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Old 03-15-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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gas prices

This should take your mind off breast cancer-how much does a gallon of gas cost where you are? Here in my neck of the woods it is $3.45. this is farming community so the cost of diesel really affects them even more.
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:06 PM   #2
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3.25 here, yeah it's gettin' rough. No more Sunday drives through the countryside, huh?
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Old 03-16-2008, 05:14 AM   #3
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3.25 here yesterday.
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Dx. 6/24/05 age 45 Right Breast IDC
ER/PR. Neg., - Her2+++
RB Mast. - 7/28/05 - 4 cm. tumor
Margins clear - 1 microscopic cell 1 sent. node
No Vasucular Invasion
4 DD A/C - 4 DD Taxol & Herceptin
1 full year of Herceptin received every 3 weeks
28 rads
prophylactic Mast. 3/2/06

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Old 03-16-2008, 10:06 AM   #4
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$3.45
That's polly why I can't unload my V10 Excursion right now
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Male Diagnosed with DCIS at age 39
Mastectomy on right breast
Tumor Stage pt1b NO MO
DCIS Tumor size 1.5 x 1.x .6cm
Infiltration tumor size .25X.17 cm
Bloom-Richardson Grade 3(score 8)
Nuclear Grade 3 with comedo necrosis
Estrogen+/Progestrone+/HER-2/Neu +++
FISH ratio 4.31
Lymph node removal scheduled 1/07/08
17 nodes tested and all negative 1/08/08
Started Tamoxifin 1/29/08
Oncotype DX score 52 (off the charts, according to my onc!!!)
Starting TCH 3/14/08
BRCA I Positive BRCA II Negative
Finished TC 6/27/08 continue Herceptin
8/1/08 Herceptin stopped due to low Muga score
Mastectomy on left breast 11/10/08
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:33 AM   #5
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Juanita,
Can you imagine, disel is up to $4.10 here...(new jersey Bergen cty area)
18 miles from NYC...gas is $3.10 reg. and Hi test is $3.20

Our friends in Europe are still paying much more - ugh.

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Lumpectomy 4/15/05 - 6MM IDC
Node Neg. (Sentinel node)
ER+ 90% / PR-, Her2+++ by FISH
Ki-67 40%
Arimidex 5/05
Radiation 32 trt, 5/30/05
Oncotype DX test 4/17/06, 31% high risk
TOPO 11 neg. 4/06
Stopped Arimidex 5/06
TCH 5/06, 6 treatments
Herceptin 5/06 - for 1 yr.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:25 PM   #6
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My granddaughter lives in kentucky, drives to see her may be all we do instead of just driving aimlessly and seeing the state.
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:20 PM   #7
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Between $3.29-$3.39 As much as I hate it I guess my husband will have to take his motorcycle to work - that is if SPRING ever comes to Michigan.

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Diagnosed 11/04 @39yrs. young
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Partial Mast., 1/3 pos. node
1/05 full node dissection
4 A/C 4 Taxol DD, Herceptin 1 yr.
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:07 PM   #8
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I can barely get the words out, "$4.09 for diesel "!

It figures that when I finally persuaded my husband to trade in the old 3/4 ton that ran on regular gas, and upgrade to a newer diesel to haul my horsies around, the prices would go nuts. Regular is running around $3.59 here. We are about an hour north of San Francisco.

I will be trailer-pooling with my friend to most of my endurance rides this year, so that will help considerably, but the prices still make me fume!
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5/1997 Hi Dose Chemo w/ Stem cell rescue. Spent 4 weeks in isolation ward. Then 6 weeks radiation.

9/2001 widespread mets to liver. 8 mos Taxotere/Herceptin brought me almost to NED. Stop Taxotere & add Femara .

11/2002 liver resection to remove spot that turned out to be necrosis. Officially NED!

7/2003 Tumor markers rising add Xeloda Disastrous reaction, 8 days hospital, but tumor markers came back to normal!

June -Dec 2004 UW Vaccine Trial.

7/2005 MRI single 11mm brain met
8/2005 Gamma Knife.

Brain MRI @3 months NED!

2006-2011 brain/body still NED

8/04/11 Taking Herceptin break, will monitor with tumor markers.

