LIVESTRONG:

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.

WARNING:
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.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Unity is Strength, Knowledge is Power, and Attitude is Everything.

In the fight against cancer, we believe unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything.
..... As my buddy Lance Armstrong personally wrote to me today.
Okay, Lance didn't write it to me personally. But I did get a packet today from LIVESTRONG with a guidebook and journal. And the first page of the guidebook contained a letter from my "buddy", Lance:
Cancer is a long, hard road. But if there's one thing cancer has taught me, it is that we are stronger than we think. The journey may be frightening and challenging. But when the way gets tough, we find the strength to go on. That's the message of LIVESTRONG.
 Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life...
 ...Life is messy and this illness is messy...
We believe attitude is everything. Every day, you have choices about how to live. How will you spend your time and energy? Who will you spend time with? What will you do? LIVESTRONG, means living rue to yourself, your ethics, goals and dreams. 

Lance goes on to say how the LIVESTRONG Guidebook was created to help me (and you) not only live, but live life on your terms.

Thanks, Lance!

And especially thanks to Mark's coworkers for sending this packet to me. The people he has spent countless hours on the routing and signs team seeing that riders have their course carefully marked, the people who are up before sunrise to get out on the road and spend a long day with hardly a break for lunch. Then return late at night and get ready for the next day before getting a late night's dinner and then hit the sack. Thank you to them, the team he will sorely miss this year as he takes a break to be with me and care for me during this year of 2011, "this long, hard road".

Hugs, Debbie... aka the cancer warrior


LIVESTRONG:
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!

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