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.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Radiation & Skin Redness

Today I saw Dr. David after my radiation treatment. He is one of the Radiation Oncologists at Redwood Regional Cancer Center, but not my normal Rad Onc, who is Dr. Scharfen. Dr. Scharfen is on vacation this week.

I am seen by my Rad Onc once each week to review how I am doing and ask any questions I have. Dr. David explained that redness will most likely occur in three areas; under the arm, under the breast, and just above the breast at the center of my chest. Under the arm and breast will get red because of the fold of the skin there. The chest area will most likely get red from the radiation because of previous sun exposure from wearing V-neck tops, swim suits, etc. So I need to be very cautious to keep this area covered from sun exposure during treatment.

The good news is that the redness will stop two weeks after treatment and then healing will begin.

I've added Calendula to my regimen of creams to promote healing. So my routine is to apply aloe vera gel immediately after radiation. Once that dries and before dressing, I then apply the Aquaphor cream. then in the evening I apply calendula gel. I cannot apply anything then until after treatment as nothing should be applied to the skin of the radiated area four or less hours before treatment.

Debbie... aka the cancer warrior; AND Survivor 


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