6/20/12 Tumor markers begin to rise. CA15-3 is 31.3 and Her2 Serum is at 17.1 Decide to repeat in one month.

7/23/12 CA15-3 now 49.3
Her2 Serum 26.8

8/6/12 Back on Herceptin
CA15-3 now 76
Her2 Serum now 49

11/7/12 Add weekly Taxotere for 4 cycles

2/2013 Stopped Taxotere added Perjeta. MRI shows approx. 50% reduction liver mets. CA15-3 still elevated @ 55. Will continue on just Herceptin & Perjeta.

November 2014 Continuing on Herceptin, Perjeta, and
Femara indefinitely. Guess I'm NED again, but watching those tumor markers carefully!

Dec. 2015 PET scan reveals mass in perirectal area of abdomen.biopsy confirms. Still Her2+, but no longer ER+. Bye bye Femara

Jan 2016 Begin Kadcyla

March 2016 PET scan shows tumor now barely visible, still NED everywhere else.
2016/2017 continue Kadcyla

November 2017 brain MRI reveals small focus of T2 hyperintensity with possible 4mm enhancing nodule. Short term follow up MRI suggested. Stay tuned...
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:55 PM   #9
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Hilo on the Big Island: around $3.50/gal for reg
$3.75/gal for super

On Maui it is up to $4.00 gallon

At Hana, Maui it is up to $4.50/gal
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1993: right side DCIS, lumpectomy, rads
1999: left side DCIS, lumpectomy, rads, tamoxifen

2006:
BRCA 2 positive
Stage I, invasive DCIS (6mm x 5mm)
Grade: intermediate
sentinal node biopsy: neg
HER2/neu amplified 4.7
ER+/PR+
TOPO II neg
Oncotype dx 20
Bilat mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction
oophorectomy

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6 cycles TCH (taxotere, carboplatin, herceptin)
finished 1 yr herceptin 05/07
Arimidex, stopped after almost 1 yr
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:47 PM   #10
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Yikes,
can't get over how the prices vary in different states.
Kim, maybe you might consider riding to the shows
the rest of us will just have to make do.

Maryanne - not to surprised with your area, it reminds of
Bermuda prices and Aruba prices...everything costs more.

Hugs to all,
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Lumpectomy 4/15/05 - 6MM IDC
Node Neg. (Sentinel node)
ER+ 90% / PR-, Her2+++ by FISH
Ki-67 40%
Arimidex 5/05
Radiation 32 trt, 5/30/05
Oncotype DX test 4/17/06, 31% high risk
TOPO 11 neg. 4/06
Stopped Arimidex 5/06
TCH 5/06, 6 treatments
Herceptin 5/06 - for 1 yr.
9/06 Completed chemo
Started Femara Sept. 2006

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Old 03-17-2008, 02:12 PM   #11
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Gas is now $3.60 a gallon in Washington state! and BRRRR ! it's too cold to ride my bike to work! (for me it has to be above 50 degrees!)

And the oil companies have recorded RECORD profits??????

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Old 03-17-2008, 02:35 PM   #12
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Unhappy Ouch!

Hey Sandy -
Look for an Arco station - they are the cheapest. I know you have some in Everett. There are 2 not far from my house in Lake Forest Park.

Paid $3.35/gal for regular last week. I am trying to drive less and to "bundle" my errands to conserve better.

The Safeway gas station is less than the major brands, and my car likes it fine.

