Sep 22, 2009

Tuesday Night

We found out a little more about the cause of the seizure. The tumor regrew, faster than the doctors expected. This is also the reason he was having a harder and harder time speaking the past couple of weeks - because the tumor was getting bigger.

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday morning) they’re going to do surgery to remove the cancer again. If the surgery goes well then many of his recent symptoms, including his difficulty in speaking clearly, will probably subside. He will then have to restart chemo therapy and continue the radiation.

But there is also a chance that it may not go well, but instead cause more damage to his brain. The doctor speculated that he is two-thirds sure that the surgery will go as planned.

Please pray that his surgery would go well and that we’d have much more time with him when he’s healthy. Pray even that there wouldn’t be a tumor when the doctors start the surgery. Today he said that he is really looking forward to going home (meaning his real home, heaven) but he wants to be here for us, his family.

It’s really encouraging to see my dad and mom not distraught over this. The worst-case scenario health-wise (dying) would bring about the best thing that my dad has ever experienced: being with his Savior. For my mom, as she says, it would be only an interruption in their relationship with each other if he died, not an end. There’s real sadness (for all of us) but I’m heartened that they see the reality of heaven.

Philippians 1:21-24

-Ben

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I will be praying for all of you...

Anonymous said...

Praying and trusting

Alicia Joy LeBlanc

John Q said...

praying...

Anonymous said...

Praying
Lotinskys

Anonymous said...

Praying for your peace and healing.

SharonL said...

May God's peace surround & comfort all of you. May God guide the surgeon's hands & may His holy will be done. You are all in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Dear friends, you are in our thoughts and prayers today

Transitions and Trends said...

i remember this feeling... i will pray so much.

bekah walker (kessler)

Anonymous said...

We are praying for all of you.
Come Holy Spirit.. be with Steve and his family, surround them with your strengthening, comforting grace.

Mona said...

Praying!!

Anonymous said...

Praying.

Tim - Dublin, CA

Anonymous said...

I will be praying throughout the morning. I wish to have Mary's God-honoring attitude should the Lord ever see fit to take home my husband/best friend of 20+ years, before me. I thank the Lord for her example during this difficult, heart breaking time as she spends her hours by Steve's side wondering what their Lord has in store for them next.
Wendy in Maryland

Megan said...

Thank you for letting us stand with all of you and pray - The Brewer Family

Anonymous said...

I am so overwhelmed by your situation---and equally overwhelmed by your faith and confidence in God. Praying for you in Pittsburgh.

Anonymous said...

praying and praying

Sara said...

praying here in Lancaster...

Johanna said...

Praying,
The Beattys

Anonymous said...

Continued prayers. Also you are on the prayer chain at my old church in Latrobe. Rene

Mark said...

Steve, Mary and Family,
I know that the road that your family has had to travel has stretched each one's faith more than we could have imagined years ago at JUMC. But thanks be to Him Whose Grace is enough no matter where we trod. You all are tangible testimony to that Immeasurable Grace.
All our love and prayers to you all,
Mark from Philly

Bernadine said...

praying always...

Anonymous said...

praying for healing

Roger Hooper said...

Praying!

All 8 of Us said...

praying!!
Kathi

Roger Hooper said...

Praying!

Anonymous said...

You have our continuous prayers.
Azad & Family