Debbie's New Journey

I love adventure.

Including teaching middle school.

I have great friends.

And I have breast cancer.


This is my story.

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Plodder Througher

Sometimes I think of myself as a “plodder througher.”  Especially when times are tough and there isn’t much choice.  Just move forward and eventually get through.  Kind of like an elephant. And having buddies helps. My electrolytes were okay, and I had my fifth infusion that Thursday.  I woke up Friday morning feeling fine, but … More Plodder Througher

Cleaning Out The System

Tomorrow is my fifth chemo infusion.  The good news is that there is only one more after that.  The bad news is, I still need to get through these two. Many people are using this time at home to declutter and deep clean their homes.  I haven’t yet done much of that myself, but my … More Cleaning Out The System

Still Here

Just checking in to say hello.  I am still feeling very ill from last week’s infusion.  The energy needed to do Taiko, Japanese drumming, seems so far away.  Today I gathered my strength to take a shower and will call it a day.  I think I’ve officially transitioned from “this is fascinating” to “this really … More Still Here

Cancer in the Time of Covid-19

What a strange time this is!  Most of us are at home.  Day in, day out.  Some alone.  Some with family.  For most people, the thought of getting covid-19 is frightening.  For those of us with cancer, it is terrifying.  Here are some experiences over the last ten days. Hair Loss – most people get … More Cancer in the Time of Covid-19

Good News!

It’s been a while since I could say that! PET Scan came back negative. There is no evidence of cancer beyond the lymph nodes. Yay!!!!


My feel-good week I felt almost normal this week.  Until I was reminded that I am not.  I anticipated a good weekend before my next treatment but woke up Saturday morning feeling blue.  That night I started losing my hair.  Then yesterday, Tuesday, I met with my oncologist and got freaked out again.  Because of … More Gratitude

Scary Words

Last week I heard my second scary word in this journey.  Cancer was not one of them.  I’ve had cancer before.  Many members of my family had cancer.  Dad had kidney cancer.  Mom had breast cancer.  Both uncles died of colon cancer.  Three of four grandparents had cancer: skin, stomach, and leukemia.  Wow.  When I … More Scary Words

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