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, June 23, 2013

Two Years Since Lumpectomy

Anniversaries are Important! 

Tomorrow, June 24th, marks two years since my lumpectomy surgery. WOO HOO!
Keep those years a comin...

And on an even more positive note, I just had my bi-lateral mammogram done on Thursday. And even though I have not seen the written report, these mammograms are reviewed by a doctor before you even leave the office in case they need more views, ultrasounds, or biopsies. Yep, they'd do it right then and there if needed. So the radiologist comes out afterwards and says, "Good News! We don't need to see you until November, and that will be for your regular annual screening mammogram." The "regular ole mammogram" not the post-cancer mammogram. YIPPEE!!

So I'll take that as a, "Your mammogram came back free and clear of any new signs of cancer". 

And even though I had my labs run after my appointment with my oncologist, for the first time he checked my tumor markers. From what I can read on the report that just arrived in the mail, I am within the normal range of "no cancer". 

Everything is looking good on the cancer front; if you know what I mean.

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



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