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.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days ~ Beyond The Shock

Today is Day 27 of my 31 days of breast cancer awareness. 


Inspiring Hope ~ Beyond the Shock of Breast Cancer

Beyond the Shock is a a website where you can learn about breast cancer, ask questions and get answers, hear real stories from people.

  • Watch up to seven video chapters that explain the types and stages, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.
  • Browse for answers from medical experts, survivors and patients or ask a question of your own.
  • View real video stories from people that have been diagnosed, received treatment, and survived breast cancer.
The introduction is a really cool video explaining how each of our lives is a story. It talks about how we journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. And then sometimes suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain. And as some of us have learned, breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; we and our loved ones see the road differently than before.

The first educational video is a very comprehensive, yet a short one on the anatomy of the breast. Even I learned something here.

I encourage you to visit this site. It is colorful and very well designed. I think you will find it entertaining and educational; and yes, we all will learn something from it.


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


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