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, August 5, 2014

All is Well

Wow, it's been awhile since I posted. It's all good, as I am feeling good. We've been having a bit of summer fun -- I'm getting out walking, getting together with family and friends, doing some spinning, knitting (cute pink things), and quilting, to name a few; not to mention time with the alpacas and Maremmas. Oh, and we're finally getting to so many things around the house and property that have been let go for the last 3.5 years, like a new roof, etc. I guess we've been a tad distracted during this time. But I hope we keep all the fun and activities up for a long time to come.

Just last week we welcomed a granddaughter to our family...
     Beautiful Madeleine Mae Barsun ~
     7 lbs 14 oz, 20"
     born on July 28, 2014, which was her due date.

Madeleine shares her middle name with her grandmother on her Daddy's side, and with my late mother, Gloria. She is a peaceful little angel, and was welcomed with open arms by her entire family; although big brother Nico thinks maybe she could stay somewhere else at least once in awhile.
Then there was the 2014 Sonoma Relay for Life: 


Some frozen yogurt time with Gaige and Sarah:

 And a few trips to spend time with Nico and his new little sister and family.

So that's the latest and greatest from me. I see my Stanford Cardiologist tomorrow, so stay tuned for a report once the long day driving to and fro and seeing the Doc is over.

Life is Good...

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

THANKS for visiting! I look forward to your comments.

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