Reaching out

I am writing this from Arkansas. My niece Sarah, an elementary school teacher, engaged to be married, and one of the sweetest people God ever blew breath into was just diagnosed with a brain tumor, and we need your prayers.

Sarah has been suffering from several different puzzling symptoms for a while now– ear problems, neck problems, horrific migraines– and in the middle of yet another headache two days ago at her home, she suddenly lost consciousness. Her fiance Tom had trouble rousing her and her breathing become very slow, so he called an ambulance and she was taken to the emergency room, where she briefly passed out again. They suspected she was having a reaction to a new medication she had been given for her headaches, and when I first called and talked to my sister Liz at the emergency room she sounded very relieved– Sarah was conscious, alert and talking, all vital signs checking out fine. Liz mentioned that they were going to go ahead and do a CT-scan as a precaution and she might have to spend the night for observation, but thankfully things were looking much better. The next call I received was from my other sister Carolyn, who said that she had just talked to Liz again and the CT-scan had indicated some ‘abnormalities.’ Carolyn and her husband David immediately drove to the hospital to be with Liz– my brother Jonathan was already there.

The next couple of hours were surreal. The doctors ordered an MRI, and when they got the results they called in a neurosurgeon at 11:00 at night for a consultation. Liz and John were told that there was a tumor behind her ear, in the lining of her brain. The neurosurgeon said there is a good chance it is benign, but it is quite large and will require an 8 to 10 hour operation to remove it. * Updated: Doctors now say there will be a team of three surgeons and the operation will be 12-13 hours.* They are scheduling the surgery for the first of next week, Sarah is still in ICU but may be moved to a regular room today.

Russ is at home with Charlotte,  Madi and I drove here yesterday, arriving last night. I haven’t seen Liz or Sarah yet, that will come later today.

I know that you guys are a praying kind of crowd , so I am asking you to please remember Sarah, and all of the worried people who love her. Sarah and her fiance Tom were leaving on Sunday for her first-ever cruise, where they were going to be married on the beach in Jamaica. Here’s what she posted on her Facebook page yesterday:

This is our Sarah.

(Will keep you updated.)

17 Responses

  1. rachelbaker

    Praying right now, and will continue.

  2. pj

    Praying …

  3. drobin99

    Tori, My prayers are with Sarah and all of you. May God give you each comfort and strength. Much love and big hugs.

  4. Phyllis S

    Praying for Sarah, family, physicians, and all medical personnel attending her. We do serve an awesome God.

  5. wendmark

    Praying for Sarah, for her fiance and for your family. May God bless you all and comfort you in this time. Our love to you all. -Mark and Wendy-

  6. VA-Cathy

    My 83 (?) year old aunt just went thru the same surgery. She is doing great, even traveling. Sarah, you and all your family will be in my prayers for healing as well as Peace!

  7. Barbara M. Lloyd

    Oh Tori, this is such terrible news. I will be keep Sarah (and all of you) in my prayers…..believing that God is going to turn this bad thing into something good. He has a way of doing that so very often.

  8. rodB

    Praying Tori…He still does.

    Much love

  9. auburn60

    Continuing to pray, and to ask all the Godly women I know to pray. Please keep us posted.

  10. Shella

    Joining in the prayers for Sarah and the rest of the family.

  11. jonny

    Being proffered. Thanks for the heads up ! = )

  12. KellyBurton

    Dear friend Tori,

    Your people will be my people and your God my God. – Ruth 1:16

    As I sit here in tears, this verse came to mind. You are my family, and so I will pray for Sarah as family.

    We love you and are here if YOU need encouragement as you stand by to support your sister, your niece, and all the family.

    Sarah sounds like an amazing person…not at all surprising.

  13. LindaB

    God has said in His word that He is touched by our imfirmities. And He invited us, in Matt. 7:7 to ask what we will, and it will be given to us. So, we claim those promises today for Sarah, in Jesus Name and in the power of His shed blood on Calvary. We believe we will see the answer to our prayer with our own eyes here in the land of the living. And we will praise and thank Him once again for all His goodness to Sarah, her loving family, and to us.

    I believe Sarah and Tom will have that beautiful wedding still, and Sarah will have all her health problems behind her and a life of happiness and good health before her. God loves a happy ending to a love story as much as we do.

  14. Vicki

    Tori, my constant prayers go out to Sarah, Tom, you & Russ and the rest of your family. Remember that if two or more agree it shall be done! And we all agree – she’ll make it through this perfectly fine!

  15. DonnaMariePatterson

    Tori – My heart aches for you. This is a hard road to travel but I will be praying for God’s loving presence to be felt, His wisdom to guide the doctors, the touch of His healing hands, and His power to get Sarah and all of you through this difficult time. Sending my love & prayers – Donna

  16. meb

    Praying for Sarah and the entire family.

  17. bettyrwoodward

    Just got back from a week on the Isle of Wight. Definitely praying for you all particularly Sarah.
    Going back to the previous post we had a lovely cream tea in a tea shop while we were away. Like you I remember what I eat where!

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