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Our Life Lately: Hope

I’ve gone back and forth dozens of times on whether or not I …we (Daniel & I) wanted to share our story with everyone who follows us & Chandra’s Collection as a whole. We were debating as a couple whether or not we should be transparent & share everything that we are going through…if we should expose one of the most difficult times in our lives together to the world or fight this fight together behind closed doors in private with our closest friends & family. I’ve tried to start this post over & over only with the same re-occurring outcome…I just haven’t found the right words for my fingers to type & end up deleting everything after I’ve written a sentence…I feel like my words can’t do my/our feelings justice right now by any means…they just can’t even scratch the surface, yannow? I’ve also worried that if we do share our story, it might be too *heavy* of a post to share with people who follow my business. I still don’t know. But, I do know that this is REAL LIFE. Although, I keep hoping that this is all a dream that I will wake up from eventually…a roller coaster ride of emotions that I’m wishing we both can get off of at the next stop…but every morning when I awaken, I have the same gut-wrenching pain deep down in my stomach & heart telling me that this, infact, is really happening to us. A lump in my throat, trembling from the inside out at the thought of it all. Sleepless nights, outburst of tears on a whim…it’s a roller coaster ride that I never thought I would have to be forced to ride. But, here we are. This is life and sometimes, we don’t have any choice but to be strong.

Daniel has stage 4 cancer.

Here’s the scoop about what is going on: About two months ago, Daniel started experiencing pain in his groin area. Of course, we thought – oh, this is just a hernia or a strained muscle since he works so hard during the week…but we went to the Med-Clinic anyways just to get it checked out. They said the same thing – diagnosed him with a sprained muscle and told Daniel to take it easy as he would be back to 100% in just a week or so. The pain eventually subsided after a few days. When we were in Vegas a couple of weeks ago on vacation — the last day we were there, the pain came back. We honestly didn’t think too much of it as we were positive it was just a sprain since he works so hard day in & day out, we thought he may have not given it enough time to heal. The pain was so bad, it was to the point where it was hard for Daniel to walk. We took it easy and promised each other that Daniel would go get it checked out the next morning when we got home. So, we did. Same diagnosis. For some reason, I had an uneasy feeling about it all and scheduled an appointment with a specialist (Urologist) just to make sure that everything was okay.

The first time that we saw the specialist, he said that he was POSITIVE it was either a kidney stone or some sort of kidney infection – but he ordered Daniel to have a Cat Scan done “just incase”. That Thursday, we immediately left the Dr’s office and he had his scan done. We left concerned, but we were positive that Daniel would have just something as simple as a kidney stone and that would be that. We had to wait to hear back from the doctor since it was July 4th weekend. So, he called us the next Monday (July 6th) & ordered us back into his office. This concerned me right off the bat as usually, if it’s not serious, they will just relay the results over the phone. As we entered his office, my stomach immediately filled with knots as he told us to stand right behind him & his computer as he pulled up the results of the Cat Scan to show us. As I grasped Daniel with all of my might, holding onto each other as tight as we could all the while, hoping for the best…it felt like eternity for the doctor to read us the results. As my hands were shaking & without the ability to say a word…the doctor said he found a mass the size of a racquetball – it was right next to his kidney and behind his intestines. Tears immediately started rolling down my cheeks & my hands were shaking uncontrollably as this was the last thing we were expecting to hear.

Dr.Best tried his best to keep us calm, as he said this is probably nothing but definitely wanted to check it out more and ordered Daniel to do another Cat Scan with iodine (the chemical that illuminates the mass to show if there is blood flow to it or not). We left the office and immediately started praying. I just knew God would give us a positive outcome. That Daniel would be okay. How could he not be, yannow? He’s a young, six foot one & 1/2 muscle man of steel who seemed invincible to me. My protector, my soulmate, my best friend…the man who I fell madly in love with nearly 4 years ago & everyday, that feeling only gets stronger. This mass would be benign and he would have to have surgery to get it removed…and voila, that would be that.

