MRI and Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Abby had an MRI yesterday, she did great, plus she had the best port access and de-access experience ever. She just said "ouch" when the port needle was inserted, and when we were ready to take the needle out she peeled all the tape off almost completely by herself with very little complaining. I was so proud of her!

Unfortunately the MRI confirms that there are two more areas of suspected recurrence that were deeper than Dr. Shafron wanted to go.

We are going to try to obliterate these areas with stereotactic radiosurgery, which does not require an actual incision, but works by focusing several weak beams of radiation on a central spot. Then we will followup with either 2 or 3 more rounds of chemotherapy like we discussed before.

Please pray that we can get everything scheduled for the SR posthaste. Dr. Graham is worried that we will end up delaying treatment like we did before. There are a lot of little "parts" to the SR procedure that need to come together.

Through all the stress, pain, frustration, and panic God remains. He has been like a blanket over us, covering us and "lifting our heads" when there seems to be no hope. We of course have no idea why he wants us to walk this path, there are certainly many reasons, but we like to think God's glory has been demonstrated in Abby and ourselves.

06:04 PM, 26 Apr 2005 by C. R. Oldham Permalink | Attach Photo

Praying for a miracle

Amy and CR, Our hearts are breaking! We are praying for everyone concerned with Abby's care to make all the right decisions for her treatment. We continue to hope and pray unceasingly for a miracle. Stay strong and let us know how/when we can help. God keep you both in His care, Mom and Dad

by Virginia Wiersma on 04/26/05

Oceans of prayers

Dear Abby & Family ~ From the depths of our souls, we are praying for all of you. Love & Hugs, Mary

by Mary Grahlman on 04/26/05

Hi Abby

I just learned that I can leave you messages on your site. I guess I am not as smart as I look, huh? Anyhow, we are leaving on a trip to San Diego tomorrow. We hope we can take you along someday if you would like, as I am sure we could find some things to do that you would like! We love you and will miss being away from family. You continue to be in our prayers, and we are so proud of you for your courage and grace. You are a great inspiration to us, because we can see that you are trusting our God for everything. Much love, Uncle Rich & Aunt Laura

by Rich Wiersma on 04/27/05

Miracles can occur anytime.

It is terrible to wrestle with a demon that doesn't appear as if it wants to be stopped. Please know that you continue to be in our prayers, our thoughts, and our hopes. Miracles can occur at any time for any reason. We firmly believe that the only reason miracles don't occur is that people never truly pray for a miracle. Many people pray for God's will to be done, when, in actuality, what He wants IS for us to pray for a miracle so He can freely display His wonderous power. We are praying for that miracle on your behalf. With Love in Christ, Doug Shontz (and Patsy Barnes)

by Doug Shontz on 04/27/05

Picture her healthy

You all continue to demonstrate God's glory through Abby's experiences, the contacts that you are making, and the heartfelt thoughts that you express in this venue. I picture little Abby in my mind as a 100% healthy child as I pray for this mega miracle that we all so desire. The last image I have of her before cancer is the picture of her as Rich and Laura's flower girl a year ago. My, has she grown so much since then! I pray that Abby will be able to share her wonderful testimony of God's healing power throughout her lifetime.

by S Lingo on 04/27/05

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