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.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Did I Say We Had a Wonderful Holiday...

A Wonderful Holiday in pictures...

A lovely Thanksgiving with family at my brother's home in Petaluma:

Marie, our wonderful hostess & sister-in-law, Mark, and sister Christine

Christine & the grandsons mucking it up - Gaige & Nico

Me and most of my siblings; L-R is Nancy, Christine, Eddie, me, Matthew & Dan. Donna is missing, sadly.


A fun family day we host annually the Saturday before Christmas -- This year we enjoyed the company of our girls and their families, most of my siblings along with their children and some extended family, some neighbors and a handful of friends.

Guess who??? in the kitchen prepping for the gathering.

Alura with her Auntie, Marie Dallara

Me and sister Nancy Ann

Papa as he sent Gaige off that night in his reindeer jammies.

We were blessed yet again with both our girls and their families joining us for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner, sleepovers with all 7 of them, and a joyous Christmas Day of toddlers and all the joy and laughter and energy that they give.

Alura, Grammie, and our little princess, Madeleine

Sarah and all the grandkids, Nico, Gaige & Madeleine
Sarah and all the grandkids, Nico, Gaige & Madeleine













And then we topped it all off with New Year's Eve dinner with Sarah and family and another sleepover with grandson Gaige. Life is very good, and we are both so blessed.

Gaige is a great helper with morning chores.

Time to get more sand for the sandbox on New Year's Day.

Wishing you all the Happies of New Years...

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

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