Preparing for a Long Haul…

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” — Psalm 91:1-2

Chase went into his surgery this morning at about 7:45, and the surgery went quickly and well.  The surgeon, Dr. Alden, was able to remove all of the tumor that we’d seen on the MRI last night.

However, the initial results of the pathology that was sent in during his surgery showed that the tumor is malignant, which means that it’s an aggressive tumor which gets bigger quicker than a benign tumor, and may spread more quickly.  Also, Dr. Alden saw several smaller (“spore-like”) tumors in the sub-arachnoid space of the brain. 

The sub-arachnoid space of the brain.

Since the pathology report showed that the tumor is malignant, the doctors are also now more concerned about some gray coloring that they’d seen on the MRI on Chase’s spine.  They think that the tumor may have spread down into his spinal column.

So, where do we go from here?  That’s the big question that’s been on Ellie and my mind.

Well, the next step is the full pathology report.  The full report will tell the doctors exactly what kind of tumor it is (there are a bunch of types of malignant tumors), which will tell them how aggressive the tumor is, and what kind of treatment is needed.

What is for certain is that Chase will need to do some kind of chemotherapy for the next four or so months, and then he will probably need to do radiation therapy.  This may continue for some time, depending on the type of cancer it is.

This is going to be a long process for Chase.  We appreciate all of the prayers for us and for Chase, and all of the phone calls, texts, Facebook messages, and tweets that people have been showering on us.  We are so grateful for all of our family and friends that have been so encouraging to us in every way.

Chase after his surgery, with his awesome scar.

9 Responses to Preparing for a Long Haul…

  1. We are so saddened to hear this news! We will be praying for you guys a ton. I wish we could do more for you. Know we are standing by with you all before God’s throne! Much love from the Willemssens to your family.

  2. What words are sufficient? You don’t know me, I read of your family and situation just a few moments ago, and yet, we are family. God’s grace keep and strengthen you. He promises to never leave or forsake, that His grace is sufficient. I ask His rest for you and the peace only He can give. Thankful He also holds Chase tenderly in His arms. My heart hurts for you all…and yet we hope.

  3. Noelle corrigan

    You are in my prayers . I’m family of Katie corrigan and robin Stratton . I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health , As it goes well with your soul. Keep strong !

  4. ScottandCharlene Howington

    We are continuing to pray for you all! ~charlene

  5. I’m on the Harvest prayer team (and we also have many mutual FB friends that have been posting prayer requests and updates). I have been praying for your son all day. His story has really touched me. I will keep praying. Your faith through all of this is incredible. I am praying for strength, courage and peace in your family through this hard time. Our God is bigger than this whole situation.

  6. Our family prayed for you tonight and will do so. Keep the faith.

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  8. I too have cancer, stage 4 Prostate cancer. I wish I could place my hands on your son and draw out those cancerous cells from his body and take them into mine. I’ve lived my life your son deserves the chance to live his as a healthy person. I will pray for him and your entire family. God Bless You.

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