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, December 2, 2012

Annual Mammogram -- CHECK!

Last week I went in for my annual bi-lateral mammogram. I am waiting for results but feel very positive and expect the "good" report to arrive any day. Besides, if there had been concern, I'm sure I would have received a call by now.

But while there, knitting in hand, waiting to be called back to the Mammogram department from the reception area, I heard the name "Claire" called. I did not see her face and did not recognize her from behind as she left the room. But when I entered the Mammogram waiting/changing area, sure enough I recognized that face. It was Claire Deiringer!

The Deiringer family lived just down the street from us when we grew up on Eighth Street East in Sonoma. They were another large Catholic family, with nine or so kids. Marsha was in my class, and Claire a year older. We've run into each other just a few times over the years, as they relocated to Santa Rosa while we were still going to St. Francis Solano school. Claire's mother is still alive in her 90's and they all just enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving at one of the other sister's home.

It was fun to run into Claire and chat a bit, as we sat their in our robes.


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


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