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Phil Smith
Phil Smith
I just got a very kind post from your Dad and he told me about your recent surgery. I am praying for healing....duh.....and for continued power in your life showing the way in the dark!
You are a very special man and many, many are praying for you and your family!
God Bless You!
Andy Cartwright
Andy Cartwright
I've only just started reading about you and your wifes' incredible journey.

I will re-read your story over the weekend so i can find out more about you.

I too have suffered trauma in my life - nothing like yours - so I understand the love our Heavenly Father has for us.

I will follow your life wih great interest and anticipation of more successful outcomes.

 

Andy C

 
Peter Whittaker
Peter Whittaker
Hi Daniel and Melanie,
Thank you for sharing your story on lds.org . You have done well. It is an inspiring story. We pray that you will continue to do well. Heavenly Father needs you. Stay strong and close to the Lord :)My 13 year old son Jordan was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's disease a few months ago and has undergone chemotherapy etc. The latest scan the other week has puzzelled doctors and the cancer may have returned. They want to do another biopsy. Jordan currently is enjoying EFY in Nottingham England, but has this to face up to when he gets home. We still are on the journey and wait in anticipation. We are members of the church in Wolverhampton England. Please keep Jordan in your prayers. We feel Heavenly father has a great work for him on this earth.All the best to both of you,love, Pete, Sharon, Jordan and Elsa Whittaker
Alicia Daniels
Alicia Daniels
I know Daniel (I knew him as Bro. Hedlund) from my 9th grade(09/10) seminary year. I had him as a student teacher and he was one of my favorites. Even though i only had him as my teacher for almost one full term he was and still is one of my favorite seminary teachers i have had. I think I ended up having a total of 5 different teachers that year for my same seminary class. He is the only one that i remember because he was that great. Before he left he told me about the blog you guys do. I followed it for a while then forgot. Today i found it again and i was interested to know how he is doing? I would really love to hear back to find out how he is. He made a difference in my life.

Thank you Bro. Hedlund.
Becky Sherwood
Becky Sherwood
Just read your story on the church website. All because of a tweet. My mom had the same cancer (I think). She had osteo genic sarcoma. Not sure how things have changed and if it's the same or different. Thanks for sharing and I'd love to keep in contact if that's ok. Drop me a line!
Gordon Larson
Gordon Larson
Thank you for the inspiring accounts of your experiences. I had testicular cancer and have now entered my third year of remission. Though my journey was much smoother, I can truly relate to and empathize with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I started a blog at the time, which I have occasionally kept up with other thoughts - http://blog.gordonlarson.com.
May the Lord continue to bless you in your life, and thank you for sharing; it really helps others to know and understand the true love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior.
Cindy Baldwin
Cindy Baldwin
I came across your story from LDS.org. It resonated with me! I have been married for 3 1/2 years and, though neither of us has cancer, I have a genetic disease (cystic fibrosis) that has made our first years of marriage pretty different from the "newlywed norm". They have included a lot more days in the hospital, for one thing! Like many others, I was uplifted by your story and wanted to say thank you for sharing it!Cindy Baldwinbeingcindy.blogspot.com
Alma Maynez
Alma Maynez
Dear Daniel and Melanie,

My name is Alma Angelina Maynez (Mexican) I woke up early this morning for the need of something uplifting and encouraging of HOPE. So by chance I came across your wonderful inspiring story! 

I see that you speak Spanish ... I was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. Came to the U.S. LEGAL at age 1. Grew up in El Paso, TX; age 18 I became a US citizen.  I just turned 57 Feb 11.

  I certainly can relate to your experience.  Your story is moving and touching ... yet it gives me hope too.  That we can get passed these trials ... we have been a powerful ability to fight off our own GOLIATHS.  I liked how you put it with the TEMPLESTS ... great thought ... thank you.  The Lord knows I needed this morning a lot off encouagement, love and support in order for me to also beat cancer with Ovarian Stage III-C. 

Allow me to share my story; my husband Edward and I were sealed/married at the Salt Lake Temple April 2, 2010; we live in Lincoln, NE.  I had been feeling sick on and off with abdominal related symptoms for nearly 10 years!  Then on June 2010 through ultasounds and CT Scan it was discovered the ovaries were larged and I had a large mass.  July 23, 2010 I went in for surgery at Methodist Hosp, Omaha, NE.  It was there I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; the omenta, apendix, ovaries, along with 2 qts of fluid and two large tumors were removed from me; all cancer except for the apendix. My scar looks like a " road-trip adventure map! LOL!!! 

