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.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Looking Good!

Blood work normal -- check!
Bone pain gone -- check!
Rash resolved -- check!
A bit of a head cold going on but it seems to be on the mend and I'm feeling pretty good -- check!
Breakfast out with sweetie on his birthday -- check!
A visit to Pier One and REI -- check!
Home to relax and then a margherita before chores -- check!

So, on to a nice weekend, a birthday dinner for Mark with the girls tomorrow, feeling normal for a few more days. And.... then it is chemo 6. Yahoo. Can't believe that then there will only be two more to go.

Doctor Anderson is hopeful that all the bone pain this last time may not be as significant with Taxol 2, 3 and 4 series. We do need to watch for tingling and numbness of feet and hands, though, with the Taxol, as it can be permanent of not watched carefully. So for the moment, I will be waiting for a call from Dr. Elboim, my surgeon, so we can do a new review of the situation and start planning for surgery right after chemo. Depending on what Dr. Elboim recommends, a breast MRI may be next in line. So other than feeling like crap all day yesterday and this morning with this head cold, but now feeling like it is getting better. And then with the good news from the Doc and spending the day with my sweetie; LIFE IS GOOD!

Happy Friday one and all. Enjoy!

Hugs, Debbie... aka the cancer warrior; AND survivor 
Sonoma Relay for Life Team (8/6/11) ~  Debbie's Blasting Crew

1 comment:

  1. Good news, good news and more good news! Yipee! for a great visit with the doctor.

    Life is good when you can go out with Mark and have a birthday breakfast....Happy Birthday Mark!

    Life is even better when having a birthday celebration with your girls....Happy, Happy Birthday Mark!

    With your cold on it's way out, it sounds like you are feeling better and will have a wonderful weekend with hubby and family. Enjoy the nice warm weather and sunshine.

    I'm a little cranky as we woke up to 6 inches of freshly fallen snow. Usually I love the snow and the beauty of it but after having a small taste of spring...I am now done with snow until next winter. My daylilies and Autumn Rose sedum were poking their heads up out of the dirt so I hope this will not have an adverse affect on them. At least the snow will not last long as the ground has warmed up and the temperatures will rise tomorrow and most of it will be melted.

    Best wishes to Mark on his birthday and to you with being surrounded by the love of your family.

    Hugs, ~Michelle


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