We had to wait a until Wednesday to get the results in since the Doctor was in surgery all day on Tuesdays. I woke up Wednesday with a huge lump in my throat. We got the call at 8:47am. The staff told us we had to come in right away. We live about an hour away from the doctors office….and that drive seemed to be the longest drive of my life. I wished I could just wiggle my nose and we would be there! After what seemed to be eternity, we finally got to the office. As we entered, they instructed us to go get more blood tests & one last ultrasound right away. We asked if there was ANY way we could find out what the HECK was going on today. They rushed the results so we could find out by the end of the day. My heart couldn’t take another day of wondering what in the world was going on. I knew deep in my heart though, this wasn’t good…although I tried to push out any negative thoughts throughout the day & stay positive, I was subconsciously preparing my heart for the worst…telling myself that whatever the results were, we would get through this. All the while, Daniel is still as happy as a clam…without a worry in the world. That’s just how he is. It’s something I admire so much about him. He is a ray of bright sunshine in any darkness. Positive, happy, funny & perfect. That’s my amazing husband in a nutshell.

As we waited for what again seemed to be eternity after the final tests were done…Dr.Best called us into his office. Once again, he asked us to stand behind his computer as he described what we were seeing on the cat scan.

Daniel has stage 4 testicular cancer.

My heart fell to the floor & shattered into a million pieces. I busted into tears when we heard the news. It felt like a gazillions daggers to my heart all at once. I promised myself that I would stay strong for Daniel…but that went out the window as those 6 words listed above left the doctor’s lips. My world, our world – came crashing down LITERALLY in the blink of an eye. Everything that we had dreamt about together, hoped for, planned for – all came to a screeching halt in a split second. We were scared. I don’t even think scared would be the right word to use…we were trembling with fear as we cried together and held each other as tight as we could. We were in shock. We had a million feelings rushing through us in a matter of minutes.

Immediately after we heard the news, the next thing the doctor told us jolted me to another universe or something like that, I swear. He asked if we have had any kids yet. Everything was moving so quickly, I couldn’t comprehend why the doctor was asking this right away after he told us the news. Of course not, we have only been married a year & 1/2 but have been planning on having kids soon though! To the point where we have been talking about it on a weekly basis. Daniel & I have always talked about having kids together & shared the same feelings of being in complete bliss of being able starting a family together. We even have our future kiddos names picked out…we are that kind of couple! LOL Daniel told me a few days before all of this unfolded (unaware of the news we would receive), that I better video record him when I tell him we’re pregnant because we are going to freak out with excitement & cause a ruckus when we get the good news! After hearing what the doctor asked us & explained more – we were devastated – (again, devastated doesn’t even scratch the surface of the type of feeling, but it’s the only word that I feel can even come close to it all). He said we need to get to a sperm bank right away. Ummm, wait – what? What the heck is a sperm bank???!! I have never even heard of such a thing. And then it hit me. We may not be able to have kids the natural way. Something we have been dreaming about together was just crushed in a single instant. The doctor said that after Daniel would have surgery to get one of his testicles removed, as well as have chemo – he will most likely be infertile. It’s not a 100% thing, but it’s highly likely. We are believing that this will not happen, but since it’s definitely a very high possibility – to be safe, we will have to store our future kiddos safely in a cryogenics bank. That sounds so flippin’ weird to say outloud. But that’s a real part of this all. It’s very real. Although we can’t change what is happening now, we sure do thank God that someone came up with the brilliant idea to create something like this to help people who are going through a situation like this! We are really trying to see the positive in it all. Yes, having children the way we thought we would may not work out like we had planned, but it will work out! I’m trying to take my emotions out of it all and think logically & positively. We’re not the only ones going through this. There are millions of couples who have to do this – and it works and I definitely can’t have a pity party over every single thing that doesn’t go right. Right?! However, this was & still is a really hard pill to swallow for me. We go to the Cryogenic Bank on Monday morning. I’m honestly trying not to think about what is going to actually happen…just kind of go do it & not think about the reality of it all.

Staying positive is truly an intentional act and it takes a lot of work. It doesn’t come naturally all of the time. I find myself FORCING myself to think positive. To not let the negative thoughts creep into my mind and overtake my emotions. I truly do not know why God chose us to go through this together…but, I do know that God is the one who will get us through it all. Daniel WILL beat this. That is all there is to it. He is in the fight of his life & I will be next to him every step of the way fighting for him.

