We would like to thank you all for your continued thoughts & prayers for our family. We will try to update you on Stephen Austin's Progress daily. God Bless you all & Keep praying for our Stephen Austin.


2/26/11

 

Saturday was a good day.  The steroids have kicked in a little as Stephen's voice is slightly louder than it was.  He is also starting to be able to urinate on his own.  He was having a very difficult time.  He was so happy and we actually saw his left side mouth go up in a smile like form (he physically can not anymore) when his Aunt Tarra and Uncle Tyler brought him a beautiful Fish Tank and set it up perfectly in his room.  Aunt Tarra's vision was right on!  It was exactly what Stephen always wanted.  Lobster and all!  We are so thankful to everyone who has sent Stephen goodies, cards, presents, etc...  We could not get through this with out all of your help as the pain is unbearable. We are so blessed with all of your generosity and fundraisers that continue to come in!  We will continue to update you as much as possible!  Please, please, please do not stop your prayers to God!  We know He is listening to all our cries and we are still asking and believing for a complete healing! What a miracle this would be!


Also all our posts are getting put on a great website family and friends have setup for us. Please visit www.stephenaustinmiracle.org if you haven't already. Post may start to get put directly on there instead of emails, but someone will let everyone know if and when this happens.
Tara, Stephen and the Fantastic Four!

John 11

 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

 


2/24/11


Friday we had a follow-up visit with the Valerie Center in Morristown to make very important decisions.  Stephen was seen by the oncologist there and he has gone down hill significantly over the past few days.  His respiration has gotten very difficult.  After a very long and emotional few days we have decided against radiation.  We know that we are making the right decision.  There is no surgery, no pill, no radiation, no chemo drug that will cure this. He is not in the early stage of this horrific disease.  He is in the end stage and has spread rapidly.  Stephen has the worst case scenario.  The only cure is in God and God alone.  We are still asking God for our miracle.  We are still crying out to him daily and we know that He can do anything!  We have after looking into many alternative treatments like Germany and the Bruzinski clinic, decided to begin the alternative treatment called the Cellect-Budwig Protocal for Stage 4 Cancer. Big has also spoken directly with the person who wrote this protocol and is guiding us in this treatment.  We are enthusiastic about this!  God made the earth for us to enjoy and we believe in natural healing and are still looking into additional alternative treatments!  Let the process begin!!  Another highlight was Make-a-Wish coming so quickly to our home and planning our Disney trip early this next week coming up.  Stephen's dream is to get on an airplane.  He has always wanted to and now he will!  We are not sure of the exact dates as they are moving as quickly as possible.  We will let everyone know a/s/a/p.   The doctors have given Stephen some super steroids and some other meds to keep him as strong as possible for the trip. 
On another note, Stephen also talked us into two guinea pigs.  One for him and one for his sister Thea.  Before his surgery his doctor asked him if he wanted a pet and that mommy and daddy should get him one.  I explained that we have a dog, but she told Stephen he should ask for one anyway.  Well, the ride home from the hospital Friday he certainly remembered!  So now, we have welcomed Rex and Toad into our home.  Even though I am against rodents, I have to say that they are awfully cute.

 


2/23/11


Thursday was a great day in that Stephen was baptized!!!!  Pastor Brennan came out and asked Stephen if he wanted to be baptized and he said yes!  We are so very proud of Stephen for wanting to profess his faith in Jesus!  Pastor Marsha came out as well and we are so thankful that we have Pastor's who care so much about our family.  Talking to Pastor Marsha basically daily has been very important to us!

 


2/22/11


After coming home last night and Stephen wanting to go back to the hospital because the realization that he is home and his sisters are running around and he is still not well and getting worse has hit.  His ears are very sensitive and high voices bother him.  I had a very hard time in knowing we were coming home too.  It meant that this is real and that my child does not have an infection.  Monday was another blow and another worst day of my life feeling.  I was really starting to panic at the hospital and go a little "crazy" to say the least.  This feeling of no control is a horrible one.  He is still very depressed, but on Tuesday we spoke to the Ugly Doll Factory President and they were so wonderful in letting Stephen come visit them. It is not open to the public and they were so generous to us.  Stephen was happy to have seen where the Ugly Dolls are stored and even more happy to leave with a bunch of his favorite things!  I am so thankful to them for allowing us to visit. They were more than accommodating and more than wonderful to us!  Thank-you Jesus for allowing this to happen!

