Week 64 – MRI Today!


Our now four-year old son Brouwer was diagnosed with a midbrain pilomyxoid astrocytoma tumor on September 2, 2015.  After a partial resection, Brouwer started a carboplatin/vincristine combination chemotherapy, which proved to be unsuccessful.  Brouwer then, on March 3, 2016, started a second chemotherapy regime known as “TPCV”.  To date Brouwer has completed six-42 day cycles of TPCV.

TPCV has worked well from us.  Brouwer’s tumor has shrunk approximately 38% from its peak, as recorded in the February 5, 2016 MRI.  TPCV however has been hard on Brouwer’s blood counts and as such there is a reasonable chance that he won’t be able to complete the last two cycles of the planned eight-cycle regime.  Unfortunately, due to risks of leukemia and other secondary cancers, when Brouwer stops receiving TPCV he can never again resume this chemotherapy.

Our hearts run with hope but our minds writhe in fear.  We live in this perplexed state of gratefulness for each it-might-not-have-been day but also of deep longing to see, as sung on Brouwer’s fourth birthday this past Sunday, “many, many more.”

We’ll get the MRI results on Wednesday.

Please pray with us.

Brouwer (left), United Airlines pilot and Banner (right)

Brouwer (left), United Airlines pilot and Banner (right)


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  1. Ray and Jolee Zaagman

    November 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Praying for our dear sweet 4 year old Brouwer!! May God blessings surround him for the MRI today!!

  2. Yes, lifting you up in prayer.

  3. Praying for miraculous results!!

  4. Praying, praying, praying!! We love you guys so much!

  5. Been praying and will continue to pray for dear Brouwer. We also hold you, Dan and Ginger in our prayers!! May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with you today and every day❤

  6. We are praying without ceasing!

  7. Praying for good results!!!


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