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Jan 14, 2018
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We are sad to inform you that Sally has a very large brain tumor and at least two smaller ones. She is in Cerenity care center, 1900 Webber St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Visitors are welcome but please keep visits short. Please pray for Sally that she will know God's presence and peace. Her faith in Jesus is unwavering!
Over the past few months Sally's husband, Jan, and others noticed that Sally seemed to be forgetting things. It started with small things. She would ask friends or family to remind her of an upcoming event or appointment. Even a reminder would not guarantee that she would remember to attend an event later that day. She began to be late to places that she frequented. In early November it became more problematic - arriving late to church or a doctor's appointment, getting confused when driving to her son's home or a favorite restaurant - places that were very familiar to her. The tardiness increased at an alarming rate often arriving well over an hour later than she was due. Those closest to her thought it may be a form of dementia.
She underwent right knee replacement surgery on November 16; memory evaluation would wait until she had recovered. Both Jan and Sally wanted her to go to a rehab facility for physical therapy and recuperation but nothing was available. Two close friends who are nurses recognized the need for at-home services so they helped Jan arrange for scheduled care as well as the necessary physical therapy. Although her knee was recovering nicely, she continued to have difficulty with memory, sometimes not being able to perform routine tasks. She fell twice which prompted a move to the Stillwater Good Samaritan rehab center on November 30. The staff suggested that she may have had a stroke since she was having difficulty with the left side of her body. She was taken to the ER at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul where a CTscan revealed the large tumor and two smaller ones. The neurosurgeon performed a brain biopsy on December 7. We are currently awaiting those results.
Jan has taken great comfort in Psalm 121. "I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed...he will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon be night. The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore!" We can all claim this promise from God and find comfort in His words!!!
On behalf of Jan Pitman, Ryan and Tina, Geoff and Corinna