 


2/21/11 

 

Monday was an extremely hard day for us as Big (this is what our family calls big stephen) and his dad went for another opinion to CHOP.  They were 100% positive that yes, Stephen for certain has diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma,high grade glioblastoma.  There is no cure for this horrible, evil and cruel form of cancer.  The word cancer in itself is so difficult for me to even say, that I choose to just say the tumor.  Our son has been diagnosed with the worst possible form of cancer a person could have.  2/23/11  Big asked me to go to NYU for another opinion and for me to hear it for myself since I have not been with him on all of the other meetings and phone consultations.  My mom and father-in-law went with me and I was even more heartbroken after meeting with him.  Apparently the mass that was floating and was taken out and the other mass that is still in Stephen floating around is not a good thing, as I thought maybe the cancer had only been there and not really in his brain stem. I was very wrong.  It means that the cancer has spread beyond all of the brain barriers and is on a mission to take over his poor body.  Seeing the doctor go through the MRI's from one week to the next was excruciating to say the least.  To see this thing grow so rapidly inside my sons head was beyond painful.  Knowing there is nothing we can do to get rid of it.  The tumor within his pons is growing so big and pushing out so far. Big has also spoke with St. Judes and other renowned hospitals that have given the same exact treatment options and trials. There is no human treatment with hope and no guarantee to prolong Stephen's life, which they have no time frame.  Could be a month, could be several months.  He would endure 6 weeks of daily radiation treatment.  Which would entail him being sedated daily and having a new port put in by his heart and multiple MRI's. There are side effects that as always come along with radiation like vomiting and pain.  There is also a good chance that after going through radiation it won't respond and he would go through more torture for nothing.  Stephen is not a child who could handle something like that and Big and I do not believe in suffering just to possibly prolong things to only have to get back to this point again.  He went from playing and running like every other boy 3 weeks ago to within a few short hours being bedridden. He can not walk, can barley talk and when he does, he doesn't understand why we can't understand him.  Every simple thing that you and I take for granted (like eating, drinking, holding things, writing, going to the bathroom, etc.) has become extremely difficult to him. His brain is thinking clearly, but his motor part is not working. He does not know that he isn't speaking correctly.  This whole process just makes me weep.  He is very shy and does not like any attention so something like us trying to figure out his words makes him feel so bad. 

 


2/20/2011

 

Today was not as good as yesterday, but I am still blessed for another day with Stephen.  He ended up getting sick this morning and not being to hold his food down today.  He was excited to go to the gift shop again as this seems to be the highlight of his daily excursion.  Big Stephen was talking to Stephen about heaven this morning and then little Stephen began to describe to us how he would want his room in heaven to look like.  He wants a small fishing pond in his room that is made of chocolate.   The pole, fishing line and fish should all be made of chocolate as well.  He wants his room to be colorful.  The walls should be green, red and blue with different colors and size stripes and polka dots.  He would love a bed big enough for all his friends to sleep over in that could move up and down with controls like the one here at the hospital.  He wants a giant closet to hold all of his collections that he loves like his ugly dolls, mighty beans, beyblades, bakugans, games, stuffed animals, etc...  The list goes on.  He seems very tired today and we can only look to God for encouragement when we are down.  We know he has us under his wings.  Big Stephen has an appointment at CHOP tomorrow and after that he will pick Stephen and I up to go home.  We have another appt. on Thursday at NYU.  Please continue to pray for guidance and healing for Stephen!  God is Good and always has and always will be! 
Deuteronomy 32:4
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

 


