Monday, May 19, 2014

Pray Like You've Never Prayed Before

Last Wednesday my parents called and told me that my mom has brain cancer, with a Grade 4 tumor.

This is the second person in our family to get brain cancer. My twin brother was diagnosed with a Grade 2 brain tumor two years ago. And yes, my younger brother and I plan on speaking with the neurosurgeon this week to see if we need genetic testing or an MRI, because this much brain cancer is straight-up weird. 

Almost the whole family spent today together. My twin brother and future sister-in-law showed up at the house Saturday night. My aunt and I showed up late Sunday night. Beau just arrived at the airport an hour ago, but he'll be with us first thing tomorrow morning, to avoid waking anyone up.

My mom was scheduled to have surgery tomorrow in our local hospital, but because her neurosurgeons (the same ones who operated on my twin brother in 2012) are out-of-network, her insurance won't cover the procedure. The neurosurgeons have already offered to waive their fees and do the surgery for free. Regardless, the insurance won't cover the surgery, even though the hospital is in-network.

She has to have the surgery this week. Postponing the surgery a day or two is okay, but this is a fast-growth, malignant tumor that did not show up on her MRI six months ago. She will need radiation and chemo afterward. The sooner she can have this removed, the better.

We are trying to figure out an acceptable combination of neurosurgeons and hospitals that will be covered by insurance and will have the experience and technology necessary for a successful surgery. We are all extremely upset that she can't have her neurosurgeons, in our local hospital, perform the surgery. 

Please pray for my mom and my family. Please pray that the insurance gets worked out. Please pray that everything will be okay.


  1. oh my God, I'm so sorry Belle. I can't imagine how scary this must be. absolutely thinking of you all and sending all the love I have.

  2. All the best! Your mom will be in my prayers. Much love to you! xxxx

  3. Oh Belle, I'm so, so sorry and your family will be in my prayers. We've had too many cases of cancer hit our family; I know how hard it can be. My heart goes out to all of you.

  4. My heart is with you and your family right now. I can't imagine what you are all going through, but I am sending all of my love and support.

  5. Sending lots of love and good wishes your way. I can't imagine how hard this whole thing is without the hassle of insurance nonsense. I'm thinking of you.

  6. I'm am so so sorry. These are just horrible circumstances on top of a horrible situation. I'm not religious but I just said a prayer for you and your family on account that you are a Christian and a good person who makes this world a better place and I hope that counts for something to whoever is listening. I wish you and your family all the strength in the world.

  7. Belle I am praying! If you need anything at all please ask. Please link us to any fundraising pages!

  8. I am so, so sorry that this is your life right now. I hate that your mom and your family is having to got through this, and wish the absolutely best for you. Hopefully soon you're all on the other side on the path to recovery.


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