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, January 6, 2013

Bittersweet -- Tears & Relief

Today is a bittersweet moment for me as we have all lost another cancer friend who fought valiantly against cancer, as best her frail little body could. Debbi Chapman Dempsey, lost her battle with cancer yesterday. Bittersweet because someone special has left us all, and because an angel is now free of pain and amongst us.

Debbi and I connected online as we were both fighting cancer at the time. We both were blogging our experiences at the time, she as A Too Sassy Gal, and she posted many words of support for me. But she found it more challenging to keep up her Blog as of about a year ago, so then I followed her via her journey on Facebook and ached at all her pain and struggles, especially this last year.

Debbi had a very strong faith in the Lord and was so very positive and supportive to so many. If you Google her name and "cancer" you will see that she followed many blogs and frequently posted words of love, support, and encouragement. Then, not only did she struggle so, but she watched her grown children also struggle with serious ailments of their own. Oh how strong she was to carry on as she did, through hospitalizations, complications, and such.

Debbi enjoyed one last wonderful Christmas with her family and then she left this world.

May you be at peace sweet Debbi, and watch over your family and friends with the love and spirit you expressed all through your valiant battle. I know you will be looking down on many and act as their Guardian Angels to see them through all the bumps in the road of life.

G o   i n   P e a c e ,   f r i e n d .

You will be missed by so, so many.

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


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1 comment:

  1. I have been out of blog-land for awhile but saw your post on Debbi's passing. I am so sorry to hear this news. I know she was having a very difficult time. Thanks for letting us know...



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