View Full Version : If I may ask... prayer request for my wakeboard partner/wife

01-11-2008, 10:50 AM
As I type this, I am at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. My wife is in surgery for a recently discovered brain tumor. We have gotten tons of good news so far and really believe it is not cancerous. God has really blessed us so far in dealing with many challenges of this.

She will be in surgery for 3-5 hours. Waiting will be the worst part.

When seeing the surgeon last week, she asked, "how soon can I go wakeboarding?" He said as soon as she feels up to it!

I appreciate any prayers you can offer on her behalf.


01-11-2008, 10:51 AM
outback, my thoughts and prayers are there for both your wife and yourself.

keep us updated.

01-11-2008, 10:57 AM
My thoughts & prayers are with you as well. I wish to you the best news possible out of this.

01-11-2008, 10:58 AM
04outback - I am praying for your wife. Please keep us posted. Thanks for letting is know. Warm regards - Deerfield

01-11-2008, 11:13 AM
Outback. My prayers go out to you and your family.

I don't know what I would do if my wakeboarding buddy fell ill.

01-11-2008, 12:52 PM
Hope your wife is well we are praying.

01-11-2008, 01:01 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys!

01-11-2008, 01:02 PM
You got it 04. As ED said please keep us posted.

01-11-2008, 01:07 PM
we will keep you in our prayers, good luck and hop everything is OK

01-11-2008, 01:47 PM
a prayer is always offered for family, friend and those in need, especially those who ask.

01-11-2008, 02:45 PM
God Bless. I hope your wife makes a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

01-11-2008, 03:02 PM
All the best wishes and prayers from Canada

01-11-2008, 04:17 PM
Our prayers are with you from SOCAL.

01-11-2008, 04:23 PM
Best wishes for her, hope it all goes great.

01-11-2008, 04:55 PM
Our Prayers are with you from here in Tennessee. Hope all continues to go well.


01-11-2008, 06:51 PM
She is out of surgery and all went VERY Well. They believe they got it all and also believe that the tumor was benign! Doctor says she can wakeboard when she feels up to it and its warm enough!!

She was alert in ICU when we got to go see her. We are very relieved and thankful. God has richly blessed us this week!

Thanks for the support and prayers.



thank goodness for wifi in the hospital too!

01-11-2008, 06:56 PM
Best wishes to your wife for a speedy recovery. Sounds like she'll be up and boarding in no time!!

Good for her!! :D

01-11-2008, 07:46 PM
Speedy recovery!

If this is a meningioma, then it'll be benign and she'll be wakeboarding in no time.


01-11-2008, 08:39 PM
Speedy recovery, and prayers from my family to yours.

01-11-2008, 09:51 PM
Good to hear she came through ok. Hope she has a speedy recovery and our prayers are with your family.

01-11-2008, 11:17 PM
Will pray everything works out well for you............

01-11-2008, 11:57 PM
Here's to you and your wakeboarding buddy!

I pray for her speedy recovery and may you both be on the water the first warm day of Spring!

01-12-2008, 12:23 AM
you're postive spirit is to be commended! i wish we could all be so positive about the trials that life puts in our way. happy to hear things are going well, she deserves a new wakeboard this summer!

01-12-2008, 06:03 AM
Great to hear surgery went well. Godspeed to her recovery.

01-12-2008, 12:00 PM
Thanks again to all of you... I just visited her in ICU and she is much better this am! We walked in and she had her glasses on watching TV.. Wondering why we had not gotten in sooner! Hopefully we'll get her in a normal room today sometime!


01-12-2008, 02:03 PM
Here's to the Doctors for doing an amazing job!

Well wishes for her continued recovery.


01-12-2008, 04:42 PM
glad to hear all is good


01-12-2008, 05:36 PM
I'm glad to hear everything is ok. Hope to see you on Chicot this summer.

01-12-2008, 07:00 PM
Got her to a room this afternoon! Thankful to be out of ICU!!! She got to get up and walk around for a bit too!

01-13-2008, 12:12 PM
04outback - How is the Mrs? - Deerfield

01-13-2008, 03:51 PM
doing great today! Rumor is we are going home tomorrow!! Post Surgery MRI was good. just a little pain at the incision. She has been a real trooper through this...

Thanks for everyone's care and concern..


01-13-2008, 04:12 PM
all the best from the netherlands. Keep it going.... must be a hard time

good luck with the recovery.......

and as said keep us up to date...

01-13-2008, 07:11 PM
Outback Glad to hear everything went well and wish a speedy recovery.

01-13-2008, 07:48 PM

We wish for a speedy recovery and healthy future from Reno Nevada. Strength is in family, friends and beliefs!

01-13-2008, 10:13 PM
Praise the Lord ! I just saw the post so I'll start giving thanks to God ! will pray for quick and complete recovery., my bride is my best friend too, May God Bless you both... beyond your wildest ! bob

01-14-2008, 12:23 AM
My family's prayers are with you guys. The Lord will take care of you.

Here's to a speedy recovery and a summer of great boarding!!


