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, October 16, 2012

One Down, Four to Go

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.

Today was Bone Density Scan day. It's been one full year since my last scan and one full year since I've been on the Aromatase Inhibitor -- the daily pill to help keep the estrogen receptive breast cancer at bay. I'll take this pill for five years total.... So.... one down, four to go. THAT SURE FEELS GOOD!

Of course I won't know the results of the scan until I see my Oncologist next Tuesday, but I'm glad I took this step. I still need to get in for PT to see if that will help with the hip and leg pain, and am thinking next week will be a good time to get that started as well. Then, before you know it, it will be time for my annual mammogram. My how these dates all seem to be backed up, one after the other.

But all is good, I feel great, grandsons are growing like weeds and are the loves of my life. As a matter of fact, Gaige and I had our first solo over-nighter on Saturday night. And we both survived. Actually, it went quite well.

Grammie time with Nico.....

Bathtime -- 

All boy; cords, sticks and rocks --

Fun in the park --

Grammies first overnighter (with Gaige)... 

Morning walk in wine country --

Fun in our wonderful plaza park --  

 Look what they gave me at the bagel shop... a teether bagel 
(And I loved it)

And by lowering my wine intake to "just special occasions" and getting out for long walks a couple of times a week with those babes in strollers, I continue to slowly lose weight and tone up. I'm down a pants size, and even the smaller size is starting to fit looser too. 

So.....             LIFE IS GOOD

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


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