LIVESTRONG:

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.

WARNING:
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.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Second Power Port in Place

I am now the proud wearer of a brand spanking new Power Port.  A similar device I had implanted almost five years ago exactly, and then removed one year later so excited to be through with, and "cured" of, cancer.

I wonder if the grandsons will be impressed. 😉


Thank you to Dr. Cacavalle (sp), his techs and nurses, Jennifer, Jacob, and Brian, and all the wonderful nurses in pre- and post-op, who attended to me. It was a very pleasant experience and I can't speak highly enough about St. Joseph's Hospital (Memorial) and all the staff we encountered today. They even found my vein in one try, and that is uncommon for me. But now with my Super Duper Power Port, that is all behind me. 




A little ginger ale at 1 pm after fasting since midnight last night.




I was excited to return home to a call and email from UCSF explaining some of their wonderful services I needed to look into, which I will share in an upcoming post.

Then it was off to lala land as the "twilight" drug they use for this procedure gave me just enough time for some much anticipated lunch and then a good 2+ hour nap. Now I am nearing bed time and the breast is giving me more pain than the port area.

Tomorrow I see my Oncologist Dr. Ian Anderson for the pre-chemo visit. The first chemotherapy infusion follows two days later.


Please continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Life is Good... Most of the time

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

• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
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