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.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence to you and the world, but especially to my other ass-kicking breast cancer survivor sisters! A day like today has me feeling grateful to be here and celebrate with loved ones, and thankful for a wonderful team of clinicians.
So far we've had a lovely day. Alura and Stephan came to stay last night so they could attend her 20th Sonoma Valley High class reunion. We watched the grand-doggers for the evening. It was a real hot one, but the review this morning was that they had a lot of fun and were really glad they went. Alura looked absolutely adorable at 32 weeks pregnant. I'm sure she did not think so, but I'm so glad she went as she was very apprehensive until the last minute. I think my pressure worked, and she seemed very pleased to reconnect with her childhood friends, many going back to kindergarten and before. They headed back home early to beat the heat and take in the festivities close to home.
This morning we took in the fabulous Sonoma Fourth of July parade. It was another hot day sitting there on the pavement (in a chair, of course), but great fun to spend time with our dear friends the Sperrings, and their daughter Jen (& family), who is Alura's good friend from Jr. High all the way through rooming together at UC Davis. Sarah walked down to join us too. I must admit that the heat made me a bit light headed before the 1.5 hour parade was over, but it is always such a fun event and great time to see friends. 
Meeting up with Jen, David & Elena before the parade.
Then it was home to rest and recoup from that hot setting for a little lunch and to make some deviled eggs for a couple of events this evening, one being dinner and watching the fireworks from daughter, Sarah and Chris' front yard with family and friends.
Life is good ... Another day with both my lovely daughters. Let the fireworks begin!
Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!
Sonoma Relay for Life Team (8/6/11) ~  Debbie's Blasting Crew.

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