Monday, December 06, 2010
An update on Kezia
Our youngest daughter Kezia (9) was diagnosed with a brain tumour on 24th November and underwent surgery on Thursday 2nd December. The operation went well. The tumour has been drained and decompressed and we will wait and see if this improves her eyesight (her peripheral vision has been damaged). The surgeon will wait until the New Year before deciding on the exact procedure to remove the solid parts of the tumour. Either way she will have long term health issues because the tumour has been affecting her pituitary gland and all those complex and delicate mechanisms that regulate thirst, water balance etc. All being well Kezia will return home tomorrow.
Kezia is just remarkable. She has not complained once and has taken all of this in her stride. For us as parents there have been many tears and tremendous relief when we saw her in the recovery room. We are profoundly grateful for the expertise, medical facilities and care at Alder Hey in Liverpool, and for the support of family and friends locally and from across the world.
Above all we are profoundly thankful for the sustaining grace of God. I cannot express this better than in the words of Q & A 26 of the Heidelberg Catechism:
That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who of nothing made heaven and earth with all that in them is, who likewise upholds, and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence, is for the sake of Christ, His Son, my God and my Father, in whom I so trust as to have no doubt that He will provide me with all things necessary for body and soul; and further, that whatever evil He sends upon me in this troubled life, He will turn to my good; for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing also, being a faithful Father.