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, August 2, 2012

RFL Survivor Dinner Tonight

I'm going to the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner tonight at Hanna Boys Center. I think it will be more fun this year.

Last year I went alone and felt so much like a fish out of water. I was bald, and had barely finished chemo and just had my surgery the month earlier. I really didn't know anyone there and was the only one wearing a hat. I just felt out of place.

When I RSVP'd last year, I asked if I could bring a friend or my husband. The response was, "Have they had cancer?" Thank God they had not. I mean, I was suddenly building this whole group of cancer survivor friends, thank you very much. But none could attend with me. So I trudged on down to Sebastiani Winery. I hate walking in anywhere alone when I have never been there before and don't really know anyone. It was a lovely venue, with an "OK" meal. I was kind of shocked that they weren't serving any beverages other than wine, or so that is what I remember. Anyway, I sat at a table with a group of very friendly survivors and tried to enjoy the evening.

So this year, they allow caregivers. Yahoo!! Not that I am taking mine, but I am going with my cousin Denise and her caregiver. Last year Denise was not interested in going. She had been to many and it just didn't interest her. Unfortunately, this year she experienced a recurrence of her breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemo. So we will both have company this year.

AND.... I'll get to see the newly remodeled Hanna Boyes Center.

Stay tuned... a report of the evening to follow soon.


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


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