Hello 2023: social media and cancer
I Have Breast Cancer Blog
by carla
3w ago
I posted the following on someone’s cancer timeline about those voluminous and far too frequent Facebook posts about people with cancer: “Hi – I read the post all the way through. I am an 11 year + survivor of one, and do battle with another cancer that people take for granted. However, I am not sharing this post because well, it’s too negative. I have deliberately chosen to be positive in the face of a very negative disease and live my life as best as possible because I figure that we are all a long time dead. If you want to be helpful of those who have or have had cancer, be positive for T ..read more
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Christmas thoughts: year ten draws to a close
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by carla
1y ago
Ten long but pretty darn good post breast cancer years is drawing to a close. It somehow seems inconceivable for 10 years have gone by so quickly, and then I have been so lucky. And I have been. Friday was my last oncology appointment for 2021. And I spent a wee bit of time in the chemo/infusion lounge waiting for my flu shot. While I was in the chemo lounge waiting for my flu shot there was first of all the lady across the way from me who was talking on her cell phone about some man and all the child support he owed, and how long he was going to have to work. Next there was this little tiny ..read more
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Thinking of you
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by carla
1y ago
Thinking of you. You know who you are. The surgery should be over by now. I respect your boundaries and your quiet way of being. But I am still thinking of you. I know you read my blogs, so I just wanted you to know I was out here, sending light and positivity. xoxo ..read more
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At the end of breast cancer awareness month, a woman continues to target breast cancer survivor (me)
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by carla
1y ago
Recently I wrote about the woman whom seems a little obsessed with me, and not in a healthy way. We are now at the end of #PinkTober or #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth and the same woman still is a bit obsessed with me. She posted the item on the left in the collage yesterday. I didn’t personally see it because I blocked her on social media so I just don’t have to see her stuff. The funniest thing is about what this woman posted is the photo she posted of the woman smoking above isn’t me. I’m a breast cancer survivor, I don’t smoke, after 10 years of tamoxifen and hot flashes I don’t even ever ha ..read more
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#ThinkBeforeYouPink
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by carla
1y ago
Ten years later, I still #hate #pinktober because there is nothing pink or fluffy about breast cancer. And I don’t like all of the companies which profit from this month because very little of their pink profits goes to charity. #PinkPower is pure bullsheit. If you want to wear pink because you like the color, wear pink. But don’t wear it for Pinktober. If you’ve ever had breast cancer, we live with this every day even if we have been cancer clean for years. Pinking it up doesn’t make it better, it just sort of makes it like a cartoon and I find that offensive still 10 years later. I am all f ..read more
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#tbt and thoughts seeing an old photo from my breast cancer journey
I Have Breast Cancer Blog
by carla
1y ago
Dear Readers: the backstory is that photo was posted on Facebook yesterday like an FBI Wanted Poster in the post office. If you have followed this blog, you know I haven’t even here posted tons of photos of myself. I just haven’t. This photo above is from some part of 2011 and the beginning of my journey with breast cancer. Either before my surgery, or before I started radiation. It may have even appeared on this blog. The person who posted it undoubtedly is unhappy with my opinions on their craziness about COVID-19 and wearing masks, and masks on kids in our schools. They are literally very ..read more
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Milestones: the last dose of tamoxifen
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by carla
1y ago
It was just a little note in my calendar. But it’s a very big event. The note says “stop taking Tamoxifen after today.” Ten years ago I started taking Tamoxifen. Prior to this, I took very little medicine. Mostly allergy medicine and ibuprofen or Tylenol. Sometimes antibiotics, and well back in the day, birth control pills. Taking a drug every day for 10 years hasn’t been fun, and there have been times over the course of a decade I seriously wished I didn’t have to take it. But I didn’t want to be one of those people that just suddenly took themselves off a breast cancer drug they were prescr ..read more
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Tales of the breast cancer mean girl and other encounters
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by carla
1y ago
I have been sitting on this a couple of days and I still feel the same, so it’s time to talk about a breast cancer mean girl. I must preface this tale with what led up to it. I used to participate more in one in a particular breast cancer group but a lot of these groups have devolved for lack of a better description. As another friend and survivor said to me people seem to want virtual hugs and phony prayers more than they wanted actual helpful info. And some of what I see posted I just can’t deal with for different reasons, sometimes just gobsmacked. I had two experiences recently which gave ..read more
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Meeting new survivors
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by carla
1y ago
Today it was time to visit the pleasant vampires and have blood work done. The results actually came back but because I don’t know what I’m looking at so I am waiting until somebody calls me because I me and I know I start to freak out. Yes I know it’s completely unrealistic and silly but blood work makes me antsy. I also met a really awesome lady today. She is just beginning her survivor journey and was waiting for bloodwork like me. These waiting rooms are lonely places these days because you have to come in by yourself, and if you’re not attached to an oncologist there’s certain locations ..read more
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Ten years of clear mammograms
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by carla
1y ago
So it’s official. 10 complete years of clear mammograms. I can’t even begin to explain the relief I feel. I mean I know I reached my 10 year anniversary a couple of weeks ago, but I hadn’t had the mammogram yet. I didn’t exactly have a good nights sleep last night. It doesn’t matter how many years go by, once you get the diagnosis you are antsy before your next mammogram. I spent most of the day doing nothing except puttering around in the garden because I couldn’t concentrate. My husband was so sweet and drove me. He has been with me every step of the way. “You will be fine” he said as he dr ..read more
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