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Brian Shaw family support fund

$23,436 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 186 people in 1 month
Created March 12, 2018
Brian has stage 4 Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. We know that only the Lord knows how many days he has with us, but the medical community says 6-18 months. Brian and his amazing wife Amy  have a heart for orphans and, though they already had 4 biological children, they have opened their home to 6 adopted children with medical special needs. As you can imagine taking care of this family is a full time job for Amy and they have no idea when Brian will be able to go back to work. We want Brian to think of NOTHING but getting better! Help support Brian's family of 12 so that he does not have to worry about ANYTHING but his own healing.
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Hi all. I apologize for the terrible delay in updating everyone. It has been so busy and so emotional. I don't even know where to begin...so I'll begin where we are. (there's probably a lesson in that.

I experienced about the first 22 days of this journey in hyper mode. I was collected, together, and ON. I had to be listening to doctors, make big decisions, manage care. You guys helped me with the home front. I didn't even spare a second with worry over how it was all getting done. You have given me that gift. Thank you. But on the way home from Cleveland Clinic, it all began to settle into me in a different way. I guess you could say I came out of shock. My husband is terminal. There is no known cure for his aggressive brain cancer. We are all changed. Nothing goes back to normal.

We will forge a new normal, I know. There is always hope. Even in the blackest night, a candle flickers in my heart. I am not depressed. I am sad though. Deeply sad. I manage my sadness with journaling and am reading through the Bible again from the beginning. This time I'm using a new Bible called the "Jesus Centered" Bible...it highlights all the ways Jesus is pictured all throughout the entire book. Today? Jesus is my ark. Just as Noah found refuge in the ark from the COLOSSAL flood that truly killed EVERYTHING, Jesus is my ark of safety from this nasty flood that threatens everything I have known until now. He is my safe place. I find peace in Him.

I struggle to comprehend how He works. I actually do not try. I don't waste my energy on "why?" or "what are you going to do?" I know He will do good with my situation because He has promised to: "For we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God," (Romans 8:28) and "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people," (Genesis 50:20) And I stand STRONG on His promises in Scripture, not because I am strong...oh I am so so weak, but what I stand on is strong and so I do not fall.

Many of you have been gently texting me asking what is going on...and it has changed more times than I can count. Let me try to sum up what has happened and where we are in all of this:

They were able to get the following other appointments set up and completed by 5 pm that second day: 1) CT scan of his brain for radiation mapping 2) Specialized mask custom fit to Brian's face for radiation 3) Meeting with head radiation nurse for instructions 4) Meeting with social worker regarding housing, other financial concerns 5) Meeting with Dr. P's nurse (they had all gone home the night before and we met with her a good 45 min to an hour regarding the chemo drug) 6) A follow up MRI with special sequences that map the blood vessels in his brain which is required for the radiation. (on the way home Dr. Murphy called us with the good news that there is no new signs of tumor regrowth.) We drove home UTTERLY EXHAUSTED and mentally spent. (I want to add that Phyllis Nsiah-Kumi was with us 100% of the time during our Cleveland Clinic stint. She is a professor at the medical college and a practicing physician and GOD CLEARED HER SCHEDULE for her to be with us and advise us. Her help has been (and continues to be) incredible. She is so wise and has talked with us through multiple decisions. We are so deeply grateful.

I am emotionally melting into a puddle of tears several times a day and cannot get enough of my husband’s arms around me. You are holding me up in your prayers and I thank you so so much. Tender and loving cards come in the mail each day and I savor them. Gifts of money continue to come in. Did you see that Go Fund Me the company donated $2,000 to us? I had no idea that even happened. God will be glorified in this story. So many are watching.

I feel a bit like Peter when Jesus asked him if he too would abandon Him. Peter said it perfectly:
“At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:66-68)
I feel so sad, but I cannot turn away from my God. He is all that I have. I have no one else to trust in. So I keep on hoping in Him. I KNOW that He will heal my Brian, but what I do not know is if He will heal him in this world as I plead for. That scares me. But I keep falling back into peace because He gives it to me and I silence the enemy’s taunts and lies by whacking him on the head with the promises of God that hold true.

Y’all, thanks for reading.
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update from Amy
God is abundantly faithful to us in this time. We cannot possibly quantify the prayers going up for Brian and our family. HOW WE THANK YOU. We are witnessing some of the most amazing things we have ever seen in our lives: lavish gifts and God meeting our needs before we even recognize them ourselves. He is going ahead of us and being faithful to His promise to us in Psalm 32:8, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise and watch over you.” The research to fight a stage 4 wickedly aggressive cancer is a very sobering thing. Yet God is so good, giving us the exact right people to talk with, meet with, learn from. We take heart!! We continue to study, learn and pray through all we can. We will meet with a team of doctors across three appointments on Monday. We can feel your prayers and still need them. Pray for calm hearts. Pray for wisdom. Pray for our children. (Please please pray over Gable.) Pray for us to balance research with just living these days well. Pray for perfect peace that God alone can give. We thank you, our wonderful support team for all the cards, gifts, food, babysitting, transportation, research help. You astound me. Truly we are blown away by you. THANK YOU!!!!!!
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Praying friends: Oh how we thank you for standing in the gap for us. We have heard of so many many fasting and praying for our family. Today was the day: Diagnosis Day. We know what is happening now. (We have actually had a clue since Sunday afternoon after the surgeon talked with us.) Brian has stage 4 Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. We know that only the Lord knows how many days he has with us, but the medical community says 6-18 months. We have total peace and a confidence that God has allowed this to accomplish his purposes. We KNOW this is rooted in His deepest love. We trust Him. Even in this. ❤️ We will not stop asking for total healing. We will go through the chemo and radiation and celebrate life to the fullest! #briansmiracle
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