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.


Sunday, August 30, 2015


That is... Metastatic Cancer!

Become educated. There are more people walking around with metastatic cancer than you realize. I for one have four close friends with it. And as I typed this number, I first thought it was two, then three. Who knows, it is probably even higher, but I am trying not to dwell on that at the moment.

I'm not sure what is happening that this seems so prevalent now. Is it just me? Is it our world, our food system? I don't think we can put "the blame" anywhere; but we can become educated and compassionate; and especially learn a better way to respond to Mets when we need to.

The few moments it will take you to watch this short video will help. Please take a moment.



Monday, August 24, 2015

So Much Love & Support

On August 18th, I had my follow up appointment with Dr. Sanjay Dhar, the Santa Rosa Cardiologist, bar none; along with Dr. Michael Fowler of Stanford Medical Center -- well, at least in my eyes! There is something about your cardiologist getting excited about your improvement, truly excited, and sting I celebrate with champagne. He did follow that with, "...a sip of champagne, share it with a few people. Don't drink the entire bottle yourself!"

His excitement was over my Echo Cardiogram performed in July at Stanford, which reflected an Ejection Fraction (EF) of 40.2%

When I asked if he thought I might see further improvement down the road, Dr. Dhar went on to share that he is limited with the tools at his disposal, and that sometimes results such as mine just cannot be explained. He asked me to keep doing as I had been, and to be thankful for all the love and support I have received from family and friends to help me get to this place.

As we walked from the office after my appointment, Mark and I reflected on my condition the first time I entered this office. The fact I walked very slowly, and had to stop to catch my breath. I was in very, very poor health with an EF of 12-18%.

Needless to say, it was time to celebrate with a sip of champagne.

Life is Good...

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

THANKS for visiting! Comments are good. I look forward to your comment.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cancer Support Sonoma

If cancer is part of your life, or a loved one's life, and you live in or near Sonoma, check out the wonderful cancer support program at Sonoma Valley Hospital, right in our own back yard --  Cancer Support Sonoma.

Cancer Support Sonoma is a new program to help people with cancer find support and improve their quality of life. 

As their Home Page states...
"The program is operated by the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation in partnership with the North Bay Cancer Alliance. It is located within Sonoma Valley Hospital and operates on a twice-weekly schedule, with appointments available from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The program offers complementary therapies to help cancer patients reduce the symptoms of treatment such as fatigue, nausea, depression and anxiety. We offer a variety of therapies including acupuncture, oncology massage, nutrition counseling, naturopathic counseling (vitamin/herb/medication review), jin shin jytsu (Japanese acupressure), Feldenkrais, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and sound healing.

Services are provided in a private suite of rooms, located on the third floor of Sonoma Valley Hospital, which has been remodeled to offer a healing environment. Our goal is to help cancer patients get back to more fully living their lives."
Please review the center's FAQs for more detailed information about the program.  If you are interested in participating in Cancer Support Sonoma, they ask that you fill out a patient intake form and contact  707-935-5244, or email to to schedule an interview.

And I'd like to add that a very dear friend, Karen Cahill, CMT, provides the oncology massage services at Cancer Support Sonoma; and another dear friend's daughter, Dr. Danielle Schwaderer, ND, provides Naturopathic Medicine for this wonderful program.

Please share this information with anyone you feel may benefit from this wonderful program right here in our Valley.

Life is Good...

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

THANKS for visiting! I look forward to your comments.