Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Unexpected

Well, many of you have probably already heard, but I wanted you to hear it straight from my voice - I have a brain tumor.

Early Monday morning (5ish AM), I woke Brian up because I was laying in bed beside him and seizing. He called an ambulance, and I was transported to the ER by ambulance. I had 5 seizures on the way to the hospital, and each one lasted about a minute.

When we arrived at the hospital, they did a CT scan of my head, and found that I have a tumor on the right flontal lobe, near the right temporal lobe. It's about the size of a penny.

So, to say the least we were shocked and bummed. We were really thinking that we were past this. However, I stand true by the same sentiments that I've always had. This tumor changes nothing. My future is secure in Christ Jesus. His plans for me are to prosper me and not to harm me, to give me hope and a future.

I just can't help but believe that this is for God's glory. Even though I'm feeling rather Job-like this morning, I do trust that this is simply part of God's refinement process for Brian and I. And, if allows us to look more like Him and less like us, then sign us up!


Pray:
1. Pray for my precious husband, Brian. Give him rest and comfort and peace and faith.
2. Pray for my team of doctors. Give them insight and skill and wisdom as they make treatment decisions.
3. Pray for our finances. Obviously, it's not cheap to have 3 major bouts with cancer in 3 years.
4. Pray for our families. Comfort them in their distress.
5. Pray for my body. Pray for God's supernatural healing, so that I might live a life in service to Him. Pray that He will completely remove all cancer from my body now and forever.
6. Pray that He will be glorified in an enormous way through us. We just want to live to tell about what the Lord has done.

43 comments:

Melanie from The Pigg Pen said...

My heart hurts for you, sweet Lindsey, but I expected your post about this to be nothing less than it was. You are an AMAZING woman being used by God for His glory. He will see you through this as He has seen you through everything else. Praying for all your requests listed and more. Waiting expectantly to hear good news tomorrow morning. Much love to you and Brian.

Pam said...

I will be praying for you in all things you asked for in prayer. Your faith shows through your writing.

Always Looking Up!!

mckenziegordon said...

There really are no words Lindsay! I'm so sorry you have to walk this path again. Our prayers are with you and I have everyone I know lifting you and Brian and your families up.

Melissa Jo - mjp photography said...

Praying for you and your hubby right now! God works miracles, we have all seen that with reading your blog...I'm standing with you in faith knowing God can and will heal your body! Blessings and strength to you right now!

AngiDe said...

Oh Lindsey, I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. Your faith and trust in God is very inspiring! Not many people would be as postivie as you are when faced with such trials.
My prayers are with you and your husband.

Anonymous said...

I just read your post and I am sitting at my work desk and silently praying for you and your family.

You are so strong, your faith has been so inspiring.

I know you will have the strength and the support to get over this hurdle also.

God Bless.....from Kim in Iowa

Julie-CA said...

Lindsey, I just prayed heartfelt prayers for everything you asked and I will continue to. Be strong. Be at peace. Be still and KNOW that He is God.
Thinking of you...

Erin said...

In tears here for you, your family, but mostly because of how much your faith and outlook convict and inspire me. Prayers your way every time I think of you.

Terry said...

Thank you for the faithfulness you continue to show all of us in the midst of your trials Lindsey. You continue to give me a breathtaking view of God. Through your struggles we all have observed how an upright person behaves in the midst of the storms. The work of God has been displayed mightily in you.
I love you and will never cease praying for complete healing on your behalf.

Brandi said...

Lindsey, I came upon your blog from a fellow blogger (Whitney - GlamLife) and my heart is heavy and burdened for you and your husband. Know that I am praying for you and your families! You are such a strong woman, and such a powerful witness for the Lord! God knows His plans for you, we just have to trust in HIM!!

Praying for comfort and guidance for you and everyone that surrounds you.

--Brandi, your Sister in Christ

Amanda Williams said...

Oh wow, no words..........I just feel for you so much and I don't even know you. Please know that many people out there are praying for you, Lindsey. You are in my thoughts and prayers today.

Kelli Davis said...

There really aren't words to express how much this stinks!!! Praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Lindsey,
I can't hardly believe this is happening to you, again. I cried when I read this. Your faith is so strong and amazing to me.
I'm praying for all of your requests. I will be thinking of you in the morning.
Tressa

Anonymous said...

Thinking and praying for you and your family! God Bless you.
Joanie/North Carolina

c said...

Lindsey,

Your perspective never ceases to amaze me. I have been and will continue to pray for your complete and total healing. Your life is a witness to God's mercy, grace and infinite power. I will also lift up your family in prayer.

Job 37:5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding.

Amber said...

Lindsey, I was in tears when I read Whitney's post this morning. I just want you to know that I've been following your story for some time now and you have no idea how much of an inspiration you are to me (and so many others). When so many in your situation are asking "why God me?" you have remained so strong in your faith. My heart goes out to you and your family and you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs and love to you.

