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.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Each Day Is Wait & See

Each day seems to be a "Wait and see" kind of day, these days. 

I am feeling pretty good in comparison to the past two weeks after each of the first two weekly chemo infusions. This is my "bye" week, with no infusion, so I'm getting a bit of a chance to regroup and re energize. And it feels pretty good. Today though I'm having a bit of a low back ache, similar to what I felt the day of February 26th when we went to the ER thinking I was trying to pass a kidney stone. I've taken a little something to help and hopefully it does.

On Monday this week we actually took the one hour drive out to Bodega and Doran Beach Campground for two nights. You see, we were supposed to be up at Pacific Star Winery, just north of Ft Bragg, camping with friends and fellow wine club members this past weekend. We help the winery with packing up the club shipments a couple of times a year and have a lovely weekend visiting with Sally and Marcus and camping with our friends at the winery for a few days when we do this. But I wasn't quite up to the 3.5 hr drive and being that far from home.

Come Monday, two of the couples who had been camping up North moved down to Doran and we decided last minute to venture out and give it a try, rather than just the day trip we had been considering. It was perfect. Mind you, I didn't do much more than sit around and enjoy the wonderful food everyone else cooked. And we got out for two short walks on the beach, and a drive to get fresh crab and look for whales from the bluffs. The weather on Wednesday, the day we headed for home, was high 70's, absolutely gorgeous.

And tomorrow, I'll have my port draw to check all my blood work and make sure nothing is askew, and an office visit with my oncologist in preparation for my infusion on Monday. But meanwhile, jusy today my hair started coming out in my hands, several strands at a time. I had hoped I might not lose it since we are past that 2 week window from when chemo began. Tomorrow will be three weeks. So either it is going to get very thin, or I will be bald again. Oh well, at least I am still here.

So now it is -- try to enjoy each day and not get too anxious about the first chemo cocktail that is to repeat again this coming Monday. And to do this, I'm enjoying some sunshine, knitting, reviewing Season I of the Outlander series before Season II starts this Saturday.

Another Good Day!
~ I am hopeful ~

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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