Saturday, November 17, 2007

My mom's brain tumor

We found out yesterday that my mom's brain tumor is called a glioblastoma multiforme grade four. All you have to do is google that word and you will know how bad it is. They have given her 6 to 9 months here on this earth.

It's hard to believe that unless a supernatural miracle happens my mother will no longer be on this earth. I don't like the word die, do you know why? Because my mother is not going to die. Sure her body will give out but SHE, her spirit, the thing that makes her who she is will not cease. She's going to transition. So I perfer the word transition. In 6 to 9 months my mother is going to transition from this earth to heaven.

My mother has described a cloud of peace that is around her and I'm going to try and describe it in a little more detail. All around my mother is a sweetness. It fills her hospital ICU room. You can see it touching her, you can see it in her face. There is no fear in that room or anywhere near her. Something draws me to that room and comforts me. My spirit senses it and rejoices in it's sweetness. I can feel Jesus in that room, He is so close to her whispering in her ear. People come in and out to visit but He never leaves her side. He is waiting for her patiently with a sweet knowing smile on His face. He isn't going to leave her, from this point out He's waiting by her side. When I sit in that room by my mother and close my eyes that peace settles all around me and I never want to leave. All my life I've had an image of what death and news of this nature would feel like and this is NOTHING like what I thought. It's too much to describe in just a few sentences but there is no fear. It is sweet and fills me with awe. This passage in 1 Corinthians 15: 54-55 has come alive for me and I understand it in the deepest parts of my soul: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

We have the victory!! This tumor doesn't, death doesn't. Satan can throw the worst at us and still we will rise up in victory!


freshtopia said...

Jennifer, Brian Grimm here. I'm very sorry to hear of your mother's situation. I was diagnosed with GBM last Feb at the age of 32.

I've done a world of research and have found that the situation, though very serious, is not as universally deadly as many would have you believe. I have met several survivors who are surviving GBM after 5, 8, even ten years.

My advice is search world-wide (via internet), and search quickly. I found a treatment protocol from India that has a roughly 50% success rate. It has been peer-reviewed and published in the international journal of oncology, and has been duplicated by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in TX. It's also only roughly $20 per month. I've been using the protocol and continue to improve, can walk again, am back to work producing documentaries, and my last MRI showed signs of tumor shrinkage. This is shrinkage after over six months with no chemo. For more info, google "Ruta 6", and/or "Dr. Banerji". There are also videos of his presentations on Google video.

If you're interested, I'd be happy to share any of my research, as soon as possible. You can email me at grimm *at* papercardinal *dot* com, or visit my blog and scroll down to "The Oscar Update".

All my best, and god bless,

Lee Franklin said...

I'm so glad that your family is surrounded by peace, Jennifer. So many people when faced with any bad news have nothing to lean on. As the song says...Leaning on the Everlasting Arms...and what arms they are!

Uplifting your family in prayer.

Anonymous said...

You and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers and we love you very much! Priscilla and Chris

Jan Parrish said...

I pray that in the midst of this terrible situation a bright beam of hope will shine - salvation for your dh.My prayers are with you and your family.