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.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blood Work Clear

I spoke with my oncologist this morning and he says all my blood work looks real good. He did not run any tests for cancer markers. Apparently, there is some controversy as to how accurate these tests really are and so they are not running them unless there are other symptoms.

We spoke about the bone/hip pain I am still having and he agrees since it is on both sides it is most likely a side effect from the Exemestane, which is the 5-year pill to help prevent recurrence since the cancer I had is estrogen receptive, which brings a high risk of recurrence. Dr. Anderson suggested I make an appointment to see Dr. Amy Shaw, who is lead on the Cancer Survivorship Program, and I saw earlier this year. Dr. Anderson feels confident that she will have some solutions to help keep me on the Exemestane, since it is so important to continue for five years.

Otherwise, I'm feeling really good and looking forward to celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary this Saturday and Father's Day on Sunday with the girls, their families, and especially our two infant grandsons.


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


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mammo Clear

I received results on my left side mammogram and all is well. Whew! A sigh of relief.

I haven't heard from my oncologist on the blood work of May 24th yet, so I presume all is well. Although I think I will call the office tomorrow just to check in. Normally the blood work would have been ordered before an appointment, so we could discuss it together. But because I saw my oncologist in late April due to ongoing pain from the Letrozole, he said he would not need to see me in May as originally planned. Instead, we would do the blood work May and he would call if there were any issues. So I will check back in with him.

I'm still having some pain, I believe from the Exemestane, but time will tell. For now, a 12-hour Aleeve from time to time seems to do the job. Although it does make me worry about the possibility of bone loss.

The thing that is bothering me the most right now is how thin my hair is. I guess I need to be thankful that I even have any hair, and so should just let it go. But a girl really does rely on her hair, and I guess I am grieving the thick hair I had pre-cancer.

But heck, I have hair.  -- AND, I don't have cancer anymore. Gotta be thankful for sure.

And tonight I got to spend time with my 7 month old grandson Gaige. Then tomorrow I spend two days in Davis with my nearly 10 month old grandson Nico. So things are not so bad after all.

Nico enjoying the swing.
Gaige and his Dad, Chris.

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