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Raised by 117 people in 7 months
Created March 5, 2018
Jady and Liz Griffin are the lead pastors of Antioch Austin. The last week has been one of the hardest of their lives. On Monday, February 26th, Liz had a stroke. She was rushed to the hospital where it was diagnosed as a revolving stroke. After further tests they found that the likely cause of the stroke was a blood clot formed because of a hole in her heart. When they ran these tests, they also found two brain aneurisms and a mass on her thyroid. 

The road ahead for Liz is a long one as she spends time in a rehab facility. But, their hope and joy has remained steadfast and they have faithfully put their trust in Jesus. They have fought for hope, extended that hope to others, and created an atmosphere of joy even in the midst of deep trial. This hope has stirred the hearts of others, including the staff at the hospital and even strangers who have heard their story!

It is in the depths of hardship that we are tested and this testing for the Griffin’s has revealed only pure gold! Their resolve to believe in the faithfulness of Jesus is a testimony of their love for Him.

We are all honored to be in this journey with them. And one way we can come around them is by giving towards their medical expenses. As you can imagine these hospital/rehab stays and extensive testing...as well as procedures to come, are very expensive! Liz will also need continued rehab as she regains her speech, and muscle movement in her right arm and leg. This means equipment for their house to help her mobility and also treatment with therapists. Liz will also have a procedure to fix the hole in her heart and to biopsy the mass on her thyroid.

We have the joy to get to help lift that financial load for them! And we believe it’s an amazing opportunity to love this family who has meant so much to each of us!
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BRAIN SURGERY TOMORROW!!!!

That feels so bizarre to type. But it's true! Tomorrow morning at 8am CST I will be having brain surgery. Here is a bit of info for those of you wanting details:

When I had the stroke in February they saw two brain aneurysms on the images. They were a completely accidental find and had nothing to do with the stroke itself. It is a massive blessing to have found them before they ruptured. Just one gift the stroke gave me...

The risk of aneurysms is that they can rupture and you bleed into your brain. This is often a fatal condition when it occurs. I have two aneurysms - one behind each eye.

The location of them makes this type of aneurysm historically hard to treat. In fact, no treatment was available for these wide-mouthed aneurysms until 2011.

Tomorrow my neurologist will place something called a pipeline stent into the artery behind my eyes. During a flow-diversion/Pipeline™ procedure, a microcatheter is navigated past the aneurysm without having to enter the aneurysm.

Then, the flow-diverting device is deployed across the neck of the aneurysm in the parent blood vessel where the aneurysm is present.
This blocks the flow of blood to the aneurysm so that within a period of six weeks to six months, my aneurysms shrink and disappear.

The surgery itself will take about three hours and is able to be done through the veins in my groin. That means no one is cracking into my skull and I'm pretty happy about that!

RECOVERY:
I will recover for 24-48 hours in the hospital and then be discharged to finish recovering in my own bed! This recovery is most likely going to be a bit longer than the heart surgery was.

It is common for there to be headaches for awhile as my body gets used to having a metal object in my brain.

Another common side effect is a change in vision. The aneurysms are behind my eyes and as they begin to get smaller, the pressure on my eyes will change. Most likely I will have a completely different prescription for my glasses and contacts in about six months.

HOW CAN YOU PRAY:
- pray that God would guide my neurosurgeon's hands. His name is Dr. Miley.
- pray for peace for the kids. Its a bit scary to think of me having another surgery and going back into the hospital.
- pray that there would be no complications, no headaches, no infections
-above all...pray that the surgery works and the aneurysms shrink and heal all the way.

Thanks so much for praying and walking with me through this! I'll update on my Instagram throughout the process : @thelizgriffin
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So excited to announce that we are less than $2,000 away from our GoFundMe goal for Liz!!!!! She is doing great after her heart surgery this past week. She has a thyroid biopsy tomorrow and has scheduled her brain surgery for May 7th. Lots happening and every donation has helped to cover these medical expenses! Thank you for all you’ve given these past few weeks! Please continue to share with others! We are so close!!!
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HEART SURGERY UPDATE

Hello all you amazing people. I wanted to take a moment and give you an update. I post small updates on my Facebook and Instagram but I know many of you want more details so I'll be a bit more thorough here.

SUMMARY:
I had a stroke that was caused from a hole in my heart that was a birth defect I was unaware of. While getting imaging for the stroke the radiologists discovered a nodule on my thyroid and two brain aneurysms.

STROKE RECOVERY
My recovery from my stroke is going well. I am still in physical therapy mostly to strengthen my right hip and knee. I am able to walk some without a cane and that is incredible progress! My main deficits are the reflexes in my right side. I still have trouble controlling those.

BRAIN ANEURYSMS:
I had a procedure done called a cerebral angiogram. They were able to get 3D images of the two aneurysms and the good news is that they are stable for now. I will have surgery to treat them this summer. I'll update more on that as it gets closer.

THYROID:
I'm getting my thyroid biopsied next week.

HEART:
I am having heart surgery tomorrow (April 17). The hole I have is a Patent Foramen Ovale and they will close it surgically tomorrow morning. Thankfully this surgery is done by going through a vein in my groin and they don't need to open my chest! I'm so grateful for modern medicine. Seriously.

Using a catheter, my cardiologist will go to my heart and locate the hole. He will then deploy a metal disc and place it in the hole to plug it.

My heart muscle will begin to grow around it. In 3-6 months the device will be completely covered by new heart muscle and that will seal the hole shut completely.

The procedure will take 1-2 hours and I'll spend the night in the hospital.

HOW AM I FEELING?
I get asked this one a lot. I'm feeling good. There are hard moments but I am eager to get these procedures done and have everything behind me. I post more regular updates about this on my Instagram - @thelizgriffin if you want those.

HOW CAN YOU PRAY FOR MY HEART SURGERY???
- Pray for my cardiologist, Dr. Carroll, to have wisdom and skilled hands.
- Pray that I respond well to the surgery and don't have issues with bleeding due to my blood thinners.
- There are some possible complications from the surgery such as atrial fibrillation. Please pray there are no complications from the procedure.
- Pray it is successful and drama-free.
- Pray for my kids. It can be a bit scary to see me go back to the hospital.

Thank you so much for all the ways you have supported us and prayed for us! God has been so kind throughout this whole process and I am grateful for all the healing that has already happened.

Liz Griffin
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We have been so encouraged by the generosity of others who have rallied around the Griffin’s. Liz has been home from rehab a little over a week and is doing so well! She can even get around the house with limited use of a cane. There are harder days than others but overall she is making miraculous strides. She will continue PT and has had appointments to schedule next treatments for her heart, aneurisms, and thyroid. Please continue to pray for grace and financial provision as medical bills are already rolling in.

***AND please share this GoFundMe link with anyone and everyone. We encourage you to post it on your Facebook page or Instagram and if you have already given....share what compelled you to give!!!! And encourage others to do the same! We are less than $8,000 away from our goal and have a couple of weeks left on the campaign!!!!! Thank you for all your support!
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