Saturday, October 25, 2014

Happy brain biopsy news and adorable Zachary!

We have some AMAZING news to share regarding my brain biopsy/ brain tumor resection on October 2nd at Johns Hopkins, by the wonderful Dr. Q!! He called me this past Tuesday to tell me that the results were in and that my brain tumor had been DOWNGRADED from a grade 2/3 oligoastrocytoma to a grade 2 Oligodendroglioma! This is HUGE and happy news, as the whole reason why I underwent such an invasive biopsy was because there was an "area of concern" that kept showing up on my MRIs and which my neuro-oncologist could not distinguish between radiation necrosis (good) or tumor growth (bad). Well, after my brain biopsy, Dr. Q told me that he saw some radiation necrosis as well as some tumor cells, but that in his opinion, the tumor cells were of a low grade tumor. He said to wait for sure until the pathology results came back, but I can tell you that I was just thinking that they would come back as a grade 2/3 oligoastrocytoma! I never in my life imagined a grade 2 Oligodendroglioma! This type of cancer, while still needing treatment, is much better than what I've been treated for, these past two years. I gave THANKS TO GOD, to all the amazing people who prayed for me ACROSS THE WORLD! From Australia to the USA, from Germany to Switzerland to Peru to everywhere! Thank you all so much! I have personally never hear of brain cancer being DOWNGRADED in terms of the severity and in fact my doctors have constantly warned us to expect the grade to get worse over time. Well, I believe that not only is God healing me in His perfect timing, but also that God can do the impossible! I also believe that we as mere humans limit the potential of God! He is able. We just need to BELIEVE!

Zachary is in an adorable stage and age at the moment. I want this age to last forever! He is (mostly) past the terrible twos, which thankfully only seem to have lasted about 6 months.

He is still really into puzzles which I think is great! He has always slept through the night but is now a lot easier to get to go to bed. That helps a lot!! 

Grandma Judy returned home last Wednesday. We are going to miss her lots. I think Zachary's new preschool is really helping with his development. His amazing teacher, Ms. Jill, sent me this adorable picture of a 4 year old girl holding Zachary's hand. Apparently they had the 4 year old class help the 2 year old class. Zev and I love his preschool! They really do love our kids! Notice also that she is a redhead. I think Zachary must have a thing for redheads! Hannah (21 months old and our next door neighbor) is a redhead and he loves her!! Haha. I'm already praying for my future daughter in law! 

Enjoy the pics!


Anonymous said...

Liebe Fiona, es freut mich, dass dir besser geht.
Grüße aus Bayern

Carrie and Andrew Rogers said...

<3 So happy to hear!
Love and Prayers from
The Rogers' Family
Raleigh, NC

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! I thought the biospy news would be good. Downgrade to to 2/3 is outstanding.
Love and hugs,
Ruth Ann

Hollie said...

Such amazing news! I keep checking back for news. Praise God!

Little(BIG) man is too cute for words. How is he so big already?!


Anonymous said...

Fiona, we've never met but I've been praying for you since your diagnosis and this news just made my day. I will keep praying for more good news!

Your boy is absolutely precious. :)

Sue in Boston

Sam said...

Wonderful news. Keeping the faith. Pictures are great of you all, I see so much of you and Zev in Zachary. Take care of each other and enjoy the changing seasons. Prayers are always with you and the family.

Ime. said...

Wonderful news, Fiona!

Ime said...

And I'm completely amazed by how big Zachary is. What a handsome kid. Blessings to you and Zev and Zachary.