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.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It Was Better Than the Last ... But...

Wednesday of this week is what was "hell day" for this day of the first cycle of chemo three weeks ago, which was 2 days after the infusion. And while this time around is about 80% better than the  last time, it was still not a very good day. I awoke thinking it was better, and it was. And while it has declined somewhat over the course of the day, at least I have been upright and napping in the recliner all day. And the best part was I was able to navigate myself around the house in an almost coherent state. I did avoid talking to anyone on the phone, or making any important decisions, though.

The hardest part, as if I haven't sounded pretty negative so far, is the left breast pain. Tylenol wasn't quite enough so I progressed to the Tramadol, a new pain med prescribed after the cycle one. That helped to keep it just bearable. 

I firmly believe that this pain is a sign of the chemo blasting the cancer cells to smithereens. 

So "Believe" and "Die, Cancer, Die" are my focal points today.

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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