Just Show Up

I’m reading the book “Just Show Up” by Kara Tippets and Jill Lynn Buteyn in the brief moments God gives of restful reprieve while I care for my husband. I want to add that while only 1/3 into reading the book, it resonated with me deeply. If you get a chance to pick up a copy, it would bless you if you are suffering or know of one suffering.

To those of you who have “just shown up” we just want to say we’re forever grateful. We’ve received so many cards, texts, and phone calls of love which have given us courage to face this season of brain cancer one day at a time.

My brave husband continues to fight glioblastoma with very little complaint. He has a MRI this week to see how much his last 2 treatments have helped further dissolve his tumors.

We love you and appreciate your prayers.

Much love,

Viv

August 8th, our 24th wedding anniversary ❤

Glioblastoma

My husband never gets sick, he never gets colds, flus, or anything. My kids and I get sick and cough all over our small house but Mark……he never gets sick!

Until now.

After 4 and 1/2 hours of a diagnostic brain biopsy we have the dreaded diagnosis. Glioblastoma. Until just recently I couldn’t even pronounce the word and now it’s all I think about. This aggressive cancer is mean and nasty with a grim outlook due to high mortality rates. The prognosis for my beloved is not what anyone can handle hearing. 12 months. That’s all we’ve been given which is more generous than the 6 month life expectancy they gave him if we’d chosen to not pursue treatments.

So we fight. My hubby is a fighter and I am too. We’re not going down without one and we’re certainly not giving up. Yes, glioblastoma is a hard reality but our days aren’t numbered by doctors. God numbers our days. God knows the outcome. God is in control.

Since writing the above there are some changes…..

We’ve made a decision to get another opinion at Duke in NC. Please pray for us! The team at Duke specialises in brain tumors and are known nationwide for their advancements in brain tumor research. We are at peace knowing God is leading us there. And we continue to hope.❤

Much love,

Viv