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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about Deb's progress.

My Story is the introduction to our CaringBridge site.

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Deb was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer in mid February 2007. On March 7th Deb had modified radical mastectomy surgery at the U of M Medical Center, Fairview. The left breast was removed along with 37 lymph nodes--the primary and axillary nodes above the armpit and behind the breast. Of those, 7 tested positive for metastatic carcinoma. The maximum size in the lymph was equal to or less than 1 cm and 'extranodal extension' was absent which is very good. The tumor from the breast is infiltrating ductal carcinoma. It was located in the lateral and left outer quadrant of the breast. Measuring 6.8 x 5.7 x 1.8 cm (picture a sort of citrus fruit segment shape). The invasive component is Grade 2 (on the Bloom Richardson scale) which is considered 'intermediate'. The tumor displays a high-grade micropapillary pattern that can be aggressive. However, the margins were negative with the closest edge measuring .3 cm. This means that the surgery was successful in removing the tumor and the affected lymph nodes so no further surgery will be necessary. The overall assessment, of the cancer is stage III A. In medical terms this is often expressed T3/N1 (T refers to the tumor and N refers to the lymph nodes) Deb is recovering from surgery and will soon begin chemotherapy followed by hormone therapy and radiation. She will likely finish the adjuvant therapy by the end of the year.
May 21, 2010. We have learned that Deb's cancer has returned. Please read the journal entry for more detail.

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Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Debora Anne Miller".

Debora Anne Miller, a photographic artist who made her home in Minneapolis, MN, died of breast cancer on February 28, 2013. She was 46.Born a twin into a large family in ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Debora Anne Miller".

Debora Anne Miller, a photographic artist who made her home in Minneapolis, MN, died of breast cancer on February 28, 2013. She was 46.Born a twin into a large family in ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Memorial and Wake for Debora Anne Miller".

March 30, 2013Family and friends will gather to remember and celebrate the life of Debora Anne Miller, June 7, 1966 - February 28, 2013, at two events on March 30, 2013 in ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Asimov 2012 - 2013".

We lost our cat Asimov today. He apparently had a congenital heart defect. We're grateful that the little guy made it for a year so that he could be Deb's faithful ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Dear Deb".

I'm sorry to report that Deb is declining rapidly. We have changed the plan to Hospice care and she is now home surrounded by her family and friends. She seems mostly ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Transitions".

We are standing at a transitional moment that we hoped would be much further into the future. We are still actively fighting the cancer; but the options are becoming ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Brief Update".

Just a quick update. The 2nd round of doxil is going pretty well. Only issues are some hand sensitivity and a new side-effect of swelling (edema) in my feet and ankles. ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Show Info".

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to see my show- -unbelievably, the time draws near for it to be un-installed and tucked away. A transient dream from past ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "The Heart of the Matter".

Hello Dear Valentines,Let us speak of the heart....Actually, it is the pericardium we are concerned with here.... by Monday, the constrictive pericarditis was causing me ... Read more

Andy McQuigg posted a new journal entry, "Some Answers".

After a day of thinking things were getting better, I felt pretty icky again on Wednesday morning. I was already meeting Tara at 9am, so I went prepared for a long day. ... Read more

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