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, May 25, 2017

Hand and Foot Syndrome

Hand and Foot Syndrome - it has finally hit me. I was in to see my oncologist on Tuesday and all was going very well. The results from my CT Scan of the previous week showed that all was stable, no new cancer anywhere, the blip in the lung from the last CT (possible sign of infection) was gone. Nothing is smaller, but nothing is growing -- so that is all good.

Then the following morning, I woke up with hot red bottoms of my feet, which felt as though they were blistering and felt very tender to walk on. What the heck!

So I called in to the Nurse Advice line. I know that this is a symptom of the chemo pill capecitabine/xeloda, that I take one week on and one week off. But I had not had anything more than a tender heal in the 9 months I've been on this. But this was very different.

So I have stopped the chemo pill for a day and a half, which is what is left for this week. Then I have my week "off" the pill and hopefully things will be all better when it is time to start up again. 

I get to spend a day in Sacramento today to get a breast prosthesis at Enhance by Linda Reib, visit dear daughter and tour the burn unit at UC Davis Med Center where she is an NP, then lunch with cousins, and watching the grandkids at their swimming lessons. so hopefully the feet will hold up through all of that. The good news is from what I've seen online, my case of this is very mild -- no skin breakdown, thankfully.

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

B  E  L  I  E  V  E


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