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.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Family Fun and Harvest Time

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 2012, I hope to post every day this month. Heaven knows I am learning of new breast cancer diagnosis, or serious recurrences of breast cancer, often times metastasis, nearly weekly. Lets all do whatever we can to see that all women are aware of the breast cancer risks, and that research soon puts a stop to this life-changing, and often deadly, disease.

What better way to spend some time this Fall than with family and celebrating Harvest.

  Debbie and her sister, Christine, greet Mark after he                          Great Auntie Christine holding Nico, with his Dad,
referees the Sonoma Fire Departments' Water Fights                                        Stephan, in the background.
                        at the Vintage Festival.     

Nephews Malone and Matisse have a little "Camp Brookfarm" time harvesting basil and other veggies.

Nico receives a belated Birthday gift from Great Uncle and Auntie, Marie & Matthew, and cousins Malone and Matisse.

Nico having a ball at Brookfarm

Shar and Eric visit from Montana so the whole family comes together for a BBQ. Shar, Nico, Eric, Alura & Stephan

Shar snuggles with Gaige, while Eric and Sarah (Gaige's mom) look on.

A fun day at the Sonoma County Harvest Faire

Grandpa shows Gaige the tractor at the Harvest Faire.


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


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