Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Post - 03/15/09

Sorry that it has been so long since the last post. It it not because I haven't wanted to post, but there has been very little to post about...

Dad has been, in my opinion, has been slowly improving - at least his mood has. I notice it when I talk to him on the phone. He is more cheerful and upbeat. His short term memory loss still seems to be present, but I think it is improving.

Dawn is going to go to radiation with him on Wednesday the 18th and talk to Dr. McCormick to get an update. I want to also know when dad will have another MRI so we can tell if the tumor has shrunk.

When I know more, I will post again.

Continue to pray that this radiation does what it is supposed to do and totally gets rid of these tumors. Also pray that whatever depression he is feeling is replaced by contentment and peace that only Christ can give.


I know you are here for updates on Dad and I appreciate that.

I do have something else that I would like you to lift up in prayer.

Me. Around Christmas '08, I discovered a very sore spot in my chest. I went to our family doc to see what the heck was up. We watched it for a while and it continued to get bigger. My Doc referred me a couple of weeks ago (about the time we put dad in the hospital) to a specialist. He did all kinds of blood work, a bone density scan, and some other tests.

Long story made short is this. The blood work and the MRI that I have show that I have a tumor in my brain on my pituitary gland. I go to the Dr. tomorrow for a more throughout discussion of what we are going to do about this tumor in my head. During the conversation I had with him last week, he indicated that he did not want to look at surgery quite yet, so we will likely be perusing some meds that he said can be effective in shrinking this kind of tumor.

I have a surgery consult later this month about the mass in my chest. I don't know a bunch about it yet.

I have told Dawn about my issues, but not my dad. If you see and/or talk to him, please do not mention this to him. He has enough on him plate right now as it is and I don't want to tell him until I have something concrete to tell him.

I'm not sure what to say next....... Pray for us.



  1. Wow, Todd!! I am overcome right now just hearing this news about you on top of what you are all going through with your dad. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers for all your health issues. Exodus 14:13-14 says "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today....The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still."
    In His Love, Gloria

  2. I am praying for you, your father, and your whole family Todd.

    Debbie Stephens

  3. You know, as always, that we are both praying for you guys!

    Love you tons!!