Daniel is the most amazing human being I have ever met in my life. He’s loving, passionate, romantic, funny, happy as a clam and I adore everything about him. I truly never knew a love like ours could ever exist…not even in my wildest dreams. After having jaded views of love in the past, Daniel has proved every single one of those things insanely wrong. I truly have been living in complete bliss with Daniel for the past 46 months (as he always tells me since he keeps up with how many months we’ve loved each other – he’s so precious). Everyday, I want to pinch myself when I think about how blessed I am to have such an amazing, beautiful soul in my life. Really, Daniel could make friends with a light pole if he needed to. Everyone who meets Daniel falls in love with him instantly, his personality, his zest for life, his funny sense of humor, his ability to make everyone feel loved upon the first instance of meeting him. Out of all of the people in the world, I just can’t believe he chose me to spend the rest of our lives together!!! I feel like I need to pinch myself everyday that I have him in my life. He’s amazing and no words could ever, ever, EVER justify how wonderful he truly is. He’s my best friend, the love of my life, my soulmate, my protector, my biggest supporter…the list could go on and on…but to sum it up, he’s a gift to me from above & I could never thank God enough for bringing us together in this big ole’ world. I truly admire him with all of my heart and he makes me want to be a better person every single day of my life.

We still have lots of questions…we’re still are unsure of what’s next…but no matter what, we are going to remain positive, keep our faith strong & lean on Him & of course each other, our friends & family to help us through this & we will get through this, ya’ll!

We did get some AMAZING news today – by the way!! Daniel had to get another Cat Scan yesterday to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread into his chest or lungs – and IT HASN’T!!!!! Praise the sweet Lord! I will say this has been such a hard week…I feel like I’ve aged 20 years by all of the stress…but I have found that leaning on the Lord for my strength, our strength is the only way to do it! He is our rock, the truth, the light and no matter what comes our way, the Lord will be at the center of it all…comforting us, healing us & seeing us through this most difficult time!

Daniel & I decided that we will be posting updates here for all of our friends and family to read – so it’s kind of like a central location to let everyone know what’s going on instead of having to tell the same update a hundred times & it’s easy for everyone to access whenever they have time to read about the updates 🙂 Also, if anyone else is going through this same thing…we hope to share with them to let them know that they are not alone! All we can ask for now is many prayers sent our way & Daniel’s way. Please pray that Daniel will have divine healing in his body! All the while, we can use this trial & turn it into a triumph…& ultimately a TESTIMONY!  We’re praying that God will keep us strong and we can spread the gospel! It’s crazy how God works in mysterious ways, but after drying our eyes & seeing more clearly, we know that He is using it for our greater good. Feel free to share this post – we need all of the prayers we can get right now! Thank you so much to all of our friends & family for their amazing support! We love you guys!!!

I have added a “Subscribe” button on my website! (It’s on the left hand side sidebar of the screen labeled as “Stay-Up-To-Date”) Once you enter your email address, you must verify your email address by clicking the link that is sent to your inbox in order to activate your subscription. Once you do this, voila! You will receive the latest updates on Daniel & my journey without having to remember to check the blog for updates. 🙂

UPDATE: There was a Go Fund Me account that was started for us yesterday afternoon. I see those ALL of the time and never expected that we would be in a situation where one would ever be made for Daniel & I. I am truly FLOORED and we are so thankful for the outpouring of support. Of course during this time, Daniel is not able to work or bring home a paycheck through the duration of all of this, so for people to want to support us, oh my goodness, it is such a blessing – there are just no words for it all. If for some reason you feel it in your heart to donate, I have posted the link below. There is literally nothing too small. If you can’t donate, we just ask for your prayers. They are really getting us through you guys.

Click Here To Donate To Our GO FUND ME ACCOUNT

xoxo,

Chandy & Danny

Here are some of ours & our families favorite Bible verses that we love & have been leaning on heavily:

2 Corinthians 12:9

Psalm 103: 1-5

Psalm 62:5-7

Proverbs 3:5-6

Phillipeans 4:7

 

 

  1. Sheryl Williams

    July 11th, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Dear Daniel and Chandra,
    Pouring out my prayers to the both of you.Keeping your eyes on our Heavenly Father through the challenges we sometimes face in our life will carry you through the toughest times. Remember your a conquer with God on your side!!! He is the healer!!And will restore you back into perfect health. I believe God is healing you right now in Jesus Name. Our family will be lifting you up in prayer daily. Keep your Praise and Worship music on and the word anointing your heart constantly. The enemy is defeated!!!!Sending you both gigantic HUGS<3 We love you.

