Post-Surgery Update on My Mom

Greetings, everyone,

I’m writing from the hospital.

My mom had surgery this morning. Her request before surgery was that one of her pastors come and sing her the song, “Through it all.” It brought everyone to tears, but it was the good kind of tears.

The good news is that she is awake, and she is alert. She knows who I am! She appears to have full use of her mind and her body. Whew…what a relief. The doctor said that if everything goes well, my mom could be out of the hospital by Sunday. Yeah!

The doctor was able to remove half of the tumor. He didn’t want to go any further because he was concerned there would be damage to her brain. The tumor is malignant; the doctor said that it is one of the most common types of brain cancer. It is a fast growing cancer so it is possible that it has only been growing the past 10 weeks. Or, he said, it is possible that she has had a benign tumor for a long time, and it recently turned malignant.

They will be treating mom with radiation and chemotherapy, starting in about 10 days. The doctor told us that we will have to research all the treatment options.

The prognosis is harsh, but not without hope. The good news is that this cancer doesn’t spread to any other parts of the body.

The doctor has two patients who have survived and are living cancer-free. We are believing that my mom will beat the odds. After we heard this challenging report, my father said it best. He said, “Well, we’re back where we started. All we have is our hope in God.” Amen.

So I request that you continue praying. Thank you again do much for all of your love, prayers, kindness, and thoughtfulness. You all have blessed us so much.

We are grateful to have made it through this day, and we will be taking each day one at a time. A song I used to sing at church comes to mind, “This is the day that the Lord hath made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

I will send out updates as necessary. If you would like to, please continue to email your prayers. I will share them with mom; all of your emails have been a great encouragement. I also thank everyone who called and visited in the hospital. I was grateful to have several people join us today as we waited. We have been shown exceedingly abundant kindness.

Some of you requested information on where to send cards for my mom. Please post a comment for me if you’d like to get her address.


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