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, January 6, 2012

Celebrate ~ We Bought A Zoo

What you say? "You already have a zoo!" Or so that is how Alura responded to my text that we were celebrating early today and part of that would be to see the movie, "We Bought a Zoo".

So you see, on Tuesday, 1/10/12, it will be my one year anniversary since diagnosis of breast cancer. It was that morning that I received the call. But it was on 1/6/10 that the biopsy took place, which was after an exam, two mammograms and an ultrasound.

When I reminded Mark of all these dates yesterday, and then we realized that we had other commitments on Sunday and Tuesday, we decided today was the day to celebrate this achievement. We talked about lunch out, a drive to the coast, a movie, a nice long walk., etc. But then we had a leisurely morning and I fixed greens, chorizo sausage, and poached eggs in my new poaching pouches.


By the time chores were done and we leisured over a late breakfast, it was almost noon. So I started to check out the films playing in our surrounding area. We watched the trailer for Mission Impossible, and Mark was very surprised by my interest in the film. The iPad does not have Flash and so some videos won't play on it. So I came in to the office to pull up the Sherlock Holmes teaser. He gave me some guff that he was pulling it up on his MacBook so I came back out to the kitchen. He started what I thought was the Sherlock Holmes trailer, but it was not. He had We Bought A Zoo uploaded, and that did it. My sweetheart knows me too well and made sure the movie we went to see was one suited to me. All when I was trying to please him with my previous interest.

Off to Santa Rosa we rushed and the movie was wonderful. Such a beautiful setting which resembled Sonoma County so much. The cast and story are heartwarming and sweet. The animals so beautiful. Rosie, the young daughter, played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones (of Atlanta, GA), stole the show, which is a true story of the Benjamin Mee family of the UK. We both left the theater in tears.

We then headed to Montgomery Village, where I thought Village Sewing Center was still located, but it is now in Coddingtown. I had heard about, but not visited, Penzey's Spices. We wandered in and sniffed so many of the wonderful spices and purchased a sampling. The store is pretty amazing, and there are several free recipe cards located throughout the store. From here we headed in to Coddingtown so I could pick up the class list from Village Sewing. I'm looking to take their beginning quilting class in March.

And by now it was dinner time so we settled on Sea Thai Bistro back in Montgomery Village and had a delightful dinner with some wine.

I am thrilled to be starting anew and putting cancer behind me. I'm feeling so very good, and have so much to look forward to and be thankful for in my life. And I will begin a 3 week Nutrition Program being coordinated by Dr. Amy Shaw of Redwood Regional Medical Center in a couple of weeks. So I'm on track and plugging ahead.

But I must share the two loves of my life. Above is my first day babysitting Nico as Alura is now back to work. He is in the Bjorn carrier on my chest in this photo. The next picture is of Gaige while we watched him on Wednesday when Sarah was away at work. He is watching football with Grandpa. I have the honor to watch each of them one day a week and I'm looking forward to each and every one of those days.

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

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


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