Saturday, April 12, 2008

For all my prayer warriors!

We've got a special prayer request...almost 5 years ago...Andy's mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She underwent an extensively long surgery and they removed a tumor the size of a tennis ball! Her recovery has been amazing...and she is none the worse from the surgery. However...due to the placement of the tumor on an major artery...the surgeon was unable to remove all of it.

Over the past few years...Cathy has had tests and MRIs...the tumor is growing, but at a very slow rate. Yesterday...she went and met with the surgeon to discuss treatment options. The result...cyberknife therapy. I don't know all the details...all I know it is some high-tech laser/radiation machine that gets to the tumor without having to go in surgically. Amazingly...it is outpatient procedure.

The plan is 6 courses of cyberknife therapy...approximately every 4 weeks. She will also have to take steroids to help reduce the swelling...and those may cause headaches and nausea.

It's a disappointing...as we thought it might just be a one-time treatment...but studies have shown it is more effective with smaller doses of radiation over a period of time. And...obviously a summer full of headaches is overwhelming too!

Cathy is a strong strong woman...but prayers for peace about the next few months..as well as guidance and wisdom for the docs would be greatly appreciated. It's been a tough winter and we were all looking forward to a stress-free summer. Prayers that this radiation therapy is a stress-free and pain free as possible would be greatly appreciated.

We love you grandma!

12 comments:

Kathy said...

Of course we'll add Grandma Cathy to our prayers...how sweet of you to ask! I do hope these low doses get rid of it...and the headaches aren't to bad this summer...
I'm glad that you're back Krista!
WILD woman in TN...Glad to hear that you guys HOOPED it up!!
Tell Andy that I'm going to keep on until you make it to VEGAS!!
HUGS to you all!
Kathy

Anonymous said...

Hey guys,
We are praying for all of you and especially for added strength and encouragement for your mom Andy. God does not give us anymore than we can handle and He knows everything you guys have been thru and will hold all of your hands and walk with you thru this situation also. Keep us posted on how Cathy does. Give her our love and let her know we are praying and thinking of her daily also.
Sheri for us four

Melissa said...

I will definatley keep Cathy in our prayers!

The Portas said...

We will most definitely add G'ma to our prayer list! What a strong lady. Wow, the size of a tennis ball?? It's so crazy what treatments they have these days. It sounds like she's in good hands.

Deanna said...

We will definitely be praying. Please keep us updated on how we can specifically pray.

Anonymous said...

I PRAY FOR CATHY! HOPE IT ALL GOES WELL! SORRY TO HEAR THAT SHE IS GOING THROUGH THIS PAIN!

Anonymous said...

We have had the privilege of knowing Cathy for years. The trials she has faced in her life have been staggering and yet she never questions,why me? Her strong faith has always been evident in her life and has shown to others only through Christ can you find the strength and the joy to face trials that may come.
We pray for Cathy and know she will come through with the grace she always shows.
James; 1:12
Blessed is the man(woman)who perseveres under trial, because when he (she) has stood the test, he (she) will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

Anonymous said...

I have been keeping Cathy in my prayers as she has endured so much already. I will continue to pray for her in the months ahead. So happy to hear about your wonderful trip.

Nancy

Anonymous said...

I have been keeping Cathy in my prayers as she has endured so much already. I will continue to pray for her in the months ahead. So happy to hear about your wonderful trip.

Nancy

Judy Davis said...

Hi Krista, I will be praying for Cathy. Sure hope that she does not have complications. Sounds like you had a great time in Tennessee! It is so fun to get away! Hugs, Judy Davis

Anonymous said...

What a special lady Grandma Cathy is! I'll be praying that the cyberknife therapy will be effective and well tolerated with minimal side-effects. Also praying for God's sweet peace to envelop Cathy throughout the next months of treatment.
With love from Christ,
Carol

Anonymous said...

May God bless you Cathy. You and your family are in our prayers. You have been so strong. We are praying for complete success in this procedure and for God to give you a very happy healthy long life. Ginger & Jim