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.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It Was Fun to Have Guests

Last night we had company for dinner. I think this was the first company we've had since the diagnosis of the cardiomyopathy/congestive heart failure in June. Sure we have people drop by to see  Brookfarm from time to time, or things like that; but not a real dinner party. 

The opening of Dungeness crab season hit a couple days ago, and our friends John and Pat, and their friend Beth, were visiting from Annapolis, Maryland. We thought, what better thing to do than to enjoy some crab for the first of the season. Two other local couples join us too, and it was a lot of fun.

I've still not been feeling very good of late; and up until the time people arrived, wasn't really sure how I would feel. Several days back when we planned this,  I told Mark to go for it, that it would all work out fine. I knew it would. But I really didn't think I would be able to eat much of the crab, and would most likely skip the wine too.  I put on a happy face, though, and enjoyed. And I think it was very wise to take some diuretics late that afternoon as it sure helped with all the bloating and indigestion. Sometimes, just having others around, with interesting discussions and laughter is a wonderful change of pace. And it certainly was this time.

And we even have some yummy left overs.

The problem I seem to be having right now is my digestion, or lack thereof. Which all stems from the heart failure. Ever since catching the cold and bronchitis right after having my ICD implanted, I've just not been the same and have been setback quite a bit. I know, I'm sounding like a broken record again. I do feel a tiny bit better from time to time, but ever so tiny, and oh so slowly. So the fluid build up in my entire system is caused from the heart's poor ability to pump efficiently. This causes swelling and pressure in the abdomen, and just about everywhere. We are keeping tabs on it, and there is nothing that needs attention so far, but it is just tiresome. Too much of that, and not able to walk very far at all and definitely not up stairs or the slightest incline, not sleeping very well -- but thankfully that is starting to improve.

Mark is so understanding and supportive. I've had a few meltdowns lately and he is right there to support me. We both know this will take some time.

Tomorrow, now that the cold symptoms are nearly gone, I'll be heading down for the flu and Pneumonia shots.

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


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