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, July 14, 2011

Radiation, Here I come...

On Monday I met with my radiation oncologist, Dr. Scharfen, to get the ball rolling on radiation. I'm actually very excited to get this started, even though I know that the good feelings and energy that I now have, may subside somewhat as the daily radiation treatments progress. But this means that I am that much closer to finishing treatment. AND... this is very good in my mind!

The appointment was a quick one, as we had met before chemotherapy ended to go over everything in great detail.

Friday I return for an hour appointment for CT Planning. This is where they will do all the necessary preparation, CT, etc. to line up my radiation exposure to only get what it should and miss my lung and heart. Yep, unfortunately the left side is where these vital organs are. But to survive and live a long life so I can enjoy my two grandchildren soon to arrive in the next few months, this is a necessary part of my treatment.

Stay tuned for an update on when the actual radiation begins, and what it is like. It will take place Monday through Friday for six consecutive weeks, but each session only lasts 15 minutes.


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

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