What is A Daily Miracle?

A Daily Miracle started as a blog on the Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow hyperlocal blog site in 2012. When ChicagoNow shut down in 2022, the whole blog moved over here!

In September 2019, my twin sister, Stephanie, and I were diagnosed with breast cancer within 3 weeks of each other, at age 30. We both chose to be treated for our breast cancer(s) at Mayo Clinic’s Breast Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and are so grateful we’ve been able to work with some of the best doctors in the world. Our baby sister is a “previvor” going through preventative screenings at Mayo every 6 months.

We’ve been through all kinds of breast cancer biopsies, diagnoses, treatments, and surgeries. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer recently, this site has some guideposts to hopefully help encourage you and illuminate your journey!

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Guideposts

Preventative screening & diagnoses

Mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, clinical and self exams, MRI biopsies, ultrasound-guided biopsies, stereotactic core needle biopsies

Surgery

Double mastectomy with direct-to-implant reconstruction; implant exchange

Chemotherapy & endocrine therapy

TCHP; TDM-1/Kadcyla; Tamoxifen

Survivorship

Motherhood, formula feeding, remission, clinical and self exams, (more) biopsies, nutrition, mental health, counseling, community, faith, family, friends, exercise

Who We Are

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Here is my sister Stephanie all ready to go into her sentinel node injection the day before her surgery in 2020!

Stephanie

Steph was diagnosed with Stage 2A HER2+ breast cancer in September 2019. Steph’s story

Here’s my baby sister outside Mayo where she got an “all clear” at her most recent preventative screening!

Jennifer

Jennifer is our baby sister and a “previvor” who has not been diagnosed with breast cancer. Because we are all BRCA negative, Jennifer goes through intensive preventative screenings every 6 months. Jennifer’s story

All ready for my pre-operative sentinel node injection before my double mastectomy in 2019!

Allison / AJ

Allison was diagnosed with Stage 0 DCIS in September 2019. AJ’s story

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Here are my dad and mom behind me on the Slinky Dog roller coaster in Disney World the week before my diagnosis!

Jon / Jane

Our dad, Jon, is an American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink co-chair and ambassador. Learn more about Jon’s campaign and donate at this link! Our mom, Jane, is a 20+ year breast cancer survivor diagnosed with DCIS just like me!

Encouraging Bible Verses

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

James 1:2-4

We’re all in this together.