In April 2013 I drove Michael to Doylestown Hospital after dinner that evening due to signs of what I thought might be a stroke or a seizure. I dropped him off at the emergency entrance the attendants placed him on a stretcher and took him in to the ER as I parked the car. By the time I, and the girls entered the ER, Michael had tubes inserted into his mouth as his airways had begun to collapse and he was un-responsive and things did not look good. A nurse suggested that if he had family nearby, they should be called immediately. At that moment, both Emma and I got down on our knees in the ER, and with hands raised, we began to ask God for His healing touch and mercy on Michael. When we had finished, I walked over to him, bent down and whispered in his ear, “please don’t die!” At that moment Michael began to flail his arms and legs, which was a very encouraging sign. After they ran a series of tests they realized that he would need to be transported to another hospital. After a helicopter flight to Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening and a battery of tests run again on Wednesday, Michael had surgery on Thursday morning to remove a tumor from the right side of his brain. When he awoke a few hours later, I leaned over to him and said, “I have good news and bad news for you…the good news is, that God is not finished with you yet. The bad news is that you have been diagnosed with Stage III Brain Cancer. His first words were…”wow – Ok!” And so we began a new journey.
After a successful a surgery removing 2/3rds of the tumor - six weeks of radiation therapy and ongoing chemo therapy, MRI’s completed every two months and blood work done every month, I am happy to say that, through God’s abounding grace and mercy, Michael remains strong and alive, upbeat and positive and encouraged to use this experience, all to the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!
He has not experienced any side effects from either the radiation or chemo therapy treatments. Michael has not missed work and continues to serve his clientele and remains active and quite vibrant. Along with a complete change in nutrition and diet, as well as prayers from saints all over the world on behalf of my husband, his recent scans and readings continue to exhibit that all is stable with no signs of growth or re occurrence. Praise the Lord!
October 2016 Update
In April of 2016 at our routine scan another malignant tumor was discovered on Michael’s brain. We scheduled surgery and elected not to pursue chemo or radiation directly after the surgery. Our follow up scan in August revealed yet again more cancer was growing in the same area of the most recent surgery. We have elected to begin several rounds of chemo to attempt to keep this tumor at bay as well as many natural healing methods of combating cancer. We are deeply saddened but not consumed because of God’s great love for us.
~Michael & Linda