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.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hair Today; Gone Tomorrow...

... Right on schedule -- DARN!   

The doc said it would happen right about the second chemo treatment, which was 2 days ago.

Well, I still have a head of hair, but it is thinning pretty darn quick. Just this afternoon I brushed my hair with a clean brush. It came out full of hair, like you would find after a month of not cleaning your brush. Then I was on the phone and pulled my hand away to find about 20 full strands stuck between the phone and my hand. So it is happening..... 

The itchy scalp has the slight feeling of ants crawling on my head, as my friend Joan told me was her experience. So dear Donna may not make it out in time to help me with this transition. But Mark is good at shaving his head, so I know he can do mine. She will need to help me learn how to be creative with a scarf, or help me paint my head, or something fun and silly, as we sisters can be.

Stay tuned.

But the good news is that the side effects from this second chemotherapy treatment have been very mild and manageable. Now the hair...... Damn it, anyway!!!!

I guess it is all part of the journey and just another way for me to come out stronger.

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


1 comment:

  1. Now the mystery will be ...will it grow back in straight or curly....thicker or thinner....and what color. Maybe that is what helps to get through this next transition speculating how the mystery will unfold....

    Hugs and prayers heading your way. ~Michelle


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