On Thursday, July 6th, Terry had surgery to remove the tumor from the right side of her brain. The operation took about 6 hours. From the looks of the latest MRI scan, they were successful in removing the entire tumor from Terry's brain. (Praise the Lord!!!) Terry's first couple of days after the surgery were spent in the ICU.
Initially after the surgery, the left side of Terry's body was very weak. She could not bear her own weight or lift her left leg. This is most likely due to swelling still in the brain from the operation and the medication that she is taking during her recovery. The doctor was pretty confident that no further nerve damage was done during the surgery.
Terry was just recently transferred to the Rehabilitation department and has started with physical therapy today. The schedule is pretty intensive but Terry feels ready to get to work.
Although she is not walking yet, Terry is getting stronger every day. Time will tell whether or not she will have restored function to her left hand. We also do not know the official diagnosis of what caused the tumor and what the next steps will be. The doctors are pretty confident that it is cancerous but we do not know what kind. Our continued prayer is for total and complete healing for Terry.
While in the hospital, Terry has been able to minister to and pray for many people she has met during her recovery. She has felt a sense of purpose in this time. This comes as no surprise to any of us who know her well.
Terry's husband Scott has been by her side through this whole process. During the couple of weeks between finding out about the tumor and the surgery date, Scott was helping with all of the household duties and preparing meals while still taking meetings for his work. He is staying with Terry at the hospital and has been by her side day and night through her entire recovery process. Scott works for himself and has had to put his work on hold during this time.
Between the surgery, the extensive hospital stay and the steps that will have to be taken after diagnosis, the financial burden will be great. We ask that you prayerfully consider donating what you can spare to help Scott and Terry through this time. Every little bit helps and no donation is to small. If you are unable to donate, we ask that you share this link to help spread the word. We so appreciate all of the donations that have been made and for your continued prayers!!!
Terry is the wife of Scott, supermom of four, an aunt, a sister, and a grandmother. She is fiercefully loving and magnetic, touching the lives of strangers everywhere she goes. She just turned 60 this year and enjoys gardening, spending time with her family and occasionally binge watching Downton Abbey. More than anything, she loves her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and spends nearly every morning in prayer.
Our family recently received some news that we never could have predicted. Despite no previous family history, Terry has been diagnosed with a brain tumor that is most likely cancer. We are grateful that the doctors have been aggressively trying to figure out the answers to our questions, but at this stage we still are unsure about some of the details. The one thing we are sure of is that surgery will be required in order to remove the tumor.
Although this is a time of confusion, our family is trusting that God is in complete control. This is never an easy situation to be in, but we are standing strong and being there to support her every step of the way!
We are here to humbly ask for your support as Terry moves forward with treatment. Our family will be immensely grateful for any and all donations, and having the love and support will mean the world to Terry as she begins this difficult journey. The medical bills will present a huge financial burden, so if you have the means, please consider donating today. Even a small donation will make a huge difference in our hearts.
Either way, we ask that you support Terry through prayer during this time. Thank you all for your love and support.
- Bobby Alers
- Nora Wood
- Judy Turner
Organizer and beneficiary
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