And on and on goes the roller coaster of life!
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.
WARNING: 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.
Friday, August 24, 2012
And on and on goes the roller coaster of life!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
As I know all too well, her life has now been turned upside down and consumed with fear, confusion, doctor appointments, etc. As it was, her husband was scheduled for a 10-12 hour surgery the very next day. This happened to be the same day I spent with my brother in SF at California Pacific Med Center for one of his three days of consult in preparation to get on the heart transplant list. And her husbands surgery was at Kaiser just near CPMC. Much as I had hoped to be able to go there and drop by and give her a hug, it was not to be.
Monday, August 6, 2012
See what nice things Healthline editors had to say about my Blog:
Saturday, August 4, 2012
If you are so inclined, you can still make donations here: Relay for Life, Sonoma. You can go on to the local website and make a contribution to any team or participant you choose. RFL and American Cancer Society is one of those few organizations who really put the money into research and supporting the cancer patient.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Mostly because I was at a table with people I knew, cousin Denise Emery, her daughter, Jenise Kneeland, and Denise's caregiver/sister-in-law Sheila Secchitano. And the venue was the new Hanna Boys Center gym/performing arts center. It was very nice. And the balcony the room opens up onto is beautiful.
|R-L: Jenise, Denise, Debbie, Sheila|
Tonight's program consisted of an inspirational introduction from Felice Torri who has been a survivor for many many years. Dinner followed, which was "okay", but then who can complain about a totally donated meal for obout 200+ people. They served water and ice tea, which was a nice change from the wine served last year. Considering how careful I am now with all the studies showing wine to possibly be a strong contributing factor to not only breast cancer, but the recurrence of breast cancer, I and Kathleen Hill both appreciated this change.
Bruce Griewe's group sang their hearts out beautifully after dinner with several lovely songs. Shannon Howlett's voice is so beautiful, as was the entire ensemble. All the while, a darling little 2.5 year old girl, a cancer survivor herself, was stealing the show sitting on her mother's shoulders and having a ball.
Then Denise and Sheila decided to snoop around and tour some of the facility. The green room was way cool. And Hanna has a wonderful history center that is pretty amazing. You are all invited to drop in and check out the history center, which depicts thousands of photos from when Hanna opened in 1945.
And then home it was.
Glad I went -- will do it again. And maybe next time I will bring one of my caregivers.
Last year I went alone and felt so much like a fish out of water. I was bald, and had barely finished chemo and just had my surgery the month earlier. I really didn't know anyone there and was the only one wearing a hat. I just felt out of place.
When I RSVP'd last year, I asked if I could bring a friend or my husband. The response was, "Have they had cancer?" Thank God they had not. I mean, I was suddenly building this whole group of cancer survivor friends, thank you very much. But none could attend with me. So I trudged on down to Sebastiani Winery. I hate walking in anywhere alone when I have never been there before and don't really know anyone. It was a lovely venue, with an "OK" meal. I was kind of shocked that they weren't serving any beverages other than wine, or so that is what I remember. Anyway, I sat at a table with a group of very friendly survivors and tried to enjoy the evening.
So this year, they allow caregivers. Yahoo!! Not that I am taking mine, but I am going with my cousin Denise and her caregiver. Last year Denise was not interested in going. She had been to many and it just didn't interest her. Unfortunately, this year she experienced a recurrence of her breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemo. So we will both have company this year.
AND.... I'll get to see the newly remodeled Hanna Boyes Center.
Stay tuned... a report of the evening to follow soon.