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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.

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.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blood Work Clear

I spoke with my oncologist this morning and he says all my blood work looks real good. He did not run any tests for cancer markers. Apparently, there is some controversy as to how accurate these tests really are and so they are not running them unless there are other symptoms.

We spoke about the bone/hip pain I am still having and he agrees since it is on both sides it is most likely a side effect from the Exemestane, which is the 5-year pill to help prevent recurrence since the cancer I had is estrogen receptive, which brings a high risk of recurrence. Dr. Anderson suggested I make an appointment to see Dr. Amy Shaw, who is lead on the Cancer Survivorship Program, and I saw earlier this year. Dr. Anderson feels confident that she will have some solutions to help keep me on the Exemestane, since it is so important to continue for five years.

Otherwise, I'm feeling really good and looking forward to celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary this Saturday and Father's Day on Sunday with the girls, their families, and especially our two infant grandsons.

LIFE IS GOOD

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


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• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •


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