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, March 17, 2015

Breast Cancer Tattoos ~ Do You Have One?

As a "Best of" blog, as voted by Healthline, I'm occasionally approached asking my help in spreading the word about breast cancer related topics. And this is one I thought would be fun to share, even though I don't have any tattoos. But heck, maybe it's time to consider one of these. (My daughters are probably frowning if/as they read this). See below...

From: Nicole Lascurain 
Subject: Inspiring others with breast cancer
Date: March 17, 2015 11:20:43 AM PDT

Hi Debbie,

Getting a breast cancer tattoo—whether it’s for you or in honor of someone you love—is a way to show solidarity in the face of this disease.

As Healthline named My Journey Past Breast Cancer one of our Best Blogs of 2014, I think you and your followers might be interested in submitting photos of their breast cancer-inspired tattoos to add to this beautiful collection up on the Healthline site:

We’re currently accepting new submissions, and I’d love it if you took a look at the slideshow, then share the above link to the submission guidelines across your social media or website! All people have to do is send in a clear photo of their tattoo + short description, with the subject “My breast cancer tattoo,” to — that’s me! We’ll then feature them on the site, and help unite others who are living through breast cancer.

Let me know if this is something you’d be interested in, Debbie!   

Kindest Regards,

Nicole Lascurain • Assistant Marketing ManagerHealthline • The Power of Intelligent Health

660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA  | @Healthline  | @HealthlineCorp

For those of you with BC tattoos, or considering one, I hope you find this interesting. Let me know if you do post your tattoo on their site. I'd love to see it.

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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