Thanks be to God … the news is good!

Update:  Tuesday night, 10 p.m.

Thank you friends for your prayers!

Elise posted the following an hour ago:


Surgery is over and the news is good! Dr. G was able to remove all tumor that he is able to see. It appears from the flash pathology that it is a grade 2 ependymoma and peeled off of all walls nicely. All I can say is our Doctor is a miracle worker and so are all of Cooper’s fans! Your prayers and good vibes worked! Cooper will be sedated until tomorrow where he will have an MRI to determine if there are any other sites where the tumor may have penetrated, but Dr. G felt that he was able to get it all based on what he could see. There was a small complication with a pin sinking into an area where the radiation had occurred which he repaired – we can deal with that, one more scar to add to his battle wounds – my little warrior.

Now we work to get him healed and on to Chemo to knock this bad boy out of the field!

Love to you all – your prayers did reach the heavens!


The war isn’t over yet, but a very significant battle was won today.

Thankful is the only word I can think of to express how I feel right now.  I’m sure many who love Cooper are going to bed tonight thankful.

And thank you to those of you, my friends, who joined us on the front line of the battlefield today.  There is truly strength in numbers … in battles and in prayer.


9 Responses to Thanks be to God … the news is good!

  1. Hilary says:

    I’m so happy to hear it, Sandra. What a relief it must be. I’ll keep that little sweetie in my best thoughts.

  2. C says:

    What a great report! thanks for this update. C

  3. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Hilary. They have been through so much and this new tumor was such a blow to their hopes for Cooper’s recovery — they really needed this good news.

    C — I had already decided, whatever the news, I would share it as soon as I got it. It is the least I could do after asking everyone for their support. Thanks so much for being part of it all.

  4. Belinda says:

    Nice to wake up to a sunshine day and read your wonderful news!

  5. Suldog says:

    Wow! Now that is great news! Thank God!

  6. C. Beth says:

    WONDERFUL news…such a relief!

  7. Julie says:

    Thankful indeed! I have learned that God is good ALL the time! 😀

  8. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Suldog. It is truly the very best news we could have hoped for as an outcome for this operation.

    Beth — Yes, we were holding our breath and got the best news possible.

    Julie — I know that you and Jon have had personal experiences that have confirmed that to you over and over again. Thankful applies to how I feel about Jon’s recovery too! 🙂

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