LIVESTRONG:

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.

WARNING:
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.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Breast Surgeon, Cardiology & Oncology Appointments ~ All This Week

Here is my post on the last two days of doctor appointments. I know it is a long one, but I feel like we covered a lot of information during these latest three appointments this week. And thankfully, each day was followed by a nice lunch out with my hubby.

But first off, let me say THANK YOU to all my followers who steadfastly offer their words of support so often when I post these Blog updates and share on Facebook. You don't have to take the time to do so, but I treasure your words of love and support. It gives me something to look forward to and is a nice distraction from reality. ❤️

Yesterday, August 30th, I saw both Dr. Elboim, my breast surgeon, followed by an appointment with Dr. Dhar, my cardiologist.

My exam and consult with Dr. Elboim resulted in the fact that it is still too early for a mastectomy. The tumor appears to be attached to the chest wall somewhat, and it is too large and consumes too much skin necessary to do the surgery. Dr. Elboim is hopeful that the tumor doesn't involve any bone or muscle, but is unsure at this time. Besides, since my breast cannot be radiated a second time, and my ICD is kind of overlapping into the breast area, this is all more complicated than just a simple mastectomy (Is a mastectomy ever simple - NOT!!!) So he would need to take enough tissue to be sure to get all the cancer. Basically, the smaller we can get it first, the better for me, for healing, etc. So the chemo needs to do more work. The fact there is no end in sight with chemo, is the best plan for me right now. And that won't really change after a mastectomy; at least not because of the surgery. I may get a break somewhere down the road, but this really is my reality and I have learned to accept it. People do occasionally ask when the chemo will end. The truth is, probably never. I may get a break for a few weeks, heck maybe even a month or so if I get to a maintenance point. But I just gotta roll with this, as I really can't change it. 

I'm not excited for surgery for sure. And then, this surgery is not a curative, it is purely for quality of life. So this new information will be shared with my Oncologist tomorrow, and I'm sure he will get the written report with all these details as well.

My appointment with Dr. Dhar, my cardiologist, resulted in us learning that things are going OK, but more episodes of congestive heart failure have occurred this past couple of months since my last checkup. As the dates of these episodes were being called out by the ICD technician to Dr. Dhar, Mark noticed that they mostly (yes, there were several) seem to correlate with my chemo schedule. Even though outwardly I'm feeling pretty good, Dr. Dhar says by the time I would notice a problem, it could be too late. YIKES! He has decided it is good to keep my heart meds at the reduced levels he had me change to with a phone consult a couple of weeks ago, since my blood pressure is pretty good now and not so terribly low anymore, where it was causing light headedness and some mild dizzy spells. He did increase my lasix to what it was a few weeks ago (back up to 40 mg each morning and afternoon).

Then Mark and I headed to a new breakfast/lunch spot to try out, called Collibri Grill, on Montgomery just off Summerfield Road. We had a delicious brunch. This is kind of our highlight of getting into Santa Rosa for all these doctor appointments ~ a nice meal out, and finding and trying new places. It's always a plus when we are successful.

Enroute to my appointments today


Now it is Chemo Day ~ Wednesday, August 31st 
 Office Visit with Dr. Anderson & Chemo Infusion

Who's idea was it for an 8:15 am chemo appointment in Santa Rosa, anyway? I mean, I've been a morning girl until cancer returned earlier this year. But up at 7:00 am was a real hard one today. And who are all those people out on the road already??? Actually, I do recall that the only way I could see my Oncologist today was to make this early appointment, and he was actually going to have to come in early to accommodate it. So I am very thankful.

Let me first say that all the Oncology nurses, and the entire staff, at the Round Barn location of St Joseph's Cancer Center are such amazing people. Always cheerful and positive, helping each other and working as a team, stepping in to adjust a patient's pump for someone who is not their assigned patient for the day, gently saying "I got it, xxxxx (insert assigned nurses name), when that nurse is already occupied with another one of their patients. They share their personal lives with me, and listen about mine. Tears are creeping just knowing how wonderful they all are, and how welcome they make me feel to this place I come to get chemotherapy drugs infused through my port and into my body. It is an interesting and amazing experience.

