On Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, Melissa Mayes went to the ER with what we thought were extremely bad pregnancy headaches (Melissa is currently pregnant with our second child, due in late March). Testing revealed that the cause was actually a large brain tumor on her right frontal lobe. She had very successful surgery on Friday, Oct. 7th. Melissa has since been diagnosed with a form of brain cancer known as a Oligodendroglioma, Grade 3. The good news is that her tumor has certain molecular markers that make it very receptive to treatment, and all of the doctors have told us Melissa is looking at a very favorable prognosis.
Our hope throughout this challenging time has been buoyed by a strong community of friends and family, and our faith that God is with us. We have been blown away and awe-struck by the amount of love and support we have already received.
Now that the surgery is over and we know more about what we're dealing with, we'll be using this site to keep supporters updated and to give Melissa a space to share reflections.
We so appreciate all of the continuing words of hope and encouragement and prayer. Thank you for visiting.