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, April 13, 2017

Two Month Checkup

April Showers...
We've had over 70" of rain this season, which began on October 1st, and the hills of Sonoma County and beyond certainly show it. We just returned from a week camping trip up the Northern California coast and into Humboldt County; Fort Bragg, Ferndale, and Big Lagoon near Trinidad, to be exact. It is almost a magical green everywhere. I'm wondering if I've been transported to Ireland or somewhere.

Treasures found at Big Lagoon spit hike

Dinner at the Victorian Inn in Ferndale with the Merritt's and Gallagher's

The time away was wonderful and relaxing, spending time with friends old and new, back to elementary school. It was a wonderful time away and with dear friends. I can't wait for the next one.

On Tuesday, I had my two-month oncology check up. And all is well from the lab work, so far. Dr. Anderson felt that the fact I forgot to take my chemo pill for two days, my appetite has returned so that I have put on 10 lbs since the holidays, and I have good energy and am doing just about whatever I want, is all a good thing. So I guess I'll just run with it for now. I return in 5 weeks for another checkup, right after I have a new CT Scan.

My next echocardiogram will be this coming Monday and I hope that my EF is still at 40% or maybe even better since the last one a full year ago. So far my heart is steady and seems to have tolerated a year of chemotherapy and all the ups and downs associated with it.

So, besides getting out and having some fun, I've been spending a lot of time working on this lovely piece of knitting, which is the Sous Sous top by Norah Gaughan. And if you check the previous link, I think you'll see I'm doing well on the back so far. It is a lot of stitches, but I'm really enjoying how it is coming out.

I've also been able to spend a couple of sleepovers so I can watch the grand kids out of town, and always fun time with G here in town.

A boy and his turtle

3 generations selfie

Fun times with the grand kids
On a very sad note, I report that my brother-in-law, Nathaniel Davis, Nancy's husband, could no longer fend off the colorectal cancer he has been valiantly fighting for 3.5 years, and passed away on Sunday, April 9th. He has been on hospice since November, and the last two weeks have been very hard and drawn out for dear Nat, Nancy and their son Joshua. Nat will be dearly missed by our entire family, always there for all the gatherings and holidays. Wishing peace and comfort to Nancy and Josh during this sad and challenging time. We will miss you, sweet, smart, witty Nat. God Speed and may you rest in peace.

Filling my life with love, laughter, family & friends!
~ Peace and Love ~

B  E  L  I  E  V  E


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