My Story

Welcome to Deb's fan club! You are now an official member. The #1 purpose of this site is to support Deb in her journey to BEAT CANCER!  Visit often for updates, post pictures, and to share your thoughts with Deb and Ken. 

On Friday, September 11th, 2009, abnormal masses were detected in Deb’s left breast and lymph node during a routine mammogram. Biopsies were performed and on September 16th, the pathology results confirmed that Deb has breast cancer. The tumors are in two quadrants of her left breast and one in her lymph node. 

The cancer has been identified as Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and will be treated as Stage III.  The course of treatment will begin on Monday 10/12 with chemotherapy for 20 weeks, followed by a mastectomy. Post-surgery, 30 consecutive radiation treatments will be scheduled. It is going to be a very busy year.  

Those who know Deb know that Deb will beat this! As Katie Cangemi put it, "Cancer picked the wrong lady!".  

Deb is the mother of two young girls ages 9 months and 5 years old (at diagnosis).  She lives in South Carolina with her wonderful husband, Ken. Please check the "Journal" page to stay updated on deb's journey. 

What can you do?

* If you'd like to help, please see:
http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/618564/

* Check this site frequently and provide your support to Deb and Ken

* Consider joining Deb's "Team Pinkalicious" for the 3 day Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Chicago (6/10) or San Francisco (7/10). 

* Girls - GET A MAMMOGRAM.  Deb went in randomly after reading an email from a friend and thought it sounded like a good idea.  The email may have very well saved her life! (Thank you Elizabeth!!!) 

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Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry, "Update & cancer fighting supplements".

Dear friends,I realize seeing a post from a caringbridge site can be alarming, so please know I'm just fine. Better than fine, my surgeon just told me that I have passed ... Read more

Bob Bradford signed Deborah's Guestbook.

Hi Deb, I was so glad to hear of your continuing success. I know we didn't know each other all that well in HS, but know that I think of you often and hope and pray for ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry, "Update & cancer fighting supplements".

Dear friends,I realize seeing a post from a caringbridge site can be alarming, so please know I'm just fine. Better than fine, my surgeon just told me that I have passed ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry, "What not to say...".

No offense to any of my loved ones who have said or written any of the well-intentioned advice below. Thank you & I know you only wanted to help. However, we all ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry, "Jax has moved on...".

"Our beloved Jacqueline 'Jax' Arcaris, light of mine and so many others lives passed from this world in the early morning February 8th, 2012 at ~1:22am. She will be ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry.

I'm walking around my house looking for a safe place. There is none when the enemy is inside you.  I don't have enemies. Can't think of one I've ever had. I keep my ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry, "It's not about me".

If you have followed my journal, you know about Jax, the kindred spirit I met in the radiation vault in Houston. Jax should be patrolling a ski slope right now and trying ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry, "Closing the door on this chapter".

I'm fine. I'm okay. It's finally sunk in. I'm going to Live Through This, Courtney Love.I (or more accurately, my sister-like friend, Meredith), started this blog out of ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry, "mother's day".

We just celebrated my second Mother's Day since D (diagnosis)-day. Six-year-old Caroline spear-headed the 2nd annual Caroline's Cupcakes for Cancer.  Ken baked 96 ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry.

This time last year I had just finished chemo and although I did not know it at the time, my body was cancer-free.  The mastectomy on St Patrick's Day confirmed that fact ... Read more

Meredith Alderson posted a new journal entry.

Thanksgiving 2010Last Thanksgiving was freezing in SC and I was bald. Last year I was filling my body with toxic chemicals instead of turkey-- hoping, but not knowing, if ... Read more

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