Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Great News, Many Praises

Today we recieved the results of the pathology on the tumor that was removed from Kate's brain two weeks ago (it's been a long two weeks!). The results show that her tumor is still considered a mixed glioma, which is a mixture of astrocytoma cells and oligodendroglioma cells that are cancerous, this is also known as a oligoastrocytoma. The good news is that her tumor is less agressive than last year and is more in line with a grade 2 tumor. Last year Kate was diagnosed with a grade 3 mixed glioma, called an anaplastic oligoastrocytoma. Kate is extremely happy today and feels very blessed.

Normally tumors become worse (more aggressive) when they recur and we were worried that it might have morphed into a grade 4 tumor, also known as a glioblastoma. Praise the Lord that Kate's tumor has become less agressive. The doctor called it a "gift". Indeed! Every good and perfect gift comes from above!

We also learned that Kate is being discharged from the hospital on Friday and coming home. We are all very excited! Kate can't wait to see the boys, sleep in her own bed again, and start back on her healthy diet. I'm busy getting things ready for her around the house as she needs a few accomodations since she is not 100% yet. She still has a long way to go and tires easily during the day. After she is discharged, Kate will continue to receive physical therapy on an outpatient basis, three days per week for three hours a day.

Praising the Lord for His many blessings,



Anonymous said...

Praising God the father with you all tonight! May he continue to bless you and keep you!
Love in him!
Tom and April Curtis

Anonymous said...

AMEN! Still praying!

I can only imagine these next few nights...dreaming of being home!!

In His Grip,
Sue Stark :)

Anonymous said...

Praise God that is such good news for Kate. Im sure she will be feeling and getting much better now that good news plus going home both in one day. Our Lord does provide so many blessings and we must recognize they are from him.

Grant said...

Praise God!!

Love and lots of snowflakes,

Episcopollyanna said...

Praise God! This is wonderful news. I continue to pray for you and your family daily. God bless you. +

Anonymous said...

We're doing backflips over here with the recent news of your pathology report. I'd take grade II over grade IV any day, too! That's HUGE news, especially with it being the "unexpected..." Dr. Forget is right: it IS a "gift!" So let's go with THAT, huh? Gift from whom? Gift from "chance?" Gift from "coincidence?" Gift from "happenstance?" No, I'd say it's a gift from GOD! Whoooppppiiiieee! Celebrations and all of that good stuff. Laura Joback

Anonymous said...

Praise God for such WONDERFUL news! Only one more day till you get to go home...

We'll keep praying, of course!
Stacey Preis

Anonymous said...

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Praise God for grade 2 instead of 3or 4. Still praying for 50 years.

Anonymous said...

Praise GOD for answered prayer.

What a great way to start this new year.

Enjoy each other and your wonderful reunion tomorrow.

Continued Prayer from Miami.


Anonymous said...

We are so happy to hear the great news! Kate, we have been thinking about you & praying for your early release home. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help out your family.
God Bless,
Dawn & George

Mrs. I. said...

I'm clapping in Pennsylvania!!! Praising, God, too!!

Anonymous said...

FABULOUS news on both accounts...grade two instead of three or more, and discharge plans for Friday! YAY! Remember we are very close by if you need me to pick up some dirty laundry or a shopping list!

Blessings from the Byars.

Ramona Lisa said...

Thank you, Lord! We are so excited that you'll be returning home, and we pray that you'll find the transitions to be a piece of cake (chocolate, of course).

We're missing you! Lots of love.

Anonymous said...

What a Blessing this is. God has worked his wonders again. I'm so happy for you Kate and your family,
to be going home again. Keep up the good work Kate. Were all so proud of you and your progress. What a way to start the New Year, to be there with your family. Praise God, He is so good.

Sue Meyer CBS

Anonymous said...

Kate and Dave, I'm praising God right along with ya about the excellent news. SO glad you'll be home with your four boys again...TOMORROW!!!!
Still praying!
Tiffani G

(NIV) said...

What wonderful news! Praising God with you all.

One in the Body~ Pearl

Anonymous said...

There is always always always something to thank the Lord for!
You know that well! Here it is again - the pathology report, getting ready to go home, progress in PT, helpers/pray-ers in your life. Psalm 23:1

Anonymous said...

What wonderful, encouraging news to wake up to! Thank you, God, for hearing our prayers.

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8

Michelle said...

Dave and Kate,
This song kept coming to my mind as I read your blog this morning...

God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time

If you're walking through the valley
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, He will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
'Cause He's promised to never leave you Nor forsake you
and His Word is true

We were sinners - so unworthy
Still for us He chose to die
Filled us with His Holy Spirit
Now we can stand and testify
That His love is everlasting
And His mercies - they will never end

Praising the Lord with you this morning for His goodness to his daughter Kate and all of us!

The Roloffs

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Kate!! Enjoy your first day at home with all your Snodgrass boys. I know they are thrilled to have you back. Let us know if we can be of any assistance. I can walk across the cul-de-sac anytime. God bless you always...and may He continue to give you strength each day for all the continued work ahead. jen s(neighbor)

Anonymous said...

Hey, Kate...thinking of you this AM as you're (hopefully) preparing to go home...packing your orange suitcase (orange, Kate...hmmmm...),saying your goodbye's to tennie-shoe wearing compadres at the rehab center, hopping (probably literally) out of your alarm-clad bed (won't you be glad that your bed at home is NOT equipped with an alarm...that you can go potty in the middle of the night w/o alerting anyone?...), and braving the misty overcast morn to get on your way home. Though the morning is quite dreary, your mood and the hearts of your supporters are SOARING at the thought of your upcoming homecoming. We love you and think you're QUITE FAB-u-lous! Love from Laura Joback &household

Laura T. said...

Praise be to our Father for the great news about the pathology! He is our Healer and died not only for our sins, but for our healing too. "By His stripes you are healed and made whole" We are going through this trial for a greater purpose that we may never know. I know my husband and I have grown closer to each other and Christ in the process. He is all we need. I have to remember that when I don't have the energy I used to, or when I'm dizzy, or nauseated, etc. You know.

Love in Christ,
from a fellow survivor that understands,

Anonymous said...


Hope you are home now and loving it. Praising God for the report, that your home and for you. I'll continue to pray for the therapy, Dave's back and no more colds for the boys.

God is so good!


Tracey Eimer said...

Kate!!! God is sooo good! He is so Faithful! Praise Him! So happy to read of your wonderful news! So happy for you and your family. Looking forward to seeing you back in CBS class. May God continue to strengthen and bless you all!

Anonymous said...

Praying that each of you are making a smooth transition back into some "normalcy" at home, that your boys get sufficient amounts of your love and attention (without you feeling drained), that your frustrations will be minimal-particularly about your current physical limitations, that you'll get adequate rest when needed, and that all in your household will stay healthy. Also praying that you'll continue to see progress regularly and will be able to keep your focus on your ABILITIES and blessings.
You are loved!
Tiffani G