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.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Is Dreaming Healthy: & How Might It Relate to Breast Cancer

This is a very interesting study I found on Dr. Andrew Weil's Facebook Page. I thought you might be interested to learn my experience on this subject.
I've never dreamed much at all my entire life, very rarely actually. But I feel like I've always gotten good sleep. I thought I just wasn't remembering my dreams. 

About 2 years ago I started taking melatonin, not to help sleep but as an aid to breast cancer. This recommendation came from Dr. Danielle Schwaderer Kettler, aka "TheNatureDoc". Her Blog post with Melatonin research articles for cancer support patients is here: 

And I dream almost every night now. Pretty vividly most of the time.

AND, better yet, my tumors have reduced considerably over the past two years since Metastasized Breast Cancer (MBC) diagnosis March 2016.

But please know that I also am still on a chemotherapy regime as well.

If taking melatonin, my understanding is that it needs to be taken near dusk or the normal time when your sun is going down. You also need to slowly increase the dose to get up to where you want to be. for instance, start on the lowest dose and slowly increase after 2-3 weeks at each level. I am currently taking 30 milligrams each night.

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

~ Peace and Love ~

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