Day 40, Bracing Ourselves

We started our day around 6:30 AM, with final prep for the MRI, and our trip to radiology on the first floor for 7:30. Amber was asleep (sedated) for the scan. Everything went smoothly, and we were back in the room by 10.

Now, we wait for results. We are bracing ourselves, though we are not quite sure what we are bracing for. We already know we are facing a very serious, very aggressive brain cancer. We already know that a tumor grew and burst, causing the stroke we have been recovering from for 40 days. We know that Amber goes into surgery on Thursday to have the skull flap re-inserted, and that if there is any regrowth of the original tumor, it will be extracted at that time. And we know that we are going to start going on the attack against the cancer in a few weeks, with all the energy and Faith we have. But still, we brace ourselves for the possibility of new information, of some new direction or impact.

On a lighter note though – Amber’s physical recovery continues to improve, and today we got her new leg brace! This brace will help support her weight on her left leg while we continue to build up its strength, so she can begin walking sooner. And check out the design she picked out:

Just as this brace will help hold up Amber’s body, we pray that God will hold up Amber’s spirit, and will give us the strength to hold up Amber through this whole journey.

19 thoughts on “Day 40, Bracing Ourselves

  1. 🌸✝️ There is a song by Bebo Norman called – I will lift my eyes. It is a beautiful song to the Healer. Praying for Amber and the next steps. May God give You clear direction.πŸ’œ

  2. Cool looking!! Amber did a great job of picking it out! Hopefully good news today!

  3. Hoping for some positive news and holding you all close in thoughts and prayers. Love that leg brace! It’s made for dancing!!!

  4. Amber’s choice of leg brace brought tears to my eyes, tears of a shared love…it caused me to remember Heather’s connection to butterflies. I think they understand something beyond us. Love, Aunt Jean.

  5. Praying that the results come out clean. She’s amazing and so are you and Caron.

  6. That brace is so Amber. With those butterflies, she will continue to fly and conquer those obstacles that lay ahead of her! Continued prayers for Amber and your whole family.

  7. Great choice with the butterflies! Keep being amazing. ❀️

  8. Dear Caron and Matt, I pray that the beautiful glory of the sun shine brightly with with warm and radiant warmth on Amber Grace after this β€œflood” of 40 days. Sending prayers and much love.

  9. Dear Caron and Matt, I pray that the beautiful glory of the sun shine brightly with radiant warmth on Amber Grace after this β€œflood” of 40 days of rain. Sending prayers and much love

  10. So glad to hear everything went well yesterday. Now we keep praying for the best possible results.
    The girls love your choice of purple with butterflies for the brace. Good taste, Amber!
    πŸ’œπŸ¦‹πŸ’œ

  11. When a butterfly shows up it means in spite of the challenges, you’ll get through this transition, and as always, know that β€œthis too shall pass.” Call on butterfly when you know it’s time for a change, and you need the courage and strength to break out of your cocoon. Amber has clearly made the choice to embrace the spirit of the butterfly!

    Can’t wait to see Miss Sassy Pants tonight!! XOXO

  12. Love Amber’s design of her leg brace……thought of Heather also when Amber told me her design. Sending lots of love and prayers.

  13. We are praying for good results. Matt and Caron, you are very strong parents and are very realistic. Know that you are in my prayers daily!

  14. Hi Amber! My name is Miss Crosby. I teach at the school near you! My students and I send you lots of love and prayers. May God bless you and your family!

  15. I love the butterflies πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ’œπŸ’œ!! It is very amber!!
    I hope she can go home soon to see Rea and do some more homework ❣️❣️

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