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Sunday night Susan went to the hospital after having a few bad Ďepisodesí (seizures) with her right hand and arm. Only after an increase in her seizure meds were they controlled, so Andy took her to Scripps Green Hospital where she spent the night. Her team of doctorís deliberated what the next course of action was to be as they donít know if the lesion in her brain is a tumor (malignant or benign) or signs of a rare form of Multiple Sclerosis.

This afternoon, the doctors scheduled more scans (MRIís, PET Scans, CT) to get a high resolution image so they can perform a biopsy tomorrow. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday at noon. If the pathologist in the operating room decides the lesion is related to MS, they will leave it alone and now know how to treat Susanís symptoms. If they determine itís a tumor, the surgeon will remove the mass and send it to pathology for further analysis. Or if the pathologists cannot determine for certain what "IT" is they will have to do more extensive studies to get the diagnosis, which could take 1-2 weeks

Hopefully this gives everyone a clinical update. On a personal note, Susan is in good spirits Ė always concerned for others with a smile on her face. She is an amazingly strong, courageous woman with a strong belief that her doctorís are skilled, informed on her situation and she is in good hands.
Note from Susan:
 
I could not do this without all your prayers, love and support.  My prayer is that God would be glorified through this.  He is the source of my joy and strength.
Susan is out of surgery!  A long day for everyone - but she is as feisty as ever.
Shortly after her operation - she was aware, talking, eating ice chips and asking for her ipad.
 
The doctors are fairly confident the lesion that was removed is a tumor, so they ruled out Multiple Sclerosis.  Now we wait for pathology and the next course of action.    Thank you for your prayers - keep 'em coming! 
 
 
 
 
Neurosurgeon Dr. Burdick checking in and accepting a hug from Susan.  He was kind enough to suggest a trip outside to see the beautiful sunset Wednesday evening.    (Less than 24 hours after brain surgery and she is as charming as ever!)
 
 
 
 
October
2013
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10.17.2013
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Today I am thankful for having fun with the people who care for me.
Thank you to everyone for your kind words, candy, kisses, socks, etc. and prayers ;)

10.21.2013
I am super grateful for the sweet cards and emails and and prayers and well wishes and yummy food at our front door for rides and I'm just over-the-top grateful. Thank you everyone for your love and support.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
10.23.2013
Stephanie, Mary and Susan leaving the Doctor on Wednesday. We're thankful for Dr. Smith! (Steph is protecting Susan from her cold with the mask). So grateful for our sweet Mary, too!
"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" Matthew 11:28-30
10.25.2013
Today was a day to be thankful for reminders of God's love. I am so grateful for our perfectly placed next door neighbors, Diane and Kyle. Did everyone see the sunset tonight? So beautiful!

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:13

I am so proud of my wife, this past week was tough. Thursday marked 4 weeks since the start of this adventure, and still no answers "HOW FRUSTRATING". After a down day on Thursday, she brought back her positive attitude and pushed the doctors for answers and direction. As of now we will be scheduling a biopsy early next week, not exciting news, but it's good to be moving forward.

You all continue to be impress me with the love you show her in prayers, comments on this website and in person. We, her family and close friends, always experience her as LOVE personified. She has always been about giving, which in some ways is making this time of receiving another lesson we are learning, "gratitude with grace". Even more than that, she continues to give and show others her sweet spirit. Our family is overwhelmed with gratitude (with grace) for your kindness and compassion.  - Andy
10.26.2013
Gratitude with Grace
10.30.2013
Praise The Lord! I just want to give a shout out to Dr. Halcomb. He was my Anesthesiologist during surgery. Dr. Halcomb and his wife have been an instrumental part of my children's lives and their walk with Jesus through Cru (Student Venture). It was just a "God thing" how He connected us on the day of surgery. I am so thankful for the connection made that day. It made going into surgery much easier. Thank you, Dr. Halcomb.
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