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.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

2 Down; 1/4 of the way there

Second Chemo Infusion ~ ROUND Two: The Winner - Debbie... Loser - Cancer
Blast those puny cancer cells to smithereens....

Mark, Basooka, and I arrive around 2:15 for our (oops, my) second chemotherapy treatment. The appointment is at 2:30 pm and they have trained us well to arrive 15 minutes early. I'm not really anxious at all. Basically I went about my morning and kept busy right up to the moment we left. Mark on the other hand, kept thinking we needed to leave early, and ended having time to change the sheets on our bed before we left. What a sweetheart.

So we are here and we wait in the waiting room for a short spell. It is a very cold day here for us  in Sonoma County and they are predicting snow overnight in lower elevations. They call me, "Debra", and we are escorted back to the Infusion room. Maybe it is called a Suite, or Salon. Heck if I know.

RRCC has their own pharmacy and we wait a bit for the drugs from the pharmacy, much like the last time. I have three pre med drugs from 3-4 pm, which I believe are all to help combat the nausea associated with chemo. I need to ask what these drugs are.
The premeds are followed by a saline flush.

So now it is 4pm and the Adriamycin is administered. This goes into the port, but it is not administered through the automatic drip gadget. Instead, Amy does it manually with two huge syringes, which takes about 20 minutes.

Mark and I are pretty relaxed. We browse through the chicken book I bought him yesterday, then he settles into his book, and I into my knitting. I swear this is the only way I can get him to relax and read. Go figure!!!???

I knit for awhile, type this into my iPad, and then snooze. My project is a Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, and I'm enjoyhing the project a bunch. Maybe it is because of what it all means; Grandma Debbie, Nana, Nona, Mimi. Who knows what I'll go by, that is not forefront on my mind right now.

Basooka and Debbie Knit
Baby Surprise Jacket in Progress
Ahhhh..... Relaxation
By 4:40 pm, the place is quiet and the nurses start to chatter, and catch up. I'm the only patient in the five chairs on this side of the nurses station. I learn that there is one other patient on the other side. All the nurses are now gone except Amy. It is about now when I tell her about headache/stuffiness from the last treatment and she suggests I take some Tylenol now to help counter act it.

And it works. By the time we depart at 5:30pm, I have a bit of a stuffed head, but far better than the first chemo treatment.

So we are at:

Two Down; Six to Go! 

Alura reminds me I am 1/4 of the way there; and it feels real good.

Hugs, Debbie... aka the cancer warrior; soon to be survivor 



  1. Your looking good, Debbie and so is Basooka :-).

    I have made the baby surprise jacket and it is a fun pattern to knit especially for a little someone special.

    Prayers coming your way! ~Michelle

  2. Looking so forward to being with you soon.

    Love you so much!
    AKA The Amazing Debbie the Cancer Survivor's Sister)

  3. Thanks to everyone for all your sweet comments!!!
    Looking forward to your visit too, seester!!!!! :-)


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