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 9, 2012

Cancer Buddies

Last week I had lunch at Cafe Citti with some "cancer buddies". Two are in the midst of a breast cancer recurrence, one from 12 yers ago, the other from about five years ago. One other is a newer breast cancer survivor, much like myself; having been diagnosed about one year after me. And the fifth friend is experiencing cancer via her husband's recent diagnosis and treatment.
While it may seem like this would be a dreary and gloomy lunch out, it was not. We give each other good support, reassurance, share ideas and resources, and of course news of new people facing cancer in our little community. But all in all it is about laughter, sharing stories and photos of kids and grandkids, comparing knitting and quilting projects, talking about the holidays, and just a fun girls afternoon out. And it does turn into an afternoon as we usually leave around noon and don't return until 4'ish.

So anyone else out there, don't be afraid to support other cancer buddies. We all share a common bond, and have a lot in common, although we may be very different.

I look forward to our next Cancer Buddy meet up in early January. But meanwhile, we stay in touch via phone, email, Facebook, and an occasional visit.

Huge hugs to you all.


Feel free to leave a comment below. It would be just fabulous to know you have visited.

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


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