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, September 7, 2012

Stand Up To Cancer

Mark and I are watching the special Standup2cancer program for fundraising to find a cure for cancer. Lord knows I could only hope for such a miracle in my lifetime. 

I am presently one of the blessed. It is almost one year since my last treatment of radiation, and thankfully it feels like it has been even longer than that. I have appointmnts coming up in October for followup oncology appointment, blood work, and  bone density scan. All bring back that reminder of the reality of it all. Bring back the fear that maybe they will find "something". Bring back reality.

But during this telethon, there were several very touching stories; some of children, and young adults, with metastasis or high staged cancers. Very sad to watch, but yet uplifting at their strength and fight. And the fight against cancer, to find a cure and erraticate cancer... Forever for all!

Life is short. We will all die of something, some day. So live life to the fullest. Hug your children. Tell them you love them everyday. And if you are blessed with grandchildren, make them a very special part of your lives. Most of all, eat well, exercise, get lots of green leafy vegetables in your diet, keep alcohol to a minimum, keep your stress level low, and enjoy life to the fullest.


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


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