LIVESTRONG:

And in June 2013 we are back in the revolving door of doctors, this time for my heart. So the focus has shifted, 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 strength to others & will help to strip away the fears we each experience.


LIVESTRONG: I am strong. I am loved. I am healthy. WE WILL WIN!

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.

WARNING:
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!
 
Hugs,

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

LIVESTRONG
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas My Friends

Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases, and the most healthy and Happy New Year ever! That is my plan for sure too.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfVDM0z14T4&sns=fb


Hugs,

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

LIVESTRONG
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Makes You Think and Wonder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtjvbE9w58A&feature=share


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-aYxu4Uys0&feature=related


Hugs,

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

LIVESTRONG
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Last Doc Appointment of the Year!!!

  CHECK...

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.

Hugs,

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

LIVESTRONG
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!

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!

Hugs,

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

LIVESTRONG
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!

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.

THIS SUCKS!!!!!

Merry Christmas to you, too, Anthem Blue Cross.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mammogram Clear!

Well, I met with Dr. Elboim yesterday, my surgeon and breast specialist, to followup on my mammogram of last week and my overall breast cancer treatment. I'm thrilled to report that my mammogram looks A-okay, and everything is on track and I am cancer free.

Yippee! Yahoo!! Heals Clicking!!!

And I'm kind of liking this new hair do too.  :-)

February 2011; just before chemo
November 30, 2011; After mammo

Hugs,

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

LIVESTRONG
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!