Daily Diary of Joy

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Army Mom
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Monday, May 03, 2010 7:08 PM
{{{{{ Jean}}}}} I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this with your mom. I know what you mean when you say you wish you had the support from her. I lost my mother to cancer 14 years ago. Not a day goes by that I do not think of her and miss her so much. I sometimes have mixed emotions wishing she was with me through such a difficult time but then I wonder if I would have wanted her to be so worried and scared for me. I loved her so much, she was my best friend. I can say however that during my worst days of chemo, I sometimes felt her presence and I know she was with me in spirit.
Jean, as you know my corgi and I are a therapy team. At the nursing home we visit, Athena and I always do the "memory" wards. The patients just love it when we come for a visit and it just makes my day to see someone come "alive" when they see Athena and reach out to pet her. Even better is when they tell me stories of years past of thier own pets.
I hope you enjoyed your visit with your mom tonight. I am thinking of you.
Grace 

Lumpectomy June 18,2009
4 rounds T/C DONE !
33 rounds of rads DONE !!
1 yr of Herceptin - DONE  !!!
2 yrs Tamoxafen/ taken off due to elevated liver enzymes.
oophorectomy 05/2012

March 27,2015 DX right breast
Lumpectomy April 16th 2015
To start chemo soon

54 years young  :)
Mother of 2 sons in US Army
Wife of wonderful husband
and of course I am now.
KOMAN STRONG  :)



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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 10:29 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm just back from an amazing and wonderful time.  I spent a few days in Monterey with our wonderful Rena and her husband, David, then on to San Francisco with my cousin Ellen.  We did it ALL!  Alacatraz, Rocketboat on the bay, Beach Blanket Babylon, SFMuseum of Modern Art and did I mention the food????? We drove down Big Sur, stopped in Monterey, drove through Carmel, stopped at Pt. Lobos, had late lunch at Nepenthe, then down to San Simeon for the night.  Next morning, the Hearst Castle, stopped in Santa Barbara for lunch and back to Long Beach!  And now my daughter and family are here from Austin to do Disneyland this week.  Woo hoo!

How much joy can one person have?  

Hug,
Elaine
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 1:31 AM
Today was my grandson Austen's 12th birthday.  Every day I give thanks for him.  He is my reason for being here.  I did chemo because I wanted to see him grow up.  He was 8 when I was diagnosed, and his brother was 1.  Now they are 12 and 5, and they are expecting a baby sister in September.  God has been good to me.  Each and every day is a gift to me.
 
Cindy
49 at diag. 03/02/06, idc lb
6cm tumor, 11 pos nodes, mast/hyst
3/24/06 eg+, hercep - 8 dd chemos 4 A/C & 4 Taxol, comp. 07/28/06
28 Rad.tmts comp. 09/28/06, Femara 5 yrs
Just celebrated 4th year cancer free.

"To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle."  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

ElaineQW
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:08 AM
That is so wonderful Cindy!  Grandchildren are a special gift.

Hug,
Elaine
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Sunday, May 16, 2010 7:26 PM
Oh My!!! I'm waaaay behind on my diary of joy.  Last week had a wonderful time with my oldest son and DH in St Barths.  My DD came home from college for the summer last Friday and my sweet dear middle child graduated with an engineering degree yesterday!!!  Got an extern position and is headed to grad school.   Whoo Whoo!!! two down, one to go!
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,  

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Sunday, May 16, 2010 7:53 PM
Sharon:  Congratulations on your children's accomplishments!  

My joy is that I'm on the road again as of Tuesday.  Going down to San Diego to visit friends and then driving to Palm Springs for a few days.  The joke is that I continually say "I'm staying home" and I never do- ha ha.  I moved to Belmont Shore five years ago just before I retired and I don't think I've spent more than 3 weeks at any one time in my apartment.  Of course, going down to SD for all of my treatments added to my travel schedule :)  Anyway, life is good and I'm not passing up any opportunity to have fun.

I'll be lurking while I'm away.

