Wednesday, September 26, 2012 —
Charlotte, NC -- The American Cancer Society’s Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer continually strives to find a cure for
Breast Cancer. They also offer programs that give women going through
breast cancer treatment the power and support it takes for their bodies
Meet Danielle Murray, a wife, mother, and a breast cancer survivor.
The day before her 31^st birthday, March 24, 2009, Danielle was
diagnosed with a high risk and aggressive form of breast cancer
(borderline stage 3, HER2+, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) Because of
Danielle’s age and lack of apparent risk factors, the cancer went
misdiagnosed for almost a year, resulting in her cancer being very
aggressive by the time it was finally diagnosed.
March 10, 2009, Danielle was watching Dr. Oz discuss medical mistakes.
He mentioned a case where they switched two women’s mammogram scans –
one had breast cancer and the other did not. This story was her
wake-up call to insist on a mammogram. March 17, 2009, she had a
mammogram, which was followed by dozens of needle biopsies. After many
more scans and tests, it was confirmed that she had four large tumors
growing within her, two in her breast and two in her lymph nodes.
Due to the just-in-time diagnosis and the aggressive treatments she
endured, Danielle is now 3 years out and in remission. Her body
responded well to the chemotherapy and her chances of “disease free
survival” jumped from 40% to 90%. She is a survivor! She has found her
place of joy out of her experience. She and her Husband, Dan; have
adopted a baby boy, they have named Aidan. She looks back at the dark
times through her diagnosis and treatment and states “It all led me to
where I am today, “Aidan’s Mom”, it was all meant to be.”, DanielleMurray
Dan, Danielle, Aidan (photo courtesy of Danielle Murray)