 A week later I was given the news it was Stage III-3A.  I went to Mesa, AZ for treatments and stayed with my daughter and son-in law there.  In Dec. 16, 2010 I had a PET Scan everything looked good except for a mass on my neck right side a mass showed up.  Jan 19 2011, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer; Feb 16 I had the whole thyroid removed, there was also cancer on the left thyroid side.  I lost my ability to sing and scream!  LOL!!!  The numbers to the CA-125 a tumor marker for ovarian cancer were down to 51. Our goal was to get it down below 35 a normal and into remission stage. My sweet husband did fly to Az periodically on holidays and for surgery. 

 Then March 2011 Edward's vision went out; his high blood pressure rocketed-sky-high that to took him to ER and five days in the hospital.  I immediately flew back to Lincoln, NE.  My treatments were put on hold for a month.  We a four day trip with me driving back to Mesa, AZ.  It's realy a two day trip by car from Lincoln to Mesa, but we went TEMPLE HOPPING! LOL!!! We were back by April 23 to start my treatments over again and taking care of Edward's health. 

In course of this trial my sweet Mother passed away Mother's Day May 2011.  She also had been diagnosed previously with her right lung w/ cancer Stage III-B, 2 wks after my FIRST diagnose with OV cancer.  Her right lung collapsed due pneumonia ... she was 87 yrs old. 

In July 2011 Edward's sight returned back! PRAISE GOD!! So he had to returned back to work; supervisor w/ BNSF Railway.  In the mean time I was having abdominal pain & vomiting.  Here I thought it was food poisoning! LOL!!! 

 Sunday, Oct 9, I was admitted to the hospital after a seven hour wait in the ER.  The ovarian cancer reoccured to a Stage III-C.  The GOOD THING it did not spread into the organs.  It was obstruction, tumors within the bowels causing the adbominal pain and vomiting.  Initially I has going to have surgery to remove the obstruction, but it was too much of a RADICAL SURGERY per the oncologist and surgean.  Instead I was started on chemo Tues, Oct 11; went home Oct 18. 

Before each chemo treatment I look to my sweet companion for a Priesthood blessing.  A am at peace and feeling courage within myself through the treatments ... knowing my Heavenly hears my pleads, my prayers. I feel my Savior Jesus Christ carrying me through this trial.  I feel so blessed to be where I am in my life ... understanding the Plan of Salvation, my purpose here in this mortal life.  There are others worst off ... I have NO REASON to complain. 

 I have the TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ, I'm married to awonderful Priesthood holder, my sweet FAITHFUL eternal companion.  I have loved ones and friends giving me loving support and constantly praying over my Edward and me.  He has Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4 now.  Heavenly Father must REALLY LOVE US! LOL!!! 

I know I am being prayed over by my parents and brothers from the other side of veil ... I have felt their prayers.  I do have a testimony of Heavenly Father; our Savior Jesus Christ lives now and of the fullness of His true Gospel and of our Prophet Thomas S. Monson along with the BK of M.  Edward and I are Temple Ordinance Workers at the Winter Qtr's NE Temple.  Though I have been on medical leave since Oct 2011.

Thank you for your wonderful inspiring story ... very uplifting!  My email is azloyalsoul@yahoo.com.  I would LOVE to include you both in my updates through my "journey of healing"  ... until then God be with you Daniel and Melanie.

Siempre Tu Hemana

Alma A. Maynez

 

 

 
Jason Stewart
Jason Stewart
Hola Hermano Hedlund,
I do not know if you remember me. But I remember you. My name is Jason Stewart and you were my Spanish Teacher in the MTC from about July 25th to Sept 25th in 2007. I have never forgot you nor the lessons you taught me during my stay there. 
I finished my mission honorably and am married now since May 2010. Life moves so fast. I read your story on lds.org when I went to research a talk I was writing. I am so sorry for the pain and the trials that you and your family went through, but I am glad that your faith did not waiver and your are stronger because of it. 
I just wanted to pop in and say hi and that my wife and I will keep praying for you. Thank you for being a great example of faith for me back then and now as well.
Hasta Pronto Hermano,
Jason L. Stewart
lynne fraser
lynne fraser
What an amazing couple you are ...a true inspiration to us all!!!......my husband and I went down this road 20 years ago and then had the past 18 years free...such a miracle...then last year he was diagnosed with cancer again.  we have had another amazing miracle through prayer, fasting, Temple attendance....an amazing friend fasted for four days to heal him, and then gave him the most amazing blessing...and he is totally clear.  We have learnt so many lessons from cancer and it has taught us so much about the Atonement.  It has also made our family so close which is such a wonderful blessing these days! Thank you and may you hay more wonderful experiences!
Del Myers
Del Myers
Daniel and Melanie,


You are incredible people, and an inspiration to us all. Cancer does change the way you view the world, and I am excited about your mindset project, and look forward to watching the YouTube videos. We are working on 7 Habits at the Health Department in Salina (thanks to your dad), and I wonder if this might fit in there nicely as a staff development tool.  I'll have to watch the videos at home first, but I bet they're loaded with take-away messages.


