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.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Wonderful Company; Although No Improvement

I've really been enjoying the visit from my sister and her daughter, Donna and Jonnie. They, especially Jonnie, have been a huge help around the farm, doing all the chores and even scooping alpaca poop. Donna has been doing most of the cooking and driving so that we could get out and about and enjoy a bit of fun, like taking my grandson Gaige to Sonoma Train Town so Sarah could have a girls afternoon with her cousin Jonnie. Just such a pleasure and joy to have them visit for a full 10 days. I am so very thankful to them, and Bruce for giving Donna this time away.

It will be sad to see them both go tomorrow.

Today, Donna and Nancy drove me in for my check up with my cardiologist. It was routine, all is the same, which I guess should be good. I mean I am feeling better so I want to hear from him that my heart is improving; but not yet. I guess I need to be patient, and still hopeful.

So one more month and I will see him again for a checkup.

Meantime, I am preparing for the appointment with the genetic counselor at Stanford in a couple of weeks, gathering medical records from the siblings with the dilated cardiomyopathy diagnosis. Then we shall go from there.

So it is one foot in front of the other, one day at a time, smiling face, positive attitude; and thankful for each new day I am given.

Debbie... aka the cancer warrior, SURVIVOR, AND now the Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!



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