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, March 23, 2011

Half Way There!!!

And we all couldn't be happier!

And I was presented with a lovely little bouquet of daffodils at RRCC for Daffodil Days.

And Sarah escorted me to chemo this time so we knitted and visited, and I took a good nap.

Then we returned home to find a wonderful dinner delivered by neighbors Debbie and Joe, all warm and ready for us. What better way to brighten one's day!

So from my January 10th diagnosis to my fourth chemotherapy infusion on March 22nd feels like such a long journey, but it feels so rewarding as well. Up until now it has been an uphill climb. But now, to know that I am half way through the eight series of chemo, feels so good; like I am over the hump and headed down hill just coasting along with the flow.

It took these eight weeks to understand the roller coaster of chemo and get a feel for which are the good days, and which are the not-so-good days. It seems like I should have figured this out much sooner, but the need to log each time I take my meds just to help me remember when I can have more has also helped to provide a journal of how I've felt and when, and then pinpoint it all back to the last chemo . This has all helped me to see that there is a routine I can now almost rely on.

Of course, I just finished the first series of drugs which were the Adriamycin and Cyclophosphamide. Now I get to look forward to something new, the Taxol (aka Paclitaxel, or Onxal), which could mean new or different side effects. So while that does pose a bit of anxiety for me, I figure it can't be much different than what I've already experienced, there just may be different highs and lows of a roller coaster, or so I can only guess.

That was all yesterday. Then today Mark and I returned to the Cancer Center for my Neulasta shot. But before leaving the house, cousin Terry called to see if she could see me today. So we set up a lunch date at Mary's Pizza in Rohnert Park, and Bob was able to join us too on his lunch break. We had a nice long visit and just hung out there for a couple of hours. Terry delivered a bag full of CELEBRATECOURAGE pink breast cancer bracelets from her daughter Jecca. I have plenty, so if you haven't received one yet, be sure to remind me.

This completes two days of feeling the love and feeling good. And those cancer cells are continuing to be blasted to smithereens.

Hugs, Debbie... aka the cancer warrior; AND survivor 



  1. Yeah, Deb welcome to 'over the hump' neat!

  2. Congratulations, Deb....downhill slide, here you go! I am always so glad to hear when Sarah can go with you to your chemo treatments. I feel she would have such a calming effect.

    It is so nice to read that you are able to get out for lunch with family and friends when you are feeling good.

    Hugs, ~Michelle


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