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thanks for letting us know- not good news. Prayers for Andrew, his wife and his family.
I'll be praying for him. Tough to hear but you can't give up. A family friend of ours was projected to make it only a few months and lived a good quality of life for almost a decade so it's possible.
Praying for him and his family as well.
Are all malignent?
Praying as well.
Will keep Andrew in my prayers. God bless his wife and family.
I'll make it.
I am assuming they are until I hear other wise.
Hadn't checked their fundraising site in awhile and was encouraged to see that they've raised almost $22K of the $25K goal - I know that Brandon posting messages like this has encouraged many Bear fans to give so thanks for that, bud. Continuing to pray for their family - sic 'em!
I know they've had issues with the payment site recently, if you want to help contribute and it is not working for you let me know and I can give you their address. Thanks for all your prayers for them. I love Andrew and Bailey deeply and I am trusting the Lord in all this.
Here is an update from Andrew's wife Bailey:
It’s been a traumatic week. We went into gamma knife on Tuesday expecting the procedure to be on four tumors. After waiting and waiting the doctor told us there were now twelve tumors. It was devastating news. The doctor went ahead and treated all twelve spots with gamma knife. The hardest part of the day was watching Andrew go through so much pain and torture. The metal halo they attached to his head by putting two titanium screws into the front of his scull and two into the back. When he first came out with the halo I wanted to cry because it looked so painful. Andrew laid in a tiny machine for over six hours with the halo on his head. At the end of the gamma knife, he tried to tell the nurses he was going to throw up and they didn’t get to him in time before he threw up laying down and almost chocked himself. Once he got out of the machine he kept throwing up. Then the nurses took the horrible halo off his head and he went back to the recovery room. Once he was there he got really sick again. He threw up so much that one of the holes in his head (from where the screw was) burst and blood was running down his face. It was a traumatizing scene. We were glad for the day to finally be over.
Throughout the day I thought to myself that no one should have to go through what Andrew is going through and no parent should have to watch their child go through this. Andrew’s parents were there with me all day and we had some extremely meaningful conversations about Andrew, how best to serve him, what life would look like without him and how to keep him hopeful and fighting. I love my in-laws. I’m so grateful for all the ways they have taken care of my family over the past year. I can’t imagine what life would have been like without their support.
Speaking of support. I don’t even know if I have the words to express how unbelievably grateful Andrew and I are for the financial support that you all have flooded into our bank accounts, fundraiser and mailbox. To say we have been blown away by the generosity would be an understatement. Andrew gets teary just talking about how you all have taken such amazing care of our family. I hope to write you each a thank you note some day, but for now I want you all to know how moved we are by your love and support. What you’ve personally done for me is open my eyes to the suffering and hardship around me and ask myself what can I do to help. Before this experience, I never really connected with suffering so I was unaware of how to connect with others that were suffering. Through your giving whether it be a message, letter, financial aid, gift cards, meals, child care, etc I’ve learned how to reach out and connect with other’s who are going through difficult times. Thank you for showing me how to impact others in a truly powerful way.
Next step for the Heard’s is on 3/20/13 we will go back to M.D. Anderson and get results to see how his chest is looking from the radiation treatment. Then on 4/10/13 Andrew will get an MRI and find out if the gamma knife surgery worked. My prayer is that the radiation killed all the cancer and that no more new tumors come up. I’m continuing to remain hopeful and prayerful for God to do a miracle, but if He doesn’t I know we will somehow make it through. Thank you for following our journey. Your love gets me through each day Blessings.
This post was edited by bgboyd 13 months ago
I sent an email to Ian, and Coach Briles today, I hope they can help spread the word.
That crushes me to read. Will continue praying for them. Do they live in the HP/UP/PC area?
No he left our staff at Park Cities back in Dec 2011, and he moved to his hometown of Cuero.
Here is the latest on Andrew, from his blog:
“You Are Going to Live” – words a cancer patient longs to hear
Posted on March 4, 2013
These are words that every cancer patient wants to hear. There is so much insecurity with this disease that reassurance is like water in the desert. For those of you that didn’t know, I had brain surgery last week. It wasn’t supposed to be that big a deal, but it went really poorly.
