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, May 15, 2014

Three Years Later

Saturday, May 17th, marks three years since my last chemotherapy treatment. Has it really been 3 years already. Some days it seems like much longer, and others.... well I think you know how that ends.

Although it has not been smooth sailing all the three years since; especially since the chemo was followed by surgery (lumpectomy) on June 24, 2011, and then radiation that ended late September that year.  It is amazing how those dates do not slip your memory. They are cemented in as reminders of where we've been, what we've been through, and all the loved ones who helped to pull us through it all.

And won't even begin to relive this year. But I'm feeling darn good right now, and sticking to it as best I can!

So here's to another 3 years, then 6, then 12, then....

August 2011 at Relay for Life, as I was undergoing radiation.
This past Sunday - Mother's Day

Life is Good...

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

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