LIVESTRONG:

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.

WARNING:
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.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Heart, Feet & Fun

It's Summertime! Well, not officially, but then in other countries, I think Scotland, they consider Summer to start June 1st. I like this method of thinking better, as by the time we officially call our season Summer, the days are already getting shorter. Besides, school is out now, so for me it's Summertime. 

We started our Summer out by attending 4 very special promotions. I mentioned my brother's graduation in my last post. Then last week we had three more reasons to celebrate. My niece, Kiana, graduated from Sonoma Valley High School and we honored her at a fun dinner. She will go on to college this Fall and we are very proud and excited for her. 

Then we attended two very special promotions for our two grandsons, each promoting on to 1st Grade from their prospective schools. They were each very different programs, and both so warm and loving. We are very thrilled that they both have such positive and encouraging school environments.


Nico's Promotion to 1st Grade
Gaige's Promotion to 1st Grade

 
Fun time in Davis recently with blue belly lizards

This week I saw the PA at my cardiologists office for my regular check up. I had not been there since before the latest Echo so we got to catch up on everything. All is good and well. 

The EF on my Echo was just a slight bit lower than a year ago, but she says the new BP med Entresto that I started about two months ago may improve the EF in time. My ICD showed a couple of incidents of VT (Ventricular Tachycardia) since my last visit, but only for a few seconds and my heart immediately recuperated with no correction needed by my ICD. They say it is nothing to worry about, and I've had them before. I do feel them though, as it happened while I was in the office and could tell. I've wondered if that feeling was something from my heart, or perhaps something to do with the mastectomy on the same side. So now I know, and that is good. 

We talked about how I've been feeling kind of tired lately and have put on some weight. It is a vicious circle.After some discussion she emphasized how the walking we talked about is real important, so I need to get back on that routine for sure.

I am now scheduled for a Nuclear Stress Test next week, mainly because I have not had one for several years. All preventative, which is good.

So all in all, everything is good.  

Perfect Points Sampler
This week I've gotten back upstairs to my sewing room and finished the Perfect Points Sampler that I started several years back in an online Craftsy Class to help perfect point placement in quilt tops. I had finished all the blocks and piecing some time ago, and recently have been working on Free Motion Quilting the top, batting, and back all together. 

Since each square is unique, I used a different technique on each, and mostly just emphasized the actual piecing. Now I have a second sampler I can display on the rod we have hanging in our guest bathroom.

Hawaiian Quilt
Then I spent a bit of time doing the blanket stitch around a few of the squares on my Hawaiian Quilt that hubby and I purchased and hand picked fabric for in Kauai in 2016. Again... a project I had set aside for some time. 

Each block has lots of turns and twists in the applique pieces, so the blanket stitching takes quite a bit of time for each block. It feels good to make some progress on this project too. It will eventually become a Queen size bed quilt, so I do have a ways to go on it.  All in good time.

Well, my feet are starting to act up again, but then I just finished my week on the chemo pills on Monday. I'm just glad it did not happen early on during the week I was taking the pill, as it did last time. I imagine they will calm down just in time to start the pills back up on Tuesday. Another reason that walking is sometimes put on the back burner.  I need to try icing my feet right when I take the tablets, as a friend suggested, to see if that helps. It's just that the thought of icing my feet twice a day is not something I'm looking forward to. But if it helps to keep me active, then I must get to it.

It's been pretty warm here the last few days, mid-90's and I seem to tolerate the heat less these days. Thankfully, our house stays nice and cool by about 20 degrees less than outside, just by closing it up tight early in the morning.

That's it for now. 


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Enjoy every day ~ it is a gift to you, your family and friends.

~ Peace and Love ~


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• I AM STRONG • I AM HEALTHY • I AM LOVED •
 



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