Monday, May 11, 2009

Our Journey Begins

Our lives changed on Friday when we were told that Mike has a brain tumor. We have been distraught, prayerful, peaceful, and confused. We don't have much news yet other than the tumor is in Mike's right temporal lobe. He has experienced severe headaches for about 3 weeks and has had some episodes of dizziness. Tomorrow morning we meet with the neurosurgeon to have a consult and possibly a biopsy. We don't know for sure if the biopsy will be tomorrow or if it will be scheduled for another day this week. We have great faith and know that even though this experiece will be difficult, it will be meaningful in some way.

We hope to use this blog as a way to keep many of you informed. We already appreciate the amazing outpouring of love, service and prayers in our behalf. Your notes are such a comfort. Now on with the journey...


  1. Thanks for doing this Nancy. Hopefully it will help you as much in writing it as it will us in knowing how things are going for all of you. Our thoughts will be with you tomorrow and always. Cindy

  2. It is so thoughtful of you to do this for others who are praying for you. I will check this daily as I do Logan's, our son Andy's child with Hunter's. Please take care of yourself. Susan

  3. Charlotte Vining StradlingMay 11, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Mike and Nancy,

    I know you are facing the unknown. I cannot tell you that I know how you are feeling. I have been thru some difficult times in my life when I didn't know what tomorrow held. That was when I found the following:

    When you come to the end of everything you know
    And your next step is into the darkness of the great unknown,
    You must remember one of two things:
    Either you will step out onto firm ground
    Or you will be taught to fly.

    Know that you both are in our hearts, thoughts and the prayers of so many....of every denomination.

    Love to both of you!

  4. Nancy & Mike,
    I think the friend who wrote the above comment said it best, I am praying that you land on firm ground together. I will keep you in my prayers!


  5. How brave and how generous of you to open your experience to others. You will bless our lives as we share in your journey. Thank you. You and Mike have always been a strength to my family . . . and you are again.

    All my love and faith,


  6. Nancy and Mike,
    You have been selfless in your service to the community, to the Church and to those in need. May the Lord bless you with courage and strength and guide the hands of the doctors so that you may be healed. Our fasting and prayers are with you.
    John, Lori Ann and Family

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  8. Nancy and Mike,

    I know how scary this is for you. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you both.


    Teresa Caudill

  9. Thank you for sharing. It means alot to be able to be a part of your journey through this blog. I always feel so helpless on the 'side lines'. Bill and I both put your names on the prayer roll this weekend, as I'm sure countless others have. Sometimes prayer is the best we can do.
    Bill & Kristie

  10. The picture at the top brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for having a way to keep us "in the loop". Our prayers are with you. You and Mike are so good and strong, and will be held up by the prayers of many and the hand of the Lord. Hang in there...

  11. Thanks, Nancy, for this. Our prayers are with you, and my fingers are crossed that more good things get posted here than sad. We love you both!

    Lindsay and Blake

  12. Our prayers are with you and are here to help love on Hannah as much as we can. If we can help in any way let us know.

  13. Mike and Nancy, Sorry to hear this news. Know that our prayers are with you at this difficult time. May the Lord's will be done, and may you have the strength to endure and accept it.

  14. We want you to know that you are both in our thoughts and prayers. The medical field has advanced so much recently, and they can accomplish amazing things. My Brother and Nephew both had brain tumors and got through them just fine. We have faith that two wonderful people like yourselves will be taken care of, regardless the circumstances. Please let us know when we can help out.

    Dan & Kelsey

  15. Nancy and Hannah, you are some of my favoritist women ever and I know how much your family means to you. Mike is such a kindhearted man. All of you will be in my heart and prayers. May the Lord bless and comfort you.

  16. Mike and Carol BakerMay 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Nancy and Mike,

    There is no doubt that you are in the Lord's hands. He will hold and comfort you, and heal you if it is his will. We hope and pray that it is, in fact, his will. Mike is indeed a kindhearted man, and even tho' heaven may want him, I think we still need him here for a good long time! It is comforting to know your friend's family members have survived a similar diagnosis. Our prayers are with you.

    With love,
    Mike and Carol Baker

  17. Thank you so much for sharing in this fashion. I have never blogged before; this seems to be such a good use of technology.

    Mike, I have separately sent you an email about my bout with cancer, a scary thing indeed. I know some of what you and Nancy are going through. I know that the combination of your strong faith, belief in prayer and your attitude will get get you through this diffiuclt time in your lives.

    I like what was said above: Either you will step out onto firm ground Or you will be taught to fly.

    God be with you.

    Ken Adkins

  18. Our love and prayers are with you. You are a wonderful family and we treasure our friendship.
    Much love,
    Kathleen and Gordon Lindsay

  19. Mike,
    Just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers. I have no doubt with your strong faith in God and your positive outlook ,and convictions in life, that you will be back to a normal routine in no time. Normal not as most people know, but only what is normal to you. Everything you do in helping our community, the church and everyone that surrounds you. You are no doubt a positive influence with everyone you come in contact with.
    My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Ellis family as my association with you go back to very early childhood days. Take care stay strong.
    Love Greg Plymale.