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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Sunday, February 12, 2017

They Call it Life

The good, the bad, and the ugly.... or should I say deranged. 
 
I do try to stay away from politics here, but for those of you who follow me on Facebook, or are true friends with me in real life, whatever that is, you know that I cannot stay silent with what is happening around us in our world today ~ namely 45 and the new administration of our Nation. The challenge, the confusion; it is all so hard to come to grips with. I know that even in California, there are some who do not agree with me, and even some in my family. My closest friends are usually so shocked to hear this and always question me to say, "Who could possibly disagree, or feel that way; especially in CA?" And I know that they too experience the opposing side from time to time, again in surprise and confusion. It is all just so challenging and disheartening. I will hold my thoughts on this topic right about here, but I will leave you with this article; just click on the words "this article". I hope and encourage you, I URGE YOU, to read this and give it your honest thought and heartfelt review. There is so much we can all do if we just pull together. And please, do not say that we need to give 45 time, a chance. Just look at how things have gone in the little time he has already stolen from us. Please, read this and then do what is in your heart to rectify these wrongs and craziness, in your own way, whether silently or out loud. But please refrain from trying to silence others. 

On the health side, I can't complain, and I am very grateful. Life is good right now, and I'm gonna keep it this way as long as I can; maybe forever. I received results from my recent CT Scan, and they were good. All tumors are still there in the liver, but they are just a bit smaller than 3-4 months ago. This is good news and all I can hope for. My bloodwork shows nothing alaraming -- again good news. Especially since I had a bit of a scare shortly before the scan, causing me to move up my Scan date and followup oncology review appointment. I had swelling in the neck area and a very tender spot on a bone right below my neck. Thankfully there is nothing there at all, at least not from the scan. I do still have that tiny spot in the lower section of my right lung that appears from time to time. They keep telling me it is residual from a recent cold or infection, or something; although I've not been sick in many months. Oh well, I'm not about to look for trouble.

And on the treatment side, I am doing pretty well. One good thing about the week on, and week off, of 6 Capecetabine (Xeloda) tablets (3 in am and 3 in pm), is that I am not going to the oncologist for infusion every single week. So my life has been freed up of many of the doctor visits. In fact, my oncologist does not want to see me for another two months. I'm not sure whether that makes me happy, or nervous, or offended (just kidding, of course). It gives me time to enjoy my family, to get out and walk without the fatigue, and try to lose these few pounds that crept on recently. Time to return to Tai Chi, learn my ukulele, and try to meditate. Time to be with friends, and especially my beloved grandchildren. The one side effect from the Xeloda is the morning bathroom routine. It does keep me close to home for a few hours as everything seems to flow freely in the morning, if you get my drift. (I know, TMI -- but then this Blog is about me, my health, my life, treatment, etc. -- at least I haven't shared photos of my mastectomy - YET) 😍 

Well, we are up to 58.5" of rain for the rain year (Oct 2016-today), and that includes a whopping 26.5" in January, and 11" already for this month. They say that the North Bay is out of the drought. So I am enjoying these past few days of sunshine. I even got some lettuces and greens planted in my raised planters a couple of weeks ago, so I am sure that they are enjoying the sunshine as well. And we are looking forward to a fun camping trip soon and also we're planning ahead with more fun activities in the months to come. 

So, I'm feeling kind of normal, have good energy, and loving time with family and friends. Now if we could just correct some of the happenings I mentioned in the beginning, life would really be good!

That's it for now...



Filling my life with love, laughter, family & friends!


Peace and Love




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

Debbie... aka the cancer FIGHTER

AND Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
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