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.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

31 Days: The Scar Project

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? 
31 Days of Breast Cancer Awareness... Today is Day 2.
The Scar Project: Breast cancer is not a pink ribbon! 
I warn you,  The Scar Project, and the website,  is not for the feint of heart. But.... it is an amazing testament to strength, courage, and inner beauty that transcends society's standards of outer beauty.
Yes!!! This is what breast cancer is -- NOT PINK; NOT PINK RIBBONS. Quit it with all the pink ribbon stuff. FIND A DAMN CURE!
While I was spared mastectomy(ies), it is still hard to see all the pink and wonder where all the money goes and why we have not gotten closer to a cure or finding the cause of this horrific illness that affects so many women, and men. I commend The Scar Project, for telling this story the way they have. 
Here's to all the cancer survivors out there, especially to the breast cancer survivors on this October 2nd, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Hugs, (Yes, I still offer hugs even when posting an angry rant).

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


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