Aaron’s Story

Site created on March 2, 2021

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We are so grateful for the incredible tapestry of love and kindness the Lord has woven throughout our lives. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

In February 2012, Aaron was diagnosed with brain cancer (Oligodendroglioma) after suffering a grand mal seizure. At that time we pursued treatment that included chemotherapy and radiation which stabilized the tumor. Surgical resection of the tumor was not an option at that time. The treatments were deemed successful and we have been in monitoring until recently (2020).

Newest Update

Journal entry by Aaron & Leah Redling

Aaron returned to work last week! The last couple of weeks have been relatively uneventful - just further imaging and testing in preparation for treatment. The big news is that Aaron will begin chemotherapy tonight and receive his first radiation treatment tomorrow. Because our insurance company denied coverage for proton therapy, Aaron's radiation oncologist has decided, instead of appealing, that IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy) is appropriate and will be just as effective.

We will need help in getting him to and from his daily appointments so as soon as we have the full schedule for his treatments we'll reach out.

Also, another HUGE thanks for all of the delicious meals that have been provided through our Meal Train. It is time for Leah to take more of a role in Aaron's nutrition plan, so we'll pause the Meal Train for now. If you would like to help with groceries or other shopping needs, please click on "ways to help" and see "support links" to provide and Instacart or Amazon gift card.

Please continue to pray:
  • For effective treatment with minimal side effects
  • For Aaron to be able to work as much as possible through treatment (this is important for his mental and emotional health, as well as our financial stability)
  • For Aaron to feel well enough and strong enough to participate in milestones in the lives of our children, especially Renae's high school graduation celebrations and Rianna's theater performances.
Give Praise:
  • For God's love and kindness expressed through his people. We feel SO loved and well cared for.
  • That Aaron's insurance plan provides 100% coverage with no co-pays after his deductible has been met
  • That Aaron's chemo is delivered orally and that no ports or infusions are necessary
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