Me?  I'm 9 years out of breast cancer, and treasure every day!


You have my vote, support, and prayers!


 


Take Care,
Jeanette Simkins
Jeanette Simkins
Dear Melanie & Daniel,
Congrats on the anniversary of your marriage, Bruce & I will make it to 40 years in May! Talk about a miracle! We loved your videos you posted on You Tube, in fact we would like to use some of them in our classes we teach at the Detention Center. We have served at the SLC DT for about 6 months & on Sundays, we teach a Sunday school lesson for all religions. Monthly we also teach Seminary, so we can do Mormon Messages. How can we get these videos on a DVD?? Would u ever consider speaking to this group of around 90 kids 12-17, boys & girls, on a Wed. Night, telling them your inspirational story? We love you two & are amazed at your strength & wisdom. Our prayers will continue to be with you!
Love Bruce & Jeanette Simkins
Marjorie Turknett
Marjorie Turknett
Hey guys,
I just watched all the videos that you've posted on YouTube.  They are AMAZING!!!  What a wonderful way to share your story and also share the things that you've learned and experienced from it all.  You both are such an encouragement and example of overcoming trials and tribulations.  Dan, I've known you for a long time, and your positiveness and attitude hasn't seemed to change through this at all.  I'm sure you've had your ups and downs, but you sure do seem to be coming up on time of it all.  Melanie, I've never met you, but you are amazing! Its as simple as that!
I hope all continues to go well for you both.  Happy anniversary in the near future and lots of love.
Marj
Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson
Hi Daniel and Melanie,
I understand you were here to visit your parents....
How wonderful*****************
They are great folks....but
YOU ARE TOTALLY AWESOME! I don't know what else to say.
Your attitude is so upbeat and positive. I appreciate it as I should have nothing to complain about in my life compared to everything the both of you have endured. You are an inspiration to us all. And your wife, well, she is the bomb!!!!!! Don't think you'd ever find another one like her!!!! Indeed, celebrate every anniversary as if it was your first one.
Have a fantastic day!!!
Love Rose....!
Carol Keating
Carol Keating
I haven't been very up-to-date with my emails, but I'm very happy to see that your news is so positive!  My brother's family used CaringBridge when my brother was very ill, and it is a wonderful way to keep everyone informed and to share good wishes.  My prayers are with you both for a wonderful healthy life together!
Phil Smith
Phil Smith
I just got a very kind post from your Dad and he told me about your recent surgery. I am praying for healing....duh.....and for continued power in your life showing the way in the dark!
You are a very special man and many, many are praying for you and your family!
God Bless You!
Alicia Daniels
Alicia Daniels
I know Daniel (I knew him as Bro. Hedlund) from my 9th grade(09/10) seminary year. I had him as a student teacher and he was one of my favorites. Even though i only had him as my teacher for almost one full term he was and still is one of my favorite seminary teachers i have had. I think I ended up having a total of 5 different teachers that year for my same seminary class. He is the only one that i remember because he was that great. Before he left he told me about the blog you guys do. I followed it for a while then forgot. Today i found it again and i was interested to know how he is doing? I would really love to hear back to find out how he is. He made a difference in my life.

Thank you Bro. Hedlund.
Gordon Larson
Gordon Larson
Thank you for the inspiring accounts of your experiences. I had testicular cancer and have now entered my third year of remission. Though my journey was much smoother, I can truly relate to and empathize with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I started a blog at the time, which I have occasionally kept up with other thoughts - http://blog.gordonlarson.com.
May the Lord continue to bless you in your life, and thank you for sharing; it really helps others to know and understand the true love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior.
Alma Maynez
Alma Maynez
Dear Daniel and Melanie,

My name is Alma Angelina Maynez (Mexican) I woke up early this morning for the need of something uplifting and encouraging of HOPE. So by chance I came across your wonderful inspiring story! 

