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, May 19, 2011

Ahhhh... Oncology Massage

Karen does the best oncology massage. I mean... I've never had oncology massage anywhere else, but I love her's. Always so gentle, caring, and specific to my needs that week. I came home and had lunch with hubby, then a nice soothing nap.

Click here to learn more about Karen Cahill's Oncology Massage service.

I was just waking up when my surgeon called to discuss options. Many of you know that I have been so perplexed with what my decision will be; especially since I did not know yet what was really needed. You see, the last breast MRI still showed a long enough area to make me wonder whether conserving the breast was still a possibility. Well, it may be. I'm waiting for another call, but Dr. Elboim is looking into another ultrasound guided biopsy to better identify the length of the active cancer cells, since the MRI was not conclusive.

I will keep you posted. But for now am anxiously sitting by the phone.


Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!

Sonoma Relay for Life Team (8/6/11) ~  Debbie's Blasting Crew.


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