A Little Miracle

We received some interesting news today in a voicemail from Dr. Escolar:

She took Tori’s MRI to a neurosurgeon and it was discovered that, even though she does have extra fluid and high pressure in her skull, her brain “spontaneously perforated” and is “shunting itself”(or draining fluid) automatically. 

Tori won’t need to have a shunt placed and Dr. E doesn’t think we need to rush to see a neurosurgeon here. They just want to check her pressures in about two months.

While she didn’t say whether or not we could have actually gone to California without worry, we aren’t dwelling on that. She thought we went and said she hoped and prayed that all went well. 
We are going to choose to look at this as miraculous and focus on this miracle the Lord has done rather than focus or dwell on our disappointment that we likely could have gone to California after all. 
How great is our God! ❤️

Holding on to Hope…

Tori will have another MRI in twenty days, a follow-up to the two done in February…

…the two that confirmed that her brain was damaged beyond repair by a then undiagnosed (but suspected) disease.

I remember that day so clearly – February 6, 2015. 10:45am.

My mom and I took Tori to her neurologist to review the MRI images and discuss the results. 

Brennan didn’t come because we didn’t realize just how significant that day would be in our lives – we thought it was going to be routine. Fixable.

Even to my untrained eyes, it was evident that something was severely wrong based on those images.

Brennan has still never seen the MRIs (not intentionally – just haven’t had a chance to have someone show them to us again). He says he doesn’t think he wants to see them.

Tori had another MRI done two weeks later in Pittsburgh by Dr. Escolar to ensure that her specific protocol was followed so that the disease could be fully seen, and we haven’t had a chance to see those images either – we were far too grieved during that first visit to even think about asking.

It has now been six months since the first MRI and next Friday will be six months post-diagnosis. 

When we travel to Pittsburgh at the end of the month, Dr. Escolar will perform another MRI to see what progression the disease has made.

This time we will ask to see them.

Shortly after Tori was diagnosed I had a thought that has been my prayer until now: that the next MRI would show unexplainable improvement. That Dr. E would be astonished, unsure of what she saw. 

That they would want to make sure it was Tori’s brain they had scanned.

We cling to hope but remain firmly rooted in reality, knowing that this could be God’s plan for her.

BUT…what if His plan is for her to be healed? For His power to be shown through her? 

What if He has world-changing plans for our little girl?

Please pray with us for unexplainable improvement twenty days from now (August 27). Pray for a miracle. 

We will hope until the end that God will heal her – we serve a God who works outside of time, so He is never late.

August 27th, 1:45pm. Please join us in prayer before and during the MRI. 

God can do this!

Tori Thursday 

Thursday, April 9th is a day we have decided to set aside for prayer and fasting for Tori’s healing. Tori Thursday. 

If you would like to join us, please do. No rules about what to go without, no time expectations… however you feel led to fast is exactly how you should do it. The important thing is to humbly pray and plead with the Lord to intervene and save Tori’s life…to restore her to perfect health and function. 

There are countless verses in the Bible about fasting, but these two stood out to me the most:

David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the LORD will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12‬:‭22‬ NLT)

So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer. (‭Ezra‬ ‭8‬:‭23‬ NLT)

We would love to have you join us in constant prayer tomorrow (and every day, of course) while we fast and humbly seek the Lord.

Lord, hear our prayers…please heal Tori so that she can be a living testimony to your power and love!