I see that you speak Spanish ... I was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. Came to the U.S. LEGAL at age 1. Grew up in El Paso, TX; age 18 I became a US citizen.  I just turned 57 Feb 11.

  I certainly can relate to your experience.  Your story is moving and touching ... yet it gives me hope too.  That we can get passed these trials ... we have been a powerful ability to fight off our own GOLIATHS.  I liked how you put it with the TEMPLESTS ... great thought ... thank you.  The Lord knows I needed this morning a lot off encouagement, love and support in order for me to also beat cancer with Ovarian Stage III-C. 

Allow me to share my story; my husband Edward and I were sealed/married at the Salt Lake Temple April 2, 2010; we live in Lincoln, NE.  I had been feeling sick on and off with abdominal related symptoms for nearly 10 years!  Then on June 2010 through ultasounds and CT Scan it was discovered the ovaries were larged and I had a large mass.  July 23, 2010 I went in for surgery at Methodist Hosp, Omaha, NE.  It was there I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; the omenta, apendix, ovaries, along with 2 qts of fluid and two large tumors were removed from me; all cancer except for the apendix. My scar looks like a " road-trip adventure map! LOL!!! 

 A week later I was given the news it was Stage III-3A.  I went to Mesa, AZ for treatments and stayed with my daughter and son-in law there.  In Dec. 16, 2010 I had a PET Scan everything looked good except for a mass on my neck right side a mass showed up.  Jan 19 2011, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer; Feb 16 I had the whole thyroid removed, there was also cancer on the left thyroid side.  I lost my ability to sing and scream!  LOL!!!  The numbers to the CA-125 a tumor marker for ovarian cancer were down to 51. Our goal was to get it down below 35 a normal and into remission stage. My sweet husband did fly to Az periodically on holidays and for surgery. 

 Then March 2011 Edward's vision went out; his high blood pressure rocketed-sky-high that to took him to ER and five days in the hospital.  I immediately flew back to Lincoln, NE.  My treatments were put on hold for a month.  We a four day trip with me driving back to Mesa, AZ.  It's realy a two day trip by car from Lincoln to Mesa, but we went TEMPLE HOPPING! LOL!!! We were back by April 23 to start my treatments over again and taking care of Edward's health. 

In course of this trial my sweet Mother passed away Mother's Day May 2011.  She also had been diagnosed previously with her right lung w/ cancer Stage III-B, 2 wks after my FIRST diagnose with OV cancer.  Her right lung collapsed due pneumonia ... she was 87 yrs old. 

In July 2011 Edward's sight returned back! PRAISE GOD!! So he had to returned back to work; supervisor w/ BNSF Railway.  In the mean time I was having abdominal pain & vomiting.  Here I thought it was food poisoning! LOL!!! 

 Sunday, Oct 9, I was admitted to the hospital after a seven hour wait in the ER.  The ovarian cancer reoccured to a Stage III-C.  The GOOD THING it did not spread into the organs.  It was obstruction, tumors within the bowels causing the adbominal pain and vomiting.  Initially I has going to have surgery to remove the obstruction, but it was too much of a RADICAL SURGERY per the oncologist and surgean.  Instead I was started on chemo Tues, Oct 11; went home Oct 18. 

Before each chemo treatment I look to my sweet companion for a Priesthood blessing.  A am at peace and feeling courage within myself through the treatments ... knowing my Heavenly hears my pleads, my prayers. I feel my Savior Jesus Christ carrying me through this trial.  I feel so blessed to be where I am in my life ... understanding the Plan of Salvation, my purpose here in this mortal life.  There are others worst off ... I have NO REASON to complain. 

 I have the TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ, I'm married to awonderful Priesthood holder, my sweet FAITHFUL eternal companion.  I have loved ones and friends giving me loving support and constantly praying over my Edward and me.  He has Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4 now.  Heavenly Father must REALLY LOVE US! LOL!!! 

I know I am being prayed over by my parents and brothers from the other side of veil ... I have felt their prayers.  I do have a testimony of Heavenly Father; our Savior Jesus Christ lives now and of the fullness of His true Gospel and of our Prophet Thomas S. Monson along with the BK of M.  Edward and I are Temple Ordinance Workers at the Winter Qtr's NE Temple.  Though I have been on medical leave since Oct 2011.

Thank you for your wonderful inspiring story ... very uplifting!  My email is azloyalsoul@yahoo.com.  I would LOVE to include you both in my updates through my "journey of healing"  ... until then God be with you Daniel and Melanie.

