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.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2 Years Ago Today -- ICD Surgery

It was two years ago today, October 28, 2013, that I had my trusty ole ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) surgery. I can say I could not be happier in looking back at this event and now knowing what it all really meant. I have never been shocked, thankfully; but I have been paced a few times. And the wealth of information that the device captures, tracks, and provides to my two Cardiologists is pretty amazing.

The best part of it all is that I am far improved, compared to two years ago. That probably has nothing to do with the ICD, but it is a good thing anyway. My Ejection Fraction is up to 40.2% and I am feeling much better. It's good to stay active, and I try to get out to walk a few times a week. Of course there are days when I don't have much energy, but I've learned to slow down when I need to. 

Thanks to the life-saving ICD, I was able to shed the Life Vest I was required to wear 24/7, and which prevented me from any water activities. So this past weekend, I was able to do a few laps in the pool and enjoy the hot tub at our hotel, instead of just sit on the lounge chair and observe.

And the best lesson I've learned is about taking my medications as prescribed and avoiding all sodium; or as much as possible. 

Oh; and to live life like there is no tomorrow.

Life is Good...

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

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