You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then He is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation,
--a rock rising above the storm.
Robert Murray M'Cheyne
As a family we are profoundly thankful that Kezia's surgery on Thursday 13th January has been successful. The tumour has been removed with only a tiny speck remaining on the hypothalamus (removing this would have done some damage and left Kezia with some further significant health problems).
At this stage no further treatment is required and there will be an MRI scan in three months. We also await further eye tests to assess whether the damage to her peripheral vision will have improved. As the tumour has caused significant damage to her pituitary gland and stalk Kezia is on daily medication to replace these hormones and will also need daily injections of growth hormone. There is also the matter of managing her diabetes insipidus (the other diabetes).
When I left the hospital yesterday it was hard to believe that she was up and walking around, full of good humour, and dressed in her own clothes just six days after major surgery. We are hopeful that she will return home much sooner than anticipated, indeed her surgeon is happy to send her home now but the endocrinologists have some more work to do.
Whilst this has been a severe trial for us as a family we continue to be deeply encouraged by the prayerfulness and practical care of God's people locally and internationally.