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.


Monday, December 5, 2011

One Year Ago

It was one year ago, almost to the day, that I found a lump in my left breast. A lump larger than the mammogram found five years earlier, which was benign. So of course I was hopeful this would be too. I mean, you have to be positive, even after diagnosis and during treatment. Because the other option is not a good one.

So after a month of keeping it between Mark and I, and going through the steps one by one -- exam, mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy, -- the diagnosis came back, IDC, Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma, and I thought my world would fall apart. Well, it did, kind of, for a bit!

But with the love of family and friends, an excellent team of medical professionals, the "lost year" is nearly behind me now.

Here is to a joyful holiday for us all, a New Year of 2012, and a life of getting to know my wonderful two new grandsons!


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


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