Daily Diary of Joy

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Rena
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:53 AM
Hi Tina. I'm really sorry about all the stress and, of course, your BIL's daughter. I hope that you get good news about both soon. I hope that you can do something nice for yourself this weekend--you and a good friend who doesn't say dumb things! As far as the doctor's appts go, I understand. I was diagnosed when Karen was 21 months old, and one of her first "sentences" was "Daddy go office, Mommy go doctor." Going to the doctor felt like a part-time job back then, but I can tell you that as the years pass, this will change. After a while, doctors will be for sore throats and sprained ankles again (not that I wish those things on you!). It will always be in our consciousness, but it gets more and more remote! For now, sending a hug Pals
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
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CMFVP chemo weekly for one year, 7 weeks radiation
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Tricia Keegan
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, November 07, 2013 1:35 PM
Thanks for the good wishes Rena and Elaine and Tina:)

Elaine I'm so glad that attack was not successful but I'm sure its left everyone feeling nervous, enjoy your trip, or should I say trips!!

Rena I'm sure Karen is getting excited about starting her job and hope her flu is bettering.

Tina I'm sorry to hear of yet another BC diagnosis and it seems endless, sorry too that you feel stressed but you've been working so hard baking etc that I've no doubt you're very fatigued which doesn't help. Good luck with your appts!
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
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Thursday, November 07, 2013 2:10 PM
Thanks all. I'm not sweating the appointments so much although I probably should. One is having to get hooked up for a heart monitor for 24 hours along with multiple tests. Another is dental related and another is the annual visit with the gyny. As far as the stress, over time I'm sure it will go away but for now it weighs heavy. A great deal of it is beyond my control. I've tried to remove myself from the situation to no avail. Oh well.
Tina    
dx 2/1/11 DCIS
Lumpectomy 2/27 results DCIS/LCIS Stage 0 ER+ PR+
Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
7/22/11 Surgery to reinsert the expander. 
10/11/2011 Surgery to replace tissue expanders with implants.
 
 




ElaineQW
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Monday, November 18, 2013 10:47 AM
It is my great joy to post that tomorrow will be the 6th birthday I've had the pleasure to celebrate since I discovered the breast beast.  It's the only anniversary I celebrate and I want to get as many birthdays under my belt as possible :)  Of course, that would be my goal with or without the beast.

Thank you for your friendship and love. 

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Tricia Keegan
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Monday, November 18, 2013 12:05 PM
Wishing you a very happy birthday Elaine and many more to follow, have fun!!!Pals
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Monday, November 18, 2013 12:36 PM
Congrats on the 6th birthday.  Wishing you many more to come.



Tina    
dx 2/1/11 DCIS
Lumpectomy 2/27 results DCIS/LCIS Stage 0 ER+ PR+
Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
7/22/11 Surgery to reinsert the expander. 
10/11/2011 Surgery to replace tissue expanders with implants.
 
 




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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Monday, November 18, 2013 9:22 PM
Had two doctors appointments today.  One to have a hard monitor hooked up and the other with the gyny.  Gyny went well except now he remembered he wants me to go for a colonoscopy.  Oh well.  The heart monitor will be removed tomorrow and I can't wait.  I think I am allergic to the adhesive on the leads.  My glucose test was good so today is a happy day.

Tomorrow off to the dentist to get my crown fixed and a cavity filled.  What a way to spend my vacation.

For those in the tornado ravaged areas, I hope the tornadoes missed you and that you are well.


Tina    
dx 2/1/11 DCIS
Lumpectomy 2/27 results DCIS/LCIS Stage 0 ER+ PR+
Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
7/22/11 Surgery to reinsert the expander. 
10/11/2011 Surgery to replace tissue expanders with implants.
 
 




Rena
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Monday, November 18, 2013 10:57 PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELAINE!!!       

   

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!

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 8:33 AM
Thanks Tricia, Tina and Rena!  

Tina: Sounds like your appts are all going well :)  Guess we need to take care of this stuff before it takes care of us,right?