Hug,
Elaine
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Monday, May 24, 2010 11:44 PM


My husband and I got to participate in the Breakaway from Cancer Mile during stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California bike race. About 100 survivors and their support person got to walk 1/3 mile across the finish line before the riders and then had seats near the finish line to watch the race. It was such an inspirational, fun and exciting day. Had the privilege of meeting some very courageous, strong and amazing people. One of the highlights of the day was seeing McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy). He spoke to the survivors before our walk then walked to the finish line with us. Best of all I was able to get him to sign my t-shirt and get a quick hug and pic with him!!!

gail
Age @ DX 47
12/05 Axilla lymph node biopsy pos
1/31/06 bilateral mast
IDC 3cm 10+ lymph nodes
Stage IIIc/High Grade
A/C x4 Taxol x4
Rads x 35
TX done 9/06, Tamoxifen 5/09,Femara
5/09 PET Scan mets to liver & nodes
7/09 Avastin/Ixempra x8
1/10 Avastin/Xeloda x ?

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Friday, May 28, 2010 5:03 PM
My son is coming home from HI, and just was awarded two medals.  I will get to see him in July, along with his children who live in KS.  I can't wait.
 
Yesterday, my little Austen who I raised for a while when he was a baby, graduated from sixth grade and they had a ceremony.  Tonight, my little Jonathan is graduating from Pre-K, and my nephew Taylor is graduating tonight also.  We won't make his graduation, but we are having a Texas bar-b-que tomorrow at my brother's ranch.
 
My Mom is improving and I am going to have a nice weekend visiting with them.  Also, I brought my baby dog, Chico with me to work and he has been so sweet.
 
I am very blessed and happy today.
 
Cindy Lou Who
 
"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special".... Steel Magnolias

C Berrier, Austin, Tx 55
Diag. 3/02/2006 Stage IV
11/13 positive nodes, e/p +
Mast/Hyst. 3/24/06
Almost 7 years Yeah!!!!

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Friday, May 28, 2010 9:30 PM
Oh what a wonderful day!  Today was my last day at my job where I have worked for 34 1/2 years.  I am so blessed to have worked with some great co-workers and to have retired with a pension and fully paid health insurance.  I know how lucky I am.  Now, it's time to decompress from the stress and just take in each day and decide what to do next!  In the meantime, I will enjoy my baby grandson, Declan.
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

Jennifer Mishe
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Sunday, June 13, 2010 3:38 PM
Today I am grateful to Suzy Komen for inspiring the love and passion in her sister, Nancy Brinker, so that she created this foundation and consequently, this message board.  I am blessed with the acquaintance of each and every man and woman who has given me help and support over the last five years.  Blessings to all!
Jennifer
DCIS
lumpectomy 5/02/05
32 rad tx comp 7/07/05
tamoxifen
comp. hysterectomy 4/04/06
Paducah, KY

Jennifer Mishe
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:20 PM
bump!
Jennifer
DCIS
lumpectomy 5/02/05
32 rad tx comp 7/07/05
tamoxifen
comp. hysterectomy 4/04/06
Paducah, KY

Army Mom
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:49 PM
I know this may sound trivial... but today I just could not deal with my nails anymore... I called my nail tech and had my acrylics put back on !!!  For me, when I started chemo and had to have them removed was awful. I rely on them so much not just because they look good but because they allow me to do alot of things without worry that I will break a nail. I do dishes, groom dogs, do my housework etc. I do not keep them long and they look natural.
YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this gave me joy today !!!!! sometimes it really is the little things in life. Last week it was the biggie.... a good mamo and us !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Grace 

Lumpectomy June 18,2009
4 rounds T/C DONE !
33 rounds of rads DONE !!
1 yr of Herceptin - DONE  !!!
2 yrs Tamoxafen/ taken off due to elevated liver enzymes.
oophorectomy 05/2012

March 27,2015 DX right breast
Lumpectomy April 16th 2015
To start chemo soon

54 years young  :)
Mother of 2 sons in US Army
Wife of wonderful husband
and of course I am now.
KOMAN STRONG  :)



Skindy
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Friday, June 18, 2010 12:26 AM
My joy is having my entire family together for the first time in about 5 years.  It is wonderful to have them.  I love them all so much and feel such pride in what good men and fathers they are and what wonderful women they married.  My parents are even coming, so I will have my Dad for Father's Day.
 
Cindy
"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special".... Steel Magnolias

C Berrier, Austin, Tx 55
Diag. 3/02/2006 Stage IV
11/13 positive nodes, e/p +
Mast/Hyst. 3/24/06
Almost 7 years Yeah!!!!

