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, July 7, 2016

Chemo #12, Abraxane #4

Today I am sitting in my chemo infusion recliner, listening to the methodical sound of the infusion pump, feeling like it is nappy-poo time. The anti-nauseau, steroids, and Abraxane meds are already in me. The Carboplatin is happening right now.

Kate is here with me and we are chatting about everything and anything - such fun. She's feeling quite comfy sitting next to the "CAUTION Chemotherapy Waste" bin. But I'm also missing my weekly visit with Sarah.

We will be out of here within the hour and headed back home.

Today's latest from the office visit with Dr. Anderson is:

We will do a follow up CT Scan in about 3 weeks. Both he and I feel that the breast tumor area seems to be smaller. The reason for the blood transfusions, rather than an Epo shot, is a new FDA ruling that suggests the shots might encourage cancer, although he does not agree. But for now, and for cancer patients receiving chemo, transfusions are the norm. 

Nothing really too new or earth shattering today, but nothing negative either. So we shall stay on track with this regime going up to 6 Abraxane treatments and until we see the results of the next CT. 

And on the earlier post about the KRAS gene, it was an old article from 2014, so nothing new to him.

I call this all good news. AND I'm feeling good and positive. I am happy. That's really all that matters, right?

I did receive a call this morning saying my results from the breast cancer genetic test is in and I will meet with Kathleen Mott next week for those results. I'm looking forward to learning whatever new information this test may, or may not, provide.

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

Die cancer, DIE. You are messing with the wrong woman!!
Life is Good... Most of the time.

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


THANKS for visiting! I look forward to your comments.


  1. Hi Debbie ,lovely to read your blog .I am a part time farmer (goats, sheep and cattle ) as and when energy allows,greetings from Malaysia,
    Helen Laura

    1. Thank you Helen. Are you a BC patient as well?


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