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.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Why Blog

This is a dream ~ Someone wake me up. This is a dream, right?

So Why a Blog About Breast Cancer

I say, Why Not?

My sisters encouraged the whole blog thing last week. You know me.... it seemed like a natural.

So now that I have a better grasp on things.... larger lumps than originally thought, chemo and radiation for sure, needing to decide on surgery options -- lop the whole damn thing off now --- go with chemo first to try to shrink the tumor for breast conservation, and wishing I could wake up from this dream right now but it just ain't happenin!  :-(

 .... it is feeling more like a natural, the blog that is. Not that I want to spend more time at the computer, but it seems to be what it all is right now.

And it is sometimes a challenge to keep everyone updated via phone calls and email and such. This will be my way to journal my experience, and keep those informed who wish to follow along. I don’t plan to bug you with emails about this but maybe once to let you know it is here. Not that I won’t continue to call and email when I can, but if you want some immediate info on the latest.... and maybe aren’t hearing from me due to appointments, treatment, or just not up to it ...

...this would be a good place for you to bookmark or sign up with an RSS feed, or whatever works for you. From there, it’s up to you to check back if you wish, or not.

And I always enjoy hearing your voice on the phone or getting a personal email message!!

So “Why”, because it works for me.

Hugs, Debbie
     ... aka the cancer warrior


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