Hello Family & Friends,
Welcome to a blog about Kate's upcoming brain surgery. This is our first blog, not the best of circumstances, but we thought it would be a good way to keep everyone informed about what is going on.
To bring everyone up to date, my wife, Kate, has been having frequent, intense headaches over the past few weeks that necessitated a CAT Scan earlier this week. Yesterday (Thursday, Nov 2), we met with a neurosurgeon, Dr. Forget (french sounding), and the results showed that she has swelling in the right front part of her brain that is likely caused by a tumor. The doctor informed us that it would need to be removed.
Today (Friday), she had an MRI and it showed a mass of 4 centimeters in diameter. Due to the size of the mass and location, she has been placed on anti-seizure medication as a precautionary measure. Surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday, November 7th at St. John's. Once the tumor is removed, the doctors will perform tests to determine if it is cancerous or not.
Kate will be in the hospital for up to 5 days, at least 1 day in the ICU. Recovery will take at least a month during which time she will have very limited activity and will be very sensitive to light, sound, and sudden movements. Having 3 boys (8, 6, & 2 years old) keeping things quiet will be a challenge.
As you can imagine, Kate is very scared (so am I) as this will be a major trial for our family; emotionally, physically, and financially. However, we are confident that God will supply all of our needs through His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. We also know that sometimes God uses suffering to draw us closer to Him. Whatever the case, we know that all things work for good for those who are called according to His purpose.
We are grateful to have a community of friends and family to support us. The outpouring of support (phone calls, emails, advice, etc) so far has been tremendous. Thank you, it means a lot!
For right now, please pray for our family as the Lord would lead you and also be sure to check back on this blog for more information (and stories) as they develop.
Kate should be posting several items tomorrow, hopefully after a good night's rest.