During March 2020, in one week, Chantel was furloughed from her job, her 7 year old was sent home for remote learning, and she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. The start of a global pandemic was also the start of her breast cancer story. Chantel was diagnosed with Stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma. She went through 8 rounds of iv chemo, double mastectomy and immediate diep flap reconstruction, ancillary dissection of the lymphnodes in her right arm, 28 rounds of radiation and 8 rounds of oral chemo.She is now on estrogen blockers and monthly shots to put her in menopause for the next 5-10 years. The main motto that she has been saying throughout everything is “One day at a time.” We can’t control the past or what the future will hold but we can control the present and how we handle it! Chantel returned to work in March 2021. She works in a hotel booking events, and has worked in hospitality pretty much her whole career. Chantel and her 8 year old son love to volunteer at Lydia House- giving back in recognition of all who have helped her along her journey!
On March 29, 2021 Danielle sat in a small room across from a doctor and watched the word "cancer" come from his mouth, bounce off the walls, and finally hit her in the stomach. While trying to raise her 3 kids, working full time, nursing school, and in the midst of a global pandemic, she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. To say it was a hard year is an understatement, but she managed to get through it! She has taught her kids a lot about being brave, even when we are scared. Danielle has continued to work as the lead staff in a group home with developmentally disabled adults. Although she started the year in nursing school, she has had to put her education on hold to focus on treatment. Danielle has an 8 year old son, a 6 year old son, and a 4 year old daughter. They have been Danielle’s fuel in her fight! After 3 biopsies, 2 surgeries, 10 rounds of chemotherapy, 1 week in the ICU, 105 visits to the wound clinic, 35 lymph nodes removed, a double mastectomy, and many tears there's finally a light at end of the tunnel! Danielle has 29 more rounds of radiation until she gets to start the rest of her life!