On Saturday, August 29th, the Lord saw fit to allow a significant trial to enter our parents' lives, as well as our own lives. Desirae suffered a seizure, and, upon further examination, it was revealed that she had developed a golf ball-sized tumor in her brain. A surgery was quickly scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 1st. By God's grace in guiding skilled hands, her surgery was successful, and the tumor was removed. However, biopsy results showed the cancer to be a high-grade, fast-growing cancer which will require further treatment. We are so thankful to the Lord for preserving our mom through her surgery and are confident in God's promise to work all things together for the good of His children. Both in this life, and especially in the next.
On Friday, September 4th, our mom was discharged from St. Joseph's hospital in Lewiston, ID. God answered many prayers with the gracious gift of successful surgery, great care, and awesome support from all involved, including all of you who were praying for her. We thank you all so much!
Before our mom was discharged, the doctor informed my parents that the brain tumor that was removed was a glioblastoma of the fast-growing variety. According to what we have seen and read about, the median life expectancy after diagnosis is about 15-17 months. Obviously this is very scary for all of us, but the most important thing is that our powerful and loving Physician is in charge of everything. We walk by faith, not by sight. God has already done many miracles in our mom's life and so now we pray for another one, trusting that God's good and gracious will for her will be done. Our mom's faith has been so strong throughout this time, trusting that Jesus will use this for her good and all of our good as well.
After many appointments and phone conversations it was determined that the first phase of our mother's treatment would take place in Lewiston, ID, just a few miles away from their home. The alternative was 4 hours of travel up to Spokane and back five days a week. What a blessing that Mom will be receiving care close to home! The doctors' plan for our mother's treatment begins with six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that began on September 21st. Mom appreciates all of the kind and uplifting cards that have been sent to her. Above all else, we are grateful for your prayers to our gracious Father in heaven.
Thanks again for all of the love, support, and especially prayers that you have for our Mom! -Joe, Tom, Sam, Becca, and Ben.