Katie Pownell

First post: Jan 14, 2018 Latest post: Mar 5, 2018
On Friday January 12, I was diagnosed with a large brain tumor. I had been experiencing weird symptoms for about a week so I went to see several doctors who ran a multitude of tests on me. Although I knew in my gut that something was not right with my body, nothing can prepare you for the moment you are told you have a brain tumor. At this point, the doctors believe the tumor to be benign, but because the mass has begun to bleed, it is essential that we remove it quickly. So that’s the plan now.

Wednesday morning, January 17, I will undergo brain surgery to remove the tumor. The doctors feel confident, but obviously any brain surgery is highly risky and incredibly scary. The good news is that the tumor is located in my cerebellum (which is responsible for coordination and balance) and not the part of my brain that controls who I am.

My ultimate goal is that the name of Jesus Christ be made known throughout this adversity. The Bible promises that adversity will come our way, but also promises that our God is good and loving and our protector. I believe in the power of prayer and am so thankful for a God who listens.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deut. 31:6

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