What started as IDC (Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma) in 2011, then turned into CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) in 2013, probably partially caused by chemotherapy along with a genetic pre-disposition. Here we are now in March 2016 and I am newly diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in the left breast and liver (LMBC - liver metastasized breast cancer).

So the focus has shifted yet again, BUT... I continue to THANK YOU for your prayers, love & support. I receive them with open & loving arms. My wish is that I will gain strength from you, will provide helpful information and strength to others & will help to strip away the fears we each experience.

I am strong. I am loved. I am healthy. I WILL SURVIVE!

Have you or your loved one had their annual mammogram? PLEASE, don't put it off. Speaking from experience, I highly recommend monthly self exam as well. And if you are now cancer free of breast cancer, do everything you can to insist that your doctors follow up with an occasional PET Scan and labs for tumor markers.

Contents may be uplifting, sad, funny, scary, downright depressing ~ THAT IS CANCER .... at it's best, at its worst.

PLEASE ~ Feel free to share this blog with anyone who is interested to learn about my journey. While I welcome their support, I hope that by sharing this experience freely to the universe I may help to support others by breaking down some of the barriers and fear associated with breast cancer and the treatment.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I'm using the word cathartic more and more these days when referring to this blog. At first I would say, "It is kind of healing or cathartic". Then I thought; hey wait a minute, doesn't cathartic mean healing? Well... not according to the Meriam-Webster dictionary.

1ca·thar·tic    adj      \kə-ˈthär-tik\

Definition of CATHARTIC

: of, relating to, or producing catharsis <cathartic drugs> <a cathartic experience>
ca·thar·tic·al·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of CATHARTIC

  1. There's something cathartic about a punch in the nose. —Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 28 Jan. 2002


Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein (see catharsis)

First Known Use: 1612

ca·thar·sis         noun \kə-ˈthär-səs\

plural ca·thar·ses \-ˌsēz\

Definition of CATHARSIS

2a : purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art b : a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension
Hugs, Debbie... aka the cancer warrior


1 comment:

  1. Hi Deb, you are such a wonder. Thank you for taking time to keep your friends and family informed about you and your treatment.

    Love you! Donna


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