Again … tumor & surgery?



Worship service,  a lovely walk, and swinging in the sunshine this beautiful Sabbath day.  Makes my heart sing!

Irv and I chatting, few words.

Just being.

Sharing what God’s Word has been speaking to our hearts.

 Truth, these past few months have been hard.  The just-do-the-next-thing kinda hard.  Haven’t posted, but it’s time.

As we chatted and swung,  Irv shared 1 Peter 5:6-11 has been one of his favs lately….

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

It began with anxiety, not sleeping spells, amped feelings, palpitations… it would last a few days and disappear as fast as it arrived.   It cycled practically monthly.   Then, the never-ending, winter days  rolled together somehow and suddenly the symptoms became so constant our barometer for a ranking a good day became skewed.  He’s been suffering.  Many dark & difficult days.

After failing many tests at the neuroendocrine center,  this past week we were told that his pituitary brain tumor has returned or remaining cells have grown.  The stinkers are producing a lot of ACTH, wrecking havoc with Irv’s hormones, brain, and body function.   He’s lost 20# and is having difficulty functioning in his daily living activities.

We walked away last spring from surgery thinking all this was behind us.  But now we’ve learned more.

But God knows and already  knew.

Irv has the diagnosis of Cushings Disease, “a very terrible disease” as Dr. Calvi explained.  He was in remission after the first surgery attempt 3/13, and doing wonderful on NO medications.  Some patients remain in remission forever, some 6 months, and some 5 years.  We assumed we were in the forever catagory.

His Cushings disease is noted to be caused by  ACTH secreting microadenomas.

Currently, it is recomended that he undergo repeat surgery on April 15th, to remove tumors if possible.  With the amount of pituitary he has left currently, he is only a surgical candidate one more time, as a possible permanent option to rid this disease .

Then, if surgery fails, medications and radiation are only options to attack microadenoma tumors in future.  We would like it gone forever, with surgery being option for that outcome, and preserving pituitary function.

We ask and know that God can heal Him in any way He sees fit –  and we walk forward seeking wisdom to make treatment decisions.

We covet your prayers.

Especially this week as we make decisions and seek second opinions in Boston and / or Pittsburg.  Depending on answers we will continue in Rochester with surgery on 15th of April or not.

Irv has casted his many anxieties on God, as we know God cares for us.  He’s been humbled and continues to humble himself under the mighty hand of God, a good and loving hand.  We’re resisting being devoured, asking for strength to be firm in our faith.  We’ve been comforted by God, as we know His faithfulness in past very well.   We are reminded that we ALL  are suffering really, everywhere, with different struggles and areas we are being stretched and growing.  But the God of all grace, who has called us in Christ, has, and will again … restore, confirm, strengthen and establish us.  Grateful.

Thank you for loving us…

Darci (Irv & family)

I’ve had some ask me about our hope and strength, and we LOVE  sharing about our personal daily relationship with God.  If you have questions, please ask!  You might enjoy this little video the kids and I watched recently too 


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7 Comments on “Again … tumor & surgery?

  1. thank you for posting today, Darci! So glad I know what to pray for you all about. It is so true – there are many sufferings. :/

  2. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.

  3. Thanks for posting Darc. Definitely helps with what to pray for. This was also very powerful in seeing your family’s fight for perseverance in the faith when it can be so easy to get wrapped in emotions and be mad at God. Your lives are a huge inspiration to me and a beautiful testimony of God’s grace and sovereignty. Love you.

  4. Our family is praying with you… That the Lord will continue to be glorified as you walk with Him through this and that He will continue to strengthen you as only He can. I am reminded of something Pastor quoted yesterday…When you can’t Trace God’s hand, You can Trust His heart. Thankful that you feel His comfort now and will continue to! Love you guys

  5. We love you Irv. You are such an amazing person and we think the world of your family. We are praying that things will go smoothly for you as you make such big decisions. I’m sure you are eager to get back to spending more time with your wonderful wife and kids!

  6. Don and I are and will be praying you through this trial. Wisdom and skill of your doctors! So comforting that we worship a great and mighty God!

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