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.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

MRI Results

Yesterday was a mixture of happiness, healing, fun, and WORRY! After morning chores, I drove into Sonoma to spend the day with Sarah. We drove down to Sonoma Quilt, the new quilting store. It is fantastic. If you haven't been there, not only do they have loads of quilting supplies and patterns, but there is a huge selection of the most beautiful fabrics I have seen in a long time. I will surely be back when I feel I can take on a new craft.

I could say that Dr. Elboim saved me from spending money, but then I would have rather been shopping than to receive his call to share that my tumors (there are 3 for sure) are considerably larger than the mammogram or ultrasounds determined. Today's appointment with the oncologist will give me the opportunity to share more news in that regard.

After that call, Sarah and I walked into the Plaza for a lovely lunch at Basque Boulangerie where we talked and relaxed. Then Sarah and I browsed and shopped at Readers Books and returned to her house to knit for a bit before I returned home.

It was a very melancholy day.

Hugs, Debbie... aka the cancer warrior


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