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, February 7, 2012

Nutrition & RRMG Cancer Survivorship Program

You may recall my post back in November about Redwood Regional Medical Center's Cancer Survivorship Program led by Dr. Amy Shaw and their upcoming Nutrition Program. Well, I am now the proud graduate of the nutrition class, which was 1.5 hours for three Tuesdays in a row. They were hectic days as I would leave my babysitting responsibilities for Nico in Davis and drive the two hours to Santa Rosa, but well worth the time and effort on my part.

Marsha Sendar, MSPT, CNC, MSHS, taught the program. Check out this wonderful article, Food Myths and Marketing Tricks, she had published in the Press Democrat in 2010. It shows you what an easy to understand program she presented. She promotes keeping it simple, not measuring or weighing things, but using sensible, easy methods to help Take Back Control, which was the title of the program. Actually the full title is, Taking Back Control, Healthy Eating for Weight Loss, Energy, and Life -- a Special nutrition class for breast cancer survivors. If you are a breast cancer survivor, contact Marsha about future programs at marsha[@]

Some of the key points I picked up during this program are:
  1. Which foods support healthy weight maintenance and optimal energy
  2. Which foods undermine efforts to lose weight
  3. How to stock a healthy pantry
  4. Tips and recipes for preparing foods that support weight loss and fight cancer recurrence
  5. Nutrition guidelines for weight loss and to prevent cancer recurrence
  6. Which forms of exercise support weight and healthy weight maintenance.

We received over a dozen great handouts and many wonderful recipes. Some of the resources Marsha shared with us during the three sessions follow:
All in all, this was an excellent program, and well worth the time. Now the challenge is, as always, taking the time and effort to implement as many of these tips and ideas into our lives. Wish me luck!


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