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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Local Oncology Massage


Oncology Massage by Karen Cahill

Oncology Massage ~ a relatively new therapeutic technique, now being adopted by more and more clinics and practitioners on the West Coast. Oncology massage is gentle touch therapy that’s adapted to be safe for cancer patients. There is no hard pressure work, or attempt to "move" toxins about the body. Instead, the treatment focuses on relaxation and relieving symptoms and stress so  the body can do what it needs to do: heal. 

Karen, a founding member of the Society for Oncology Massage, entered the profession in its infancy. She completed her oncology massage training program (requiring 300 hours of specific training) at the Massage Therapy Institute in Davis California, back when it was one of three schools in the US that offered the discipline.
 
Karen has been providing me with oncology massage throughout my chemotherapy and it has provided much relief and relaxation. I highly recommend her. 

Best,
Debbie

To book a treatment, or learn more, contact Karen Cahill at 707-849-8062 or chestnuthillretreat@comcast.net. She offers oncology massage, on a sliding scale payment.

Here is a link to a recent article about Karen's Oncology Massage service.