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, April 12, 2012

Buh Bye Letrozole

Thank you, Dr. Anderson, for getting me in to see you right away after my call into the nurse advice line earlier this week. I am now off the Letrozole, which I mentioned in my last post was making me pretty miserable. So I get to take a break for 2-4 weeks, until all the symptoms are gone. Then I'll start in on a new medication and hopefully will not have all the bone aches and pain (osteoporosis symptoms) that the Letrozole was causing me.
And I'm looking forward to getting a good nights sleep too.


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



  1. Hey curly, You look MARVELOUS!!!

    Glad to see you Blogging again. I missed reading you.

  2. How did getting off Letrozole for a while work for you? I am now in my 7th month on Letrozole as an ovarian cancer survivor. I am also having side effects and wonder how long I should wait until telling my onc. Have any suggestions?

    1. Hi Carol,

      Thanks for the comment.

      My hormone treatment is going well. I thought at first that much of the hip/bone ache I was having might be from the letrozole, which they originally started me on. But now I realize it was because I was doing more walking than I ever had. With the two new grandsons, I would head out with them in their strollers once to twice a week and walk for 2 hours or so while they napped. It felt so good for me to be that active, but the aching would start later that day and be hard to cope with overnight.

      Now that they are older, not so into their strollers, I'm not that active, and the pain is not there.

      I actually was switched to Exemestane when all this was happening and am about to ask to go back. Exemestane is about $180/month, where the Letrozole was about $10-20. I know they plan to switch me at about the 2-3 year mark too.




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