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.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

When Do I Become a Survivor

RIGHT NOW ~ As Kris Karr says, -- why wait?

And I like this take. After all, I am surviving every day right now. So from now on, I am Debbie... aka the cancer warrior; AND survivor .

Today was a crazy day with lots of visitors, food drop offs, egg pick ups, and an overall day with Sarah, finished up with a visit and dinner with Ada. I even helped with chores this morning, and that felt good. So you could say that this was an improvement over the "woe is me, down in the dumps" day of yesterday; THANK GOODNESS!!

Mike, Gail, and Carol all stopped by separately to visit and drop off a lovely selection of home cooked frozen items we will have later when we need them. Then Kate stopped by for eggs and a visit. And lastly, Carmen delivered a lovely food bag from my prior Sonoma County Farm Trails fellow board members. We had a nice visit and I was able to show her around the farm a bit and meet Dakota, the friendly alpaca, up close and personal.

Then Ada came up to visit and have dinner with us. We had a nice relaxing evening and I finished it all off with a decent hour to bed with the hopes to get a full nights sleep before my oncology massage with Karen in he morning and Donna's arrival early afternoon. The sleep thing has been the biggest challenge right now, so wish me luck.

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



  1. Yaa hoooo! A great day of feeling better, visiting with friends and family and getting meals for future use.

    You are truly loved...

    Hugs ~Michelle

  2. XOXOXOXO to those following along; and to all my family and friends. What a huge support you are to me and my family!


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