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.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Relay Survivor Dinner Tonight

Tonight I am attending the Survivor's Dinner put on by the Relay for Life Sonoma. It is at Sebastiani Winery and is just for survivors, so DH is not included. But, I am being a brave girl and venturing off all by myself. I'm sure I will see some other people I know, but always feel awkward walking into something like this alone. 

So the test will be, do I wear a hat or go hatless. Last night, for the first time ever, I went to our City Party/Farmer's Market without a hat. Later, as the evening cooled, I put one on. But for most of the evening I was without a hat. That was very brave for me. I think it is feeling more appropriate now because just enough hair is in for me to not feel totally bald.

So here I am.... ready for the evening. What do you think? Hat, or not hat?


  1. hey I would have gone with you!

  2. As I have said before the light being emitted from your soul is the beauty we see and feel. The words you speak and write communicate a wisdom that draws us in seeking the clarity you have found through your ordeal. And yes I would have been proud to escort you to the dinner if allowed! You are the light my friend.

  3. Next year I will invite all my new cancer survivor buddies to attend this event with me. I sure hope there are no new ones to add to the list between now and then. So eat your greens, get your mammograms, drink good wine but only in moderation, find a way to keep stress out of your life, and stay active. K?


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