Shout out to anyone caught in the tornadoes..I pray you and your families are okay.

Hug
Elaine

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Rena
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 11:44 AM
I'd like to share some joy, but first I want to say good luck to you, Tina, with the rest of your tests and appts. Halfway there! Think of it as a tuneup--your motor will be humming!

Karen loves her new job--her co-workers, her students, and the parents she's met. I can't tell you what joy it gives me to see her thriving after such a difficult year. I will drive up to pick her up for Thanksgiving next Wednesday since she has no car. That day, she's doing a special Hanukkah activity with the kids (Holy Name School  ha ha), and she asked me if I'd like to help out in the classroom. I'm so thrilled that she asked me and that I'll get to see her teach. Unfortunately, she doesn't get out until 3:00 that day, and the traffic heading south will be horrific. So I'm going to stay at her apt. that night, and we'll bake pies and then drive home Thursday morning. I'm so looking forward to this time with her. This Thursday is David's birthday, and we have tickets to see The Kingston Trio at the school auditorium down the street from our house. I used to listen to them when I was a teenager. Who else remembers them? This is my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv5P9ac_EYU

I hope the week is going well for all of you!
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!

ElaineQW
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:04 PM
Rena!  That's the happiest post EVER!  It's so clear how much joy Karen gives you and I'm thrilled that you will see her in action and get to spend some time with her :)  Give Karen my best and please wish David a very Happy Birthday!  

Hug
Elaine

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Rena
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:57 PM
Thank you, Elaine! I will tell her. By the way, the last time she, David and I had dinner in the city, we went to that little Mediterranean place where you, Karen and I had lunch. It brought back nice memories!
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
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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!

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:30 PM
Just want to say, Rena, by this picture you have on here, you sure look good for 64! So young....you must really take care of yourself....
Cindy Ankney Chatsworth,GA

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:35 PM
Happy Birthday, Elaine! wishing you so many more.
Cindy Ankney Chatsworth,GA

Rena
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:26 PM
Cindyanne, don't I wish I looked like that at 64?!! That's my darling daughter, Karen, who will be 29 in a few weeks. I'm sure she thinks she's old now! Ha ha!
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
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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!

cindyanne56
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 6:56 PM
my bad...She is so beautiful anyway....looks like she would be so fun to be around with a great personality and free spirit....would be nice to be 29 again! LOL
Cindy Ankney Chatsworth,GA

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 7:35 PM
Rena: what wonderful times to be had.  Glad that Karen lives closer to you now.

Hope everyone is doing well.  All appointments done, except I think I need to go back to the dentist on Thursday.  Something not quite right with the temporary crown but should be a minor fix.  Now I am just waiting for the results from the heart monitor.

Have a wonderful night.

Tina    
dx 2/1/11 DCIS
Lumpectomy 2/27 results DCIS/LCIS Stage 0 ER+ PR+
Bi-lateral Mastectomy 4/26 with expanders 
6/3 Surgery to remove contaminated expander due to infection.
7/22/11 Surgery to reinsert the expander. 
10/11/2011 Surgery to replace tissue expanders with implants.
 
 




Rena
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 7:52 PM
I'm glad you're almost done, Tina!! Hope you get good results from the heart monitor.

Thank you, Cindyanne! I was flattered that you thought that was me!  Karen is a very spirited person who loves adventure.
Rena age 66 California Central Coast
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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!

ElaineQW
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, November 19, 2013 8:58 PM
Thanks for the birthday wishes Cindyanne :)

Hug
Elaine
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:07 PM
I feel as if I have been MIA for a very long time.  Checked in just in time to see that yesterday was a birthday I would NEVER want to miss....Elaine, I hope you had a wonderful birthday and it has been my pleasure to have spent some of those last SIX years knowing you!  You are an amazing woman and I wish you many many more!!  Rena - that is such exciting news - maybe you will embark on a new profession?  Tricia, hope you are doing well and please know that I think of you all every day, I just don't get here as often as I would like.  By the time we get home from work and have dinner  am just about ready for bed:-)    I wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING....thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families!
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!
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