Danielle Olson

First post: Mar 22, 2018 Latest post: Aug 8, 2018

Hello everyone, welcome.
 I’m so glad you’re here and I very much appreciate your support. On January 9th 2018 nearly a month after my 36th birthday I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast. 

On March 5th I underwent a double  mastectomy (the right breast as a prophylactic measure) and a lymph node dissection. In the days that have followed I have learned that the pathology report concerning my lymph node dissection, a process in which tissue from under my arm was taken during surgery and tested for the presence of cancer that could have spread from my breast was positive. 

These results require an aggressive protocol of chemotherapy starting April 2nd that will last through July followed by two months of radiation and then reconstructive surgeries that will end Winter/ Spring  2019. 
 I  don’t yet know how chemo will effect me so as a precaution and to receive the best care I am giving up my apartment and moving in with my mom who has been a phenomenal nurse so far.

What I would love is your kind, loving encouragement. The outpouring of support from family and friends thus far has made it all the easier to face this sometimes frightening prognosis. I am in awe of how generous all of you have been and that you find it in your days to reach out to me to let me know you’re thinking of me, praying for me and sending me positive energy for a full recovery.  

I wanted to make sure that all of you know how much you mean to me and that in times of recovery or fatigue that I want to recognize your support in reaching out even if I can’t immediately respond. This site will help me keep you up to date on changes along the way as my family and I navigate this disease. Progressively I’m having a more difficult time keeping track of who I’ve updated with what news and this will eleviate that stress and in addition will help keep you in the loop on you’re own schedule. 

I will post updates as much as possible, and welcome anyone and everyone to reach out and fill my inbox with encouragement. If we have met or not I welcome your positive words, you are my light. 

I see this as a healing journey and am so grateful you’re here with me. 

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