On July 14, 2018-2 days after our 5 yr. wedding anniversary-I woke up to  Ryan having a seizure in his sleep. After emergency services got him to the ER, tests were run, and we were hit with the news that doctors found a mass in his frontal lobe right side. Shortly after, more testing revealed that my husband, the marathon runner, soccer playing, dancing daddy- had a golf-ball sized brain tumor in his head.

We worked quickly with doctors and surgeons to get surgery scheduled and on July 24, 2018 Ryan underwent a successful Crainiotomy {tumor resection}.

A week later, we met with Neuro-Oncology and received the devastating news that Ryan’s tumor is brain cancer. A Grade II Glioma to be precise. A Diffuse Astrocytoma with an IDH Mutation to be exact. Despite our fears and shock, we serve a BIG, BIG God. Nothing could have ever prepared us to face this battle, but our Lord walks with us through this time, and comforts us in our suffering.

Our daily prayers are for complete healing for Ryan, that we will recognize God’s mercies which are new each day{hour} and for God to get the glory through this process as we recognize those around us will witness our suffering through this “storm.”Our hope is that God will be glorified through our story and we will have opportunities to point others towards Christ’s steadfast love and closeness to us throughout this journey.

Because hope will not leave. Hope has been bought. We recognize that God is trusting us with this platform to point others to His love and are learning so much about His character each day-gifts we are certainly thankful for.

Phil. 4: 4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me– put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.