  2. ronielda johnson

    July 11th, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Daniel & Chandra! What an unexpected read. I want to say “kudos” for being transparent, while remaining positive and standing on God’s Word. Your blog is very encouraging and helping me to stay in faith and not get in fear (the two cannot coexist). Know that the Johnson family will stand and agree with you; confess God’s Word with you; cry with you; laugh with you; believe God with you 100%. All of God’s blessings on you both. We love you very much!

  3. Joe angrove

    July 11th, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Praying.

  4. Shelby Bohls

    July 11th, 2015 at 3:28 am

    You two are in my prayers, precious Chandra.

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  6. Julie

    July 11th, 2015 at 4:25 am

    My father was diagnosed with cancer & he would see oncologist at MD Anderson in Houston Tx. It’s a cancer hospital, I would strongly suggest your husband give them a shot. They were amazing & they make you feel like they are genuinely there to help & care for you, not for a pay check. I know the drive is long, but please trust me it’s so worth it. My the Lord be by you & your husband’s side. The road is very tough, but I promise you will prevail. And I do mean YOU, although it’s not you getting poked this fight will be just as tough for you as it is for him. God Bless

  7. Tonya Lakey

    July 11th, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Chandra and Daniel I pray God will keep his arms around you both through this storm and may blessings be your comfort.
    Daniel must be an amazing man to have such a sweet, wonderful wife like you Chandra.
    I hope to see you both in the future and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love to both of you
    Tonya

  8. Kathryn Favela

    July 11th, 2015 at 5:27 am

    I will most definitely place Daniel & yourself on my prayer list my dear. Please know that there are those that do care & will provide a chain of prayers that will surround you both to lift you both up whenever times become difficult to manage. God is good. Despite any fear & uncertainty currently I know God will continue to provide you both with the strength that you are in need of. God bless you both!

  9. Lyn (Gwen's friend)

    July 11th, 2015 at 9:22 am

    You are both in my prayers!

  10. Courtney Jones

    July 11th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this news and I am sending so many prayers to you guys as you walk this scary path together. I pray you guys find strength and peace and ultimately Daniel can overcome this to build the family you have been dreaming of. ❤️

  11. Valerie W.

    July 11th, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Chandra and Daniel,
    My heart goes out to the both of you. This is not the place to story swap, but the fear of not having a family is a heavy burden. I wish you all the best of luck, and I’m happy to see that you two are staying strong. Sending prayers.

  12. Mary McNeill

    July 11th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    God is a good God and he will carry you through this, even when it doesn’t seem possible. Praying for healing, comfort, and strength. Love you!

  13. Linda P.

    July 12th, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Weekends are the worst when you’re dealing with the immediate period after a cancer diagnosis. You naturally want things to happen right now. Any waiting feels as if it’s a postponement of the time when you can get through this and out on the other side. I send you virtual hugs and good wishes and prayers from a 25-year cancer survivor Central Texas.

  14. Caroline @ in due time

    July 12th, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I am so sorry for your diagnosis. My husband too, had testicular cancer. He is completely healed and in fact both of us forget he ever had it! You are not alone on this journey! Xoxo

  15. Sandy Gross

    July 12th, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Dear Daniel and Chandra, You don’t know me, but a friend sent me the news that you needed prayer. I want to encourage you both with the Word of God. God said that “By His stripes you are healed. Already done! Already won! God words says that no weapon formed against us will prosper. Sickness, cancer is a weapon. We come against that weapon. God said that there is a time to be born and a time to die. This is God Almighty’s timing…not satan’s…not cancer. Nothing has the authority to decide when you will die. Only God has that authority. The only thing that can stop a believing prayer is God’s perfect timing.

