Hello family, friends, and guests! My name is Darin Griffith. I'm 45 years old and I live in Arcadia, MO with my beautiful wife Paula and our two awesome kids, Tristen (14) and Lily (2). Life was pretty normal for us until this summer when Tristen went up to Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis for a major surgery on June 19th for his pectus excavatum, which has been a major ordeal.
Little did we know that this would not be the most trying time we were to face this year.
On Thursday July 27, 2017 I went in for a routine CT scan of my head because I had been having a persistent headache for about six weeks. And without warning what had begun as a normal day suddenly spiraled into a nightmare.
The scan revealed that I had a brain tumor.
The next day we spent most of the day back at the hospital having CT and MRI gather data about the intruder in my head. That afternoon we met with renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Tolentino who informed us that I have a malignant brain tumor; the "C" word you never want to hear in a doctor's office... cancer.
Due to the location of the tumor and the swelling a biopsy is not possible to further diagnose the nature of the mass. To make matters worse the tumor is very serious and is putting pressure on my brain resulting in constant headaches. He informed us that this would soon get worse with me losing consciousness and eventually leading to death. The only option that gives me any hope at survival is immediate surgery which will be performed this coming Tuesday August 1st at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
So, completely stunned and in shell shock from this unimaginable news, we are walking down this perilous road where the outcome is uncertain.
But we know that God is in control of all things. He exists outside of time. All that has happened and is to happen until the end of time has already transpired. As Jesus showed us in his time here on earth with us we need only submit our lives to God and He will direct our paths. That has always been a great comfort to me but never so much as now.
"With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgement. Always let Him lead you and He will clear the road for you to follow." Proverbs 3:5-6 CEV