Doctor’s visit 5/23/06

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Prayer Requests, Updates at 1:06 pm by Libbie

Just an ever-so-brief update from our doctor’s visit this morning:

Al will have an MRI of the brain tonight at ~9pm, and results from that should be in sometime tomorrow, clarifying what the swelling is in brain is–melanoma or something else. Until then, it is premature to make plans for evaluation or treatment, so there is not much to report.

If you read this before tonight, please pray for Al, who dreads having an MRI more than any other procedure he’s had so far. He suffers from claustrophobia, and the thought of being stuck in that tiny space for 45 minutes gives him nightmares. This time they’ll give him a mild sedative, and that should help, but I know he’d appreciate your prayers for preserved sanity as he goes through it.

We’ll let you know more after information comes in and decisions begin to be made tomorrow.

It’s been a pretty emotional few days, and we value and depend on your support shown in so many ways. Thank you so much!



  1. Karyn Traphagen said,

    May 23, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks, Libbie for the update. Mark and I will definitely be keeping Al in our prayers (especially tonight during the MRI).

  2. Allie Stryd said,

    May 23, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    you bet ya. we’ll be praying. for peace to reign.
    we love you SO.

  3. Dennis Reidenbach said,

    May 23, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    I was checking my email for any prayer requests for Mini-Church and decided to check the blog for any update today. We will definitely all be praying tonight.

    Dennis (for the group)

  4. Charis Liang said,

    May 23, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    I am praying for God’s presence to calm his mind during the MRI, and His healing touch.


  5. John Van Tao Szto said,

    May 23, 2006 at 6:17 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie:

    I am praying for your speedy recovery. I am one of the 5 Szto alums of Westminster, and greatly appreciate its mission to the church, and in the world. My sibblings have spoken fondly of you, Peter and Mary. After coming back from Tsinghua University, 5 years ago, I was diagnosed as having an ‘incurable’ disease, and was told I would die in 3-5 years. Every time I would go to the hospital, the doctors would look at me with sadness, and with forlorn looks of their faces. They said, ‘sorry, there is nothing we can do.’ They were wrong!! I was diagnosed with a rare disease, ‘pulmonary fibrosis,’ of no known cause. The doctors also told me that ONLY 1 in 100,000 came down with the disease, and that ONLY 1 out of 100 was able to be treated. It was one of those to come down with this ‘strange’ disease, and I was one who survived. Many doctors told me that they trea-ted patients and that within a short time, they wouldn’t ever see them. They were all wrong. After a surgical biopsy, and drug treatment, the LORD saved me…and I am alive to tell you this.

    I am praying for you. One particular Christian who prayed for me, who was told that he had incurable leukemia of the bone-marrow told me how he sustained an illness for 5 years. IT has taken me 4 years to recover. But I AM alive, and seeking God’s will…and have the strength to encourage you. He told me to be ready to fight, and I would also go to healing services, and Korean Christians layed hands on me many times, while I sang and played Christians praise songs.

    Persevere in the LORD! HE is our salvation!! We, here at the Queens Christian Reformed Church are praying for your speedy recovery.

    Humbly, and in the boldness of victorious prayer

    John Van Tao Szto, Westminster, ’76

  6. Gerard said,

    May 23, 2006 at 7:12 pm

    Here in Dublin, I am praying for Alan and for you and all the family, Libbie.

    I have only just managed to negotiate myself onto the blog, and am very glad to be able to add my prayers to those of so many others at this difficult time.

    God bless,

    Gerard Norton

  7. Becky Wilson said,

    May 23, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
    who daily bears our burdens. (Ps. 68:19)”

    “When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me ? (Ps. 56:3,4)”

    “God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble…
    The LORD Almighty is with us;
    and the God of Jacob is our fortress…
    ‘Be still and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.’
    The LORD Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Ps. 46:1, 7, 10, 11)”

    “The Name of the LORD is a strong tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.(Prov. 18:10)”

    Love and prayers,

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