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.


Friday, April 22, 2016

The New Norm

I imagine you are wondering why I am not posting more frequently. Or at least giving brief updates like, "Hey, I'm alive and doing well just being a slug on the couch for the foreseeable future." So here I am to do just that...

I am alive and well just being a slug on the couch

for the foreseeable future.

Yes, that is really all I have to report. But it is a good thing. You see, I am 4 days out from chemo #4, and days 2&3 are usually the worst. So I will take this. And by "this", I mean pretty much hunkered in the recliner with blankies and a remote, and my phone and water. My brain isn't quite up to doing much more than casual conversation. Even my phone conversations are pretty boring as I don't say much. But I am not nauseous. I AM NOT IN PAIN. I really don't feel bad; I just don't feel good. I think I have already said this a time or two before.

Top right is what I cut and brought into the house. -- It's chilly out there. :-)

But today is Earth Day; one of my favorite days. And my roses are all agog in gorgeous bloom, and this may just encourage me to take a walk out and snap a photo of them for you.

And did I mention that this week Food Faeries keep arriving on my doorstep this week and dropping off boxes of yummy prepared meals. THANK YOU so very much! The freezer is filling fast.

And the best part ever is that next is my "off week" -- no chemo all next week! :-) Two cycles complete, of the six we hope plan to complete. I will see my cardiologist and check in to see how my heart has been doing through all this, as my ICD records everything so we shall have a report to review. And I will get to take time for a lovely massage from my dear friend Karen, of KBC Oncology Massage. I can't wait.

And then, the icing on the cake will be for the CT Scan with contrast next week (chest, abdomen & pelvis) to see just how many millions of cancer cells we have blasted away to smithereens in the last 6 weeks.

This takes us back to Relay Sonoma August 2011

THANK YOU for continuing to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Life is Good... SOMETIMES

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER, AND Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!


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