Glioblastoma Survival Story

I wanted to share this survival story… 

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/mom-stuns-doctors-beating-deadliest-brain-cancer/story?id=18135106#.UOvu2bYb1RY

Survival stories are always exciting to hear and its encouraging to know that people are surviving this terrible diagnosis of Glioblastoma.  Reading that article, I also felt like I had been punched in the gut.  Its bittersweet.  I am so happy for the survivors, and I am encouraged that Mike will be a survivor.  But it also makes me think about the severity of his diagnosis.  A lot of days I am pretty successful in staying positive, taking today for what it is, and just living in the moment.  For this article it was the following statements that really knock the wind out of me:

“In his 35 years as a neurosurgeon in the United States, Spetzler said he has never seen such a triumph against a stage 4 glioblastoma.” and “”It’s one of the most malignant tumors there is,” he said. “Invariably it will come back and pop up somewhere else in the brain and it’s uniformly fatal.”

I don’t know why I’m posting this morning.  Maybe it is to let people that love Mike know that if they are scared, I am too.  I admit that I have rough days.  I can’t be strong 100% of the time. 

My hope is that in the future we can say “Look what the Lord has done and rejoice.”  That is why I share my struggles now…so that it can be an encouraging testimony for those who are watching us walk this out.  There is no denying that we are walking through a valley right now.  Its hard. So lets watch and see that the Lord does.  It wouldn’t be as impressive if it wasn’t such a struggle.

This situation takes a strength that is beyond me, but its not too much for God. So many pieces of what we are going through take me out of my comfort zone. This blog is one of those pieces that are out of my comfort zone, but I really feel like its important to share.  I put these things out there to attempt to inspire and encourage others.  I could choose to walk through this alone and privately, (which is what would be in my comfort zone) but then I wouldn’t be allowing God to use this for His good and perfect will. 


3 responses to “Glioblastoma Survival Story

  • Symyra

    Jus like you said, Shauna….Nothing is too hard for God!! Just keep the faith and we all will keep the prayers rolling. I truly believe..when prayers go up, blessings, healing, strength and everything you need comes down!!
    Love,
    The Holloway Family

  • Heather Anton

    Thank you for your blog. My childhood best friend is fighting GBM. Diagnosed December 1, 2012 she just had her second surgery to remove a second tumor. This cancer is relentlessly aggressive. There is a new plan in place for treatment and we are all hoping it will be the right one. Tonight I was just looking for something positive to hold onto. My prayers for you and your family.

  • C.J

    Thank you so much for this post. I truly understand every word you have said. My dad is 65 and was diagnosed the day after Father’s Day 2013. I can’t stay off the Internet. I reading and buying, buying and reading just looking for something to buy more time. He is in great spirits and has more energy than me his 35 year old daughter. Because his tumors are small so it’s inoperable so it’s just chemo/radiation. We’re juicing and he is strictly on fruits and vegetables, and organic salmon. I’m doing the best I can to honor my father by keeping healthy and happy but everything is in God’s hands!

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