Over the last six weeks we have experienced God’s faithfulness in the midst of both receiving good and bad news about Jonathan’s health situation. God is good and able to be trusted all the time. Today we received very good news from the doctors.
After Jonathan’s staples were removed, we met with Dr. Markert, the neurosurgeon, who gave us the pathology report confirming a slow growing tumor called an Astrocytoma Grade 2. This pathology report combined with the post-surgery MRI showing that the tumor was almost completely removed is very good news. Dr. Markert continues to be very pleased with the results of surgery and Jonathan’s recovery so far. On his assessment, he noticed a slight improvement in Jonathan’s field of vision loss. Dr. Markert thinks that it is possible that Jonathan may regain at least part of his field of vision loss as he continues to heal. Next week we will see a neuro-ophthalmologist that will map the field of vision loss and guide us in the potential recovery. Pray that Jonathan’s field of vision would recover sufficiently to drive and resume normal work activities.
Next, we moved to see Dr. Nabors, the neuro-oncologist. He showed us comparative MRIs from before and after surgery and we could see a drastic difference. While in the first MRI you can clearly see a golf ball size tumor, in the post-surgery MRI there is virtually no tumor left. He explained that an Astrocytoma is an infiltrating tumor, which means it is not contained, and has a tendency to recur and/or transform to a higher grade, faster growing tumor. But the fact that it is a grade 2 means that it is currently growing very slowly. Dr. Nabors was also very pleased with the results of surgery and does not see a need for any other immediate treatment. He scheduled a follow up MRI in three months and encouraged Jonathan to gradually resume his normal activities.
As we practiced this week’s memory verse with our kids tonight, we are reminded once more of the hope that we have and proclaim: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” This is our confidence.
May God be glorified in today’s positive report and may we continue to trust Him with our lives and our future. May we say in all circumstances: “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”