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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

No smack by Joe Hays on my blog this morning. Oh, no. The Angels won, 5-3. And the boys from the Bronx are going home. So I had my chance to trashtalk over on Joe's blog. You can go here for the full piece. Here's just a bit. (As someone said in his comments, I MOSTLY took the high road.) Besides, my anti-Yankees zeal is probably heightened by a since of self-flagellation. (It comes with my religious heritage.) In 1964, at the age of eight, I went with my dad to St. Louis to watch the Cardinals and the Yankees in the World Series. These are MY Cardinals: the team of Musial, of Gibson, of Brock, of Ozzie, and of the mighty Pujols. I've been a faithful follower . . . since the age of nine. But at age eight, there was one player that loomed above all others for me: the Mick. So in this stadium filled with Cardinal red (the old Sportsmans' Park, not Busch Stadium) I was cheering on Mickey Mantle. I remember the plane flying overhead pulling a banner that read: "Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris too; we've come to put a hex on you." I can't remember what I preached on last week, but I remember that sign clearly from 41 years ago. And that's the power of baseball. - - - - I've gone back into this morning's post to ask you to please read the fourth comment from Mark and Laura about their son, Tyler. Please know, Mark and Laura, that many, many people will be praying for Tyler (and your whole family). Please keep us posted. Diane and I have never been right where you are, but our stories do overlap a little bit. And we know how frightening it is to wait--to hope and fear at the same time.

20 Comments:

  • You boys and your baseball. :)

    By Blogger Emily, at 10/11/2005 04:51:00 AM  

  • Annie - I just got around to catching up on comments from a couple days ago. I left you a note there about the incredible woman who translates at the Zoe conferences -- "Meg Ryan," as you called her.

    By Blogger Mike, at 10/11/2005 05:39:00 AM  

  • Part of me feels a little sorry for A-Rod this morning - grounding into a (by and large) season ending double play instead of coming through in the clutch ala Berkman, Lane and the Rocket. Compassion for a gazillionaire that plays a game for a living - only in America.

    By Blogger KentF, at 10/11/2005 05:42:00 AM  

  • Hello. I'm sorry to use this blog for this purpose, but I need to let the blog family know about my son Tyler so you can pray for him. My wife Laura and I discovered yesterday that my 5 year old has a brain tumor. I have inserted an email that I sent to my church family in Bloomington, IL. Please pray for my son and family.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    I am writing tonight with a very heavy heart. As most of you know, Tyler has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. This tumor is about 1 inch in diameter and is in the center of his brain. The size is relatively large for a 5 year old and the location is not good, meaning that surgery is more complex. Tyler also has fluid on the brain, a direct result of the tumor. Laura and I went to a surgeon Monday afternoon. He suggested surgery to be done to remove the tumor, which would also take care of the fluid issue. He described this surgery as risky compared to the other options, however this surgery in his opinion is the best solution. He suggested that the surgery be done soon, maybe even by the end of this week. After the removal of the tumor they can determine if cancer is present. Laura and I are going to Peoria on Tuesday to get 2nd and 3rd opinions, including a visit to the St. Jude clinic for a possible referral to St. Jude in Memphis. On Wednesday we might get additional opinions (maybe Chicago, Indy, Vanderbilt in Nashville, we are not sure yet) as we try to wrap our arms around this situation. Obviously we want the best care for Tyler, and unfortunately we are dealing with the red tape of insurance. Ultimately we don't care what it costs to get him well; we are prepared to do anything.

    This time is devastating to us. This event ranks near the top of the worst things that could happen to our family. On the outside we see a very healthy and happy boy, but that is not the case. We are scared, confused, shocked and fearful of what is to come. We are praying constantly for a miracle. God can remove this tumor. I am asking you to ask Him for this. If this is not to be, we ask that you pray that we will find a pediatric neural surgeon that can take care of our boy. This decision is critical and we need God's direction. We are praying for no cancer. Please keep this in your prayers as well. Finally, our family needs your help. Please pray for not only Laura, Luke and I, but also the grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc.

    As of right now we have not told Tyler or Luke, although we believe Luke knows there is a problem. We have no clue how we are going to tell our boys, so we ask that God gives us the words. Before we tell them we plan to seek counsel from those involved to tell us the best way to do this.

    We have received numerous visits, phone calls and emails and we thank you. We simply do not know what we would do without God's family walking with us. Please continue this journey with us. We need your support, prayers and love.

    More to come...we love you!
    Mark and Laura Stewart

    By Blogger slipperycatsanddogs, at 10/11/2005 06:15:00 AM  

  • Mark, Laura, Luke & Tyler are my dear friends & family. They have been there for me when I was in the pit & I am also asking on their behalf that you pray for their wonderful son. Tyler is one of my kids' best friends. He is a rough & tumble, Jedi-Ninja Turtle-little fighter. I pray that God will give him the strength to fight this battle. Your prayers are appreciated!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 10/11/2005 06:46:00 AM  

  • I lift up the Stewart family today in prayer and have forwarded this on to the First Colony church prayer team in SugarLand,TX. May God give you the needs you requested.
    Steve

    By Blogger sirEller, at 10/11/2005 08:27:00 AM  

  • Mark and Laura,

    If you don't know of him already, there is a doctor at Cedars Sinai in LA who is renowned for his advances in neurosurgery techniques and anti-cancer treatments. Thought you might at least want to know he exists in case he can be helpful in Tyler's case.

