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.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

In a Funk

This too will pass...

Today was a difficult day.

I was in a funk all day. Awoke with vertigo from sinus issues, kind of recovered and made a nice breakfast and started some beans cooking. Then it was just weird.

I finished plying some lovely handspun I’ve been working on since August when I attended Golden Gate Fiber Institute. I spun 2 oz. on my spindle, and 2 oz. on my Matchless wheel. The spindling is what took so long. But it is a very lovely turquoise and green variegated merino/silk blend. Those are MY COLORS! And I am anxious to create something beautiful. So I searched and searched for something of 368 yards or less, in a fingering/lace weight yarn. Something pretty, but intermediate. Maybe a lace type shawl or scarf, or something. But I’m having no luck. I’m open to ideas and suggestions, so don’t hesitate to offer them to me.

I read a bunch more in my “breast” books. Learned that the breast MRI should not be too difficult tomorrow. But I’m just feeling crappy. And I suppose that is to be expected.

The sun’ll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow....
Well that helped a bit. :-)

Hugs, Debbie... aka the cancer warrior


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