Saturday, September 15, 2012

You know its serious when.... hear "can I get a picture of that" from your doctor.Well if you missed the warning in my last blog be aware that the next few blogs are going to be about cancer. No not my typical blogs but the true reality of cancer including pictures. You see most of the time when we think of cancer we think of something that is virtually unseen. Something that you can sometimes feel and sometimes only detect by machines. Something that doesn't hurt. Then there is IBC. Its a very visible  cancer. Its ugly and its painful and for that reason it typically ends up misdiagnosed and miss treated until it too late. In most cases IBC does not have a lump. Luckily for me it did. Otherwise there is no telling how long it would have been before mine would have been detected. While many friends and family were telling us that things would be ok and that my biopsy would come back fine we knew that wasn't going to be the case. No one really understood why we were so sure but when you see these pictures you will understand. My Port-a-cath was put in on September 14th 2010 which was our Tenth Anniversary. The following day exactly two years ago today these pictures were taken in the doctors office. Shawn and I joked with a nurse that at least no one had taken a picture because thats when you know things are really bad. That very second the radiation doc that we were having a consult with walked in and asked if he could take a picture. We laughed but she cried. Anyway, its weird to be posting these pictures but in the end I think its important for people to realize what IBC is, what it may look like, how serious it is, and how extensive the treatment is. One last thing. Keep in mind I was exactly one month postpartum when these pictures were taken. I say that only because that is my excuse for the fat rolls LOL. Make sure you scroll down and look at both because they loaded funny and are very spread out.


  1. Liz,
    You never cease to amaze me with your candor, strength and faith in our Father, God and His Son, Jesus. You are a beautiful woman in every way. Because of you, I believe I could face whatever life might bring my way. I know this will help so many others to face what you have conquored. I feel so honored to have gotten to know you and your special little family.

  2. Liz,

    Thank you for your bravery. Yes, you are correct. This looks nothing like what we expect cancer to be.

    I lost my wife to cancer (not IBC). She had phases where she had marks like this. Those marks baffled doctors. I hope you don't mind me asking, how fast did it turn so bruise-like. Is this how it started out?

    If you would prefer to have this conversation over email, that is fine.

    Benjamin Y (friend of Debbie's)

  3. Wow its taken me forever to figure out how to comment on my own blog lol! Thank you Janis for your kind words. I look forward to the next time we meet.

    Shawn and I have heard a lot about you. I had a lump for several months and over that time I ended up with a very small red spot in one area. By the time Jolie was born that red spot had grown to the size of a quarter and the lump had grown huge as well. The rest of the marks and the red purple colors and other signs of IBC happened over a two week period. The tumor also grew probably doubling in size over that same two week time.

    I hope that answers your questions. Feel free to email me though if you have more questions.