Wednesday September 26, 2012

Hello Everyone,

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!!

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99 Responses to Wednesday September 26, 2012

  1. Debbie says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Cor and Deb

  2. Pete & Sheila DeRuiter says:

    There is not much more than what has already been said….we too remember you, Trevor, your family and your medical team, in our prayers. May our Heavenly Father give strength, patience and wisdom to all. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1) Pete & Sheila DeRuiter and children

  3. Peter and Ebelien Wattel says:

    Albert and Tracey and family,
    Praying that God may grant you all that you stand in need of. May He guide the thoughts and hands of the doctors as well.
    Peter and Ebelien Wattel

  4. Theo Meester says:

    Thinking of you and praying for Trevor and your entire family.
    Theo and Alma

  5. John and Mary says:

    Thanks for the update. We too will keep you all in our prayers.

  6. Sarah says:

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers as well. May God grant you His peace and carry you through,
    Gord & Sarah Malda

  7. natasha says:

    Praying for Trevor and his family. May you find comfort in your heavenly father in this time if waiting

  8. Rick and Michelle says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with Trevor and his family, for comfort and healing.

    Rick and Michelle and James Smeding

  9. caleb wieske says:

    Hey trevor! we just met on tuesday and my brother is dating ur sister! I want u to know that i am praying for u and i hope it all goes well!

  10. tamsen says:

    The only true comfort we have is in the LORD’s promises. He has Trevor as a covenant child, whom He loves more than any human being could ever love another. He planned this a long time ago, and He will grant the strength for you now to get through this very difficult and emotional time. I’m so lousy at writing what I want to say and express, but please know that we will be lifting up your family in prayers and thinking of you all.

  11. Carolyn Oosterhoff says:

    What a shock this must be for all of you, take comfort in knowing that our Loving Father has known His plan for Trevor all along. We can truly be thankful for the medical care he is able to receive, and the technology God has allowed man to develop! We are praying for strength, patience and comfort for Trevor and for you all!
    Darryl and Carolyn

  12. Eric Vanderveen says:

    All strength to you I don’t know you but you are my brother and family in Jesus Christ, and I pray that Lord will watch over you and provide the peace that transcends all understanding.
    Everything is in the Lord’s hands.

    Strength to you and your family.


    Eric Vanderveen

  13. Ed Aasman says:

    What a blow! I am thankful that Trevor places his trust in the Lord. With Him all things are possible. Blessings and strength.

    Ed Aasman

  14. Arlene says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor and all of you during this difficult time! May God guide the doctor’s and grant healing! May you be comforted by His word and promises!
    Fred and Arlene Ludwig and family

  15. Rich and Tracey Stam says:


  16. Ileya Lodder says:

    praying for you all!!!
    I Pray the LORD will give you strength in the coming days and what ever happens it is his will. God Bless!!!

    Ileya Lodder.

  17. Fred & Jackie says:

    Keeping you in our prayers!

  18. Bart and Laurie Ludwig says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you face this trial in your life. Praying you receive much strength and patience from the Lord. What a comfort it is to know that He alone is in control of ALL things!
    Bart and Laurie Ludwig

  19. Barb hardy says:

    Thinking of you Trevor and your whole family in this horrible time, stay strong and keep the faith. Barb Hardy.

  20. Minny Poort says:

    Wishing you all the Lord’s nearness, may He hold you close in this difficult time. Isaiah 49:15 and 16a: Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?Though she may forget, I will not forget! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;, Trevor too is engraved on the palms of the Lord’s hand. What great comfort. Bert and Minny Poort and family

  21. Roger Vanoostveen says:

    The prayers of all your fellow students at Guido de Brès along with the teaching staff and an entire community are with you and your family. What a blessing to be surrounded by so many who care. We trust that God will continue to go with you each step of your journey.

    Roger Vanoostveen

  22. Paula Steendam says:

    Keeping you in our prayers.
    From holland, paula steendam gerrits

  23. Mark & Helen says:

    Praying that you all may feel the gracious presence and loving arms of our all sufficient and all powerful God!

  24. Tammy Krikke says:

    Trevor -you and your family will be remembered in our daily prayers. May God give you strength, peace and patience for each new day.
    John & Tammy Krikke and family

  25. Lynda McCleary says:

    Praying for Trevor and family as they go through this very difficult journey Stay strong!