  16. Sandy Gross

    July 12th, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Dear Daniel and Chandra, You don’t know me, but a friend sent me the news that you needed prayer. I want to encourage you both with the Word of God. God said that “By His stripes you are healed. Already done! Already won! God words says that no weapon formed against us will prosper. Sickness, cancer is a weapon. We come against that weapon. God said that there is a time to be born and a time to die. This is God Almighty’s timing…not Satan’s…not cancer’s. Nothing has the authority to decide when you will die. Only God has that authority. The only thing that can stop a believing prayer is God’s perfect timing.
    Father surround them with Your power and peace as they rest in Your care and your plans. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

  17. Linda Archuleta

    July 12th, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    My neighbor just found out she is pregnant with triplets! Why am I telling you this. Because her husband had testicular cancer. They “harvested” sperm before his treatment. Seven years later, triplets are on their way. God is good. He is in control. Count on Him!!

  18. Katrina

    July 13th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Praying so hard for you both xo

  19. Jacqueline Pandi

    July 13th, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Praying for you and your husband… Everything will be okay.

  20. Leslie Mahany

    July 15th, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Chandra and Danny,

    Words cannot express how incredibly saddened I am by this dark news. The second that I read about Danny’s diagnosis I felt compelled to pray to God and ask for a miracle for you both. I have read about your story Chandra and all that you have gone through and now with all that Danny is going through, I cannot think of a couple more worthy of a miracle than you two. Even though we’ve only talked briefly over email, I feel like I know somewhat about your love for one another, and it is truly something rare and incredibly beautiful. I pray that Danny’s journey with this is as easy as it can possibly be and that it brings you two even closer than you imagined possible. Cancer is such an awful evil, but it also can show just how strong someone is. I have faith that your love for him and God will help keep him strong through this difficult time. May you feel the love of everyone around you always and know that you are not alone.

    As difficult as it is to talk about I want to thank you for sharing this story with all of us. I pray to hear good news in the future and in the mean time am thinking and praying for you both..
    <3

  21. Laura Simmons

    July 15th, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Thank you for sharing your heart and giving us the opportunity to lift you both up in prayer. Even in high school, Daniel was all those sweet things you described. I’ve always wanted the very best for him. Sending lots of love and prayers your way. You are not alone.

  22. Abi Perez

    July 18th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Chandy. I’m a local photographer & I belong to the TuesdaysTogether group. I haven’t had a chance to personally meet you yet, but I hope to soon. I’m so sorry for what you & your husband are having to go through. Revealing something so personal can be scary, but you have no idea how many people you are helping, by posting this story. Those Bible scriptures are going to help you more than you know. One of my favorite scriptures that has helped us during difficult times is Psalms 34:17,18. Actually that entire chapter of Psalms is so beautiful. Sending you & Daniel a big hug & lots of positivity.

  23. Amy Wells

    July 21st, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Praying and believing!

  24. Heidi K

    July 30th, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    This is heartbreaking. I don’t even know you but I decided to click on the link and read. I worked with your sister, Jordan, at a restaurant like 8yrs ago and don’t even really know her. I cried though reading this. My heart goes out to your lil’ family of 2. I am not married, but I have been in a loving relationship for 6 years now and know I’m with the man I want to spend the rest of my life/have kids with and now I’m getting super scared after reading this post. My bf has been experiencing pains in his groin too but he says it’s nothing (bc he’s been experiencing them since before we met). He says it’s just an off and on infection. STD is ruled out since I go to my obgyn once per year and if that was the case, there would be something wrong with me too after all these years together. I beg him to go see a Urologist but since he has no insurance, he refuses. My biggest fear is that when we do get married and want to have kids, that we will be in the same boat. I hope so badly that his nonchalant attitude is reflective that there really is nothing serious going on. But, after reading your story I’m about to pay out of pocket so that he will go see the Urologist! Or, at least marry me so he can use my insurance. ;-P

  25. Paula Shaffer

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Praying and believing!

  26. Kimberly Connell

    July 31st, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Hi Chandra! You don’t know me, but I knew Daniel when he was a kid when we went to church with his parents. I read your blog and want you to know I am praying for healing and restoration in Daniel’s body and for strength and rest for you both! When it seems impossible with man, with God ALL things are possible!! My heart goes out to you both and I am believing with ya’ll for your miracle!!