2/19/2011

Thank you God for the best day Stephen has had here at MMH!  Two of my girls Thea and Faith came to see Stephen today and he was so very happy!  I thought I was never going to see him smile again, because physically he really can't due to his facial droop.  I was so upset the past few days thinking "could last week really have been the last time I saw his smile?"  Stephen and the girls had a silly string fight which he loved!  I got to see his face try and smile the best it could after getting to spray paint his sisters and Aunt Joy's hair purple!  He loved that the girls let him paint there faces too!  He was sad when they were going to leave so they stayed an extra hour.  I felt so blessed to be able to have them together again!  He ate so much food today too.  One of Stephen's favorite things in life is food.  He couldn't stop eating and loved every bit of the ravioli's that he has been waiting for since he arrived a few weeks back!  We even made 3 trips to the gift shop!  He now gets around in a wheelchair and feels well enough to leave his room.  My mom Mima, my sister Mimi, cousin Michael, Thea, Faith, Aunt Joy, Uncle Steve, little Stephen, Big Stephen and I all ate down in the cafeteria for a snack too.  Stephen will be coming home on Monday and we hope tomorrow will be just as good as today!  Keep praying to God for our Miracle!

 


2/18/2011

I am still happy that Stephen is in God's hands and his hands alone.   Today was a blow to my stomach and very very hard for me to handle.  The pathologist at Sloan Kettering confirmed and agree that Stephen has Pontine Glioma.  I was really hoping that they would think that the pathologist here was incorrect.  Stephen also had his J/G tube placed for when he can not eat.  They decided to put a button/peg which is much nicer than the long foley tube they generally use.  He had another MRI that showed no change as well.  No change is a good thing and better than a growth.    Please, please, please continue your prayers and cries to God.  He hears them and I know he is listening.  This is a very emotional roller coaster that I wish I never had to get on.  On a brighter note, we praise Jesus that he came out from the anesthesia the best yet!  He even ate right after and kept everything down! 
Psalm 55:17
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

 


2/17/2011


Please see message below from my husband.  Also, Stephen will have a peg (feed tube in his stomach) tomorrow and another MRI.  Please pray for him to not be scared as once again another procedure and there is only so much his mind can endure.  I am thankful to God for Stephen and the time we have had with him.   I can only continue to cry out to God for my miracle.  My husband told me the other day that God told him he was going to heal Stephen.  I said to big Stephen that maybe his healing is not a healing down here, but a healing in heaven.  My heart is so sad, so very very sad.  I am praying that tomorrow in the MRI that Jesus will take this all away from him. Please pray with us.  I still have 100 % faith in God and know he is in his hands no matter what the outcome.  God is good! 

Thank-you and forward to whomever

Tara

 

Pathologist cell study confirmed the brain stem glioma and it’s a severe type and is very advanced (they will get confirmation from sloan kettering by Monday and we can also send to whoever we want). I believe in miracles and will not stop seeking the Lord for one until it happens either on earth or in heaven. We are hoping to bring him home on Monday and I will go talk with others for treatment options. But what the one neurologist told me is that no one (besides from a miracle) has survived from this. Tara and I will send an update out to all when we get to it.


Thanks for all you support and continued support!
Stephen

 


2/12/2011

              

First and foremost, thank you Lord for another blessed day with Stephen. Since his surgery Stephen has been heavily sedated and continued to fight the sedations. He is such a strong little boy. Today at 11am, they started taking him off his sedation meds to start waking him. He hated the catheter (i don't blame him) and could not wait to get the breathing tube out (again i dont blame him). It took 7 hours before he was ready enough for them to take the breathing tube out. He is finally free of it but was very scared as they did it and started to panic, as he has been through so much these past 2 weeks. Doctors and pathologist still have not come up with a diagnosis; neurosurgeons, neurooncologists, pathologists and radiologists all seem to have no definitive idea on what it is as each lean a different way (I believe the Lord has done this and this alone right now is a miracle). His biopsy is getting sent to various clinics for review and the neurosureons are also consulting with people from NYU and a neurosurgeon from Sloan Kettering. We feel at peace knowing he is in the Lords hands. Continue to pray for full healing with Stephen as he still has a smaller mass in his right side and his brain stem still showed swelling on the MRI. I believe the Lord will work a miracle in Stephen and know their have been many already. Also pray for continued peace for Stephen and both Tara and I that when anxiety creeps in, it is lifted. Philippians   Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Also thanks again to everyone for your continued support, emails and cards.

