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.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Off to a Good Start for 2014

Just a quick update to say that the recent mammogram in late December, and oncology appointment earlier this week, all were A+. Basically, everything looks good, no sign of any cancer! YIPPEE

But Dr. Anderson was very thorough and we talked in depth about my heart challenges now, strong future possibility of transplant, how the cancer may delay that, and options that would pull the cancer card out of the works and speed that step up; but only if it became urgent. Mind you, this is all something I/we are in denial about, and not anxious to face, but should the need arise, we need to be prepared to deal with it in real time.

But for now, the latest cold seems to be subsiding. I met with a new ear/nose/throat doc yesterday; a Dr. Pedit in Santa Rosa, and he is fantastic. He spent lots of time going over my history of sinusitus, sinus surgery back in the early 90's, and my current situation. He gave me some new tricks to try, suggested some other ideas and was just positive, caring, concerned, and a genuinely sweet man. 

So we are off to a good start for 2014, and for that I am very grateful. I hope you are all having a great start to your new year too!

The wonder of children at Christmas. (Nico)

Gaige 2 yrs, 2 mos; Nico 2 yrs, 4 mos.

Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year!

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