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, March 27, 2012

Sending Hugs...

Sending Huge Hugs.... to my friend Debbi. She is on the homeward stretch of her rads this week with the boost series. She has been through so much and I'm sure she is so happy to be nearing the end of treatment.

I look back at where I was one year ago, and it is already hard to remember. One thing this blog provides me now is a clear memory of it all, though. And that is not a bad thing. I don't ever want to forget 2011, for many reasons. The most important is for the birth of my first two grandchildren. But remembering the cancer treatment year is also a good thing. It helps to keep me in reality, and remind me of the hard times we survived, how strong I can be, but MOST IMPORTANTLY of all the loved ones in my life who were, and are there, for me.

It's been awhile since I've posted here. And I apologize for that. Because I know that there are friends out there following along and wondering how I am "after cancer".

I am doing marvelously well. I've lost about 15 pounds, and am keeping it off. Of course I'd like to lose a bit more, but all in good time. I'm spending time doing what I love.... playing with fiber, learning to quilt, and hugging and kissing my grandsons all the time!!! We have a litter of Maremma pups that are simply adorable. Life is still a struggle for sure, but I am happy, healthy, and staying positive.


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