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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.

WARNING:
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.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

31 Days: Sharing "Stuff"

October ~ 31 Days of Breast Cancer Awareness: Day 6

While this may not really be an "awareness" post, it is about breast cancer, but is not something I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do or share with you. You see, I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Not really a close friend, but I am afraid this cancer thing is bringing us closer. And I'm not sure I really like how that feels.

Judy is a high school classmate of mine. We had our 40th reunion at the end of August and it was there that I learned she had recently been diagnosed, already had a surgery, and was about to embark on the roller-coaster ride of chemotherapy just a few weeks later. She has begun her journey, and I am now about to gift to her the two wigs gifted to me by Joan, another friend diagnosed about one year ahead of me. I also have some lovely scarves and head coverings I will pass on. So while it feels good to be able to share with a friend, it does not feel good that yet another lovely woman has been given those words, by her doctor, "You have breast cancer". Another dear soul who will go into battle fighting, frightened, hopeful, and with the love and family and friends by her side.

Fight on, dear Judy, like so many more before you. Be strong, courageous, but allow yourself to cry from time to time. I wish I was closer to help support you. Just know that you have a team in Glen Ellen cheering you on during your journey. We will be with you in thought and prayer ,and here to talk or communicate to help ease your fears.

You too are a survivor already, another warrior.

Hugs,

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

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I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!

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