Monday, September 16, 2013

Christine Update

Thankfully we were able to get another update quickly. A real answer to prayer! Please continue to keep this family in your prayers as they continue this journey.

Christine Neall’s Brain Tumor Update #27
A quick note to share a praise to God for his love, continued mercy and sustaining grace.  We had a safe trip to and from the NIH in Maryland for another MRI and checkup.  The night before the appointment, we talked with Rob’s cousin James (an oncologist) about Temodar (the chemotherapy that is being recommended) and how it works on a cellular level.  We really appreciated the time he spent to talk with us.  It made us less hesitant to start chemo if the tumor was growing, yet more sure we wanted to wait to start chemo until the tumor showed definite signs of growing.
With some apprehension we awaited the doctor.  When she finally arrived, she walked in and said something to the effect of, “Well, nothing has changed.  The tumor remains stable.  Stable is such a good word in this profession.  We’ll see you back in 3 months.”  I think this was the shortest visit we have had to date as that was about the extent of it.  We talked a little more but were soon out the door and on our way back with much relief and very grateful hearts. 

We haven’t yet seen the radiologist’s report (which caused so much apprehension after our last visit), but it should be here the beginning of next week. 
Although in our Christian life “stable” is not something that is possible (“You cannot stand still; you must either advance or retrograde.” 5T 264), in other areas of life “stable” is such a wonderful word.  In a world of mind numbing changes happening at blinding speeds, we are thankful for a consistent God who “changeth not.”  He is “the same yesterday, today and forever.”  And although we are thankful for a “stable” tumor site, we trust Him who “changeth not.”
Thank you for your prayers in our behalf.  The Lord mercifully heard those prayers and continued to grant a “stay” to the tumor… “And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further:” Job 38:11
Have a blessed Sabbath,
Rob and Christine Neall

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