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.


Friday, September 19, 2014

3 Years Since Last Radiation

YES... today marks my three year anniversary from the last radiation treatment on my left breast. It's been a long haul since then, with many ups and several downs. But today I can say I am feeling pretty darn good, and enjoying life as much as possible. The heart failure was/is the biggest setback, but symptoms are in check, despite what the Echo cardiograms reflect. So I will roll with it another day.

Recently we came back from a lovely five-day camp trip with a few days on the Yuba River near Downieville, and a few more days at Jamison Creek campground just outside of Johnsville (near Graeagle). It was a lovely time of warm weather, cool river water, finishing a great book, and doing a bit of knitting. And tomorrow it is the first family BBQ of the summer (long overdue) and time to introduce little Madeleine Mae to the rest of the family.

LIFE IS GOOD. Enjoy it while you can. Make the best of each and every day.

Nico (3 yrs) with baby sister Madeleine (3 wks)

Fun camp time in our lovely little trailer

The Yuba River; a fun place to relax and cool off.

 Life is Good...

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

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