Through out this process Gary and I have struggled with knowing what to pray for. We too, like Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:8 have asked God many times to take this thorn out of our side. But He reminded us over and over again that His power was made perfect in our weakness, and we have sensed His power in a indescribable way. In recognizing His power and love for us at such a deep, deep level, our prayer has been and continues to be, “May your will be done.”
Having said that I will update you on where we are at and what the future looks like as of today, remembering that we are taking one day at a time and trusting in Gods plan for our lives.
The tumour is diagnosed as a Grade lll Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma Glioma. In other words; stage 3 malignant brain tumour. There is obviously a lot more medical information that comes with this diagnosis but I won’t go into that.
At this time the only treatment this type of tumour responds to is radiation, which doesn’t ‘cure’ it but slows down regrowth. They have no proof at this point that chemo would be of any benefit.
Over the next 3 weeks they will be working with Gary on radiation prep, then start radiation. Radiation will be 5 days a week for 7 weeks, which can only be done in Calgary. We will need to be in Calgary for those 7 weeks. After radiation, Gary will need to get regular MRI’s to monitor the area.
Besides regular MRI’s to monitor regrowth and intense prayer to prevent regrowth there is nothing we can do to change the diagnosis. After healing from radiation there should be minimal to no symptoms until (if) regrowth reaches a certain stage.
This hasn’t changed, intensified if anything. Statistics show that this type of tumour can return (with radiation treatment) within 5 – 7 years, but they are just that, statistics. God can change them in an instant. After radiation we will need to stay in Alberta until the swelling goes down and the doctors receive a satisfied post MRI, possibly 8 weeks.
During this time and especially after radiation we plan to tackle the Spanish Language and share this part of our journey in churches or where ever God permits. A realistic departure date at this point could be November 1, but that too we’ll leave in God’s hands and allow Him to orchestrate.
During our time here and once we get to Bolivia, we will live everyday to the fullest to the best of our ability glorifying and trusting Him who sustains us.
Thank you so much to each of you who have given to us personally, all those funds have been and will continue to be used for medical expenses and our stay in Calgary ect. At this point we would suggest that all giving be directed to EFCCM towards our ministry. Over the next while we will be able to give you an update on our ministries financial situation.
Our prayer and desire is that through this all of us (you and me), will come to understand what it means to trust God at a deeper level with everything we do. That our desire to serve Him would out weigh any fear we may have and that our faith would be strengthened to where we can truly say, “I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”2 Cor. 12:9-10
Thank you again for your immeasurable support to us during this time, we pray for peace and blessings upon each of you daily.
Until next time,