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27 Comments on Our Life Lately: Hope

  1. Sheryl Williams

    July 11th, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Dear Daniel and Chandra,
    Pouring out my prayers to the both of you.Keeping your eyes on our Heavenly Father through the challenges we sometimes face in our life will carry you through the toughest times. Remember your a conquer with God on your side!!! He is the healer!!And will restore you back into perfect health. I believe God is healing you right now in Jesus Name. Our family will be lifting you up in prayer daily. Keep your Praise and Worship music on and the word anointing your heart constantly. The enemy is defeated!!!!Sending you both gigantic HUGS<3 We love you.

  2. ronielda johnson

    July 11th, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Daniel & Chandra! What an unexpected read. I want to say “kudos” for being transparent, while remaining positive and standing on God’s Word. Your blog is very encouraging and helping me to stay in faith and not get in fear (the two cannot coexist). Know that the Johnson family will stand and agree with you; confess God’s Word with you; cry with you; laugh with you; believe God with you 100%. All of God’s blessings on you both. We love you very much!

  3. Joe angrove

    July 11th, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Praying.

  4. Shelby Bohls

    July 11th, 2015 at 3:28 am

    You two are in my prayers, precious Chandra.

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    July 11th, 2015 at 4:24 am

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  6. Julie

    July 11th, 2015 at 4:25 am

    My father was diagnosed with cancer & he would see oncologist at MD Anderson in Houston Tx. It’s a cancer hospital, I would strongly suggest your husband give them a shot. They were amazing & they make you feel like they are genuinely there to help & care for you, not for a pay check. I know the drive is long, but please trust me it’s so worth it. My the Lord be by you & your husband’s side. The road is very tough, but I promise you will prevail. And I do mean YOU, although it’s not you getting poked this fight will be just as tough for you as it is for him. God Bless

  7. Tonya Lakey

    July 11th, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Chandra and Daniel I pray God will keep his arms around you both through this storm and may blessings be your comfort.
    Daniel must be an amazing man to have such a sweet, wonderful wife like you Chandra.
    I hope to see you both in the future and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love to both of you
    Tonya

  8. Kathryn Favela

    July 11th, 2015 at 5:27 am

    I will most definitely place Daniel & yourself on my prayer list my dear. Please know that there are those that do care & will provide a chain of prayers that will surround you both to lift you both up whenever times become difficult to manage. God is good. Despite any fear & uncertainty currently I know God will continue to provide you both with the strength that you are in need of. God bless you both!

  9. Lyn (Gwen's friend)

    July 11th, 2015 at 9:22 am

    You are both in my prayers!

  10. Courtney Jones

    July 11th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this news and I am sending so many prayers to you guys as you walk this scary path together. I pray you guys find strength and peace and ultimately Daniel can overcome this to build the family you have been dreaming of. ❤️

  11. Valerie W.

    July 11th, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Chandra and Daniel,
    My heart goes out to the both of you. This is not the place to story swap, but the fear of not having a family is a heavy burden. I wish you all the best of luck, and I’m happy to see that you two are staying strong. Sending prayers.

  12. Mary McNeill

    July 11th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    God is a good God and he will carry you through this, even when it doesn’t seem possible. Praying for healing, comfort, and strength. Love you!

  13. Linda P.

    July 12th, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Weekends are the worst when you’re dealing with the immediate period after a cancer diagnosis. You naturally want things to happen right now. Any waiting feels as if it’s a postponement of the time when you can get through this and out on the other side. I send you virtual hugs and good wishes and prayers from a 25-year cancer survivor Central Texas.

  14. Caroline @ in due time

    July 12th, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I am so sorry for your diagnosis. My husband too, had testicular cancer. He is completely healed and in fact both of us forget he ever had it! You are not alone on this journey! Xoxo

  15. Sandy Gross

    July 12th, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Dear Daniel and Chandra, You don’t know me, but a friend sent me the news that you needed prayer. I want to encourage you both with the Word of God. God said that “By His stripes you are healed. Already done! Already won! God words says that no weapon formed against us will prosper. Sickness, cancer is a weapon. We come against that weapon. God said that there is a time to be born and a time to die. This is God Almighty’s timing…not satan’s…not cancer. Nothing has the authority to decide when you will die. Only God has that authority. The only thing that can stop a believing prayer is God’s perfect timing.

