Friday, April 4, 2014

danielle. {update}

Thank you to all who said prayers for my friend, Danielle. 
Please keep them coming. 
The surgery itself went well, but the news was not what we hoped for... 

April 1... from her website
They took her back at 10am, and by 12:30 Matt got some news - not the news we wanted - that cancer has been found in a couple of lymph nodes. A total of 6 nodes were taken and will be tested. Radiation is now a must, and chemo will begin in 4-6 weeks. There will also be some type of scan to determine whether cancer has spread to other areas.

One hopeful detail: IF this is "HER2" type cancer, there has been a lot of success with a chemo for that type.

By sometime around 4pm, she was in recovery. She had opened her eyes when Matt was with her, then was right back asleep. I believe the plan was to try to keep her sedated most of the first day/night.
She doesn't know yet what we do. Pray for strength and courage when she faces this news.

April 2... from Facebook:  
We want to thank everyone for the prayers and positive comments. Danielle is still in the hospital for tonight, she is in a lot of pain still and has felt nauseated this afternoon so I am glad we are here for one more night. She had a cat scan done this morning to see if it had spread into other organs and parts of the body. Around 6 the dr called and said the cat scan "looks great". She did say that they did see a small spot close to the liver that they would monitor but they think it is benign and the dr was pleased with the report. Our plan now is to rest up and get ready for chemo in 4-6 weeks! We want to thank you again for all the prayers and support - please keep them coming if possible!

I told a friend the other day that I start thinking how stressed I am or how overwhelmed... and then I think of Danielle. And I realize that I have absolutely nothing to complain about. 
It's amazing how quickly your perspective can change. 

Please, please, continue to pray. 

1 comment:

Robin said...

Oh gosh... I will pray for her. I know it isn't comparable, but my mom, too, went through a pretty tough battle with cancer...tonsil and also lymph node involvement... It was a long, difficult and painful time for her... And there were a few days when I didn't think she would be here with us much longer... And, the recovery and months ahead were just as tough... I remember someone saying to us that it would be a long and difficult year...but that was a small price to pay for more days here on Earth. I am not sure that was much comfort to my mom, but it helped me keep a better perspective. :) I am overjoyed to say my mom is still here... A long year that was well worth the gift of today... <3 prayers for your sweet friend and her family... As well as the doctors... <3