LIVESTRONG:

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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Monday, October 1, 2012

Pretty in Pink

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.





The 1600 Report:

The image of the White House lit at night is iconic to Washington, and this evening another twist was added. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the White House was bathed in pink lights.

The White House issued a presidential proclamation Monday morning, in which President Barack Obama declared the month of October to be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and encouraged “interested groups to join in activities that will increase awareness of what Americans can do to prevent breast cancer.”

Last year alone the American Cancer Society estimated that over 230,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. In the president’s proclamation, the White House estimated that over 200,000 women would be diagnosed with the disease in 2012.

“Breast cancer touches the lives of Americans from every background and in every community across our nation,” Obama’s proclamation states, “my administration remains committed to ensuring quality health care that includes preventative services for women.”

Obama’s signature first-term legislation, the Affordable Healthcare Act, altered many current insurance plans so that mammograms, along with other cancer screenings, would be provided to individuals without deductibles or co-pays.

The pink lights are in keeping with several other Breast Cancer Awareness movements, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, whose famous pink ribbon icon is practically synonymous with breast cancer prevention and fundraising efforts.

For more information on breast cancer, including prevention and treatment options, visit www.cancer.gov.



LIFE IS GOOD

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

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

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