  16. Sandy Gross

    July 12th, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Dear Daniel and Chandra, You don’t know me, but a friend sent me the news that you needed prayer. I want to encourage you both with the Word of God. God said that “By His stripes you are healed. Already done! Already won! God words says that no weapon formed against us will prosper. Sickness, cancer is a weapon. We come against that weapon. God said that there is a time to be born and a time to die. This is God Almighty’s timing…not Satan’s…not cancer’s. Nothing has the authority to decide when you will die. Only God has that authority. The only thing that can stop a believing prayer is God’s perfect timing.
    Father surround them with Your power and peace as they rest in Your care and your plans. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

  17. Linda Archuleta

    July 12th, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    My neighbor just found out she is pregnant with triplets! Why am I telling you this. Because her husband had testicular cancer. They “harvested” sperm before his treatment. Seven years later, triplets are on their way. God is good. He is in control. Count on Him!!

  18. Katrina

    July 13th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Praying so hard for you both xo

  19. Jacqueline Pandi

    July 13th, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Praying for you and your husband… Everything will be okay.

  20. Leslie Mahany

    July 15th, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Chandra and Danny,

    Words cannot express how incredibly saddened I am by this dark news. The second that I read about Danny’s diagnosis I felt compelled to pray to God and ask for a miracle for you both. I have read about your story Chandra and all that you have gone through and now with all that Danny is going through, I cannot think of a couple more worthy of a miracle than you two. Even though we’ve only talked briefly over email, I feel like I know somewhat about your love for one another, and it is truly something rare and incredibly beautiful. I pray that Danny’s journey with this is as easy as it can possibly be and that it brings you two even closer than you imagined possible. Cancer is such an awful evil, but it also can show just how strong someone is. I have faith that your love for him and God will help keep him strong through this difficult time. May you feel the love of everyone around you always and know that you are not alone.

    As difficult as it is to talk about I want to thank you for sharing this story with all of us. I pray to hear good news in the future and in the mean time am thinking and praying for you both..
    <3

  21. Laura Simmons

    July 15th, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Thank you for sharing your heart and giving us the opportunity to lift you both up in prayer. Even in high school, Daniel was all those sweet things you described. I’ve always wanted the very best for him. Sending lots of love and prayers your way. You are not alone.

  22. Abi Perez

    July 18th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Chandy. I’m a local photographer & I belong to the TuesdaysTogether group. I haven’t had a chance to personally meet you yet, but I hope to soon. I’m so sorry for what you & your husband are having to go through. Revealing something so personal can be scary, but you have no idea how many people you are helping, by posting this story. Those Bible scriptures are going to help you more than you know. One of my favorite scriptures that has helped us during difficult times is Psalms 34:17,18. Actually that entire chapter of Psalms is so beautiful. Sending you & Daniel a big hug & lots of positivity.

  23. Amy Wells

    July 21st, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Praying and believing!

  24. Heidi K

    July 30th, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    This is heartbreaking. I don’t even know you but I decided to click on the link and read. I worked with your sister, Jordan, at a restaurant like 8yrs ago and don’t even really know her. I cried though reading this. My heart goes out to your lil’ family of 2. I am not married, but I have been in a loving relationship for 6 years now and know I’m with the man I want to spend the rest of my life/have kids with and now I’m getting super scared after reading this post. My bf has been experiencing pains in his groin too but he says it’s nothing (bc he’s been experiencing them since before we met). He says it’s just an off and on infection. STD is ruled out since I go to my obgyn once per year and if that was the case, there would be something wrong with me too after all these years together. I beg him to go see a Urologist but since he has no insurance, he refuses. My biggest fear is that when we do get married and want to have kids, that we will be in the same boat. I hope so badly that his nonchalant attitude is reflective that there really is nothing serious going on. But, after reading your story I’m about to pay out of pocket so that he will go see the Urologist! Or, at least marry me so he can use my insurance. ;-P

  25. Paula Shaffer

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Praying and believing!

  26. Kimberly Connell

    July 31st, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Hi Chandra! You don’t know me, but I knew Daniel when he was a kid when we went to church with his parents. I read your blog and want you to know I am praying for healing and restoration in Daniel’s body and for strength and rest for you both! When it seems impossible with man, with God ALL things are possible!! My heart goes out to you both and I am believing with ya’ll for your miracle!!

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