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.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Mixing It Up a Bit

So my entire life is not about cancer or heart failure, and I feel the need to mix it up a bit here. Yes, I've shared moments in my life about family and camping; but fiber is also a big part of me. Knitting and spinning to be specific. Once in a while I mix in some dyeing, weaving or felting, but that is pretty rare.

Recently I had the fun opportunity to attend the Valley Ford Wool Festival, put on by the Valley Ford Mercantile and Fibershed, of which Brookfarm is a member. A group of like-minded ladies from my Sonoma spinning/knit group made the trip over to Valley Ford and enjoyed the open air event, mill tour, shopping, and lunch at Oyster Rockefellers.  And guess what followed me home -- some beautiful hand-dyed rovings, buttons, and a pair of earrings. Not to mention laughter and tactile fun.

And if you are one who ask, "Why would you ever use fiber other than alpaca?" with almost a look of disgust and amazement. Well, in answer, I say, "Because I need to support other farms, like-minded artisans, and test other fibers."

The fact is I love all the beautiful colors and love playing with it too, in addition to my gorgeous natural-color alpaca fibers.

Here is of my stash from the event

I have two braids of this color below, which has long runs of solid color.

Here I am just partially into the spinning of the first section of aqua changing into green 

 This is closer to the end of the braid where it turns light yellow into a slight peach color. My plan is to spin the second braid in a similar fashion, ply them together so similar color matches up along side. Then I hope to find a lacey shawl pattern that will highlight these long color runs and subtle color transitions.

Life is Good...

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

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  1. Beautiful yarn. I am a yarn junkie as well and a lifelong member of SABLE (Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy). I don't spin but do knit and crochet among other crafts.

    1. I love it, SABLE. That is a new one for me. thanks for visiting, Caroline. I just visited your blog -- nice job. And congrats on the Healthline Award too.


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