Siempre Tu Hemana

Alma A. Maynez

 

 

 
Jeanette Simkins
Jeanette Simkins
Dear Melanie & Daniel,
Congrats on the anniversary of your marriage, Bruce & I will make it to 40 years in May! Talk about a miracle! We loved your videos you posted on You Tube, in fact we would like to use some of them in our classes we teach at the Detention Center. We have served at the SLC DT for about 6 months & on Sundays, we teach a Sunday school lesson for all religions. Monthly we also teach Seminary, so we can do Mormon Messages. How can we get these videos on a DVD?? Would u ever consider speaking to this group of around 90 kids 12-17, boys & girls, on a Wed. Night, telling them your inspirational story? We love you two & are amazed at your strength & wisdom. Our prayers will continue to be with you!
Love Bruce & Jeanette Simkins
Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson
Hi Daniel and Melanie,
I understand you were here to visit your parents....
How wonderful*****************
They are great folks....but
YOU ARE TOTALLY AWESOME! I don't know what else to say.
Your attitude is so upbeat and positive. I appreciate it as I should have nothing to complain about in my life compared to everything the both of you have endured. You are an inspiration to us all. And your wife, well, she is the bomb!!!!!! Don't think you'd ever find another one like her!!!! Indeed, celebrate every anniversary as if it was your first one.
Have a fantastic day!!!
Love Rose....!
Andy Cartwright
Andy Cartwright
I've only just started reading about you and your wifes' incredible journey.

I will re-read your story over the weekend so i can find out more about you.

I too have suffered trauma in my life - nothing like yours - so I understand the love our Heavenly Father has for us.

I will follow your life wih great interest and anticipation of more successful outcomes.

 

Andy C

 
Peter Whittaker
Peter Whittaker
Hi Daniel and Melanie,
Thank you for sharing your story on lds.org . You have done well. It is an inspiring story. We pray that you will continue to do well. Heavenly Father needs you. Stay strong and close to the Lord :)My 13 year old son Jordan was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's disease a few months ago and has undergone chemotherapy etc. The latest scan the other week has puzzelled doctors and the cancer may have returned. They want to do another biopsy. Jordan currently is enjoying EFY in Nottingham England, but has this to face up to when he gets home. We still are on the journey and wait in anticipation. We are members of the church in Wolverhampton England. Please keep Jordan in your prayers. We feel Heavenly father has a great work for him on this earth.All the best to both of you,love, Pete, Sharon, Jordan and Elsa Whittaker
Becky Sherwood
Becky Sherwood
Just read your story on the church website. All because of a tweet. My mom had the same cancer (I think). She had osteo genic sarcoma. Not sure how things have changed and if it's the same or different. Thanks for sharing and I'd love to keep in contact if that's ok. Drop me a line!
Cindy Baldwin
Cindy Baldwin
I came across your story from LDS.org. It resonated with me! I have been married for 3 1/2 years and, though neither of us has cancer, I have a genetic disease (cystic fibrosis) that has made our first years of marriage pretty different from the "newlywed norm". They have included a lot more days in the hospital, for one thing! Like many others, I was uplifted by your story and wanted to say thank you for sharing it!Cindy Baldwinbeingcindy.blogspot.com
Jason Stewart
Jason Stewart
Hola Hermano Hedlund,
I do not know if you remember me. But I remember you. My name is Jason Stewart and you were my Spanish Teacher in the MTC from about July 25th to Sept 25th in 2007. I have never forgot you nor the lessons you taught me during my stay there. 
I finished my mission honorably and am married now since May 2010. Life moves so fast. I read your story on lds.org when I went to research a talk I was writing. I am so sorry for the pain and the trials that you and your family went through, but I am glad that your faith did not waiver and your are stronger because of it. 
I just wanted to pop in and say hi and that my wife and I will keep praying for you. Thank you for being a great example of faith for me back then and now as well.
Hasta Pronto Hermano,
Jason L. Stewart
lynne fraser
lynne fraser
What an amazing couple you are ...a true inspiration to us all!!!......my husband and I went down this road 20 years ago and then had the past 18 years free...such a miracle...then last year he was diagnosed with cancer again.  we have had another amazing miracle through prayer, fasting, Temple attendance....an amazing friend fasted for four days to heal him, and then gave him the most amazing blessing...and he is totally clear.  We have learnt so many lessons from cancer and it has taught us so much about the Atonement.  It has also made our family so close which is such a wonderful blessing these days! Thank you and may you hay more wonderful experiences!
Del Myers
Del Myers
Daniel and Melanie,


You are incredible people, and an inspiration to us all. Cancer does change the way you view the world, and I am excited about your mindset project, and look forward to watching the YouTube videos. We are working on 7 Habits at the Health Department in Salina (thanks to your dad), and I wonder if this might fit in there nicely as a staff development tool.  I'll have to watch the videos at home first, but I bet they're loaded with take-away messages.