There are long lines at the Costco gas stations these days. My sister lives by one and goes early in the morning!
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Found suspicious lump 9/2000
Lumpectomy, then node dissection and port placement
Stage IIB, 8 pos nodes of 18, Grade 3, ER & PR -
Adriamycin 12 weekly, taxotere 4 rounds
36 rads - very little burning
3 mos after rads liver full of tumors, Stage IV Jan 2002, one spot on sternum
Weekly Taxol, Navelbine, Herceptin for 27 rounds to NED!
2003 & 2004 no active disease - 3 weekly Herceptin + Zometa
Jan 2005 two mets to brain - Gamma Knife on Jan 18
All clear until treated cerebellum spot showing activity on Jan 2006 brain MRI & brain PET
Brain surgery on Feb 9, 2006 - no cancer, 100% radiation necrosis - tumor was still dying
Continue as NED while on Herceptin & quarterly Zometa
Fall-2006 - off Zometa - watching one small brain spot (scar?)
2007 - spot/scar in brain stable - finished anticoagulation therapy for clot along my port-a-catheter - 3 angioplasties to unblock vena cava
2008 - Brain and body still NED! Port removed and scans in Dec.
Dec 2008 - stop Herceptin - Vaccine Trial at U of W begun in Oct. of 2011
STILL NED everywhere in Feb 2014 - on wing & prayer
7/14 - Started twice yearly Zometa for my bones
Jan. 2015 checkup still shows NED
2015 Neuropathy in feet - otherwise all OK - still NED.
Same news for 2016 and all of 2017.
Nov of 2017 - had small skin cancer removed from my face. Will have Zometa end of Jan. 2018.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:51 PM   #13
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Wow, Harrie, I really feel for you, Darlin'. You only have one road over there, and both ends lead to the beach. It must really stink to pay 3.50 to go lay on a beach in Paradise everyday. (Wink, wink)
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:26 PM   #14
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I have to follow the commodities for my job - oil hit $109 a barrel today as a high. It did settle "up" at $107.30. Who'd have thunk a year ago? So, it is a certainty that the economy begins to suffer at $100 oil. The economists said no but now its really happening. Folks don't have enough to pay for gas, oil and derviatives (20% of oil is used for petrochemicals and downstream products - everything from plastics to detergent and toothpaste). And these things are going up because oil becomes ethylene or propylene that can go into plastic or oxides. Oxides make surfactants, soaps etc etc. Ethylene and more importantly propylene go into benzene then acrylates (to make latexes etc) - See how its all connected. I have had price increases on my products every month (sometimes twice a month) to keep up.

Now the banks are going under too because folks can't pay their mortgages. Yikees!
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Found lump via BSE
Diagnosed 8/04 at age 45
1.9cm tumor, ER+PR-, Her2 3+(rt side)
2 micromets to sentinel node
Stage 2A
left 3mm DCIS - low grade ER+PR+Her2 neg
lumpectomies 9/7/04
4DD AC followed by 4 DD taxol
Used Leukine instead of Neulasta
35 rads on right side only
4/05 started Tamoxifen
Started Herceptin 4 months after last Taxol due to
trial results and 2005 ASCO meeting & recommendations
Oophorectomy 8/05
Started Arimidex 9/05
Finished Herceptin (16 months) 9/06
Arimidex Only
Prolia every 6 months for osteopenia

NED 14 years!

Said Christopher Robin to Pooh: "You must remember this: You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think"
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:58 PM   #15
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yin yang

Yea Bill, that must be yin yang....price of gas which sucks and then the gorgeous beach. Hmmmm... the price we must pay to live in paradise...

Just like when you wrote that one on your wrestling match with your son. First thing that came to my mind....yin yang....there you were writing to all of us at HER2 and then you turn around and have a full on wrestling match! Is that yin yang or what????

I have had a lot of yin yangs with my br ca experiences.

BTW, I thought I read in the paper this weekend the barrel was up to $110!!

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1993: right side DCIS, lumpectomy, rads
1999: left side DCIS, lumpectomy, rads, tamoxifen

2006:
BRCA 2 positive
Stage I, invasive DCIS (6mm x 5mm)
Grade: intermediate
sentinal node biopsy: neg
HER2/neu amplified 4.7
ER+/PR+
TOPO II neg
Oncotype dx 20
Bilat mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction
oophorectomy