Stephen and Tara

 


2/14/2011


Hebrews 11:1 "Faith means being sure of the things we hope for.  Faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it"

Day 13 and 14:  It has been a rough day today and yesterday too.  We really need your prayers for our mental stability.  Stephen (little) has been so very depressed. The past two days have been his worst days with sadness and depression. He wished 2 nights ago that he would just die and he has no desire to do anything except lie in his bed.  His legs have started to hurt him so badly that he is trying to hurt them himself to take the pain away.   He has had enough of the picu! 14 days there is way too much for anyone!  The doctors told me that Stephen has something called picu psycosis which I think I am having as well.  Apparently you start to go a little crazy here!  He is seriously being attacked from the devil!!! His foley was not working too well when he was still sedated and his bladder was very very backed up and has been having excrutiating pain.  They decided to take his ng feeding tube out early friday while he was still sedated which was a mistake that they apologized for.  They put one in yesterday after he was awake and it was painful for him and eventually it wasn't taped right and came out.  They decided today (which he needs because he isn't swallowing correctly) to put it back in.  I also have been having alot of sadness watching him suffer.  I know he is in God's hands and have faith he will be healed!  The watching part is very very hard though.
I know that God is always with us in every step we take.  We have now just been moved out of the picu to the regular pediatric floor tonight!  Praise Jesus!!!  We are praying that moving into a new room (a private one too!!!) will be the positive change we need.  Stephen has kept down the food put through the tube and we are so thankful for that.  Before his surgery he was vomiting all the time even with his empty stomach.  He has not had food since last Monday.  He is still having bad leg pains and I am doing my best to calm him.  Please continue your cries to God like the widow in Luke 18.  Thank-you again for your support, we really appreciate the love.  Please forward to whomever, blessing to all of you, Tara and Stephen


2/10/2011


Thank-you all for your continuous prayers, as we need them!  We are very fortunate to have a nuerosurgeon that prayed over Stephen before and during the surgery.  We thank God that Stephen's surgery went well and there were no complications as there could have been many.  The operation went as smoothly as it could.  No drain, no shunt and minimal bleeding.  He is now recovering in his picu room.  He is on a ventilator and feeding tube and not exactly sure when they will "wake" him up.  He has a pretty large inscision on the side of his head.  Stephen and I envisioned this small 2 inch cut that is actually about 5 1/2 inches.  They were able to get out all of the mass on the right side (which looked exactly like a big grape - inside and out), but still do NOT know what it is.  We will probably not know for another 7 days.  The Lord is definately teaching us patience!  The mass was pressing up against some nerves that the doctors have said were flat and have now been plumped back up and look beautiful!  We are praying that when he does wake up he will be able to tolerate food, see clearly from his right eye (he was seeing double) and his face will not droop on the one side.  They are sending the "cells" out to multiple places to figure out what it is.  The mass was not in the brain stem (again, thank you Jesus), but kind of floating around.  We are asking for your continued prayers and faith that God will heal Stephen.  We trust in him and know he is in control.  We know his will will be done.  Tomorrow Stephen is scheduled for a CT to make sure there is no bleeding, clots, etc.. and then for another  MRI.  Pray also for Stephen to "wake" up calmly and to not be in too much pain.   This was very hard for me to see him like this tonight.  I never thought that I would be sending an update about my son having brain surgery.  Lord please hear my cry, my son is in pain physically and mentally.  My heart is aching for him, but I know he is in the best hands, God's hands!  Thank-you again for all of your support and most importantly your cries to God.  Please forward to whomever.
Blessings to all, Tara and Stephen

Samuel 22:7
“In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.


