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.


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Here's to a New Year of Health, Happiness, Prosperity AND Grand Babies!

Who would have guessed that one year ago I would be where I am today? 

It was one year ago on 12/27/10 when I had the ultrasound and was anticipating the breast biopsy scheduled for 1/6/11. Then the news, You Have Cancer, arrived on 1/10/11. So the year that started out, and continued for many months, as The Lost Year; was not to be.

Because, shortly after those three bolded words above were heard; the far outweighing, uplifting, and joyful words were sounded, You Are Going to be a Grandma!

So we are grateful for all the love and support of 2011, and so looking forward to 2012 and all the joy this Grammie will give and receive to two of the most precious men in her life. (Mark understands).

Glorious Grandparenthood (Mark and I with Gaige)

New mommas on Christmas morning (Nico, Alura, Sarah, Gaige)

Grandpa made us Farm Waffles

Happy New Year from Nico and Gaige

Here's to a New Year of Health, Happiness, Prosperity AND Grand Babies!

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


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