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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.
To all of you kind and compassionate people following my page, all who are praying for me, and all who leave encouraging words that lift me up every day, THANK YOU. I am carried along by your love, kindness, support, and prayers. I need them like I need air to breathe, and I thank you from the deepest part of my heart for continually extending them to me. You are champions in my cause.
I am grateful for so many things as I walk down this terrifying and difficult road. I feel the prayers being offered on my behalf, and I feel that God is near to me with His kindness and comfort.
My fractured rib is healing. I actually managed to vacuum my downstairs yesterday and do some housework myself, and let me tell you, I have never in my life found vacuuming so satisfying. I can move again, and without lots of pain! Plus, this is particularly fortuitous timing as the treatment is starting to make me very stiff and sore, and movement helps ease that soreness. I am thanking God for this gracious blessing that makes each day much easier than it would be otherwise. My son is also thrilled that I'm able to play with him more actively. The feeling is mutual.
I don't know how to talk about my cancer yet. Honestly at times I'm astonished that I even have cancer. Generally I feel very hopeful, though fear and sadness creep in sometimes, and I'm still processing everything I've been through in the past month. But I can see *numerous* mercies in the midst of this murky and painful season, and I humbly ask for you all to continue praying for my full healing, for peace and courage, for comfort and support for my husband, for security and stability for my son, and for protection against serious side effects. Thank you again for loving and supporting me. I love you, and I am deeply, unwaveringly grateful.