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, March 27, 2016

Family Filled Day of Love and Laughter

Today, Saturday, March 26th, we are celebrating Easter and Sarah's 40th Birthday. I know... it is a day early for both, you say. But typically my Sunday is very bad after a Friday Chemo Infusion, or so it was last week. It later started as an okay day, but we couldn't take the chance so celebrated on Saturday.

We started by meeting both the girls and families at 10:00 am at Dunbar Elementary School for the Annual Egg Hunt put on by Glen Ellen Fire Protection District. It was a gorgeous morning and we had a lot of fun. Nico, Gaige & Madeleine all found their share of eggs and then had fun playing on the play equipment for a bit. It was so great to see so many Glen Ellen faces, especially from the Fire Department, and friends from Sonoma too. The crowd was a perfect size, too.

I think we all found five each.

So I was pretty fatigued after the egg hunt and feeling very thirsty that whole morning, unlike usual. So getting home around noon was perfect. And Nico was a huge help with feeding the alpacas. Look how grown up he is getting. And he tells you right away he is 4.5! So cute.

And then we got some help around the farm.

Mark prepared a wonderful early dinner for us all; pork chops, applesauce, grilled asparagus and two flavors of ravioli. It was just so deliciouso. He is a great cook and loves to prepare for the girls and their families. I was only sorry that Stephan couldn't join us, but I'm glad he stayed home with cough, he missed out on some yummy chops, though.  Just saying...

And Chris took off outside with the Weedeater and did some clean up in the yard. I am so Thankful for my family.

After some yummy Scandia Princess Cake to celebrate Sarah, it was play outside on the stomp rocket, look at the cute alpacas while they look at us as the curiosity. Or was it the bunny? 

And then it was time to pack everyone off home and collapse.

Love my family!

THANK YOU for continuing to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Life is Good... SOMETIMES

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER, no longer a SURVIVOR, 
AND a Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!

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