Comfort and Joy

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will
give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Friday, March 16, 2012

Update on Katie

Sent from Katie's husband yesterday. Praise the Lord! Thank you for your prayers.

Hello Everybody,
Katie and I wanted to send an update and let you know how fully all of our prayers have been answered. Yesterday Katie had her first physical therapy appointment and got out of her follow up appointment with the neurosurgery clinic a little while ago. It is very hard to articulate the progress we have seen in the last 10 days! While in the hospital and shortly after getting home, there was tons of pain and some very obvious problems with walking, balance, and general function. In fact, while at the hospital, they were initially recommending 7 days of inpatient therapy. However, as the days have progressed, we have seen marked improvement each day.

At this point, we really do not feel it will even be necessary to continue physical therapy. While there is still some vertigo and slight vision problems, our visit with the clinic today confirmed that this will self correct and is mainly attributed to the change going on in her brain, the medication, and the process of healing. She passed all of her balance tests, and we have peace that the vision issues will self correct with time. The staples have been removed from her incision and she already feels some relief. Also, the full pathology report on the tumor came back, and the entire tumor was a Grade 1 meningioma. In other words, the end is truly in sight! Katie is going to fully recover and life, while never the same, is going to be better than before.

We are all so very excited. Conversations of travel, dates, showers, and pools have resurfaced. There is life after a brain tumor! It seems so strange to move from a point of such fear four weeks ago to feelings of such joy now. Our days on this earth are truly precious. Katie chose to name this tumor Mercy, and mercy is exactly what we have been shown. This experienced has been such a large catalyst in God’s work of sanctification in all of our lives. It has affected each of us in different ways, and I think each person connected with Katie can truly say that in some sense, they have been encouraged through this experience. I say this because we all experience periods of suffering, and it is good to hear testimony that God does not abandon us during these times. We rejoice that complete healing was God’s ordained will for her life, but Katie now has the reassurance that she has stared death in the face and actually had the strength through Christ to cry “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Thank you again for your love and support and for your prayers.

Katie and Jeremy

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