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.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

More Good News, Oh My!

It's time to share more good news we learned just this afternoon when we met with my cardiologist. Maybe it was all too much to take in, but Mark and I are sitting here talking and the light clicked on and I remembered a very important piece of info.

Basically, all blood work was great. My BNP, which was at 700+ before, is now at 107. 700 is severe heart failure, 50-100 is NORMAL!!!!  There is no new echo until August, so I won't know those numbers. But I'm feeling pretty darn good, almost normal, so this is all a very good sign. Of course I'm on a bunch of meds. But I'll take it.

From Wikipedia:
BNP is a measurement of an enzyme produced in the blood. Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), now known as B-type natriuretic peptide or Ventricular Natriuretic Peptide (still BNP), is a 32-amino acid polypeptide secreted by the ventricles of the heart in response to excessive stretching of heart muscle cells (cardiomyocytes). 

From Web MD:

Why It Is Done

Time will tell what this all means. But for now, just had to share. 

Life is Good...

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

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  1. Such great news!! I'm so happy for you and your family...anita


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