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, April 11, 2016


Let's just say I'm a bit anxious about today's chemotherapy infusion. This will be the first infusion of cycle 2. I go in three week cycles; 1 chemo 1 week, 1 chemo the next week, and then the third week off. During each cycle, the first chemo of each cycle is a two drug cocktail -  Gemcitabin (aka Gemzar - an antimetabolite) & Carboplatin (aka Paraplatin - an alkylating agent). AND the first chemo of the first cycle was hell, putting it mildly. So you can see where the anxiety is coming from.

But my oncologist has mde some changes this time, reducing the steroids in the infusion today, and changing the infusion anti-nausea drug to Emmend, which is supposed to have a 5-day effectiveness. Hopefully these changes will help my poor body to deal with the Gemzar and Carboplatin today.

Wish me luck!

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!!!

THANKS for visiting! I look forward to your comments.


  1. Love flying your way with hopes that this time around will be easier on you! xoxxo

    1. Thanks so much. It is now over and I'm feeling more positive. The next few days will be the test.

  2. Praying this chemo goes well, Debbie. I remember the anxiety you describe. Mine was towards the end of treatment; wanting the treatment to be over & my body was very tired. Keep thinking scrubby bubbles....your chemo is killing your cancer cells!!! Praying, praying, praying for you!

    1. Thanks so much. Now it is behind me. Phew!

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    1. Thank goodness it is behind me now. The next few days will be the tell tale. I'm feeling more positive now. :-)


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