After hearing about, and reviewing his notes from my two appointments yesterday with Dr.s Elboim (breast surgeon) and Dhar (cardiologist), my Oncologist, Dr. Ian Anderson, reviewed two strategies we might consider for my continuing treatment.

Option #1 is for maximum shrinkage of the breast tumor to provide for a surgical option for the mastectomy (no reconstruction - I do not want to go through that anyway; and it is not viable with my situation). The down side of this "maximum shrinkage" option is using up tools for the future that would then no longer be available to prolong my life. You see, in simple terms, cancer is a smart devil and might figure out a way around these drugs which makes them less effective later on, if effective at all. So using those options up now might not be the best choice.

Option #2 would be to prolong treatment to prolong my life by using an arsenal of drug options over a longer period of time. This would hopefully get me to a point where hormone treatment is appropriate, and perhaps some type of immunotherapy is then available. 

I like the Longer Life option, myself!

We decided that if we do get to a point where the mastectomy option is available, just through Option #2 above, it would be best to take advantage of it. Again, this is a quality of life decision, but would require 3 or so weeks off of chemo to allow for healing of the surgery wound with a good immune system. And I need to take that option if the window opens, as it may not happen again. But, removing the breast has no evidence of advancing the cancer attack in my situation. It does nothing for prolonging my life, and is in no way a curative - it is purely a quality of life issue. I understand all of this; but again, it is always good to hear it from my doctor once again.

Basically, it's all a balancing act at this point; and I know this too. One day... one foot... inch by inch; closer and closer...

So.... Holy shit batman (pardon the French), we're mixing it all up. I hadn't quite expected this when I came in for my appointment today; and I'm so glad that Mark was with me to hear it all first hand.

The new plan is to remove the Carboplatin from my chemo cocktail, and we will do this today. (Who came up with the name cocktail??? It certainly doesn't taste or feel like a cocktail to me.) I've been on Carbo for 16 treatments so it has probably done what it can for now. By removing the Carbo, I can stop the Dexamethazone as well, which is the steroid. I'll continue with the Abraxane only, since it seems to be doing the trick in reducing tumor size in both breast and liver; and this will continue as a weekly infusion indefinitely. This will cut infusion time down by about an hour. And actually, since I have missed a few treatments and been doing more of a 1-week on and 1-week off for a month, I feel like I'm starting to see some outward sign of cancer increase in the breast, with the exterior blistering/wart-like growths -- all very small so far, but still signs I need to get back on track. In making these changes, Dr. Anderson feels I will be able to better tolerate a weekly schedule of the Abraxane chemotherapy.

Dr. Anderson will be calling in a prescription for Xeloda, which is a pill I will take: 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening every day for two weeks, then a one week break; then repeat. All this is provided I get insurance approval for the Xeloda tablets. There is a Xeloda infusion option, but this requires I come home with a pump and have it continuously infused for a period of time. Since this is not the option we are striving for, Dr. Anderson didn't go into details about length of time, etc. Xeloda is an orally-administered chemotherapeutic agent used in the treatment of numerous cancers. It is a prodrug that is enzymatically converted to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in the body. My oncology nurse today was quick to tell me about the 5-FU reference - kind of appropriate, isn't it?

As in all drugs, there are several side effects that may happen with the Xeloda; but my Oncologist warned me of the worst, which is diarrhea severe enough to cause hospitalization. If I have a day or so like that, he said I need to stop the Xeloda right away, and contact him.

And of course all of this is dependent on me tolerating this new plan. So, I will give it a try and go from there. I'm game!

I know some of my writings cause alarm and seem scary to some, especially family; but it is good to hear these strong reminders from my doctors that I must be diligent with watching sodium, walking, staying positive. I'll be okay. I'm ready for the challenge. I have no choice.

But to end with a little humor, I have a bit of a story to share about what comes to mind when I refer to one step at a time, one day at a time, inch by inch... 

