This will be very short because I do not have many words to say..my heart is broken.
I know God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. I am grateful beyond words for that.
My brother had surgery last Thursday. My little brother. He has had this lump in his neck for about 4 months...he had a fine needle aspiration 2 weeks ago and it showed the mass to be harmless. We all rejoiced! During the surgery the Dr was shocked at what he saw; a grey, ugly mass, wrapped around my brother's carotid artery and jugular vein. It was very hard, like the sole of our shoes he told us...and it was cancer.
No doubting the pathology. It's size and how it has wrapped itself around his major blood vessels kept them from trying to remove it. That is what they intending to do until they saw it. It has grown since he first discovered it too..
It is stage 4 based on size.(6cmx6cmx3cm)..but the Dr said it was "very treatable."
My brother's name is Steve and his wife's name is Amy. They have 4 sons, Caleb 15, Chris 13, Ryan 11, and Evan 5. Please pray the tumor will shrink. Please pray this will bring them together like they have never been before..
They see the Dr for a follow up this Wedn4esday and to make a plan for oncologists, radiation, and then chemo.
I can't believe I am even writing this! What are the chances of two children in one family having cancer????
My Mom is devastated...I had Tim drive me down when we found out the news because I needed to be there..her and I drove home Friday night..we stayed and watched Caleb's freshmen basketball game which was a fun time. We both stayed the night in Steve's room and were quite sleep deprived, so we slept well Friday night.. but the shock and pain is so raw now..
Her husband died of cancer 21 years ago. n Last May her daughter is diagnosed, now, 8 months later, her son is diagnosed...please, please lift her up to the throne of grace..she needs comfort, the kind only God and His people can give.
Her address is just like mine: Sandy Houck 4509 E. Bear River Rd
Boyne Falls, MI 49713
When I hurt I pray and go to God's Word..these last few days I don't even know how to pray..I am grateful for people like you, who can do it for me and for my brother and for my Mom.
Prayer warriors pray!
He is still faithful,
P. S. I have a bone scan on Wednesday because I have been experiencing very intense lower back pain...please pray.
P.P.S. I will write more later when my heart is able.