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, July 22, 2011

Persistent Plastic Surgeon

When I met with my surgeon during the post op appt, we discussed that it might be good to follow up one last time with the plastic surgeon to discuss options regarding any kind of reconstruction I might need or wish to have. I indicated that I really didn't think I needed any reconstruction, and that if anything, perhaps i might need reduction on my other breast if the affected breast reduced in size considerably after healing and radiation was complete.

About a week after that appointment, I decided I was perfectly happy with my lumpectomy breast, as it is now, and probably even if it gets smaller. So I decided not to see the plastic surgeon. His office left a message for me the other day to come in and see him. I returned the call after hours and said I was happy with things as they are and would need nothing further at this time. A couple of days later the plastic surgeon himself called, so I answered and agreed to an appointment to see him and hear what he had to say.

I saw the plastic surgeon today. It was a good appointment, but it was as if he was offering me a deal that if I did not take, he couldn't help me. When he showed me what he could do to help take care of the divit I may end up with, I replied that I was willing to take that risk. I explained I would not be upset if my breast got smaller. You see, the problem is that it is difficult to work with radiated skin, which becomes very dry and almost brittle.

So... I am thankful he took the time to make sure I knew what I might expect. But as I told him, the important thing is that the cancer is gone. And the plus is that I still have a breast.

Life is good!


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

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