2007:
6 cycles TCH (taxotere, carboplatin, herceptin)
finished 1 yr herceptin 05/07
Arimidex, stopped after almost 1 yr
Femara
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:40 AM   #16
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Harrie aka Maryanne
I would pay the high gas prices anyday to live where you do....you have to be one of the luckiest people living in Hawaii.....my dream is to get there one day.....hot sand, warm sun and palm trees....there is nothing better.
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Core Biopsy 2/22/02
L. Mastectomy 2/25/2002
Stage 1, 0.7cm IDC, Node Neg from 19 nodes Her2+++ ER PR Neg
6/2003 Reconstruction W/ Tissue Expander, Silicone Implant
9/2003 Stage IV with Mets to Supraclavicular nodes
9/2003 Began Herceptin every 3 weeks
3/2006 Xeloda 2500mg/Herceptin for recurrence to neck nodes
3/2007 Added back the Xeloda with Herceptin for continued mets to nodes
5/2007 Taken Off Xeloda, no longer working
6/14/07 Taxol/Herceptin/Avastin
3/26 - 5/28/08 Taxol Holiday Whopeeeeeeeee
5/29 2008 Back on Taxol w Herceptin q 2 weeks
4/2009 Progression on Taxol & Paralyzed L Vocal Cord from Nodes Pressing on Nerve
5/2009 Begin Rx with Navelbine/Herceptin
11/09 Progression on Navelbine
Fought for and started Tykerb/Herceptin...nodes are melting!!!!!
2/2010 Back to Avastin/Herceptin
5/2010 Switched to Metronomic Chemo with Herceptin...Cytoxan and Methotrexate
Pericardial Window Surgery to Drain Pericardial Effusion
7/2010 Back to walking a mile a day...YEAH!!!!
9/2010 Nodes are back with a vengence in neck
Qualified for TDM-1 EAP
10/6/10 Begin my miracle drug, TDM-1
Mixed response, shrinking internal nodes, progression skin mets after 3 treatments
12/6/10 Started Halaven (Eribulen) /Herceptin excellent results in 2 treatments
2/2011 I CELEBRATE my 9 YEAR MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7/5/11 begin Gemzar /Herceptin for node progression
2/8/2012 Gemzar stopped, Continue Herceptin
2/20/2012 Begin Tomo Radiation to Neck Nodes
2/21/2012 I CELEBRATE 10 YEARS
5/12/2012 BeganTaxotere/ Herceptin is my next miracle for new node progression
6/28/12 Stopped Taxotere due to pregression, Started Perjeta/Herceptin
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:21 PM   #17
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Sheila, I have lived on the Big Island for over 25 yrs. Originally I am from California. The longer I live here, the more I appreciate how very blessed I am. And...Hilo is a very unique town in itself.
Harrie
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1993: right side DCIS, lumpectomy, rads
1999: left side DCIS, lumpectomy, rads, tamoxifen

2006:
BRCA 2 positive
Stage I, invasive DCIS (6mm x 5mm)
Grade: intermediate
sentinal node biopsy: neg
HER2/neu amplified 4.7
ER+/PR+
TOPO II neg
Oncotype dx 20
Bilat mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction
oophorectomy

2007:
6 cycles TCH (taxotere, carboplatin, herceptin)
finished 1 yr herceptin 05/07
Arimidex, stopped after almost 1 yr
Femara
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:52 AM   #18
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Gas in Upper Michigan is 3.50 a gallon and 4.19 for diesel. My brother drives truck and I sure feel sorry for him and for all of us. However, I think we all need to change our usage and try and create a big excess. Also, because the dollar is falling in value compared to other currencies - and because oil is priced based on dollars they have to keep jacking the price up here to make it hold it's price in other countries......I think we all need to buy bicycles and use them. Good exercise and saves $$$$!
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10/03 Radical Mastectomy 3 cm tumor - 1/17 Nodes Stage II B, Her 2 +++ ER-/PR- 11/03 4 AC 4 Taxol 12/05 Stage IV - Lung met , Bone mets - Carbo, Taxotere, Herceptin 9/06 - 2 cm brain tumor 10/06 - Tumor removal surgery - Herceptin Halted 12/06 gamma knife tumor base.1/07 Navelbine/Herceptin 4/07 Rads to R femur 5/07 Stereotactic - new 2 cm brain tumor 4/07 Start Xeloda 5/07 Tykerb added 7/07 Brain MRI clean 10/07 .055 cm brain met found. 12/07 Stereotactic -1 cm brain tumor Start Tykerb 11/07 Abraxane/Herceptin 5/08 Cisplatin, Gemcitabine/Herceptin 6/08 Stereotactic to 1cm 9/08 Stereotactic repeat (growth). 11/08 Pet Scan Good but new tiny met on L lung/dead Brain surgery (no cancer cells found/scar tissue) 1/09 Chemo restarted 2/09 Pet Scan Bad - R larger very active/active L active lymph nodes both sides of chest MRI- mets slight increase 2/09 Start Doxil/Tykerb Treatment
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