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.


Relay for Life Sonoma Team

Being on an American Cancer Society Relay For Life team is an amazing experience!

Picture the scene... You’re surrounded by your family and friends to join Debbie's Blasting Crew, urging each other on to make another lap around the track, and the air is filled with the sound of laughter and sometimes tears, as our community celebrates those who have fought cancer, remembers the loved ones we’ve lost, and fights back against a disease that has taken too much from too many.

It would be an honor to have you on our team for this year’s Relay For Life.

Help me to celebrate as I may be through with all my treatment (or nearly through) by this time.

The American Cancer Society is saving lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

Are you ready to join with me in the fight to blast cancer to smithereens? Besides, it is a lot of fun!

And if you can't join me in person, please consider making a donation!

Thanks so very much,

Debbie Emery
Captain, Debbie's Blasting Crew

Just click on the Debbie's Blasting Crew link to visit the team site.