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Posted 2017-02-18T01:22:00Z

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Hello friends. I wanted to pop on and give you all an quick update on what is going on with my amazing husband. Since my last post, Brian has received the Optune device and has been wearing it faithfully. If you haven't checked out the TedMed link from the January 1st post, I highly encourage you to. It's a pretty amazing, cutting edge piece of medical equipment that I pray will change countless lives for the better. The compliance rate they want you to have with the device is 18 hours a day, which translates to about 75% of the time. Brian has been wearing it 94% of the time. We figure the more time on it, the better. The arrays need to be changed every three days and he typically takes about 3-4 hours off treatment to allow for his head to get some relief and his body to get some freedom of movement. He likes to use part of that time at the gym, working out a bit and enjoying the sauna or steam room, and the jacuzzi. Though he was never really a "gym person", he does enjoy that time immensely. I have become quite the little expert on changing the arrays. It is actually a time that I look forward to because I get to care for my husband tenderly. We use part of the time to anoint him with sacred frankincense essential oil and pray over him. 

Brian has also had three Avastin treatments and we pray they are doing good and no harm. The Avastin is supposed to shrink the blood vessels around the tumor and help with the swelling. He hasn't had any adverse side effects that we know of, and we thank God for that. There are some pretty harsh side effects possible, so it is a blessing that he is not experiencing any. 

He started the oral chemotherapy Temodar in January as well. He tolerated it very well and like the Avastin, had no known side effects. He was supposed to start his second round on February 1st, but his labs indicated that he had increased liver enzymes, and so we are still waiting for them to come down. The neuro-oncologist is not sure if it is from the chemo or not, and wants to be safe. I want to throw everything at this evil monster and hope we can get started back on the chemo soon. 

I am pleased to share that Brian is doing well in his spirit. He is truly closer to the Lord than ever before and is feeling at peace and is truly comforted. He faces challenges each day because his energy is very low and his speech is not what he'd like, among other things. The steroids (from which we are slowly tapering off ), have changed his body in ways he doesn't enjoy. He would love to go back to work, to interact with his colleagues/friends, and to enjoy the outdoor physical activities that he loves so much. However, he knows that for this season, that is not the plan. He really amazes me. I am daily blessed and encouraged by my man. 

Brian will have another MRI on March 1st, at 9 am. Your continued prayers are so greatly appreciated. I cannot tell you enough how much your prayers and love have been touching our lives. You are the hands of God reaching down and giving us comfort and love. Thank you for that. Also, it has been an incredible blessing to receive all of the support in terms of financial gifts to help with the Optune. It is completely overwhelming in the best possible way to see all the support and when I read the accompanying notes and letters to Brian, we thank God for each one of you through many tears of gratefulness. May you be blessed beyond measure. Thinking of you and your amazing love, I am reminded of this scripture and thank you for making it so real to us:

"Greater love has no one than this:

to lay down one's life for one's friends."

John 15:13

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Comments (14)

  • Dayn Conrad
    Dayn Conrad

    This is so wonderful to read! All of our love to you both, and know that our thoughts, and prayers are with Brian for his quick recovery. Thank you for sharing this with us!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kay Lauterbach
    Kay Lauterbach

    Thank you Lisa for the update. I literally had just gotten off the site, checking to see if I had missed any updates, when yours popped up. I am so glad there are things that Brian is enjoying doing and that he is fighting so hard. It doesn't surprised me that he would go above and beyond what was required with the Optune device. He has always impressed me as an over-achiever. I am keeping you in my prayers and hoping for a good report March 1st. Kay Lauterbach

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Janice L Lalley
    Janice L Lalley

    I know it feels like life will never return to "normal"...or what will become the new normal in your lives. But it will come. I almost hit my 5-year mark now and truthfully, I feel like that part of my life didn't really happen, or it happened to someone else. It's really strange sometimes. I will continue to pray for Brian on his journey, and that God's beautiful love for you and Brian will see you through. God Bless.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sylvia Weber
    Sylvia Weber

    Thanks for your post, sweet Lisa. The new treatment Brian is receiving sounds amazing. God is doing incredible things. I am praying for God's healing, comfort, wisdom and strength. I know that Jesus is loving all of you through this trial and holding you tenderly in His arms. Sending love & hugs from San Diego ❤🤗

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sarah Madewell
    Sarah Madewell

    Celebrating these victories with you and praying for more. I'll be especially praying on March 1st for such tremendous progress that only God can receive the credit.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Joan Rabang
    Joan Rabang

    Thank youo of Brian and Lisa for sharing with us. My heart soars with joy to hear of your progress. I feel so honored to be able to pray for and with you over this matter. I will continue to pray and especially for March 1st. I pray this MRI will only validate the work God is doing for Brian. God's blessings abound. Love, Joan

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Laurie Kessler-Silva
    Laurie Kessler-Silva

    Thanks for update. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Bosley Family
    Bosley Family

    So good to hear Lisa! I've been thinking about you and your beautiful family. God bless your strength to stand strong together and faith to see you through. We will continue to pray for Brian.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mindy Newton
    Mindy Newton

    Thank you Lisa for this thorough and encouraging update! Your and Brian's faith and hearts are always inspiring and I'm so glad to hear he was able to get started on the Optune and has had no adverse side effects from the Temodar or Avastin. Continuing to pray he won't and that the MRI on the 1st shows miraculous results. Love you!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jeff Spellman
    Jeff Spellman

    Thank you so much Lisa we love you Brain and the boys so much. We will never stop praying.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Ward Campbell
    Ward Campbell

    There is a time for everything.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Manuel Medeiros
    Manuel Medeiros

    So good to hear that his spirits continue to be strong. Thank you for posting, Lisa.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Brett and Kim
    Brett and Kim

    Greetings Brian and Lisa and to your boys. Thank you for posting update. I can picture you tenderly caring for Brian, kissing, anointing, praying and blessing him as you change the arrays on his head. That is a sacred moment. To read that Brian is drawing divine strength with his faith in the Lord through this overwhelming journey is also inspirational. We are praying about the MRI on March 1st that you will receive encouraging news. Love and hugs, Kim and Brett

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Stephanie Mitchell
    Stephanie Mitchell

    Just wanted you all to know that I'm thinking of you and sending all my best wishes.

    2 years ago · Reply