Me?  I'm 9 years out of breast cancer, and treasure every day!


You have my vote, support, and prayers!


 


Take Care,
Marjorie Turknett
Marjorie Turknett
Hey guys,
I just watched all the videos that you've posted on YouTube.  They are AMAZING!!!  What a wonderful way to share your story and also share the things that you've learned and experienced from it all.  You both are such an encouragement and example of overcoming trials and tribulations.  Dan, I've known you for a long time, and your positiveness and attitude hasn't seemed to change through this at all.  I'm sure you've had your ups and downs, but you sure do seem to be coming up on time of it all.  Melanie, I've never met you, but you are amazing! Its as simple as that!
I hope all continues to go well for you both.  Happy anniversary in the near future and lots of love.
Marj
Carol Keating
Carol Keating
I haven't been very up-to-date with my emails, but I'm very happy to see that your news is so positive!  My brother's family used CaringBridge when my brother was very ill, and it is a wonderful way to keep everyone informed and to share good wishes.  My prayers are with you both for a wonderful healthy life together!
Phil Smith
Phil Smith
I just got a very kind post from your Dad and he told me about your recent surgery. I am praying for healing....duh.....and for continued power in your life showing the way in the dark!
You are a very special man and many, many are praying for you and your family!
God Bless You!
Peter Whittaker
Peter Whittaker
Hi Daniel and Melanie,
Thank you for sharing your story on lds.org . You have done well. It is an inspiring story. We pray that you will continue to do well. Heavenly Father needs you. Stay strong and close to the Lord :)My 13 year old son Jordan was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's disease a few months ago and has undergone chemotherapy etc. The latest scan the other week has puzzelled doctors and the cancer may have returned. They want to do another biopsy. Jordan currently is enjoying EFY in Nottingham England, but has this to face up to when he gets home. We still are on the journey and wait in anticipation. We are members of the church in Wolverhampton England. Please keep Jordan in your prayers. We feel Heavenly father has a great work for him on this earth.All the best to both of you,love, Pete, Sharon, Jordan and Elsa Whittaker
Gordon Larson
Gordon Larson
Thank you for the inspiring accounts of your experiences. I had testicular cancer and have now entered my third year of remission. Though my journey was much smoother, I can truly relate to and empathize with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I started a blog at the time, which I have occasionally kept up with other thoughts - http://blog.gordonlarson.com.
May the Lord continue to bless you in your life, and thank you for sharing; it really helps others to know and understand the true love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior.
Jason Stewart
Jason Stewart
Hola Hermano Hedlund,
I do not know if you remember me. But I remember you. My name is Jason Stewart and you were my Spanish Teacher in the MTC from about July 25th to Sept 25th in 2007. I have never forgot you nor the lessons you taught me during my stay there. 
I finished my mission honorably and am married now since May 2010. Life moves so fast. I read your story on lds.org when I went to research a talk I was writing. I am so sorry for the pain and the trials that you and your family went through, but I am glad that your faith did not waiver and your are stronger because of it. 
I just wanted to pop in and say hi and that my wife and I will keep praying for you. Thank you for being a great example of faith for me back then and now as well.
Hasta Pronto Hermano,
Jason L. Stewart
Marjorie Turknett
Marjorie Turknett
Hey guys,
I just watched all the videos that you've posted on YouTube.  They are AMAZING!!!  What a wonderful way to share your story and also share the things that you've learned and experienced from it all.  You both are such an encouragement and example of overcoming trials and tribulations.  Dan, I've known you for a long time, and your positiveness and attitude hasn't seemed to change through this at all.  I'm sure you've had your ups and downs, but you sure do seem to be coming up on time of it all.  Melanie, I've never met you, but you are amazing! Its as simple as that!
I hope all continues to go well for you both.  Happy anniversary in the near future and lots of love.
Marj
Andy Cartwright
Andy Cartwright
I've only just started reading about you and your wifes' incredible journey.

I will re-read your story over the weekend so i can find out more about you.

I too have suffered trauma in my life - nothing like yours - so I understand the love our Heavenly Father has for us.