2/10/2011


Thank-you God for Stephen Austin!  Today as you know Stephen will go under for his biopsy at 12pm, but we did not know that he will be "sleeping" after the procedure for the next 2 days to keep him safe.  Please pray for him to not be scared, as he was yesterday.  Thank-you and will update later today.  Thank-you again for your prayers, KEEP CRYING OUT TO GOD!!!!  He hears even the smallest voices!  Stephen is a very hard person to get to open up and he has been so very depressed and down lately.  Yesterday after the pic line and MRI, he finally acknowledged that he believes that God will heal him and rescue him and he knows that God loves him.  We knew he knew this, but I feel God has been waiting for him to cry out to him!  Praise God!  Thanks, Tara and Stephen

Psalm 91
 1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
   will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.a]"[a]
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.”
 3 Surely he will save you
   from the fowler’s snare
   and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
   nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
   nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked.
 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
   and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
   no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
   you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
 14 “Because heb]"[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
   I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
   I will be with him in trouble,
   I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
   and show him my salvation.”


2/8/2011


Hello all, God is still and always will be great! today has been a rough day with Stephen. His stomach has been very upset all day. He has not been able to eat much, so please pray for him to be able to hold food down. If he can't, they want to put a tube in to help supplement him. As you know tomorrow is his MRI and we are looking forward to good results. Please continue to pray for the MRI to be lesion/abscess/mass free! We trust in God and God alone! He does not tolerate the anesthesia very well so please pray for him with that as well as putting the pic line in. When we first came here Stephen was up and about and walking perfectly, playing and eating very very well (probably a little too well!) He walked himself on the bed for the MRI, went under the anesthesia and hasn't been the same since. This is when the throwing up and the non walking began. I know he is going to be okay, but I am nervous about the anesthesia, so please pray for him to fully come out of it tomorrow. We know he is in God's hands and those hands are perfect! He is scheduled for 10:20 tomorrow morning. As I listened to the radio this morning, the song "something beautiful" by need to breathe came on and It truly was an amazing feeling. I want you all to know that your prayers and knowing how many people this has spread to and people we don't even know praying for our son is my something beautiful. The song is attached below, so if you get a moment please listen to it. We really appreciate you all and thank you for your continuous prayers. Please forward to whomever. Tara

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV-Bevn_rmA&feature=youtube_gdata_player


In your ocean, I'm ankle deep
I feel the waves crashin' on my feet
It's like I know where I need to be
But I can't figure out, yeah I can't figure out

Just how much air I will need to breathe
When your tide rushes over me
There's only one way to figure out
Will you let me drown, will you let me drown?

Hey now, this is my desire
Consume me like a fire, 'cause I just want something beautiful
To touch me, I know that I'm in reach
'Cause I am down on my knees.
I'm waiting for something beautiful
Oh, something beautiful

And the water is rising quick
And for years I was scared of it
We can't be sure when it will subside
So I won't leave your side, no I can't leave your side.

Hey now, this is my desire
Consume me like a fire, 'cause I just want something beautiful
To touch me, I know that I'm in reach
'Cause I am down on my knees.
I'm waiting for something beautiful
Oh, something beautiful

In a daydream, I couldn't live like this.
I wouldn't stop until I found something beautiful.
When I wake up, I know I will have
No, I still won't have what I need.
Something Beautiful

Hey now this is my desire
Consume me like a fire, 'cause I just want something beautiful
To touch me, I know that I'm in reach
Cause I am down on my knees
I'm waiting for something beautiful
Oh, something beautiful
---
Lyrics submitted by Sam.


2/7/2011

 

               Todays latest:  Stephen Austin by the grace of God and God alone is doing great! We are having a wonderful day!  He was up for quite a bit this morning out of bed and in a chair!  He is finally eating and keeping food down, praise God!  His spirits are much better than this past week.  The plan for him today is to eat and will continue on his antibiotics as he has been.  On Wednesday the MRI is planned for 7am and then will have a pic line put in while he is under anesthesia.  Please continue your prayers and we are so thankful to have all of you in our lives.  We appreciate all of your support and look forward to bringing Stephen home soon!  Jesus hears us cry out to him, so continue to do so, thanks again and much love, Tara and Stephen For us: Jeremiah 17: 7-8 7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,    whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water    that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes;    its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought    and never fails to bear fruit.” For Stephen: Jeremiah 29: 11-14 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.[b] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile" If you could continue to forward this to whomever, we would appreciate it, Thanks!


