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A Small Favor

on April 25, 2011

I wrote a post previously about a friend who’s been diagnosed with a brain stem tumor. Her surgery was postponed because the neurosurgeon, the chief of staff, asked a skull base specialist to team up with him. More skilled hands can only be a good thing, right? Tomorrow is her big day. Where does the favor come in? No, I’m not going to ask for money to help pay her bills, or anything remotely like that. I am, however, going to ask for something from every person reading this. You can choose to do it, or not, but I truly hope you will. Say a prayer tomorrow for her, her family and her medical team. She has four children, ranging in age from 19 to 6 wks. She’s only 43. She needs to see them grow up and they need her.

Jami and I were never friends in high school. I knew who she was, our school was small enough to know who most people were. We just ran in different circles, I”m sure you can relate.  We have become cyber-friends through Facebook and planning a reunion. And now I feel a different kind of bond with her.  The kind I’d really rather not have, but I can’t change it, so I’ll do what I can to help her.

I had a realization a couple of weeks ago. My father was younger than I am now when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I never thought of my dad being my age, you know? I only thought of him being older than me, he was my dad. Kind of like never really seeing your parents as having been children, even though you may have seen photos, or even video possibly. By the time he was my age, he’d been handed a devastating diagnosis, gone through brain surgery, chemo and radiation.

The doctors do know now what type of tumor is in her brain, the imaging, as advanced as it is, cannot tell them whether it is benign or malignant at this stage, or what type of tumor, astrocytoma, glioma, etc. So, I’m joining her in praying for an uncomplicated, benign tumor that is easily removed and treated. I do hope that you will join me in keeping her and her family in our prayers tomorrow.

Thank you and God bless.

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4 responses to “A Small Favor

  1. Her husband has posted updates on her Facebook page. The last came around 2:30 and he said things seemed to be progressing well. Her vitals were stable and the doctors were working to remove as much of the tumor as possible. On behalf of my friend, I’ll say thank you for saying a prayer for her and her family. I cannot begin to imagine the stress that she’s gone thru these past few wks, since she got the results of that first MRI, or what her husband is going thru right now, the agonizing wait to hear everything is over and she’s doing well. I was 13 when my dad had his surgery. He was at Mayo Clinic in Minn. and I was at home and in school. All I knew was when it was over. God bless them. God bless all who are so profoundly affected by the insidious beast called cancer.

  2. I am happy to have read your friend is doing well after the surgery and wish the good progress continue.

    • Thank you. The first reports were good, however, as with surgeries, there was a bit of a hiccup last night and she had to go back into surgery to remove some tissue because of swelling. They are hoping she will come out of the anesthesia today. Of course that’s what we’re all praying for. Thank you for keeping her in your thoughts.

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