy 5/1/08 w/node dissection
1+/9 nodes, 5cm area removed
ER+/PR+, BRCA1-/BRCA2-
Stage IIb, Grade II
TAC 6/5/08,6 rounds,completed 9/17/08!
34 rads 10/9/08 completed 11/25/08
Lymphedema r/arm

jbdog
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, March 04, 2010 6:34 PM
Leaving work early!  And a day off tomorrow....But I'll use that for tomorrow! :)
11/6/09 Dx IDC
11/24/09 Lumpectomy, Sentinel node
Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.6 cm, ER/PR+, Her-, Node neg (2) 
Oncotype 16, 12/22/09
Rads to start Jan 20 2010 -
Rads DONE March 5 2010!
Tamox 5 yrs, start March 24, 2010
BRCA neg
age 44 at dx
So WI

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