Army Mom
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Saturday, July 17, 2010 8:10 AM
We need some posts !!!

Last night my hubby and I had a wonderful dinner with our 2 sons down at the beach. This is the first time we have been together as a family in over 2.5 yrs. Oldest son's fiance and her mom (bc survivor) and brother joined us.
We ate outside  on the deck, enjoyed a fabulous ocean breeze and had a great time.
It is so good to see my sons together again.
Grace 

Lumpectomy June 18,2009
4 rounds T/C DONE !
33 rounds of rads DONE !!
1 yr of Herceptin - DONE  !!!
2 yrs Tamoxafen/ taken off due to elevated liver enzymes.
oophorectomy 05/2012

March 27,2015 DX right breast
Lumpectomy April 16th 2015
To start chemo soon

54 years young  :)
Mother of 2 sons in US Army
Wife of wonderful husband
and of course I am now.
KOMAN STRONG  :)



Tricia Keegan
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Saturday, July 17, 2010 6:45 PM
Grace, that sounds lovely:)

i walk on the beach five minutes frommy home daily, and feel so fortunate to have reached five years out:)

However, I'm saddened by thinking of those brave Angels I knew here who passed, but feel they are with me and close by:) x
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

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Saturday, July 17, 2010 7:01 PM
Today I am thankful for the blessings of a family that loves and cares for me--a mom, who has dropped everything to be here for us on a daily basis, a husband of 16 years, who tells me my new haircut makes him feel like he has  his teenage sweetheart back, and three daughters who choose alone time with mommy over Disney channel time! Life is good.
DX: 5/10, IDC, stage IIA, 3.5 cm
Grade 3, Triple Negative
No Family history
5/10 Left Mastectomy,
Sentinal node biopsy (negative nodes), tissue expander
PowerPort, 7/6/10
Chemo to start 7/8/10:
4 treatments AC, Neulasta following, DONE!
 12 treatments Taxol , DONE!
Completed chemo 11/18/10
My test has become my testimony. I will survive!

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:35 AM
Hi Everyone-
Today I am grateful for having such a wonderful relationships with my daughters that allows us to spend the day walking around NYC taking in the sites, shopping and eating lots of food- it was a great way to start the weekend.
I am very gratefull to have a  wonderful husband - I'm a very lucky lady.  I love my family.

And the friends I have met here are so kind.

Alice- Sky
10/13 Prof Double Mas & Recon 
10/09- Lumpectomy on the right breast, reconstruction on both sides to even  them out, 05/10 Micro's found in left breast, bx done - DCIS
07/10 Lumpectomy; 08/10 Rads started will be done aprox  09/21
ER/PR+; HER2-; BRCA2+

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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Sunday, July 18, 2010 6:21 AM
Yesterday my sister came in from Oklahoma, USA and my husband, her and I spent a wonderful day at a local area in Pittsburgh, PA, USA listening to live music, eating pizza and ice cream, shopping in unusual shops.   A fun day!!  I am truly lucky to have my awesome husband and my sister and I have become close through my bc.  Marianne
Marianne

Diagnosis: IDC Grade 1/3, Estrogen receptor +, progesterone+, Her2 neg  (9/2009) 
-Modified radical right breast mastectomy, kept areola, with  expander; 1 node positive
-A/C (4 Jan-Apr 2010), Taxol (12 Apr -July 23 2010)
- I'm done with chemo!!!!!!
Reconstruction surgery 9/10/2010


fight4myboys
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Sunday, July 18, 2010 10:33 AM
2 years ago today I got THE CALL we all hated to get.....
 
I AM JUST PLAIN OLD THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING TODAY...
 
 
 
Hugs,
 
Susie
<message edited by fight4myboys on Sunday, July 18, 2010 10:35 AM>
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


Sharon
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Re:Daily Diary of Joy - Sunday, July 18, 2010 1:19 PM
Just to have a Day of blessed Peace surrounded by my Pets and Husband (whoops, he got 2nd place lol) and speaking to family in Australia and England and knowing all is well, is Pure Joy.  I don't need anything more.

Sharon x
Non Hodgkins Lymphoma Extra Nodal (Stomach + BM)
Stage IV C. Survivor x 5 years
T/ment: 8 cycles Rituxan CVP x 8 + Rads. x 30
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