My Dad was a huge fan of The Three Stooges, as was, I believe, my four oldest siblings, as we watched many a episode. Well, the one that always comes to mind with the  one step at a time, one day at a time, inch by inch is the Slowly I Turned, Niagara Falls episode. This is a short 4-minute video I think you'll get a kick out of so, please use the link to view. Enjoy!

By the way, Relay for Life Sonoma was a wonderful event this past weekend. It was a bit different as we were at a much smaller venue with a much changed schedule. But I was able to hang out for 4 hours with Mark, Sarah, Jenise, Lisa, Dick, Christine, Joanie and many others. And thank you to the friends who came out after I had called it a day, as well. But most importantly, thank you to all my supporters who made donations to the cause on my behalf. Because of you, we raised nearly $3,500 dollars under my name, and nearly $6,000 dollars for our team, Denise's Darlings. Our local event has raised over $46,000.00 so far. THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart.

Our Relay Team ~ Denise's Darlings



Thank you all for your continued support and well wishes.

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER, AND Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
B E L I E V E

• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
THANKS for visiting!        I look forward to your comment.






 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Serene Lakes Vaca

Since late Spring, and our trip to Hawaii in June, DH and I have been wanting to find a place (cabin/vacation rental) that we could take our daughters and their families to and start a family tradition of a week away somewhere. We camp with them in April at the coast for Papa's birthday, but it is pretty cold and tent camping in April at the coast with an infant has been hard on them. But the grand kids are getting older so hopefully the April trip will continue to work out.

For this family Summer vacation we considered Santa Cruz, the Redwoods, and then Sierra Mountains came into focus. None of us had been to the Tahoe area in quite some time. So Serene Lakes it was, just last weekend.

We found a sweet place to sleep us all just a block off the two adjoining lakes, and brought our kayaks along, just in case.

Mark and I drove up a week ago Wednesday after my Oncology port draw and office visit arriving around 6:30 pm. Ahhh, the smell of the pine trees and mountain air. And did I say this sweet cabin on a small culdesac a block off Serene Lakes was quite indeed very serene. I think the bald eagle fly-over as we sat on the front deck that evening, and the full moon popping up over the tall pine trees soon thereafter, gave us the sign we needed that this would be a great time.

We, the Grammie & Papa, stayed a full week. The daughters and families showed up Friday; one family noon'ish, the other a couple of hours later. They all left Sunday afternoon. And we enjoyed a few very quiet and relaxing days, and drove home on Tuesday evening.

On Thursday morning after breakfast Mark and I took a drive over the old Hwy into Truckee for some window shopping, lunch and a stop for some groceries for the trip. We returned home just in time to get the groceries up the stairs and put away, and hadn't quite gotten the kayaks down to the lake yet, when a full blown thunder storm broke out with hail the size of large peas that covered the deck and street. There was even water running down the road. It was a fun sight and we were so glad to not yet be on the water. That hail hurt when it hits a bald head. :-)



But we did get out on the lake for an evening paddle and it was divine. 



As soon as Alura and Stephan arrived with Nico and Maddie, we got them settled and then Alura and I drove down to the public beach with the two grand kids for some fun in the water. Nico was not quite expecting the water to be so cold; but we all had a lot of fun and soon the chilly water didn't matter. Mark rode a bike down to join us later, and then we returned to the cabin to find Sarah, Chris & Gaige had arrived and the living room was Lego city. Nico opened his Lego birthday gift from them and the building began.


So we enjoyed dinner all around the table together, some Olympics & Lego's and then it was nighty-night. Nico and Gaige shared the room with the twin beds. I imagine seeing them in a similar situation when they are a bit older and can go to bed own their own at the same time and talk themselves to sleep, and wake each other in the morning.


On Saturday, Papa made one of his big farm breakfasts. He brought his circus waffle iron along and made a feast of scrambled cheesy eggs, bacon, waffles, fruit, juice - YUMMO! Then it was back to the lake for all 9 of us; sand toys and kayaks in tow. Chris and I paddled the boats over to the beach from an easy launch sight. Then Alura and I took Nico (in my boat), and Madeleine (with Alura) out for a paddle. They loved it.





