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Deborah’s 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:

* 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!!!) 

Latest Journal Update

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 the peak times for recurrence and all my blood tests, CT Scan, PET scan and EKG look perfect. I'm really lucky.

Since February, I have lost two extraordinary women in my life to cancer. Several people close to me have been diagnosed in the same time period. I don't want to lose anyone else.  

There are a lot of supplements and foods out there that have been proven to prevent the formation of malignant tumors. Everyone knows about super foods, greens, green tea, etc.  But here is a list of 5 supplements that may vastly improve your chances of avoiding cancer. They are all available at health food stores and online:

Vitamin D-3 - 1000 I.U.'s per day (especially for women & girls)

"Black Raspberry" - 300 mg per day

IP-6 - 500 mg per day (especially if you have a family history of colon cancer)

"L-Carnosine" 500 mg x 2 per day (has tremendous anti-aging benefits as well)

Muscadine Grape Seed - This boosts your energy & promotes bone health, and may stave off bone cancers. It is hard to find as it cannot be stocked on store shelves, I found a vendor & will begin to sell it next week.  (This is not a commercial for me to sell anyone anything, that's not my style. Just ask me if you're interested & I can make it easier for you to get.)

Thank you to my incredible friend Stacey Kraft who did the 39 mile Avon Walk Chicago yet again this year! You amaze.

My condolences and love to the Saphire family who lost a mother, grandmother & wife this weekend. Dear Ruthann & her husband Michael were angels and role models to Ken & I when we met them in Texas two years ago. We have since stayed in touch and will never forget their caring thoughtful advice and the light they shone on us. 

Ruthann inscribed this in a cookbook she gave me soon after I met her:
"May you be filled 
with loving-kindness.
May you be healthy 
and well.
May you be peaceful 
& at ease.
May you be happy...
Much love from a sister on the path to wellness"

That says it all,