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, August 15, 2011

Call me Grandma

I'm in love. 

In love with a sweet, angelic boy named Nicolas Barsun. My grandson, and first grandchild.

Nicolas was born on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at 9:05 pm at UC Davis Medical Center to the proud parents of Alura and Stephan Barsun. Sarah and I were there to witness the miraculous event.

Labor was long and arduous. But then isn't that what it is supposed to be? But now Mom, Dad and son are home and adjusting to a whole new way of life for their family, including 2 greyhound dogs and 2 cats. We will visit them this week so Mark can meet his grandson too.

Life is good and Mark and I are very blessed.


  1. can't wait for the Nana Van to be loaded down with car seats and strollers!.....remember we have a double stroller in the garage that maybe available??

  2. YAHOO!,
    Welcome to grandparenthood! Look forward to seeing more photo's at the reunion.

  3. Congrats to you
    Grand-babies are the BEST !!!!!
    I am just home from a BMX and searching for more bloggie friends.
    So glad I found your blog

  4. Welcome to grandmahood. It is so much fun. Grandma Bobbi AKA GB


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