Mid afternoon we returned to the cabin for climbing up the back hill with Ruby (Sarah's doggie), building more Lego's, and the ladies sitting out on the deck gabbing and enjoying some bubbly. Then dinner, more Olympics, Grammie & Papa's birthday gift to Nico of more Lego's and a SF Giants team-wear outfit, then bed time. 


Alura & I took a nice walk down to the lake with the grand kids after breakfast Sunday morning which gave Stephan, Sarah & Chris time to get things packed up for their drive home after lunch.

Mark and I enjoyed a couple more days in peace and quiet. As much as we enjoyed the cheerful sounds and energy exemplified by our sweet grand kids, it was nice to have this time and to put the place back in order before driving away Tuesday afternoon. But first we got another lovely morning paddle on the lake, and took a drive into Truckee and Squaw Valley, ending with an early dinner. 

It was the perfect vacation; and we all plan to do it again next year!
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Tonight, 8/25/16, I will attend the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner at Hanna Center and remember my sweet, dear cousin Denise Emery, who we lost on Valentine's Day this year to metastasized breast cancer. I will remember many others as well; those fighting this disease, and those who have passed on from it.

Then Relay for Life is this Saturday, 8/27/16, at Presentation School in Sonoma from 1:00 pm Saturday until 10:00 am Sunday. I plan to be there most of Saturday. For more details, click here!

Come on out and walk with me and my family and team!


Thank you all for your continued support and well wishes.





Die cancer, DIE. You are messing with the wrong woman!!

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER, AND Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
B E L I E V E

• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
THANKS for visiting!        I look forward to your comment.





Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oncology Office Visit 8/17/16 & Chemo 8/24/16

Today (8/17/16) was just the port draw and office visit. Rescheduling appointments can be most difficult with my oncologist, and since I took today off to get a break from chemo side effects of last week, and help to make our upcoming get-away more enjoyable, I'm doing the port draw and office visit today, then the chemo infusion next Wednesday on August 24th.

These are the topics we covered. Again, Dr. Anderson takes all the time I need answering all my questions.

Dr. Anderson suggests I continue with a 2 weeks on for chemo and one week off, as long as I can tolerate it. If it becomes too hard for me, then I can switch to 1 week on and 1 week off. The plan is to continue Abraxane as long as it continues to reduce tumor size. The main concern, of course, is quality of life.

My question next time will be about the hair loss with the  Abraxane. I guess being bald for long term is manageable, as long as those tumors all shrink or disappear. I'm kind of getting used to the "no hair" look and less concerned to go without a head cover. I mean when this dialogue happened with my grandsons (aged 5 and 4.75 years), I'm all good with it:

(The following week while vacationing with our daughters and their families - I come out in the morning with big silver loop earrings on, no head covering)
Gaige - Those are pretty earrings Grammie. Are they new?
Grammie - No, I've had them awhile. But I think my earrings are more noticeable since I don't have any hair. Some people think I look younger without hair. What do you think?
Gaige and Nico nod their little heads in agreement that I look younger.
Nico - You look like a baby, Grammie
Grammie smiles with great joy and love for these two darling, sweet boys.
Ok, now back to the review from the office visit...

The Hormone Therapy option would be a combo Ibrance and Faslodex, both used for estrogen-receptive metastasized breast cancer. The problem with switching too soon to this, is results are usually slow and we don't want to lose ground. For now my liver is performing normally, but this could change. So this is still on the back burner, for if I am not tolerating the Abraxane well, or it is no longer effective.

Regarding other possible treatments for my liver, we would need to wait until there was one or few remaining tumors. But there are risks that can also do damage to the liver. So Dr. Anderson will continue to consult with UCSF on all of this.

I do need to watch the neuropathy. If I have difficulty buttoning clothes or with balance, I need to let Dr. Anderson know right away. Because if I let the neuropathy get too advanced, it may become permanent. I am finding that doing Abraxane chemo week after week is causing numbness to toes and finger tips and it doesn't seem to let up a few days before the next chemo, as it used to. So I will keep a close watch on this for sure.

