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.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Echo Unchanged

The outing Tuesday through beautiful Bennett Valley on these gorgeous sunny days we're experiencing was to my cardiologist, Dr. Sanjay Dhar. I was there on Friday for an Echocardiogram to check the condition of my heart and get a baseline before chemotherapy treatment. At the time, Dr. Halpern, who performed the Echo said it looked like my EF (Ejection Fraction) was pretty much unchanged at 40% from the Echo performed at Stanford in July 2015.

The official written report from Dr. Dhar confirmed an EF of 40%. He checked my heart and everything seems to be just fine. When I explained to him I was told that the chemo drugs I would be given were heart safe, he replied, "Nothing is heart safe". And then followed up to say they will be following me very closely during my treatment and I would see him again in six weeks, rather than the usual 4-6 months. So this made me very pleased.

Then I splurged and stopped by Costco to pick up a Vitamix blender for us. I've heard wonderful things about the Vitamix, and have used my daughter's several times. So I am very excited with our new gadget, although I haven't used it too much yet. I think I'll take a couple of smoothies with us to chemo tomorrow for a snack.

Please continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Life is Good... Most of the time

Debbie... aka the cancer & cardiomyopathy FIGHTER!!!

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