Becca’s Story

Site created on October 9, 2018

My name is Becca. The last three months have been some of the most confusing, unnerving and helpless in my entire life. I began having headaches that would wake me up in the middle of the night, bring me to my knees mid-day and make me question what my new normal would be. It was a throbbing pain that would start in the back of my head and quickly but surely wrap around to the front of my head with an unbearable pulse. Much like a fire truck you can hear coming around the corner and, before you know it, it’s on your front step.

So I went to the eye doctor. They examined my eyes and saw nothing too peculiar upon initial inspection. Upon further inspection through dilation, a swollen and pressurized optic nerve was uncovered. I was sent immediately across the street to the hospital for a CT scan from the ER. My results from this were ones that never leave you the same. A large mass was found in the back of my brain. They didn’t know if it was cancerous, they didn’t know if it was anywhere else in my body and they didn’t know how long it had been there. I was immediately life flighted by helicopter to receive an MRI from another hospital where I was to remain on meds to help with swelling and pain until surgery.  It was determined that the best surgeons were at Barnes Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis.  So I was transferred there.  It’s been a whole lot of “hurry up and wait”. What I want to do with this journal is wait well. God is my rock, my king, my best friend and when I heard this news for the first time, I had peace, strength, hope, comfort and power flooding into my heart. I had no time to feel alone or powerless. My God was with me. God has been telling me that the waiting is just as worthwhile,  just as important,  as getting the tumor removed. So here I am. Waiting well and with a purpose. This mass will be a masterpiece.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Becca Jungers

I just went to St. Louis this past week for my 15 month check up. And need to update you all. 

First things first, my MRI was completely clear! No tumor forming. No need for radiation of any kind! My brain even looked better and more settled than it did a year ago which, at that point, was 3 months after surgery. 
It was an extremely positive and affirming visit. I have felt really good, especially these last few months. Physically and otherwise. To have doctors tell me that I am healthy and to continue doing what I’m doing was reassuring to say the least. 

All is well! Praise God!

There is something about going to a place that is almost frozen in time for you. Something really special. 

That’s what St. Louis is for me. My time capsule. A place I will continue to go back to each year for checkups, as far as I can see, only to rediscover, and potentially dig up for the first time, just what the month of October in 2018 meant to me and for me. 

I was able to go to dinner with the manager of the hotel my family lived in for the month I was in and out of the hospital. 
Her name is Stephanie. She went above and beyond with her compassion, helpfulness and care for me and my family in our time of severe distress. I love her. She will forever be apart of my story.
And know that we are not the exception. Every resident of that hotel is a recipient of her love and kindness  

I am so glad we were able to honor her...and eat some delicious Italian food.

Remembering is important. Remember how present God was in our situation...and to see it with fresh eyes again. It’s a blessing I do not take lightly.

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working.
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working.

It increases my faith and overwhelms my soul. And there is so much peace there (Matthew 11:27-30).

I am so grateful. For my doctors. For my hotel staff I got to see. For you.
For every way God is continuing to reveal Himself to be and show me He’s not done with me yet. 
He’s not done with any of us. Far from throwing in the towel for our lives. 
There’s so much more!

He’s after our hearts and will never let us down. Amen!

Until next time!

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