I will follow your life wih great interest and anticipation of more successful outcomes.

 

Andy C

 
Alicia Daniels
Alicia Daniels
I know Daniel (I knew him as Bro. Hedlund) from my 9th grade(09/10) seminary year. I had him as a student teacher and he was one of my favorites. Even though i only had him as my teacher for almost one full term he was and still is one of my favorite seminary teachers i have had. I think I ended up having a total of 5 different teachers that year for my same seminary class. He is the only one that i remember because he was that great. Before he left he told me about the blog you guys do. I followed it for a while then forgot. Today i found it again and i was interested to know how he is doing? I would really love to hear back to find out how he is. He made a difference in my life.

Thank you Bro. Hedlund.
Cindy Baldwin
Cindy Baldwin
I came across your story from LDS.org. It resonated with me! I have been married for 3 1/2 years and, though neither of us has cancer, I have a genetic disease (cystic fibrosis) that has made our first years of marriage pretty different from the "newlywed norm". They have included a lot more days in the hospital, for one thing! Like many others, I was uplifted by your story and wanted to say thank you for sharing it!Cindy Baldwinbeingcindy.blogspot.com
Del Myers
Del Myers
Daniel and Melanie,


You are incredible people, and an inspiration to us all. Cancer does change the way you view the world, and I am excited about your mindset project, and look forward to watching the YouTube videos. We are working on 7 Habits at the Health Department in Salina (thanks to your dad), and I wonder if this might fit in there nicely as a staff development tool.  I'll have to watch the videos at home first, but I bet they're loaded with take-away messages.


Me?  I'm 9 years out of breast cancer, and treasure every day!


You have my vote, support, and prayers!


 


Take Care,
Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson
Hi Daniel and Melanie,
I understand you were here to visit your parents....
How wonderful*****************
They are great folks....but
YOU ARE TOTALLY AWESOME! I don't know what else to say.
Your attitude is so upbeat and positive. I appreciate it as I should have nothing to complain about in my life compared to everything the both of you have endured. You are an inspiration to us all. And your wife, well, she is the bomb!!!!!! Don't think you'd ever find another one like her!!!! Indeed, celebrate every anniversary as if it was your first one.
Have a fantastic day!!!
Love Rose....!
Becky Sherwood
Becky Sherwood
Just read your story on the church website. All because of a tweet. My mom had the same cancer (I think). She had osteo genic sarcoma. Not sure how things have changed and if it's the same or different. Thanks for sharing and I'd love to keep in contact if that's ok. Drop me a line!
Alma Maynez
Alma Maynez
Dear Daniel and Melanie,

My name is Alma Angelina Maynez (Mexican) I woke up early this morning for the need of something uplifting and encouraging of HOPE. So by chance I came across your wonderful inspiring story! 

I see that you speak Spanish ... I was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. Came to the U.S. LEGAL at age 1. Grew up in El Paso, TX; age 18 I became a US citizen.  I just turned 57 Feb 11.

  I certainly can relate to your experience.  Your story is moving and touching ... yet it gives me hope too.  That we can get passed these trials ... we have been a powerful ability to fight off our own GOLIATHS.  I liked how you put it with the TEMPLESTS ... great thought ... thank you.  The Lord knows I needed this morning a lot off encouagement, love and support in order for me to also beat cancer with Ovarian Stage III-C. 

Allow me to share my story; my husband Edward and I were sealed/married at the Salt Lake Temple April 2, 2010; we live in Lincoln, NE.  I had been feeling sick on and off with abdominal related symptoms for nearly 10 years!  Then on June 2010 through ultasounds and CT Scan it was discovered the ovaries were larged and I had a large mass.  July 23, 2010 I went in for surgery at Methodist Hosp, Omaha, NE.  It was there I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; the omenta, apendix, ovaries, along with 2 qts of fluid and two large tumors were removed from me; all cancer except for the apendix. My scar looks like a " road-trip adventure map! LOL!!! 

 A week later I was given the news it was Stage III-3A.  I went to Mesa, AZ for treatments and stayed with my daughter and son-in law there.  In Dec. 16, 2010 I had a PET Scan everything looked good except for a mass on my neck right side a mass showed up.  Jan 19 2011, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer; Feb 16 I had the whole thyroid removed, there was also cancer on the left thyroid side.  I lost my ability to sing and scream!  LOL!!!  The numbers to the CA-125 a tumor marker for ovarian cancer were down to 51. Our goal was to get it down below 35 a normal and into remission stage. My sweet husband did fly to Az periodically on holidays and for surgery. 

