Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Please Pray for Sterling

A while back I posted asking for your prayers for a special friend of mine, Sterling. I come to you today asking for more prayers for this special kid.

In October 2009, Sterling was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since then, he has three surgeries to remove the tumor. In addition, he has had seizures. The number and severity has increased as time has gone on.

Today he is having "grid surgery" to hopefully get these seizures under control. This will be followed by a 14 day hospital stay. If they see an opportunity to remove more of the tumor, they will take it. They aren't sure if they will be able to remove more of it at this time or not.

Please join me in praying for Sterling's surgery today. Several days ago, his mom posted on their blog a few specific requests related to the surgery.
  • Risks include blood loss, infection, and neurological deficits
  • The doctors are specifically trying to avoid a field of vision loss on his left side
  • Becca (Sterling's mom) expressed in a recent post that she has a lot of fear about making this difficult decision. Join me in praying for peace for Becca and Roger. I can't imagine having to make these kinds of decisions!
  • Sterling's doctors Dr. Blount and Dr. Wellons
  • Wisdom and discernment for the surgical team as they attempt to be aggressive enough to fix the problem but cautious enough to still allow Sterling to be Sterling when he wakes up
 I would also like to ask you to pray for each member of Sterling's family by name: Roger (dad), Becca (mom), Sterling (6), Landry (5), Kinsley (3), Murray (1.5).

Sterling's prayer last night was: "God please help the doctors finally get my brain tumor. I hope we sleep well & help make me brave tomorrow."

These are precious, precious friends. They have ministered to me in the way they have lived through this difficult time and the way they have continued to trust God in the midst of intense suffering.

Check their blog and Facebook group for updates throughout the day.

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