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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.
Thank you for all of your faithful prayers for me over the past week. We got some good news from Dr. Awesome today! The scans showed that my organs are still all clean, and there is no sign of the cancer progressing. There is even some improvement in my bones! She said she is "very, very pleased with the results" !
They did notice a very small change in the breast, but the CT scan isn't the best imaging for soft tissue, so next week when I see Dr. Awesome, she will determine whether we should do additional imaging to get more specific information. She doesn't seem too concerned about it though; everything else looked very good, which is an indication that the treatment is still working well. Apparently the tumor can appear to be different if there are any (benign) changes in the surrounding tissue. So this is all very hopeful!
I have an appointment with Dr. Awesome and treatment this coming Wednesday, so I will update after that. Thank you again for praying! I am so grateful that we got the results so quickly, and that we are continuing in the right direction!