Family and Friends,
I have some bad news. I was just diagnosed with colon cancer. I’m in the process of many tests to determine its stage and my treatment plan. There’s a lot I don’t know yet, but with every bit of new information, it is my goal to write it down once and then let my immediate family share the information with you. It is very overwhelming, especially after losing my Mom recently to cancer, I have not had sufficient time to grieve and recover emotionally. Sometimes life is like a speeding roller coaster that offers no time to process anything around me. This is one of those times, where all I can do is buckle up with the power of the Holy Spirit living in me and hold on tight to Jesus and His promises.
Here’s what I know so far…
I have a 2 inch cancerous tumor in my descending colon. I’m having a cat scan done today to determine the stage. I may have other cancerous areas, as a test revealed cancer fragments in 4 other polyps that were removed as well. Once I know the results of this scan, I will have a better idea of my treatment plan, which will most likely include radiation, chemo and surgery to remove a large part of my colon.
Obviously, this is going to affect my work, my family and my emotions. But let me assure you, I will not allow this to affect my faith, which is rooted in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who sits on the throne of my life. All that I am and ever hope to be is in His hands.
Here’s what I’m asking from you…
To my clients: I will continue to work and do the best I can to be there for you for as long as I am able. However, there may be sudden changes I’ll need to make in scheduling. I have asked Rebeca (the other hairstylist at Akua) to be available to you if I cannot. She is ready to help.
To everyone: Please pray for the following…
Please pray for my girls, Elle and Emma…they are scared.
Please pray for my husband, Aaron…to have the strength to bear the load and remain strong for our family.
Please pray for all of my family to trust God, not question “why” and know that He has a purpose in all of this.
Please pray for me… that I continue to draw strength from God and stay focused on Him and not my circumstances; To know His purpose, His peace, His strength, His comfort and His infinite love for me, no matter what happens.
Thank you so much for your love, support and your prayers. I will try to post updates on my blog site (https://dbythesea.wordpress.com/wow/) and/or my Facebook page.
I love you all dearly!
So sorry Danielle….will be praying for u & ur family. I will also ask my friend Jill to pray for u….she has been dealing with the same disease for years & is a prayer warrior. Have u heard of the Christian cancer treatment place in Tijuana ( dont know name)? I have friends that just returned from there & recommend it. Also, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. I hope u will prayerfully consider alternative treatments to chemo/radiation etc.
sending love & prayers,
Thank you, Terri. There are lots of centers in Tijuana. My mother went to Gerson. I have a lot of wonderful options to consider. I really appreciate you reaching out and your prayers. Hope all is well with you and your beautiful family. Hugs to all.
Danielle, thank you for sharing this. I love you and the girls so much.
Amen! You are in my thoughts and prayers cousin. Wish I were there to hold/hug you and just sit beside you.
Come anytime you want Michelle! I’d love to draw from some of your amazing strength. For now, I really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Love you, cousin!!
I’m am so sorry to hear of your illness and will pray for your health and recovery. I can imagine how scary this is for all of you and will pray that your daughters are less scared as your treatment plan gets under way. Cancer can happen to anyone as I know only too well. I hope for good news for you as you get more information. I will be praying for you and sending you and your family positive energy.
Thank you Adrienne! I appreciate the encouragement so much.
This is the first I am reading your news, as we rarely use face book, please forgive my absence this past week in your life. I am sorry to hear that your physical health is compromised and also know that your mind and spirit are very strong 🙂 Yes, we are praying for you and your strength to heal, yes we are praying for Elle and Emma, yes we are praying for Aaron to endure the journey with you, and know that you are loved so very much. Whatever you need as you heal, we will be here to provide support, positive thoughts, and lots and lots of LOVE.
I love you, Lynne. Thank you! I promise we will talk soon.
Dear Danielle, my prayers are with you. Please let me know if I can do anything for you or your family. Love, Violeta
Thank you, Violeta!! I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
I love you Danielle! You are my spiritual hero…. You make me want to be as strong in faith as you are! Praying for you so that your mother intercedes with our Lord’s mother Mary on your behalf.
Awww, Patty. I love you too. I’m humbled by your words..I’m no spiritual hero by any means..I just run the race that I am called to run with everything I’ve got..quitting is never an option..and I keep my eternal prize in sight! Everything else is meaningless in comparison. Thank you for standing on the sidelines and cheering me on..it keeps me encouraged along the way. I hope you are well, my dear friend. Lotsa hugs.