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, December 15, 2011

Last Doc Appointment of the Year!!!


Phil and I are both very happy that today was my very last doctor appointment of the year!

Me and Phil, aka Neutrophil

I met with Dr. Cindy Scharfen, my radiation oncologist, as a follow up for radiation that ended late September. While the treated breast is still very dark and leathery looking, she says I am on track and that the skin should look much more normal within a year. She has now turned my treatment and follow up back over to my oncologist, Dr. Ian Anderson.

So that it is it for 2011. And that feels so good.

It was December 2010 that this whole saga began. I found the lump and went through several diagnostic tests all in that month. Then in January I received the dreaded call.... "You have cancer".

So I am very thankful and happy to be moving on to 2012 very soon, to a healthier year, one filled with the joy of two adorable grandsons, getting back into our farm, and just saying good bye to the "Lost Year". And while I will never be free of cancer and what it has brought to our lives, I will be stronger, wiser, and hopefully a better person from it all.

And in the meantime, I will enjoy every ounce of this Christmas season.


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


1 comment:

  1. Very happy for you! I can relate to that sense of relief. Many blessings in your life during the "lost" year. You have been given the blessing of understanding what is really important in You have been given the blessing of hearing how important you are in the lives of your friends. And you have been given the blessing of being able to share your story to bring comfort and consolation to those who are just embarking on this journey. Merry Christmas Deb, to you and your family and a Very Happy New Year...the beginning of the next saga in your life!


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