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, January 27, 2015

Is Cancer Just Bad Luck?

I'm finding the new reports of most cancer types being just bad luck very interesting. Often times I read about or hear others talk about how they "saved" their lives by changing their diet drastically, or changing their lifestyle, or began some new regime. The following article from John Hopkins talks about cancer often being the luck of the draw.

So let's not be so hard on ourselves, or others, by second guessing why or how they got cancer. One cannot judge what another should be doing to get healthy from, or prevent, cancer. Instead, we need to allow others to navigate their way through what is best for them, with the assistance of their highly educated doctors, and advice from loved ones. Until we walk in someone else's shoes...

John Hopkins - Cancer Due To Bad Luck

And while on the subject, this is a simple video discussing the importance of self breast exam and early detection.

Breast Cancer 101 ~ What to look for

Life is Good...

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

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