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, October 3, 2011

31 Days: NFL in the Pink

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? 
31 Days of Breast Cancer Awareness... Today is Day 3.

Yesterday I returned home in the evening, totally exhausted, after a lovely baby shower for my daughter; which was hosted by her mother- and sister-in-law and good family friend, Paula. Mark had a lovely pasta dinner in the works and the TV tuned into a football game. He asked me if I knew that the NFL was taking part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I did not, but then as I saw the pink ribbons on helmets, pink glove and shoes, I began to wonder. Now.... if each player would donate a portion of their NFL pay to fight and research breast cancer wouldn't that be cool. And if they are just wearing pink to bring attention, why can't they do more? Especially since they have probably plunked down a bunch of money for all this "pink promotion". 

Sometimes I have to catch myself from being too cynical. And it seems they are doing more than just wearing pink. You can bid on exclusive NFL pink products. Now I may not be doing any of the bidding, considering what some of the bids have already gotten to. But it looks like there will be a nice donation going to the American Cancer Society once this campaign has finished. So bid often, and bid a lot! Don't be shy -- lets find a cure to this horrible illness that has affected more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the US today; the most common form of cancer among women in the US.


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


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