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.


Friday, October 7, 2011

31 Days: Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And I'm posting on each of the 31 days as my way of doing something to bring awareness.

Today is Day 7

Think Pink, the special section in the Sunday edition of the Press Democrat, focused entirely on breast cancer awareness. Now, most of you know I'm not a huge pink fan, I mean I rarely wore the color until this year, but sometimes you just have to cave and ride the train. I mean, millions are doing it -- Right? So, Think Pink it is. 

Check out this link to view a digital copy of this Think Pink edition. It is well written and I've even learned about some new resources I was not aware of. There is an article about a Healdsburg woman, following her mother's footsteps (both are breast cancer survivors) of treatment into a healthier lifestyle of diet, yoga and meditation. She mentions and organization she is now involved in, “SCRAPPI — Sonoma County Risk Assessment Program Part I — offers genetic-risk assessment so that these factors can be taken into consideration by doctors,” she explains. “When women go to certain medical facilities — Redwood Medical Center, for example, and Healdsburg Hospital — for a routine mammogram, they can, if the elect to do so, learn about their genetic risk for the disease.” There is a nice mention in this article of Dr. Charles Elboim, who is my surgeon as well and quite well known in our community and the cancer community at large.

Another piece talks about how mammograms are using less radiation, giving sharper results, and doing a lot for early detection. (Just scroll down to the bottom of the page on the previous link to access this article)

I will focus on the Think Pink section in my posts over the weekend.


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


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