Fr. Daniel’s Story

Site created on November 1, 2018

On September 29, 2018, Fr. Daniel was taken to the ER by a good friend.  He was going for a run and just couldn't do it.  He had been having some issues for a couple of weeks.  His blood work showed that he was anemic, and there was something wrong with his kidneys.  During his hospital stay, they did both a kidney and bone marrow biopsy.  His wonderful team of doctors suspected one of two types of bone marrow cancer from the beginning, and they were correct.  I am posting Fr. Daniel's letter from October 16th when he explains the diagnosis.  Fr. Daniel has been accepting of his suffering from the beginning--seeing it as an opportunity ordained by God to help provide a "kidney" for the Church.  He is offering this up for the current crisis in the Church, and for her purification.  He posts regularly on Facebook & Instagram.  He wants us to accompany him on his journey and is so appreciative of all the thoughts, prayers, sacrifices, texts, and phone calls.

The goal of this site is to provide one location  for friends, family, acquaintances, and even brothers and sisters in Christ he has never met-- to stay updated with what is going on with Fr. Daniel Brandenburg LC, and for us to be able to accompany him on his journey through this cross of cancer.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Daniel Brandenburg

Thy Kingdom Come!

Thanks be to God!!! And thank you to all of you who have been praying for me these past 10 months. God is good and today I received the great news from my oncologist that the multiple myeloma is in remission. The bone marrow biopsy and the full body PET scan both came back clear, and my kidney function has returned to normal.

Remission doesn't mean cured. Once you have this cancer, it always remains in your system ready to rear its ugly head again, so I will likely be on a maintenance chemo drug for the foreseeable future (i.e. several years) to make recurrence less likely. Thankfully, that pill will not be nearly as life-disrupting and the doctor doesn't expect me to even notice it since I would be on a low dosage. 

Last Friday, I also received a clean bill of health from the cardiologist who reviewed my recent echocardiogram in light of the heart failure I had during the bone marrow transplant and the tissue damage suffered in my heart attack in February of 2016. Everything looks good to him, and my ejection fraction rate was back up to 50%. So this was great news also!

I can't thank our Lord and all of you enough for this blessing of good health! I am thankful also for the tremendous lessons I have learned over this past year. There's still plenty of suffering to work through yet with the neuropathy in my feet and my GI system still stabilizing, but the biggest issues are history now. God bless you all!

Fr Daniel Brandenburg LC
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