"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

Philippians 4:13

Monday, July 30, 2012

His Hands are Upon You

   It has been almost a year since our last post.  Things had been going quite well for Jeff.  He had purchased a house with his cousin Ryan in Muskegon and restored it.  He loves having his own place to call home.  He had finished his chemotherapy treatment the end of June and was very much enjoying his break.  He was also ecstatic to welcome his new nephew to the world.
  
   Prior to his completion of chemo he had a brain scan done.  The news was good, the empty space from the removed tumor section had shrunk.  Every three months he has scans done to monitor the old and watch for any new growths.  Just last week we received the results from his most recent scan.  The tumor has spread.  Jeff has also been experiencing some peripheral vision loss in right eye.


The scan on the left is the most recent MRI and the one on the right is from three months ago
The White section under the blank space from the first tumor is the new growth



     Last week he had a consultation with a neurosurgeon in Muskegon who has reported this tumor to be inoperable.  Due to its location and growth throughout his brain to operate would be detrimental to his vision and/or speech.  We were encouraged by his oncologist to seek a second opinion.  Upon approval from his insurance an appointment was made to visit the University of Michigan.  His appointment was scheduled for 8am this morning so Jeff, his Mom, Dad and sister Tonya went to Ann Arbor last night. 

   While they were at a restaurant Jeff was telling a story, as he most frequently does ;).  He began to get frustrated with himself when he couldn't remember a part of the story or certain word he wanted to say.  Suddenly he just stopped talking and began to sweat profusely.  They couldn't bring him back so they dialed 911.  When asked what his name was he replied "freedom".  It was clear something was wrong.  When they reached to UofM Medical Center they were told he was having seizures.  The seizures continued, most when he would become frustrated with himself.  The medical team then sedated him so he could get some rest.

    He had more tests done at the medical center and they are just awaiting a consult from a neuro oncologist to take place tomorrow morning.  They will then discuss his further treatments.  They are also giving him seizure medication to control the seizures, once controlled he will be coming home.

    We are believing in a supernatural healing for Jeff and ask you to believe and pray as well.  The power of prayer is a remarkable thing as we have already seen!  Jeff is in the hands of the Lord and he is holding him tight.  He is much too spirited and strong to not bounce back from this.  I know beyond the shadow of a doubt our Jeff is pulling through this with flying colors!
"For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord."  Jeremiah 30:17
 

Jeff and his nephew Dylan
 


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