Oct 24, 2009

We visited Cleveland Clinic (in Cleveland, Ohio) this past week. It's number 6 in the U.S. for neurosurgery. We met with the chief of neurosurgery there, who gave me about the same information that I received at Mayo Clinic. His techniques are different, (etc), so we are going to speak with our local neurosurgeon on Wednesday, and present him with both doctors plans of attack and see if he has any adivce on which Clinic to go with. We are also scheduling another MRI, to see what is happening with the edema. I am desperately hoping it is gone, and that this was just an infection of some sort. The doctor in Cleveland said that there is a small chance that that could be true, so I am fixated on that right now, as it is a much lovelier option than the glioma (brain tumor). lol

  • While in Cleveland we took the girls to Lake Erie and collected some beautiful sea glass on the shore that we are going to use to make a small frame. The girls are being so awesome about all of this. They sat in the lobby for 3 hours by themselves during some of my consultations just playing and chatting it up with the staff.

  • One of the top comments/questions I am asked is regarding my hair, and what will happen to it due to the craniotomy. Well, the good news is that they just make a very small incision across the top of my head and flip the skull bone back to do the surgery. There will be barely any hair loss. (yay!)

  • Please add my precious mother-in-law, Linda, to your prayers as well. Last week, we learned that she has breast cancer. I will be updating how she is doing on here as well. At this point, they are just holding tight, as their appoinments don't start until next week, Thursday. I will post her updates here as well.

  • Thanks once again for all of the prayers and support. The prayers sustain me in a very tangible way. Throughout my life, as trials have come and go, I have always felt God walking by my side as I tackled the problem at hand. But, this time, there is not much I can do of my own strength to change these events, and I do feel God carrying us through it.

  • "The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philipians 4:7
  • Love and hugs to you all from all of us!


Our Family said...

Gorgeous photos Autumn, I LOVE that couple one at the end--so very romantic! You are in our prayers.....God is good!
Love ya

Hali said...

Happy Birthday Autumn!! Much love and many prayers be with you. ~Hali

Anonymous said...

Hi Autumn! I hope you had an awesome birthday yesterday!!! I love your family pictures, especially the one of you and Andrew, you guys are SO sweet!!!! Sending big hugs your way.

Lots of love,

King Arthur Queen Rebecca Princess Adrianna said...

Awesome pictures of awesome people :) thanks 4 the update. Glad you are doing better and in good spirits. Hugs from KY

Misty said...

I enjoyed the pictures...my favorite is of the girls in midair. =) Thanks for the update. I hope that all continues to come together as you decide on the next step.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday Autumn and Samantha! Our snail mail card remains here unsent so this is a first attempt to comment on a blog other than Facebook, with which I'm still struggling :) Your website is wonderful--what beautiful picture snaps of your lives together! Harold and I continue to pray often daily for you, Andrew, Samantha & Makaela and will add Linda to our prayers as well. It's been years, but I remember liking Linda so much. We praise the LORD that He hears and answers prayer! We're claiming promises in Jesus' name and believe that indeed His word never returns to Him void (Isaiah 55:1)-- and look forward to witnessing how He works "all things out for good" (Romans 8:28) Praise God for the peace He is giving you and for how He is directing your path!!! We love you ~ Judy & Harold Van Dyke, Murrieta CA

Margaret said...


You and Linda, Andrew, and the girls are daily in my prayers. I pray for your strength minute by minute.

From your friend,


Eleanor said...

Hi Autumn,

We're continuing our prayers for you, Linda, and your whole family. Please let us know what we can do to help. We'd like to bring food over the week of your surgery. We love you and we are always thinking about you.

- Andrey & Eleanor