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.


Monday, May 29, 2017

My New Friend

I think I need to name her. She is comfy and a new "very close" friend. You might call her a BFF. She's pretty natural (feeling) too. So what the heck am I talking about, you ask? Well...

Please meet Rosie, or at least that is the name I'm giving her at this moment. She is my new prosthetic breast. She is very comfy and natural feeling. She stays in place like a good girl, unlike the ultra-light Knitted Knocker I was trying out. She has enough weight to keep in place, but doesn't make me sweat or any of those uncomfortable things. She has some great air-flow features and such.

My new friend Rosie... comfy and natural looking.

Rosie is from Enhance by Linda Reib a wonderful place where you can get all things breast cancer related and more. I learned about Enhance from daughter,  Alura Barsun, Nurse Practitioner at the UC Davis Med Center Burn Unit. She has worked with Linda Reib for compression garments for her burn patients, and has a coworker who also highly recommended Enhance. Then come to find out, my cousin, whom I had plans to meet for lunch on the same trip to Sacramento later that day, has known Linda for many years. Small world, I tell ya. 

The customer service by Linda and her team was amazing. I also found some nice bras and tank tops at Enhance. And I may make a trip back there to see some of their swim suits. Mind you, Sacramento was a long way to go, and I know there are similar places much closer to me, but this gave me the opportunity to do some of the fun things below.

By the way, Rosie is a Amoena Light 2s. I highly recommend these to anyone in need. She is water proof and warranted. And Enhance will also adjust any of your garments with a sleeve for the breast form. They are altering my swim suit for me right now.

 Here I am with Curry cousins, Jennifer and Kathy, 
after our lunch in Sacramento. Great to see them and catch up, as well as Jenn's daughter, Sarah, and one of their friends.

Then I finally got to see where my daughter works at UC Davis Med Center Burn Unit.

On this Memorial Day, I bless all our military who gave their service to keep us all safe and free from harms way. Please remember them today. They are all brave, courageous, and wonderful people.

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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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