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, January 1, 2018

Happy, Hopeful, Thankful, Blessed, Lucky...

Happy New Year 2018

Happy , Hopeful, Thankful, Blessed, Lucky... How do I really feel this first day of the new year 2018?

I feel like I am ready for a new year...
  • I feel happy that I have a loving and healthy family that supports me no matter what.
A beautiful Christmas from daughter, Alura. It says it all.
  • I feel hopeful that our Country, the United States of America can find peace and equality for all. 
  • I feel Thankful that I am feeling pretty well considering all things my sweet old body has tackled this past year. 

  • I feel Blessed for the life I live, the one I've been given, the one I have earned and enjoy.

  • I feel DAMN LUCKY to be here on this sweet green earth, today, and this year.

Our kitchen window this beautiful New Year's morning

2017 has brought many positive things; but it also continues to bring challenges and worries for me, my family, and our Country. But today is a glorious sunny, slightly warm for the season, day. And I will cherish this one day first, before moving forward to the next, soaking in the good that each has to offer.

I will close with the following good wishes and a link to the post I have been struggling to write since the October 8th wildfire that devastated Sonoma County, Napa County, and many other areas; took homes and loved ones and businesses from so many; but also brought so much love, friendship, and hope to so many, those who lost it all, so many who have watched and worried about those same neighbors and loved ones. It speaks to the resilience of the human spirit and mankind. 

It gives me hope!

A beautifully hand made Christmas gift from daughter Sarah. Holly Angel

May this Holly Angel be a sign of all good things to come, for us all, in this New Year of 2018.

#SonomaStrong #GlenEllenStrong

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