2/5/2011   

                                                                                                                                                                 

All - just want to say thanks for all your support in a time like this. If there is ever something that is a reality check or check on your faith, this is it. God is good and we thank him for every minute he has blessed us with all of our children! Yesterday: i spent most of the day yesterday in NYC getting second opinions from
another Nerusurgeon from Sloan Kettering and a team from NYU (both groups got
high recommendations from many of you). In general what both said is that they
dont know if it is brain stem glioma or if it is an infection in the brain. The
question became how quick do you move in that you do a brain byopsy now (which
is the only way to know 100%) or do some more tests, wait to see if any cultures
start to grow (which they hadnt yet) and repeat an MRI to see if their are
changes with the med's he is on. We'll we have been praying hard that the Lord
guides both Tara and I on these decisions as they need to be made quick. Since
he went under anesthesia from the 2nd MRI onWednesday he has not been the same.
Today: The Lord is definitly speaking to both Tara and I as today before we sat
down with the group of doctors to review what the next steps are, we got results
back from the sinus culture they took showing a bacteria growth and bacteria
type that is commonly seen in brain infections. Also that the antibiotics he is
on is the correct antibiotics. That was promising news and we feel God speaking
to us to continue the path we are on and not rush to perform a brain byopsy. He
is far from out of the woods as a brain infection of this type could take months
of IV antibiotics to clear and this does not confirm what it is but makes them
lean more towards infection now. So with that said another MRI is scheduled for
next Wednesday (to see if the meds are working) and a biopsy on Thursday if
their is no change to the scans. Stephen is pretty depressed and his faith seems
down. Continue to pray for complete healing of Stephen, that Stephens appetite,
smile, cheer, spirits are lifted daily, for clear guidance on the decisions both
Tara and I will need to make over the next week and many to come and for clear
guidance on the team of doctors and the decisions they are making.

Stephen and Tara


2/2/2011


Hi all, first and foremost Stephen and I need to give thanks and praise to our God who we trust in!  Thank-you for your prayers and please continue them.  Yesterday I had the worst phone call in my life.  Little Stephen went to a neurologist Monday and had an MRI done yesterday due to headaches and then loss of eye movement and pressure on his sixth nerve.  Before he even walked in the door after the MRI, I had two doctors call me.  The doctor asked me if I was sitting down and to please sit.  She said Stephen has a tumor in his brain stem and it's a very bad location and it probably yes, is cancer.  We have his diagnosis on paper and both doctors told me we need to move very fast.  We got an appt right away (which my pediatrician today said was a "true miracle from God") with a neurosurgeon.  When we arrived at her office she said to us "This does not look like a tumor to me at all.  This looks like it's basilar meningitis".  It is a mass/lesion, but feels very confident looking at the mri and showing us everything on it that it is an abscess infection.  This is God and God alone.  Yesterday when Stephen had the first MRI, I made sure I was praying on knees the whole time and reading verses.  I went to Psalms and after a few quick flips, was shown Psalm 91.  When I got to verse 14, God spoke to me and told me this (v14-16) was for Stephen.  So, when the doctor called me, I was so confused as to how can this be, you promised this to him.  I believe in my heart that God heard all of our and all of the hundreds maybe even thousands of others that you have all reached out to to pray.  He heard our cry and yours to him and when we got to the Neurosurgeons, he changed the results.  Praise him!  Today he had another MRI because they wanted clearer and more intense findings.  They are continuing to keep him on iv antibiotics and will do another scan next week to make sure the infection is clearing.  They, do not want to rule anything else at yet, but I have faith he will be fine and what this mass/abscess is, is an infection.  Please continue to pray for Stephen, Stephen and I.  If this is the basilar meningitis, he will have to stay on iv antibiotics for 6-8 weeks.  Thank you so much for your support and please to continue to go to God on this issue!  Again, please continue praying!  Love and blessings to all, Stephen and Tara
If you could forward this to whomever, we would appreciate it!
Stephen's verses Psalm 91:14-16
 14 “Because heb]"[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
   I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
   I will be with him in trouble,
   I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
   and show him my salvation.”