  26. James and Sarah vis says:

    Albert ,Tracy and family
    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers
    May God give you the strength you need I this difficult time.
    James and Sarah Vis

  27. Gary Nordeman says:

    Trevor, Albert, Tracy and Family. As a family, we will remember you in our prayers with the comfort of knowing that all things are in the hands of our Heavenly Father. A verse that has carried us through troubling times is Ps 46;10a ” Be still and know that I am God.” This means trusting in Him for and through all things. Love from Uncle Gary, Aunt Nat and family

  28. Do not know who you are Trevor, but wanted to post our best wishes from this end of Canada as well. Just recently heard news from a friend (Tues evening) that her tumor was 95% removed also in the same area, last year a boy (16) in my sons class also went through a very similar procedure. Both with very positive results…today they have amazing technology to complete these tasks. However we also know that God our great physician is the one in control. He knows His plans for you and is always waiting at the finish line for us. May He provide all the peace and strength you need in the upcoming days, a kind that only He can provide. May your surgery also be successful.Our prayers go with you and your family. Sincerely the Oosterhoff family in BC

  29. John and Elaine says:

    Albert and Tracy and family, we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to hold you up and give guidance and wisdom to the nurses and doctors caring for Trevor.
    John and Elaine Van Dyk and family

  30. Roze & Eric says:

    Albert & Tracy & Family,
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour” Isa. 43:10
    May you experience the comfort of His covenant love, and rest in His promises; we are praying for healing for Trevor and strength for your family.
    With love, Eric & Roze

  31. Jim & Jen says:

    our thoughts are prayers are with you Trevor, and we pray that God will give you strength, encouragement and hope – and know that He will surround you and your family with His grace and love! Jim & Jen Kamstra

  32. Dr. Theresia Arnott-Candy says:

    Dr. Theresia and team at Village Square Chiropractic, pray for peace and strength thru this difficult season in your lives. May God grant you the peace only He can give.

  33. Shelleen Blokker says:

    Albert, Tracy and family
    thinking of you all, what a shock! Our prayers are with you and may you be given the strength to deal with this hardship!

  34. Bernice Lenting says:

    We will be praying for you.
    Andrew & Bernice Lenting

  35. Theresa says:

    Dear Trevor, Albert and Tracey and family,
    We too are holding you all in our daily prayers. We also have experienced the fragileness of life which we are reminded of at times when we least expect it…but we are so richly blessed to have the promises of our Heavenly Father who tells us He will never leave us or forsake us when we put our trust in Him…may you each feel this comfort during these difficult days… keep your eyes on Jesus Trevor!
    Fred and Theresa Post, Jesse and siblings

  36. Heather Bosma says:

    May our prayers sustain you all. Dave and Heather Bosma

  37. Bob & Diane Spoelstr says:

    Amidst all the storms of life…our God is with us, every step of the way!

  38. Arnie and Marcy says:

    “Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord” Jer 17:7 Go with that, Trevor and hang onto it tight! Our faithful Father has always kept all His promises and He will be there for you now too. He will walk beside you and take you and your family and friends through this scary prognosis of which only He knows the outcome. Reading up on it, there are good and bad stories about this kind of stuff but God’s got your whole story all figured out already so you just continue to place your trust in His awesome Name. He has started a good work in you and He won’t stop until it’s completed, wherever that leads. It’s so good to know He’s got you in the palm of His hands and not a hair can fall from your head without His will. We’ve got you and your family covered in prayer, prayer for a peace that transcends all understanding and prayer for insight and God’s guiding hand for the medical staff in the days to come, Arnie & Marcy Schulenberg, Austin, Connor, Levi, Hudson, Quinton

  39. Rieta says:

    Isaiah 40:31
    but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

    We will be praying for you all, and for the team of Doctors working on Trevor.
    John and Rieta Pierotti

  40. Peter and Jen Buitenwerf says:

    May God hold you and give you all the strength you need and the doctors a plan of action soon. What a blessing we have to have such strong comfort knowing He is their for us. “For I know the plans I have for you..declares the Lord..” Jeremiah 29:11. Lots of prayers going out for you and your family right now, from us and from SO many brothers and sisters in the Lord.

    Peter and Jen Buitenwerf

  41. Harry & Elisabeth Ludwig says:

    You are continually in our thoughts and prayers! May our Heavenly Father grant you much strength and peace during this difficult time.

  42. Mike and Emma says:

    Trevor and family: May God hear all our prayers and give you peace that passes all understanding. Rest in Him and be still!
    Mike and Emma VanderVelde

  43. Felicity Schoon says:

    Praying for Trevor and his family. May God bless be with you in your times of trouble.

  44. Brad and Marc Joosse says:

    Trevor and Family
    Our prayers are with you all. May God bless you in this time of worry and may He comfort you!

  45. Harry and Lorraine Verkaik says:

    Praying for Trevor and your family.

  46. Melissa says:

    Praying for you all. My nephew just finished treatment for a different type of brain cancer (ATRT). Never Every Give Up, miracles and healing can happen.

  47. Brenda Weyers says:

    Praying for your son. My own son just finished treatment for a brain tumor as well. The juravanksi centre is wonderful and they take such good care of the kids.
    Feel free to message anytime
    We are always available to help or talk.
    My son is now 16 months and had a clear MRI last week. Never ever give up (NEGU)

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