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MRI Tomorrow
July 24, 2011

From James:

The MRI tomorrow could turn out one of three ways, as I see it: good, bad, or inconclusive. (Kind of obvious, right?) An inconclusive or bad MRI that is “lit up” about the same as the previous image (or more) would probably result in another needle biopsy to determine whether there are Grade 3 or 4 cells in the tumor, indicating fast-growing cells (“malignancy” — although I’d characterize anything that damages your brain as malignant). A good MRI would be one in which the white area in the image has diminished or no longer exists. This would almost certainly mean that the brain tumor is deteriorating. I can’t say that this is exactly how the professionals at Johns Hopkins would evaluate the situation, but it is my guess.

People skipped meals and prayed for us all week. As I write this entry, people are praying “round the clock” for So Young. Instead of skipping meals, many are skipping sleep to pray at 12 a.m., 1 a.m., 2 a.m., etc. The prayers started at 5 p.m. today and will end around the time we find out the results tomorrow. Over fifty people (55 last I heard) have been involved in fasting and praying for So Young. I’m sure many more are praying that didn’t formally sign up to do so. This is truly a great gift to us.

I won’t post anything on the blog until I get home tomorrow afternoon, but I will likely tweet a status update after the doctor talks to us about the results of the MRI. Click here to view my tweets. So Young will get the MRI at around 9:40 a.m. The appointment with the radiation oncologist to discuss the results will start around 11 a.m. and will probably last less than an hour.

God bless you! Thanks for your prayers. What a great family you are.


The Girls and Their Cousin (Olivia, Left) Show Off a Turtle They Found Behind the House Earlier this Week



At Just the Right Time
January 17, 2011

From James:

You could think of everything that people have done for us as individual instances of compassion, but we are convinced it is God working.

On Friday night (January 14), Ashleigh, Joy, and Elizabeth (three single ladies at our church) hosted a sleepover for our girls at Ashleigh’s apartment. When Ashleigh initially asked me about the possibility, I was a bit nervous about bringing it up to the girls. Would they be afraid to spend the night away from home? Not a chance. When I asked Audrey and Lindsay, they were beside themselves, jumping up and down and screaming with delight.

We could barely fit the girls’ innumerable items of luggage into Ashleigh’s car when she and Joy came by to pick them up. Like any other sleepover for girls of their ages, this one involved very little sleep. They watched movies, ate junk food, made “glow in the dark” T-shirts, made a music video, etc. The three hostesses soon realized that they weren’t entirely prepared for the sleep deprivation about which my girls were so enthusiastic. Word has it that Audrey (the youngest) was the greatest sleep depriver of them all. The last shall be first, and the first last.

So Young and I spent Friday night in Reston, our old stomping grounds where we met and courted. I decided to do so at the last minute, wanting to take advantage of the moment to make it special for So Young.

Our dear friend at church, who we only met days ago, has been a great blessing to us. She has showered So Young with gifts, advice, help, and care, all based on her experience in similar circumstances, which makes what she has done all the more special to So Young.

Laurie is watching all three girls every Sunday night for three hours so that So Young and I can get practical things done, go on a date, or just relax and do nothing. This is so “Laurie” of her to do — something immediately useful and exactly what we need. She is our neighbor of over ten years, and I have to tell you that before any of this happened, I was thinking what a blessing it is to know them, not aware then of how much of a blessing it really is.

So many are fasting and praying for us, even people we hardly know.

My coworkers just finished two weeks of meals for us. One single guy at work, in his twenties, made his family’s favorite meal for us. It really shocked me that he could do this, frankly, but more so it spoke volumes about his character.

On Sunday, I told an old friend of mine that this has been the worst of times for our family, but also the best because of the love we have received from so many caring people. So Young says that it is like Christ’s love for us. We didn’t ask that He lay down his life, but he did it at just the right time — when we needed it most.