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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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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day - October 13th

Today, October 13th, is #MetastaticBreastCancerDay

Please take a moment to honor the many women who have  spoken up, challenged the status quo, and changed the breast cancer conversation. And sadly, those that have passed on from this devastating disease.

They have all shared their stories and their truth. Breast cancer takes away mothers, daughters, friends. Breast cancer kills. It took Holley Kitchen from us in January 2016. A brave mother, wife, woman, who shared her story through the gripping video of hand-written cards. 

This is not about pink ribbons, or some of the gimmicks and weird products being promoted today. The revolution didn't start with Holley, but she took it to a new level. And MBC won't stop with her, either. Thank you, Holley, we all miss you.

Metastatic Breast cancer is not talked about enough... not enough research... but yet it's the cancer that kills 108 women in the US alone EACH DAY.... please share to educate! 

Take action. Donate to Metavivor.org
Please help me make a difference by funding research for metastatic breast cancer by donating to any organization dedicated to this cause. 

I just shared my hope for the future of #metsbc treatment and research on the #ItsAboutTimeMBC website…and I’d like YOU to do the same. Visit www.itsabouttimembc.com today and share your thoughts!



Metastatic Breast Cancer Facts



20% to 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop metastatic breast cancer.


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Metastatic breast cancer – cancer that travels from the breast and spreads to other parts of the body – is treatable, but not curable. It affects up to a quarter of a million people in the U.S. every year.  Those with metastatic breast cancer face daily challenges, continued treatment regimens, anxiety and a whole host of emotions knowing they cannot be cured from their disease. But their stories remain hidden, or get lost, among the better understood realm of early stage breast cancer. These patients are often left feeling isolated and alone.


An estimated 155,000 Americans are currently living with metastatic breast cancer.


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Despite its prevalence, metastatic breast cancer is still largely misunderstood. A recent national survey revealed that 60 percent say they know little to nothing about metastatic breast cancer and 72 percent believe that breast cancer in the advanced stages is curable if diagnosed early.

Early detection does not guarantee a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur 5, 10 or 15 yrs after original diagnosis,  successful treatment checkups & annual mammograms.


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The survey results also show that it’s critical that we expand the understanding of metastatic breast cancer to the larger population. What the average person may not know is that, according to a study published in the journal, The Oncologist, roughly one in three – nearly 30 percent – of women diagnosed with early breast cancer will eventually progress to metastatic breast cancer.

Individuals with metastatic breast cancer face the reality that as of 2014, the median survival of those who receive a metastatic diagnosis is only three years after diagnosis. They’re up against a clock – hoping for advances in the treatment of this disease and more time to live their day-to-day lives.

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

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