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.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012


This will be my year of "firsts"; that is firsts after cancer... first mammogram, first bone scan, first blood work. 

I've already had the first mammogram in December and that went well. I was scheduled for my first bloodwork and oncologist follow-up in May, but we have bumped that up a bit. I've had so much discomfort, which I believe is from the Letrozole (Femara generic), that I called the Nurse Advice line this week. 

The Letrozole is prescribed to me because my breast cancer was estrogen receptive, and the risk of recurrence is enough to cause concern. The Letrozole is to help prevent recurrence of breast cancer or any other lurking cancer cells that may be hanging on out there. As much as I'd like to think I am free and clear for ever, I know this is not true. A perfect example is a dear cousin who just had a recurrence after 10 years cancer free. So it is definitely something to take seriously. The Letrozole is a daily pill and is prescribed for 5 years. One of the side-effects is bone pain and bone loss. A bone scan was performed before it was prescribed to be sure I didn't already have some form of osteoporosis. And they will be done periodically as time goes by to be sure my bones are still holding up while taking this drug.
The pain I'm having comes on mid-day and gets worse as time goes on, especially if I am doing a lot of standing or after a nice long walk. It has been getting worse over the last couple of months, and now I am feeling it in my lower legs, rather than just hips, thighs and buttocks. When I can't get to sleep, or wake up in pain, then it's time to talk to the oncologist. 

So I left them a detailed voice message and they returned the call saying I need to come in and see the My Oncologist. One good thing is I get to see all those smiling faces at Redwood Regional Medfcal Center after several months.

I will report back later this week after I see Dr. Anderson.

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


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