My oncologist will order a new CT scan in about a month to see if the tumors are continuing to reduce. He will double check on the lung as well, which had a suspicious area thought to be some fluid or a mild infection. Of course this makes me a bit nervous. But I have enough to think about, so am not really focusing on this at all.

Dr. Anderson will also contact Dr. Elboim's office since he feels that the breast may have improved enough to consult with Elboim about mastectomy surgery. This was in the plans for March before cancer was diagnosed. And if not now, perhaps soon. At least we can begin to discuss options.

The bit of a break I was feeling between chemo infusions each week seems to be disappearing. I was already a day in to what should have been a new chemo, and I was still feeling a lot of tingling and numbness in my toes and fingers; and just a bit of that brain-fuzz I get, sort of a grogginess. So it was good I took this week off to get away with family to Serene Lakes. Then there is the left heal again. I lost a large piece of multi-layered skin off my heal, about 2 X 3". I noticed it after swimming Saturday and then it began to peel off. This is the same heal I had the pain and tenderness a few weeks back. But all this makes me wonder about going forward. I guess I'll just have to take it one week at a time. 

I've also had quite a bit of light headedness, very low blood pressure, and then a more elevated pulse. At my oncologists suggestion, I contacted my cardiologist. After a phone consult, he had me reduce all my heart meds and cut the dose in half to see if this helps. I see him in two weeks so he can interrogate my ICD at that time to see how my heart is doing. I also need to ask when he will request another Echo cardiogram, since I has been a full year since my last one at Stanford. Now it has been a full week on the reduced heart meds and I am seeing a change for the better. So hopefully I can continue on these new doses.

And now it is Wednesday, 8/24/16 and I just finished chemo for this week (Chemo #16 (Carboplatin) & Abraxane #8). I'm feeling well so far, even with reducing the Dexamethasone in half to 20 mg, which is the steroid. So all is good so far. And we get to have dinner out with some dear friends tonight at Yeti. So all is well.

In my next post, I'll give a bit of a review of our fun week at Serene Lakes with our daughters, their hubbies, and their adorable kids, my angelic grand children. What fun it was. Stay tuned...

And Relay for Life is this Saturday at Presentation School in Sonoma from 1pm Saturday until 10am Sunday. I plan to be there most of Saturday. Come on out and walk with me!

Thank you all for your continued support and well wishes.





Die cancer, DIE. You are messing with the wrong woman!!

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER, AND Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
B E L I E V E

• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
THANKS for visiting!        I look forward to your comment.





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The End of An Era for Brookfarm

On a sad, but inevitable note, our last four alpacas, and Maurio, were delivered to their new home in Healdsburg yesterday. Sad; but it was time. Time to focus on family, friends, our property (it has been let go over the last 6 years of my ill-health), and getting away to enjoy life while we can. 

So we said good bye and best wishes to my love and first cria, Rocky, aka Brookfarm's Rock of Gibraltar, Ace, Keeleigh & Rochelle, and to our wonderful male Maremma LGD, Maurio. They have a lovely new home in Healdsburg on the most beautiful ranch and property. Best wishes to Sarah Shaw on her new adventure. She is such a caring and loving animal lover. We know both Sarah and these wonderful critters will thrive and succeed.

The girls on their new ranch.

 
Ace had never been trailered and he wasn't quite sure what to think about walking up the ramp



Having a little one-on-one with sweet Rocky. I will miss him!

Off to our new adventure

Sarah and Andre take to the alpacas like naturals.





We will miss you our big lovable furr ball, Maurio

What the heck are these? - the horses and Rocky look at each other in wonderment.


But, we do have a few years of fleeces to get processed into yarn, so will have gorgeous alpaca yarn for sale in the coming months. If anyone is interested in raw fleeces, lets talk.


Each one of us never knows what tomorrow will bring, so live life to the fullest each and every day. And that is what I try to do on my "good" days. 

Thank you all for your continued support and well wishes.





Die cancer, DIE. You are messing with the wrong woman!!