I ended up spending about eight hours in surgery at the end of which I found myself with four screws in my head locked into a machine where I couldn’t move and vomiting straight up threatening to choke on my own vomit until the medical team could shut down the lasers and get to me. After that I found myself in recovery where they couldn’t cover my head wounds because of pressure and I threw up so hard that blood shot out of the holes in my skull and my poor wife almost passed out.
It was a bad day! What made it even worse was that we went through all that surgery awake with the knowledge that my new scan revealed 12 brain tumors, one the size of a ping pong ball that shouldn’t even allow me to walk, much less, speak and write.
I have spent the week and weekend recovering and the whole time I have had this feeling that on Monday someone would come and tell me this is what life is going to be like. The problem is, no one is going to do that!
Unless God comes down and takes this all from me, I am going to die. I just don’t know when. I watched my daughter chase her cousins around the house today and just cried. I love her and I will miss her. I held my wife, after we fought tonight, and just cried, I will miss her too! I will miss all my family soo much!
So the question for me is, how do I live tomorrow when I don’t know how many tomorrows I have? This is a hard question. Most of us don’t think about our lives this way because it is too overwhelming. It is overwhelming! You don’t need to think about your life like I do because we have different situations, but they aren’t completely different. None of us know how many days we have so what do we do?
Well this is the crappy question, yet maybe it can really help us. ”What is the one thing?” What is the one thing we should do tomorrow to make it a day worth living? I don’t know what that is for you, I think it is different for each of us and that is a beautiful thing.
Jesus said for us to love God and People with all our heart and that was most important. I believe our one things always revolves around that truth to some degree. I hope we find it tomorrow! I have the greatest investment period of my life in front of me because my ability to find that one thing each day will echo in eternity as the foothold that propels me forward in my growth in the Kingdom of God.
I go ahead of my family to path a way and I want to make it as beautiful as possible. God has used so many of you to smooth my path and I can’t say thank you enough. Please know that your kindness will produce prayer and petition as I go closer to our Lord.
I will never forget your kindness or that of our God! May we praise his name and rejoice in the fellowship of love that he has made possible in the hearts of his people!
-Until we speak in this life or the next, Your Friend, Andrew
Wow! Humbling and draws into sharp focus what matters. If the Lord calls Andrew home early, which we continue to pray He does not, the good here is his story and encouragement to everyone. To think what he and his wife are going through has their minds focused on what to do for others and thus for the Kingdom of Heaven is awesome. Reminds us that we have responsibilities to each other and that we have been commanded to be our "brother's keeper" for His sake.
Pro Ecclesia, Pro Mundus
Billy Joe Shaver Live at Billy Bob's Texas - "Live Forever" Copyright 2012 Smith Music Group.
gut-wrenching to read that. Good words and reminder for all. I'm trying to read through the Bible this year- did it last year and it was very rewarding. The beauty of doing it is that it is a living active book with fresh insights depending on the circumstances you find yourself in. The one theme I see almost on every day's reading this year is: Be ready; be alert; be prepared; be on your guard; don't drift.
Andrew's words reinforce that.
Also just received an email from Ian. He said, "Several of our staff are close to Andrew and have been in touch with him. I will look into what we can and is appropriate for us to do."
Thanks for praying.
Andrew wrote a blog about the benefit his town had for him in Cuero. The town raised close to $100k.
Thanks for praying for Andrew and his family.
That's a small town.
I always wondered what it would be like to have a group of 1000 throw in $100 a month to help someone in need. $100 isn't much in the end all be all, but multiplied by 1000 people it changes things.
If 1000 people threw in $100 a month, you could have a fully endowed scholarship for Andrew and Bailey's kids funded in 6 months, and would have money available for a student to attend Baylor for free for every year before and after the Heard children in the interim.
http://www.baylorbearfoundation.com - join and list me as your referral - Mark_Carroll@baylor.edu
You can't designate it to them for some weird IRS reason or I'd be in.
Just wow. I read Andrew's words and think of all the small stuff that occupies my mind each day...all of it seems so important until you hit times like this. Prayers for him and his family.
Right there with you BearVerdad. I'm extremely humbled in reading that and am just in awe of Andrew and his family. I will pray for a miracle of miracles.
Here is the latest update from Andrew and his cancer fight.
He is also working on a book for his daughter for when she grows older about life lessons.
Thanks again for praying for Andrew, Bailey, and Ellie.
The photo is of Andrew having surgery a few weeks ago with the halo around his head.
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