Friday, January 16, 2009

Please Say a Prayer

Last week on Friday my Aunt Bobette hadn't been feeling very well and ended up going in to the emergency room in Fremont, NE. She was afraid from her symptoms she might have been having a small stroke. They did some tests and found a spot on her brain that wasn't supposed to be there. They took her in to UNMC (University of Nebraska Medical Center) in Omaha where she could see a neurologist and have more tests.

After multiple CT scans and MRIs it was determined that she had a tumor on her brain. They scheduled surgery for this past Tuesday. They went in and removed all of the tumor they could see. Surgery went very well. They were afraid she would lose use of her left side for awhile but was able to move it after surgery which was great. She was in the ICU for less then 24 hours after surgery before she was moved to a regular room because she was doing so well.

The doctor came in Wednesday night and said that preliminary tests were showing that the tumor was malignant and very aggressive. He referred her to an oncologist and a hematologist to help decide the next course of action. They were hoping to get back to her with more news about the tumor and what to expect.

Yesterday it was confirmed that she has stage 4 glioblastoma. The most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. There are two other spots in her brain that are not tumors yet and the doctor is hoping they can stave them off with chemotherapy. She will undergo treatments of both chemotherapy and radiation it sounds like. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this cancer. The doctor says that usually, someone with this diagnosis, can expect about a year.

Please say a prayer for my Aunt and all of our family. Thank you.


joy said...

Mandy, I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt. I will definitely say a prayer or two for her. I'll get a hold of Sister Anita and ask her to add her to my prayer list. Sister has been so wonderful to me and every little bit will help. Keep the faith. Stay strong.

Love you,

mom said...

Thanks for adding this to your blog. Bobette (and me, too) appreciates all of the prayers being said on her behalf. We have an awesome God!
Love, Mom