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER, AND Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
B E L I E V E

• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
THANKS for visiting!        I look forward to your comment.











Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chemo Delay and Relay for Life 8/27/16

It's been a very tiresome week. The chemo break just before each new transfusion seems to be disappearing. So yesterday I called and cancelled chemo for this coming Wednesday until next Wednesday, and I will take an unexpected week off. Dr. Anderson indicated that this might be the case, but I was determined not to skip a beat. Then this past weekend, I was so very tired, and napping frequently, that it made more sense to take a break.

I guess I was feeling like taking a break might set back the good progress of shrinking tumors. My plan was to transition to two weeks on, and one week off. I will go in this week for labs and an office visit with my oncologist. I'll bring up how I'm feeling with him and see if he thinks I should switch to every other week chemo infusions instead. It becomes very challenging to reschedule appointments, since this office is swamped all the time, which is pretty sad in itself.

And then I woke this morning light headed with s high pulse and intestinal woes. All when we are making 2 trips to Healdsburg and back to deliver our last 4 alpacas and our Maremma LGD, Maurio, to their new home. A sad moment for Brookfarm, but a necessary one. Mark thinks the high pulse is overcompensating for a very low blood pressure. I will contact my cardiologist for a phone consult. 

On a more positive note, I'm participating in the Relay for Life Sonoma team, Denise's Darlings. Team Leader is Jenise Emery, Denise Emery's daughter. We lost Denise, my cousin, to breast cancer on Valentine's Day this year, and this year we walk in her memory and to help fundraise for the American Cancer Society.

Won't you please consider coming out to walk a lap or two with us; to create a luminaria bag in someone's memory or honor, or to make a donation to the cause?

The details are:
Saturday, August 27-28, 2016
1 p.m.-10 a.m.
The Presentation School
20872 Broadway, Sonoma

Click here to visit my PERSONAL Relay page.


Sarah, Gaige and I at a previous Relay for Life.

Thank so very much!




Die cancer, DIE. You are messing with the wrong woman!!

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER, AND Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
B E L I E V E

• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
THANKS for visiting!        I look forward to your comment.





Chemo Delay and Relay for Life 8/27/16

It's been a very tiresome week. The chemo break just before each new transfusion seems to be disappearing. So yesterday I called and cancelled chemo for this coming Wednesday until next Wednesday, and I will take an unexpected week off. Dr. Anderson indicated that this might be the case, but I was determined not to skip a beat. Then this past weekend, I was so very tired, and napping frequently, that it made more sense to take a break.

I guess I was feeling like taking a break might set back the good progress of shrinking tumors. My plan was to transition to two weeks on, and one week off. I will go in this week for labs and an office visit with my oncologist. I'll bring up how I'm feeling with him and see if he thinks I should switch to every other week chemo infusions instead. It becomes very challenging to reschedule appointments, since this office is swamped all the time, which is pretty sad in itself.

And then I woke this morning light headed with s high pulse and intestinal woes. All when we are making 2 trips to Healdsburg and back to deliver our last 4 alpacas and our Maremma LGD, Maurio, to their new home. A sad moment for Brookfarm, but a necessary one. Mark thinks the high pulse is overcompensating for a very low blood pressure. I will contact my cardiologist for a phone consult. 

On a more positive note, I'm participating in the Relay for Life Sonoma team, Denise's Darlings. Team Leader is Jenise Emery, Denise Emery's daughter. We lost Denise, my cousin, to breast cancer on Valentine's Day this year, and this year we walk in her memory and to help fundraise for the American Cancer Society.

Won't you please consider coming out to walk a lap or two with us; to create a luminaria bag in someone's memory or honor, or to make a donation to the cause?

The details are:
Saturday, August 27-28, 2016
1 p.m.-10 a.m.
The Presentation School
20872 Broadway, Sonoma

Click here to visit my PERSONAL Relay page.


Sarah, Gaige and I at a previous Relay for Life.

Thank so very much!




Die cancer, DIE. You are messing with the wrong woman!!

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER, AND Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
B E L I E V E

• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
THANKS for visiting!        I look forward to your comment.