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 12, 2014

Another Week, Another Cardiologist

Today was my follow up appointment with Dr. Dhar, my local Santa Rosa cardiologist. I love both these guys, Dhar and Fowler (the Stanford cardiologist I saw last week). Both quite experts in their field, so very knowledgeable, but yet with a sense of humor and a gift of entertaining. Or maybe it is just me and how much I like them both and appreciate all they have done for me, AND their fun accents.

As with each of them, Dr. Dhar has the St Jude technician there for me and to read my ICD. My appointments are always on a Tuesday as that is when the St Jude tech is there. There are other types of ICD's so I presume those patients see him on a different day. Regardless, all checked out pretty good. Although he did bring to my attention two periods of heart failure, where there was too much fluid build up. One was mid May and one mid July. I do recall my weight being up a bit in mid-July but thought it was due to all the birthday celebrating. And to think of it, my sodium intake was probably higher during that time from so many meals out. But as the doc said, if I didn't really notice it, then don't worry about it. The important think is to stay diligent about my meds and low sodium consumption.

So I'm free and clear now until my Oncology checkup in a couple of days, and my next cardiology appointment in November, unless of course anything changes. That means play time with grandchildren, and fiber, and animals, and friends, and such.

Life is Good...

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

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