 Then March 2011 Edward's vision went out; his high blood pressure rocketed-sky-high that to took him to ER and five days in the hospital.  I immediately flew back to Lincoln, NE.  My treatments were put on hold for a month.  We a four day trip with me driving back to Mesa, AZ.  It's realy a two day trip by car from Lincoln to Mesa, but we went TEMPLE HOPPING! LOL!!! We were back by April 23 to start my treatments over again and taking care of Edward's health. 

In course of this trial my sweet Mother passed away Mother's Day May 2011.  She also had been diagnosed previously with her right lung w/ cancer Stage III-B, 2 wks after my FIRST diagnose with OV cancer.  Her right lung collapsed due pneumonia ... she was 87 yrs old. 

In July 2011 Edward's sight returned back! PRAISE GOD!! So he had to returned back to work; supervisor w/ BNSF Railway.  In the mean time I was having abdominal pain & vomiting.  Here I thought it was food poisoning! LOL!!! 

 Sunday, Oct 9, I was admitted to the hospital after a seven hour wait in the ER.  The ovarian cancer reoccured to a Stage III-C.  The GOOD THING it did not spread into the organs.  It was obstruction, tumors within the bowels causing the adbominal pain and vomiting.  Initially I has going to have surgery to remove the obstruction, but it was too much of a RADICAL SURGERY per the oncologist and surgean.  Instead I was started on chemo Tues, Oct 11; went home Oct 18. 

Before each chemo treatment I look to my sweet companion for a Priesthood blessing.  A am at peace and feeling courage within myself through the treatments ... knowing my Heavenly hears my pleads, my prayers. I feel my Savior Jesus Christ carrying me through this trial.  I feel so blessed to be where I am in my life ... understanding the Plan of Salvation, my purpose here in this mortal life.  There are others worst off ... I have NO REASON to complain. 

 I have the TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ, I'm married to awonderful Priesthood holder, my sweet FAITHFUL eternal companion.  I have loved ones and friends giving me loving support and constantly praying over my Edward and me.  He has Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4 now.  Heavenly Father must REALLY LOVE US! LOL!!! 

I know I am being prayed over by my parents and brothers from the other side of veil ... I have felt their prayers.  I do have a testimony of Heavenly Father; our Savior Jesus Christ lives now and of the fullness of His true Gospel and of our Prophet Thomas S. Monson along with the BK of M.  Edward and I are Temple Ordinance Workers at the Winter Qtr's NE Temple.  Though I have been on medical leave since Oct 2011.

Thank you for your wonderful inspiring story ... very uplifting!  My email is azloyalsoul@yahoo.com.  I would LOVE to include you both in my updates through my "journey of healing"  ... until then God be with you Daniel and Melanie.

Siempre Tu Hemana

Alma A. Maynez

 

 

 
lynne fraser
lynne fraser
What an amazing couple you are ...a true inspiration to us all!!!......my husband and I went down this road 20 years ago and then had the past 18 years free...such a miracle...then last year he was diagnosed with cancer again.  we have had another amazing miracle through prayer, fasting, Temple attendance....an amazing friend fasted for four days to heal him, and then gave him the most amazing blessing...and he is totally clear.  We have learnt so many lessons from cancer and it has taught us so much about the Atonement.  It has also made our family so close which is such a wonderful blessing these days! Thank you and may you hay more wonderful experiences!
Jeanette Simkins
Jeanette Simkins
Dear Melanie & Daniel,
Congrats on the anniversary of your marriage, Bruce & I will make it to 40 years in May! Talk about a miracle! We loved your videos you posted on You Tube, in fact we would like to use some of them in our classes we teach at the Detention Center. We have served at the SLC DT for about 6 months & on Sundays, we teach a Sunday school lesson for all religions. Monthly we also teach Seminary, so we can do Mormon Messages. How can we get these videos on a DVD?? Would u ever consider speaking to this group of around 90 kids 12-17, boys & girls, on a Wed. Night, telling them your inspirational story? We love you two & are amazed at your strength & wisdom. Our prayers will continue to be with you!
Love Bruce & Jeanette Simkins
Carol Keating
Carol Keating
I haven't been very up-to-date with my emails, but I'm very happy to see that your news is so positive!  My brother's family used CaringBridge when my brother was very ill, and it is a wonderful way to keep everyone informed and to share good wishes.  My prayers are with you both for a wonderful healthy life together!