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7/12/2016 Latest post:
On July 4th, Brenna went to the Emergency Room as she was having trouble seeing. Long story short, on Wednesday, July 6th it was confirmed via a high resolution MRI that she had a brain tumor. The type of tumor is a Craniopharyngioma which is a small pituitary gland brain tumor and is of a "concerning size" per the doctor. Brenna is being admitted to the hospital on Monday, July 11th with surgery taking place on the morning of Tuesday, July 12th. It is not known whether the tumor is cancerous or benign and will be determined once the pathology report comes back. She is expected to be in the hospital approximately 4 days after the surgery. Three weeks of feeling not so hot and by six weeks she should be back to normal (well as normal as Brenna can be - hahaha). There may be radiation as part of the recovery but that will be decided after the surgery.
Brenna's spirits are awesome!!! She has nicknamed the tumor Mr. T and we "pity the fool (tumor)" as it is going down!!!!! She has a strong faith in the Lord. All prayers and good wishes are most welcome. This entire journey has been filled with people that the Lord has placed in her path -- from the nurses, to the surgeon, to her track team, to her family, and to her friends.
Thanks all for all of your thoughts and prayers. Brenna wishes to express her love to you all. We will keep you posted as time permits.
Brenna is checked into the hospital now...room 1842 (Madison Street Towers) until after the surgery (where she will then be transferred to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit (NICU)). For those visiting, please come into the main area and take the 'B' elevators to the 8th floor, then proceed to room 1842. Phone number to the hospital is (256) 265-1000.
Great time with family and friends all praising God and turning it over to him this evening with Brenna and about 17 friends. We learned more details of the plan: take her out of the room (for prep) about 6:00 AM Tuesday morning; from there, into the surgery room about 7:30 with the surgery beginning around 8:15. We have been informed normal surgery will last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, where she will then head to NICU post surgery. We hope to see her smiling face sometime after lunch (although she may not see us -- or not remember seeing us) and after a successful surgery. She will stay at least one night in NICU, then off to a regular room. Thanks again, what an uplifting experience in her room tonight. The power of God and His presence was truly felt among all and we feel as if we are in God's hands. Glory to God and praise his Holy Name. Fill us all with strength for the day ahead and courage to face His will, as well as knowledge and power being with the surgeons and staff..
We made it to the STICU and there is a lobby where all can hang out during the surgery (on the 1st floor). Temporarily, you can still visit her in room 26 until 7:30 AM.
It is 8:15 and they took Brenna into the operating room for her final prep. The nurse said it would take her an hour to an hour and a half to complete the final prep just prior to surgery begining. Someone will visit us in the lobby/waiting room to let us know when the surgery begsn. As well as to provide us an hourly update. Everyone here has been so good to us, glory to God for His mighty hand at work. The,Great Physician!