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, June 11, 2011

Update to "Bummer" Post of 6/10/11


I should probably clarify a bit. This third area has been suspect to be part of the overall 2-3 tumors all located in the same quadrant of my left breast. It is just that this spot was not found in the original Ultrasound which was biopsied back in January, so we did not know for sure if it was malignant until now. So it is not like it is some new cancer spot, it is just that it would have been easier for the surgeon to say, "Yes, we can do a lumpectomy", if this area was benign. Wishful thinking, I guess. It is the furthest away from the nipple and so makes the whole area to be removed longer than hoped. The other concern is that it is very close to, or right at, the chest wall. So I am trying not to worry more about all this until I hear from the surgeon. Hard to do, though!


Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!
Sonoma Relay for Life Team (8/6/11) ~  Debbie's Blasting Crew.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to read the clarification but the news is still worrisome...and trying not to worry is easier said than done.

    I need a great big HUG. That is it..Hug..HUG..HUG..HUG..did you feel that? Better yet, go to Mark and tell him that Michelle said to give you a big, big hug from her. Now, I hope you feel a little bit better.

    You are courageous, you are strong, you are a survivor and the best warrior I have ever met.

    Hugs and prayers, ~Michelle


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