Natalia said...

My husband and I will definetly be praying for you as well as your family. I have been reading your blog for some time now and your constant faith is so beautiful and such a good witness for others. May God give you peace and comfort through all of this. He is the ultimate healer!

Lelia said...

Heartsick to hear of your news...Praying for you and your family - for healing, comfort, strength, blessings, God's grace to sustain. Thank you for your sweet testimony even in the midst of this - yet another trial.

TwisterB said...

I'm one of Whitney's readers. even though I'm a million miles away and you don't know me, I will pray for you and your family and have you added to my churches prayer list.

-Rachel

Tanya said...

It hit me so hard when I read your post just now. I am praying for you now..

Audra said...

The whole Burkhart household is praying for you, Brian, and your family.

God will work through this, we know it.

Audra

Ashley said...

Praying for you and your sweet family.

Lisa said...

I was deeply saddened to hear of this news through Whitney's blog this morning, which instantly brought me to tears. My first thoughts were, why her? why this faithful and steadfast woman? I should not have been surprised that you never mentioned such questions in your own post. You are constantly glorifying God and enduring continued suffering for His greater purpose. Your actions, words, and prayers are so Christ-like and are such an inspiration to me and so many others. I will continue praying for your requests.

Alabamamom said...

Kelley and I will be praying for all the things that you requested.My heart aches with longing to see your healing.

The verse Luke 18:1 comes to mind,"Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up".I'm joining your never give up team.

Mrs. JKPeterson said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are a inspiration and a strong woman. The Lord continues to work through you. All our prayers from Arizona.

Sunny Days and Love Always said...

Though, we have never met I just want you to know you have been such an inspiration to me. With all that you have been through lately and now with this, it would be so easy for you to turn bitter and turn away from God, but from your posts it seems you have done exactly the opposite. I know that God must have unbelievable plans for you! I will be praying earnestly for God to see you through this trial and return you to health.

Anonymous said...

Sending prayers for you and Brian. You are a precious inspiration to so many.

Anonymous said...

Will be praying for you,along with so many others! Storming the throne on your behalf.
(I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.-Philippians 4:13)

Painting 4 Him said...

Lindsey, I am praying for you and your sweet husby. Your family and friends are also in my prayers. May God continue to be glorified throughout your life. You are a blessing to all who read your posts. I love you, even though I only know you over your blog. Your Christian sister, Victoria

Rebel said...

Lindsey,
As I read your post, I remembered an old song my grandpa used to sing. "Whose report will you believe? We shall believe the report of the Lord! Whose report will you believe? We shall believe the report of the Lord! HIS report says I am healed. HIS report says I am Filled, His report I am Free, HIS report says VICTORY!" I am believing this for you!

Anonymous said...

Lyndsey, the good Lord goes before you and holds you in His hands. I'm praying for divine healing for you. May you feel His love and ours. You, Brian, your families, and your doctors are in our prayers.
Love from a Chattanooga TN believer

Elizabeth said...

praying for you

Anonymous said...

I have been following you for awhile and I am so sorry to hear of the tumor. I woke up I'm the middle of the night last night and just immediately felt that I should pray for you. I am lifting you up in prayer and I know God will use this for His glory.

Anonymous said...

By the way...that no name post was me! Christie in Ga (not that you know me lol)

Kelly said...

Your testimony and faith through all of your trials is amazing and such a testimony! Praying for you!

Ashley said...

I am so sorry to hear that. This isn't fair. You've gone through so much already.

Anonymous said...

Praying praying praying... By his stripes we are healed!

Beloved of God said...

Praying for you, even though you don't know me - you seem like a woman with amazing faith - I pray God continues to sustain you - Psalm 91.. bless you! I pray NO FEAR over this woman in the name of Jesus!

Norma Lawson said...

Oh Lindsey! My heart is broken for you and Brian! I pray that peace that passes ALL understanding envelops you two in Jesus name! Lots love and HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you today and thankful for coming across your blog a while ago because you have truly inspired me.

Lori said...

Lindsey,

I have followed your journey for a while. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I cannot imagine what you are going through.

Hold on to this:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6

Believing for good things for you!

Lori

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your complete healing. You are held in His hands, and He is wrapped around you always. Bless you and yours.

Barbara

Ali said...

Lindsey - I saw your blog linked to a friend's blog and checked it out - your heart for Jesus and trusting Him is precious. I would say that I am sorry to hear about all the health issues you have had - but I know (as it appears that you do) that God uses everything He allows in our lives for His glory and what is really best for us - through His miraculous healing or through His strength displayed in our weakness. I blog on the topic of living well and glorifying God while living in chronic pain and illness. God is teaching me so much and He is such a blessing. Praying for you and your husband tonight ..
Ali differenthappyali.blogspot.com