Friday, February 15, 2013

Daniel


Life has been very chaotic for Daniel, Heidi and their small children. In the midst of going through chemo treatments, mid-terms at Cal Poly, job interviews…they have moved. I don’t think I could imagine a more stressful situation…and yet God working through all of us has provided for their needs. I can’t thank you enough for your prayers, help with moving, baby sitting, house cleaning, home repairs, painting…and meals! I owe you a debt of gratitude.  

Last week the doctor called with Daniel’s PET scan results. The tech's exact words were "there is a significant decrease in size and activity". This means the chemo treatments are working!  The doctor said he was calling this one… a VICTORY! Even though the PET scan came back clear, the doctor still wants Daniel to finish treatments. However, he did say that he most likely won't be giving him another PET scan because he was pleased enough with the progress and results. You don't want to have more PET scans than necessary because you expose your body to radioactive material that can cause damage. So for the doc to say that Dan doesn't need another was very encouraging. That means that 7 weeks from now, he'll be done!  

Please continue to hold Daniel in prayer, his risk of infection is high. He has two more months of chemo (four treatments). This June he is scheduled to graduate from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Mechanical Engineering!  

I love this picture of Daniel! I took it two weeks before he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, last September. He has always had a great sense of humor, spirit, energy and what I call “bounce” the ability to come back from adversity. This picture says to me… VICTORY!

With a grateful heart,
Brenda

27 comments:

  1. God bless you all. I will keep you in my prayers. Prayer works!
    Gail Holl

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  2. Awesome news! Answered prayers! so glad for you all.

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  3. Such wonderful news! I love it when I hear Hodgkin's has been beaten down again.

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  4. Glad for the news. Happy for you all. i will keep praying. my candles do magic (everybody says that).

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  5. That is wonderful news! God is healing Daniel every minute... My prayers are with all of you.

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  6. Thank you for all the kind comments, prayers, and encouraging words. Please know I am sending each of you a hug!

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  7. Oh Brenda, I am so happy for all of you! That is great news. I will continue prayers for you and your family and soon he will be good as gold!!

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  8. Oh my! Such good news. I can't imagine how Daniel & his little family are coping with so many stressful issues, but he seems to have the kind of attitude and ability to overcome adversity. Holding you all in my prayers. Best wishes for the coming two months of chemo, the graduation...sending many good thoughts your way.

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  9. I am SO happy to hear good news. My little church here in FL has been lifting Daniel up each Sunday. And I do believe in the power of prayer! We plan to continue until I read that he is done with his chemo. And moving? OMGosh. You are right...amazing. Thank you for keeping us all updated. Hugs to you, mom, as well.

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  10. Grateful prayers for continued healing, Miss Brenda!

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  11. So glad to hear that Daniel is doing good. Here's to landing a good job. He so deserves it! Karla

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  12. Yesterday I watched the babies while Daniel had chemo. When he left he was tired from studying...school is a tough. When he came home from chemo all color was gone from his skin, his eyes drained of sparkle... My heart aches. Wish I could take the suffering on my shoulders, for him.
    I feel so blessed to receive your words of support, love and prayers. The battle is almost over...but not finished yet. Please continue to keep him in prayer.

    Brenda

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  13. I'm so happy for this good news and wish you all the best for the coming months.

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  14. Wonderful news Brenda, I will keep Daniel, his family (you of course) and his Doctors in my prayers... Life is a blessing and each day a gift from God to be savored facing down cancer can make each day sweeter... working on year 6 since my cancer surgery... I love this picture of Daniel... it shows his heart and his victory is in sight.

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  15. What an incredible young man your son Daniel is...it is mind boggling how he and his wife Heidi continue to persevere. I will continue to hold them in my thoughts and prayers...the next two months will be over before you know it and you will all be celebrating his graduation. Asking God's blessings for a healing Spring for you all!
    Jane from Omaha

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    1. Jane, Thank you for your uplifting and encouraging words! ~Brenda

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  16. Thanks for the praise report. So pleased to see the prayers working.

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  17. God Bless your Daniel... I have 2 sons also, one is just his age, in his last year of college for Mechanical engineering. My heart goes out to you..i can't imagine what you are all going through, but he sounds like an incredible young man!! And once he gets through this, he'll know for the rest of his life he can handle anything! You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Wow, we have a lot in common. It has been an emotional roller coaster for sure. I am grateful he will be finished with chemo soon (on Good Friday). Two more rounds of chemo and he is done!

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  18. Brenda...I just now found your blog via Pinterest! As soon as I started reading your blog re your son Daniel, I recognized your heartfelt words! My son, age 33 was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma 10 I/2 years ago, also in September, and has been cancer free since completing his chemo! His wife was 5 months pregnant with their first child @ the time of his diagnosis.

    Ironically, in the photo above of Daniel, he could easily pass as my son's twin, as could his spirit and sense of humor! Many blessings and prayers for his complete recovery and joie de vivre!

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    1. What a delightful note! The great news is yesterday Daniel had his final chemo treatment. I can't wait for him to have easier days and have energy to enjoy his two tiny children. The last 6 months have been tough.
      Blessings!

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  19. Many thanks Brenda! 'Tis Anonymous here again, mainly because, I could not figure out how to send it otherwise! So happy to hear Daniel is at the end of his treatment...very soon he will be his vibrant self again! I noted in your blog that you are featured in several Splash editions, as is my watercolor instructor in Splash 12, Catherine Hillis. Your pen and ink drawings inspire me "beyond belief!" Thank you and continued blessings to Daniel and your family!

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    1. Hello again! What a timely message. Two days ago Daniel had his LAST chemo treatment...today he was sick. Soon all of this will be but a memory. I can hardly wait!
      Catherine has a fine reputation and is a wealth of knowledge and information. Sounds like you have a wonderful teacher!
      Happy Painting!

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