Over the last six to twelve months, I’ve been struggling with bouts of unexplained neurological issues (which I’d naively assumed came from my decade-long journey with Lupus). However, on the evening of September 29, my precious fella found me unresponsive on the floor in our bedroom due to a seizure that neither one of us could explain. Over the past month, we’ve been going through the process of eliminating potential causes- and on November 4, I was diagnosed with a low-grade glioma brain tumor (stage 1-2). After we picked our jaws up off the floor, our neurosurgeon (David Baskin at Methodist Hospital) advised us that surgery would be my best option to avoid the tumor’s progression into full-blown glioblastoma. We’ve learned the tumor is beginning to cause partial complex seizure activity, which has and will increase in frequency the longer the tumor is in there. The prayer request is that the doctor will be able to access and completely remove the tumor, which is located in a deeper (and trickier) part of the brain. Luckily for us, Dr. Baskin seems to be a complete rock star and capable beyond anything we could have hoped for.
My main focus, aside from my recovery- is that the three most important people in my life (Webb, Mary B and Lila) are covered up in love and support by our village of friends and family. We’re under no illusion that we’ll do this perfectly, and ask for your grace and patience as we navigate our way through these uncharted waters. The good news is that we aren’t asking for grand gestures that will require a ton of time- we just need help with small things, such as picking up a child from tutoring or dropping them off at school, helping out with a homework assignment they’re struggling with, or sending a meal for our kids when we’ve had a late night at the hospital. I know these gestures will keep us afloat in the months to come.
As we all know, cancer affects more than just the person on treatment. And while it is difficult to ask for help- we don’t have a much of a choice at this point. The goal in creating this website is to keep you all updated straight from the source, and humbly ask for help where we need it through the attached calendar. These gestures will keep Webb from having to coordinate the moving parts of daily life, which can break one’s back in the midst of moments like this. His shoulders are broad, but this load will be more than any one person can carry alone.
***We will forever be indebted to Leta Shideler, Meghan Skeffington and Jessica Brazelton, who are working behind the scenes and coordinating calendars, managing school logistics- and being all-around heroes for us right now.***
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character; and character produces hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romas 5: 1-5