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.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

And The Winner Is...

Thank you for the votes for Healthlines "Best Health Blog of 2012" contest.

Competition was very stiff and I would like to congratulate Ann Silberman of But Doctor I hate Pink's blog, who is the grand prize winner and a daily blogger. Healthline describes Ann as, "a self-described “metastatic breast cancer ass-kicker in stilettos and denim” doesn’t dislike the color pink, but you won’t catch her wearing a ribbon. The 54-year-old mother of two from Sacramento has been documenting her terminal battle with breast cancer since she was diagnosed in September 2009 on her blog." Ann has quite a following and won by a landslide.

I follow Ann pretty regularly on her blog and on Facebook and she is one tough cookie who is not about to let cancer get her down, although it has given her a real run of it. Check out more about Ann on her blog above, or Here on Healthlink.

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


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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Makes No Sense

It makes no sense....

  • My Anthem Blue Cross health premium has increased $156/month. That is $1,872/year increase.
  • I now pay $939/month for me alone. That is $11,268/year. (Nope; Marks retirement from Fire Service did not provide any health benefits. They conveniently made that change a few years before he retired. Thank you GEFD for this.)
  • Because of my high deductible of $7,500/year, I rarely submit things to insurance these days. This is because if I contract to do private pay at time of service with my providers, I can negotiate the cost down to nearly 1/3 what they would charge my insurance --- BECAUSE, it is all coming from my pocketbook anyway. And I don't expect to reach the deductible this year.
  • So why do I carry health insurance?

I know why; really I do. It is because I could have a recurrence of  cancer or a catastrophic situation that would be more than $7,500/year. In that case, $7,500 is the most I would pay that year.

But it is just all so hard to accept on a month-by-month basis.

I so look forward to 2014 when there will hopefully be a change that will prevent me from going broke from paying for health insurance.

There.... I feel better now. Thank you for listening/reading.  :-)

L I F E   I S   G R E A T

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


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