Sep 27, 2009
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Sep 22, 2009
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.
Last night Steve had another seizure and had to be life flighted down to the hospital in Pittsburgh. The doctors believe that the seizure was caused by swelling in Steve's brain.
Right now Steve is unable to speak, but is lucid and can understand everything happening around him.
The doctors are considering surgery to relieve some of the pressure on the brain. There are risks associated with the surgery [not exactly sure what], and because of this, the family will need to make some decisions regarding the best way forward.
Please be praying for the Murphy family and for Steve. We serve a God who cares so deeply about Steve that He sent His precious Son to die in Steve's place. If God would do such an incredibly loving thing, He'll take care of the Murphy's and hear our prayers. So let's pray.
Sep 17, 2009
please pray for ian that god would spare him from further seizures and that the effects from this one would be minimal. please also pray for comfort and rest for him.
Sep 15, 2009
Ian wanted me to report that he is doing well and asked for prayer for his memory and initiation.
Sep 2, 2009
I've been struck many times over the past two weeks by Steve and Ian. Father and son. Two recipients of severe affliction. No one knows Ian's sufferings now as well as his father. Steve now shares in the sufferings of his son.
We aren't afraid of death, but we don't want Steve to leave. Not yet. We believe that god could heal steve, and god could heal Ian. But he might not. There is no promise in the bible that he will or that he has to. And we have to be ok with that.
Sep 1, 2009
Brushing so near to death and facing it so near in my future, I now a have renewed interest in asking those of you who read our blog if you’re trusting in God’s solution for death.