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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.
Lately I've been making lots of good progress getting my life back. The more I get back to my day-to-day operations, the more I catch myself smiling and feeling happy! Since my bones have healed (with the exception of my right hip- but I think I'd really have to go out of my way with some wild dance moves to injure that one further), I have felt much more freedom in what I can do, and that is no small blessing.
While I am reveling in being able to move freely and get back to my work, at times the fear of what treatment will look like in a couple of years or the fear of upcoming scans and needles will creep up. I have a fairly intense week coming up, and it's hard not to let my thoughts drift to anxious wondering. I've been strugglingnot to allow what will or what might happen later steal my joy today. If you could pray for this, and for me as I go into a week of more needles (😣), I will be so grateful.
When things get really hard, or feel especially bleak, I want you to know that you make it bearable. The encouraging words, hugs, notes, gifts, generosity of all kinds, and consistent prayer that you are continuing to offer (wow!) make SO much difference. Even when you take the time to read these journals it is an expression of care and concern, and that is so appreciated. Everything seems brighter and more hopeful with your love and support. Thank you for lifting me up when I get too tired, discouraged, or frustrated to keep on. It seems you're always there just at the right moment to give me courage and joy and make me feel strong. I know that all of this comes to me from God who knows my heart and what I need every moment, and I thank Him too for blessing me though your kindness and love.