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, December 2, 2011

Guess What Cancer Gets You?

Can I cry right now? Guess what cancer gets you, an increase of $107/month for Blue Cross Premium. So it is now $806/month - AND THAT IS JUST FOR ME. Seems criminal to me!!!! 57 years of good health, and one crappy year and they send you to the poor house.

Oh, and did I mention the deductible is a mere $7,500. :-(

And don't respond that they've plunked out a ton of money this past year, because I've carefully reviewed the EOB's and they pay a mere fraction of what they have been billed.


Merry Christmas to you, too, Anthem Blue Cross.


  1. Good news!!! When I filed a grievance on this, they replied that the increase was an error. So I am back to my previous premium amount. :-)

  2. And wouldn't you know, a couple of months later my premium was raised over $100/month after all. :-(


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