    His name is Dr. Keith L. Black. He's the Director of the Division of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai, and has an amazing team of doctors that work with him in their Pediatric Neurosurgery Program. Here's some basic info on him:

    http://purpleplanetmedia.com/bhp/pages/kblack.shtmlhttp://purpleplanetmedia.com/bhp/pages/kblack.shtml

    There are links at the bottom of that page to more detailed information on his research and his surgical techniques.

    Our first line of defense is still and always prayer. I'll tell Mary and the kids about Tyler, and he will be in ours today.

    Hope this is helpful.

    In God we trust,

    Gene Billingsley

    By Blogger Gene, at 10/11/2005 08:40:00 AM  

  • Prayers for you Mark, Laura and Tyler.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 10/11/2005 08:46:00 AM  

  • I don't know what I'd do without God's family. We are about to go to Peoria to hopefully get some answers. Please keep sending the prayers. May God be glorified through all of this.

    Mark

    By Blogger slipperycatsanddogs, at 10/11/2005 09:07:00 AM  

  • My prayers are added for y'all. May your precious child come through this to full healing. May the doctors be confused - there's nothing wrong, because God has decided to clear the mass from his brain, is my prayer. I ask for the LORD's gentle comfort for all of you.

    May you feel Him near you as He walks with you through this valley.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/11/2005 09:20:00 AM  

  • Mike, Being against the Yankees is like being against the Apostle Paul. Some people, like some teams, are just bigger than life. What other team in any sport has won as much as my "favorite" team? I grew up in California in the 60's and had to put up with all my friends being for the Dodgers. But I sat in front of the TV, with glove in hand, watching Mantle and Maris hit back to back homeruns. We did let the Dodgers win a time or two, but where are they today. All baseball teams come and go except the Yankees. Now, I will admit as long as our fellow Abileneian is on the Angels I will pull for them. But look in a year or maybe two- What team would you place a bet on, that will, "for sure" be there time after time? DarellwithoneR

    By Blogger Darell Martin, at 10/11/2005 01:43:00 PM  

  • The church family at 7-Mile Post Road Church of Christ in Athens, Alabama will be praying for Tyler. God bless your journey through this trial.

    By Blogger Snapshot, at 10/11/2005 02:40:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    Enjoyed see your blog on Joe's. You were too easy. Answer this situation: 7th game of the World Series...Cardinals versus Angels...9th inning...tied 4 - 4 Albert is up to bat...john Lackey is pitching. What do you want to happen?

    By Blogger steve awtrey, at 10/11/2005 02:58:00 PM  

  • All right, Awtrey. You sound like a situational ethicist.

    I'll never root against John. I'll have to hope the Cards defeated them in six or Pujols faced someone else in the 9th. After all, how many starters are still in the game in the 9th this late in the season!

    By Blogger Mike, at 10/11/2005 03:28:00 PM  

  • What have you told Tyler abot the reason for all the test and things? Your family will be in my prayers.

    By Blogger owldog, at 10/11/2005 03:44:00 PM  

  • Mark and Laura,

    This is Alison (Alice Gay) Ogden, and our church has posted your need on a huge email prayer chain, that's how I found out. I am sooo sorry for what you are going through. Please know that you are in our prayers - that your son is being lifted up intensely. I tried to contact you via an old email address, but if you didn't get it, please email me back to resend it.

    You are precious. Please know the concern and care that others are aiming your way. Let us know if we can help in any way. We have MD Anderson and Texas Children's down here in Houston.

    Wish I could be there in person!! My cell is 281-660-2215. I'll be away from email out of town till Sunday, but you can reach me at that phone number or Drew's email drewo@houstonfcu.com .

    God hold and Bless you in this!!

    Alison

    By Blogger Alison Ogden, at 10/11/2005 07:52:00 PM  

  • God has answered prayers. My son Tyler is being referred to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis. An MRI, tests, etc. is scheduled for Oct. 19th, and surgery will take place later that week. Including recovery, we will be in Memphis for approximately 2 weeks. This is a huge relief to know that our little boy will be at such a high quality hospital. Of course we know this is step 1 in a long process. Please continue to lift Tyler up in your prayers. Laura and I appreciate the prayers for him...words can't fully express how we feel. I will keep you posted as we continue on this journey.


    Mike, sorry for using your blog in this fashion, but I know you are one way to get the word out.

    God Bless You!
    Mark Stewart
    P.S. Alison, I sent you an email. In case you don't get it, my address is: StewartMark@JohnDeere.com

    By Blogger slipperycatsanddogs, at 10/11/2005 09:54:00 PM  

  • Owldog, we told Tyler today about his tumor. He has complained of headaches recently which is the reason the MRI was done. We told him that the reason for his headaches is that he has something in his head the size of a golf ball and now we are going to find the best way to take it out so he has no more headaches. We stressed to him that this is nothing he could have prevented, it is not his fault or anyone's fault. We will continue to explain things as we get closer to the time. Explaining this to him was one of the hardest things I've done. He understands, but doesn't fully get the seriousness of the situation.

    By Blogger slipperycatsanddogs, at 10/11/2005 10:06:00 PM  

  • Mark and Laura: We are the Holts in Memphis and stand ready to help in anyway while you are here with Tyler. We live very near St. Jude. My email address is:
    sholtsr@juno.com. Please email me and I'll give you more information about how to contact us.

    God's blessings on you,

    Steve Holt Sr.

    By Blogger MarkS, at 10/12/2005 06:12:00 AM  

  • Praying for complete healing for Tyler in Jesus' name, for wisdom for the docs, and for peace for the parents and brother.

    God's blessings to you all.

    By Blogger Lynn, at 10/12/2005 07:08:00 AM  

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