Danielle’s Story

Site created on November 10, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting! 

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Danielle went to her doctor with a painful lump in her breast that we thought would be a cyst.  Her doctor, expressing concern, sent her for an urgent mammogram and ultrasound the same day, where she was told that she had breast cancer.  The next week was packed with a biopsy, MRI, and CT scan.  At the end of the week we received more bad news:  the biopsy confirmed that the cancer was invasive, and imaging tests revealed that it had spread to her bones.  We were suddenly dealing with stage 4 breast cancer at age 33.

Though we were shocked and frightened, we had a sense that God had a purpose for us in this situation, we are trusting that God will heal Danielle and preserve her life, allowing her to raise her little boy into adulthood.   

Danielle is a warm and spirited woman who cherishes her family and friends, and she has even continued to make them laugh in the midst of this difficult diagnosis.  She and her husband, Brad, the love of her life and her best friend, just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in July, and she is a wonderful stay-at-home mother to their enegetic and adorable three-year-old boy.  Danielle is also active in ministry in her church and is just starting a business as a part-time interior decorator. 

We are grateful to all of you who are offering your support during this difficult time.  The most important thing you can do to help is to pray boldly and earnestly for Danielle's full healing and for peace of mind.  The second is to send Danielle your notes of encouragement.  It has done us a world of good to hear from family, friends, and strangers who are all praying for us and lovingly expressing their support.  We know that we are not alone, and we look forward in hope with all of you.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Danielle Marois

Hello dear ones!  I'm so sorry it has been a month since I last posted!  First, I want to say thank you so much for all of your love and support following my last post.  Your outpouring of kindness truly helps to lift my spirits as I continue to process everything that has happened to me.  While many days continue to be hard, overall I am feeling a little more positive, despite the craziness that has descended upon all of us.  I have been thinking of you all and praying that you are well and stay well. 

We are doing okay over here.  As of yesterday I have been on antibiotics for strep throat, but the meds seem to be working already, and so far the sore throat has been the only extra health concern. We are hunkered down, self-isolating as much as possible, and for the time being Brad is working from home.  Once he was authorized to work from home, we felt much less apprehensive about our risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Brad often has to work in close contact with others while at work, and this was a source of anxiety for us, particularly as I am a high-risk patient.  Now that our concerns on that front have eased, I am able to relax a bit.  It also helps that the sun finally came out today, and we got to go for a hike. Fresh air + sunshine + exercise = perhaps the world is not as bleak as I thought it was an hour ago. 😉 

Of course, like everyone else, this outbreak is affecting so much of our lives.  I had treatment on Wednesday this week, and for the first time Brad was not allowed to enter the building with me as the cancer centers are currently restricted to patients and staff only.  But I have a wonderful nurse who helped me get through treatment, and my medical team has been absolutely stellar.  My session was incredibly quick and streamlined, and they got me out as soon as possible. I'm also able to check in with several members of my team by phone, and this helps me to feel fairly secure.  

I'm heartened by the many creative ways in which people are staying connected during this very difficult and uncertain time (looking forward to virtual church tomorrow!), and I thank you for reaching out to me and praying for me.  I pray that you are all staying safe as well and that you find comfort, and connection, in the midst of this.  I love you all, and wish you good health and peace.  We will get through this!! 

Much love,
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