I hope you enjoy a few snapshots from our holiday fun.
Auntie Sarah reading to Nico & Maddie
Bob & Christine
AND now the Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
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.
With each heartbeat, the heart contracts (or squeezes) and relaxes. Every contraction pushes blood out of the two pumping chambers (ventricles). When when heart relaxes, the ventricles refill with blood. The ejection fraction (EF) refers to the amount, or percentage, of blood that is pumped (or ejected) out of the ventricles with each contraction. This percentage, or EF number, helps your health care provider determine if you have heart failure or other types of heart disease.
A normal heart pumps just over half the heart's volume of blood with each beat – a normal EF is 50 to 75 percent.
My name is Allison Kent and I am a student at Lehigh University. I am in a product development class and am in the process of reaching out to those familiar with breast cancer who may be able to take a few minutes to answer a quick survey for us. My team is hoping to develop a product to help support and organize Jackson Pratt drains to help make recovery easier and less painful. Would you be willing to possibly take our quick survey, send it to your your friends or family, and possibly even post it to your blog? We are hoping to get as many responses from those familiar with the recovery process to make our product most useful and practical.
Here is the link to our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KVGQHDB. Thank you for your help!
|Nico (3 yrs) with baby sister Madeleine (3 wks)|
|Fun camp time in our lovely little trailer|
|The Yuba River; a fun place to relax and cool off.|