A note from Jonathan

Synopsis of Last Three Months
1/31 – seizure and discovery of brain tumor. Medication controls seizures but has negative side effects.
3/22 – Resection surgery with removal of 98 % of the tumor. Pathology shows an Astrocytoma grade 2. Continue to recover from surgery. Trying to return work and normal life. Back to 70-80 % of regular strength.
5/1 – Increase swelling in and around skull flap.
5/12 – CT scan and blood work reveal strong possibility of infection. Drainage from scar confirms.
5/13 – Surgery to reopen and clean out the infected area. Part of the skull flap left out. Multiple antibiotics used to combat infection. Pain, vomiting, discomfort: all are part of the process. Asking God to remove all infection and return to good health.
Conclusion
Although this is not the journey that I would have chosen, God remains faithful to provide His presence, His peace, and His strength in the midst of this life’s difficulties. My need for Him is in full display. His comfort is all-sufficient.
Jonathan B.
5/16/2011

3 thoughts on “A note from Jonathan”

  1. Jonathan and Karla,
    The words of this old hymn have flooded my mind on your behalf since yesterday morning:

    He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
    He sendeth more strength when the labors increase.
    To added affliction He addeth His mercy.
    To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

    When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
    When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
    When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
    Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

    His love has no limit;
    His grace has no measure.
    His pow’r has no boundary know unto men.
    For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

    We love you,
    Mary Eva

  2. Oh, what a road you’re walking. Our whole family dealt with a stomach bug this past week, and that alone is such a miserable experience. I can’t imagine you going through that sort of thing as only ONE of your terrible side effects. Bless your hearts. I am so very sorry that you’re dealing with all of this but so thankful for your beautiful example of faithful trust in the God who is over all. Praying for deep and endless grace and endurance for you all!!!

  3. We are continuing to life you up in prayer, trusting in God’s plan even though we don’t understand it at times. I know He is in complete control of everything that has happened, and will carry you through this very difficult time. Please let us know if there is any way at all we can help!!

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