Christian’s Story

Site created on July 8, 2018

Welcome to Christian's page. Thank you for your prayers, support and love for Christian.  We're using this CaringBridge page to help keep friends and family updated during and after his surgery.

Christian was born with a rare type of non-cancerous brain tumor called an epidermoid cyst.  When Christian was 9 months old the cyst caused a type of meningitis which landed him in a hospital in Sacramento for 12 days. At the time the doctors did not know that the cause of his meningitis was the cyst.  Just over a year later, when Christian was almost 2, he had his second episode of meningitis. This time doctors at UW Children's Hospital in Madison suspected it was an epidermoid cyst. MRI imaging confirmed that he had a mass growing below his optic nerves and above his pituitary gland.  After a year of waiting and watching (and multiple MRI's in what Christian called the big truck because it was so loud) surgery is scheduled for July 24th. He recently has had several more episodes of meningitis which have confirmed the need for surgery. Dr. Mustafa Baskaya will be doing the surgery at UW Children's Hospital in Madison. We are praying that God use the surgery to bring healing to little Christian. He will be turning 3 years old just four days before surgery. We trust that God is good and commend Christian into his loving care. 

A favorite Psalm verse has become Psalm 112:7  - He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 

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Journal entry by Sarah Cortright

Ecclesiastes 7:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”

I can’t recall the last time I heard a sermon preached on this particular text but I appreciated the timeliness of it my life.  We were hit with a bit of adversity this summer with Christian’s illness and surgery. I think sometimes in adversity it’s easy to hurry to look for the light at the end of the tunnel instead of seeing it as something from God as well. And then beyond just seeing it as something from God, but also to give thanks for it!  Not that we can’t acknowledge that there is indeed a hardship, but at the same time we also can acknowledge that we have peace and can be joyful for all that our Savior has done.

Yesterday morning I came into the dining room and said “Happy Thanksgiving”! Christian responded from the floor where he was playing with his tractor, “Happy Thanksgiving Mom!” Lately it seems he is always expanding on his vocabulary. He has intense questions to keep me on my toes and invents grand worlds in his imagination. A week ago he had his 4 month follow-up MRI which showed that none of the remaining cells showed any growth. Both neurosurgeons gave the all clear for him to not come back until another 6 months from now for just a quick brain scan. We are giving thanks for this good news! We pray our loved ones both far and near had a wonderful Thanksgiving and may God give you strength to give thanks in your prosperity and adversity!

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