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, October 25, 2011

31 Days: Fight Cancer Together

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? 
31 Days of Breast Cancer Awareness... Today is Day 25.

You know, just because I have finished the chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, does not mean that breast cancer goes away forever and I am free to not think about it ever again. Often times people will come up to me with a huge smile and say how happy they are that I am through with treatment. Well, I'm not really through, although I sure wish it was all that easy. The Aromatase Inhibitor  pill, Letrozole (generic for Femara) is expected to be necessary for the next five years. And while I hope it is an easy ride with few if any side effects, it is still that reminder of what I have been through. But on the positive side, it is a wonderful reminder of what is ahead of me -- lots more time with two wonderful grandsons; one just having arrived two months ago, and another to arrive late October (the first grandchildren for Mark and I), an amazing husband and two of the most wonderful and supportive daughters and their hubbies, a wonderfully large and loving family of siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws, AND a huge support group of friends near and far, to name a few. They have all been here all along this ordeal to help support me and help me to fight cancer.

And then there are all the doctors, nurses, support staff, and other patients I've met along the way who are positive and caring and always wearing a smile and asking how I am. I mean, that has got to get old for the clinicians who are dealing with disease every work day, over and over again. But they never seem to waiver from their positive attitudes.

So the only way I think we can bust down the walls of cancer is to fight it together. AND FIRST AND FOREMOST, is by early detection by breast self-exam and annual mammograms. Next on my priority list would be to find a cure.

But a very important step is by supporting each other and also by supporting many of the wonderful organizations out there doing so much for research and providing resources. By attending Relay for Life events, and other such events that not only raise funds, but also provide a supportive environment for survivors and their families, or families of those who have lost the battle.

So join me in checking out and hopefully supporting one of these  wonderful organizations during this month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month ~ and
And did I mention, I've been invited to be a guest blogger at, a special group which commits 5% of every sale to the Save the ta-tas® Foundation. This includes any product sold on, at any of their authorized retailers and all of their licensed goods. This special group calculates their donations by the actual sale price, not the profits made. From 2004 – 2010 this translated to roughly 50% of their profits. Click here to learn more about the group.

And as a guest blogger, I'm offering a free Save The Ta-Tas item to one lucky person who subscribes to my blog, and comments on this blog post. Please see contest guidelines below. This is one of my favorite items and you could own this too:  Stargazer V-Neck.


1. Become a follower of my blog (on the right side of the page).
2. Leave a comment on this blog entry telling me how we might all fight cancer together, and include your shirt size and an email address where you can be contacted. (ONLY ONE COMMENT PER PERSON)

This contest ends in one week and the lucky winner will be notified by email soon thereafter.

GOOD LUCK! Save The Ta-Tas


Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!



  1. In order for us to better fight breast cancer. Women have to go and get their annual mammograms and be sure to do monthly self exams. If they feel anything suspicious they should contact their doctor right away.

  2. Debbie, honestly not sure how I got to your page, but guess it was a "meant to be" thing!
    I have lost several close family members to the C~ I hate it! But I think it is great that you are so open to your life story! Everyone has to join forces, do your monthly exams,there is strenght in numbers!! I am 44 and just had my 1st mam. All is well. Thank You God!
    Bless you Debbie! size lg/xlg

  3. Yes, about early detection, mammograms, and self exam; to the anonymous commenter above, and you will see that you reminded me to incorporate this into my post.

  4. Hey " Lost several", did you want to be included in the contest for the free giveaway? If so you can send me your email privately, and shirt size, to


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