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 4, 2011

31 Days: Cheerful Pillowcases

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? 
31 Days of Breast Cancer Awareness... Today is Day 4.

At my last radiation appointment on September 19th, the NP encouraged me to choose from a selection of brightly colored, beautifully constructed, pillowcases. She explained that they were donated for cancer patients. I had seen hats on the counter free for the taking, but these were the first pillowcases. I eagerly chose a beautiful green one with an orange border -- beautiful Fall colors. Then a couple of days later I was back to Redwood Regional Medical Center for an oncology appointment and chatted with Sharna as she thanked me for the cookies I had brought in a few days earlier and I asked if she saw the picture of my grandchild I included in my Thank You card. She had just received two big bags full of pillowcases, and suggested I take another, which I didn't feel comfortable doing at the time. But they were all so colorful and beautiful. It was then that I picked up one of the brochures and researched more about this organization ConKerr cancer, a case for smiles.

ConKerr cancer was started in 2002 when Cindy Kerr began making colorful pillowcases for her son Ryan who was in the hospital for long periods of time. The pillowcases brightened up his hospital room and put a smile on his face. They became so loved by Ryan that Cindy and friends began making them for other sick children. Since then, the organization has grown rapidly and are now made in the tens of thousands by thousands of volunteers across North America and around the world.

You too can participate by making a pillowcase, donating fabric or other sewing materials, or making a donation. Visit ConKerr cancer to see how you might help.


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


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