This past Monday and into Tuesday, Trevor began to complain about the lack of strength and mobility in his right side. He felt that he did not have much control over his right arm and leg and that they felt heavy and weak. Upon getting Trevor to complete a series of our “own” tests it became apparent that something was not right. His balance appeared to be off and his speech more slurred than what we’re accustomed too:). Early Tuesday afternoon we took Trevor into McMaster where he underwent multiple tests which included both a CAT scan and MRI. Upon the results of these scans it was determined that Trevor had a tumor located in the lower left portion of his brain stem. This is where the many sensors and nerves of the brain join together before they proceed down into the spinal cord. The neurosurgeon indicated that there could be several courses of action. One…try to extract some of the tumor by way of needle but because of the area of the tumor he felt this option to be too risky. Second…(and this being determined to be the best course of action) would be by way of surgery to operate and in turn slowly make their way through the nerves and sensors to get at the tumor (as it is located near the centre of the left brain stem). Once they removed as much of the tumor as possible they could then send away for testing and in turn develop a plan of attack for treatment. Early this morning(12:30 a.m./Wednesday) the neurosurgeon advised that surgery had been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and the length of surgery would be a minimum of 6 hours. Trevor was nervous but at the same time prepared knowing that all things were in the Lords hands (what better protection could we ask for). Just prior to surgery the neurosurgeon advised us that surgery was postponed and therefore no longer happening at the scheduled time. He advised that in consultation with his team of neurosurgeon’s, radiologists’ and other specialist’s they collectively felt it better to wait. He explained that as a result of the very sensitive area where the tumor is located they felt additional tests should still be conducted. Included in this was another MRI to be completed but this time Trevor would be sent to St. Joseph’s hospital where the MRI machine being used there is state of the art (and still in the research stage). This machine apparently is capable of scanning much finer detail (twice that of McMaster). It will give better insight in how and where the tumor is attached, and how, and/or what part of the tumor can be removed surgically or otherwise. Surgery will now tentatively take place later in the week. We thank everyone for their words of encouragement and prayers. We trust in the Lord and know that all things are in His hands. The Lord has a plan for each one of us and although we do not always know what that plan is, we do know that ultimately it is for our good. Praise the Lord!!