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

Feeling Better About This Infusion Cycle... So Far

And that is because I'm feeling decent still. By this day last week, I felt as though I was gonna die; no kidding. This morning I awoke at 5am feeling a bit foggy headed, fatigue, but so much better. I have a low grade fever, but only mid-high 99+; as compared to spiking up to 102 last week this morning. 

You may recall that this last infusion only contained the one drug Gemcitabin (aka Gemzar). And my Oncologist was hopeful that this would be easier on me. He also indicated that the next round in two weeks of the two-drug cocktail, Gemcitabin (aka Gemzar) & Carboplatin (aka Paraplatin), may be easier too now that my body has an idea of what to expect. Time will tell.

As the day progressed it was a relief to find I could spend all day in the recliner; rather than laid out in bed like last Sunday.  Although obvious that I would not do much more -- It was a recline and sleep kind of day. My brain was a total fog and I really couldn't function. The breast pain didn't happen this time either, thankfully; and nausea was minimal. I'LL TAKE IT!

But meanwhile we got in a lovely family day yesterday as pre-Easter and Celebrating Sarah's 40th Birthday. Wow! How can that be??? 

I'll take anything positive I can get!

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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