01-14-2008, 11:21 AM
Outback... great to hear she is doing better!

01-14-2008, 01:26 PM
We have release papers...She is getting ready and we are heading HOME.
Dr. says all is good! We are waiting for final path report, but Dr. says he is confident the tumor is benign! Praise to God! The last month has been a TOUGH month. We are relieved and looking forward to a speedy recovery. She said last night, she is anxious to wakeboard again.. we may be buying a helmet though!!!
One of the many things we are thankful for is that this happened in winter! we have time to recover before wake season!

Thanks again to all of you! I really enjoy checking into moomba message board each day. Helps get through the winter doldrums.. I think I have been depressed ever since I put the boat up in October! I did get a pull in December from a Mastercraft friend who keeps his boat in a heated garage!

Thanks to all,
Brad and Jana

01-14-2008, 09:38 PM
outback- that's a great story....hope everything continues down the positive path for your and yours....i would def buy consider buying a helmet when the ice thaws....best wishes, koontz lake crew

01-14-2008, 09:45 PM
Thanks for the update. Be sure to keep us posted with any changes. I am so glad everything went so smooth. Your family will continue in our prayers!!!

01-15-2008, 12:35 AM
our prayers go out to you and your wife, God Bless

01-15-2008, 02:17 AM

Glad to hear everything turned out okay. Best wishes to Jana for a speedy recovery.


01-15-2008, 09:37 AM
We got home around 5 yesterday. First night home was great.. no nurses walking in during the night.. She is up already and having breakfast.
We have been really blessed! Thanks to all.

01-15-2008, 05:00 PM
More Good news! We just got the Pathology report! BENIGN! We are so thankful! Now we just gotta work hard and prepare for wakeboarding soon!

Best to all,


01-15-2008, 05:23 PM
Great news 04!!

If you ever find yourself in Eugene Or. the pull's on us!

01-15-2008, 05:32 PM
I hope that everything goes well with your wife. My family and I wish her the best.

01-15-2008, 06:52 PM
Congrats on the great report!
Best wishes for an awesome upcoming wakeboarding season.

01-15-2008, 08:27 PM
So glad to here everything is clear, and good. there's no place like home :D

01-15-2008, 09:31 PM
Our prayers are with your wife and you, I know we are a long way from you but if there is anything we as a group can do please ask. David & Linnay out West

01-15-2008, 09:33 PM
I am having problems getting the current info on this site?
I am Really glad to hear the great news !!.....David :lol:

04-09-2008, 11:59 PM
Recovery has gone pretty well! She started back to work in late Feb.
We have had some minor speedbumps along the way..mild seizures....
They have been more annoysome than anything.... She can't drive for a while now.....including the boat>>>>
Dr. said last week that she could wakeboard when she is ready....just wear a life jacket... don't ride if you don't feel good..
We did get a helmet back in January.

Hopefully she can ride soon.. I have ridden a few times but she is not ready for the cold water yet.... She has started back to teaching aerobics so that makes her happy.

No Driving means I drive her back forth to work... 90 mile round trip in am and 90 miles in eve.. makes for a long day.

We are both thankful that she is doing as good as she is... wound healed well... after seizures onset, we had a follow up MRI done and there was no evidence of any further issues. They feel like the seizures will subside with time and are related to irritation from the surgery. we have been almost 2 weeks now since last. made it 3 1/2 weeks prior to last one..

Thanks for everyones thoughts, prayers, concerns....


04-10-2008, 12:08 AM
damn, thats a long day dude..!

i commute too, oh how it sucks!

04-10-2008, 12:15 AM
Glad to hear she is coming along! Working will get her better sooner than laying around!
Best wishes and prayers.

04-10-2008, 12:58 AM
Diddo Man!

God is good...All the time!!!!!!!!!!

04-10-2008, 01:03 AM
GOD IS GREAT!!! Way to hang in there with the Faith!!!!!

04-10-2008, 08:43 AM
I read this post a little late. My prayers are with you and your family. Good to hear that she is doing better. My mom is a 4 time survivor of breast cancer. She is in remission again and doing well. Keep us posted on her health.

04-10-2008, 11:20 AM
I caught this late too, will add you guys to our prayer list. Tazz I'm throwing you and your family as well on the Prayer list in hopes that they find your stuff that was stolen. Take care guys


04-10-2008, 09:29 PM
Glad to hear things are going well. You guyz got my prayers anytime.

04-10-2008, 10:20 PM
just read this post, the power of positive thinking comes through again! so glad to hear she is doing well. what an amazing spirit to be asking about wakeboarding already! she deserves a quick recovery!

04-11-2008, 02:41 PM
Our prayers are with you as well: That you get your partner back 100% and soon. Don't know what I would do if anything happened to mine. She simply does it all. You are very strong she is fortunate to have you at her side. God bless!

04-11-2008, 03:01 PM
I will keep you in my prayers, good luck to you both.

04-20-2008, 09:53 PM
My wife and I will keep you and yours in our prayers also. We can't wait to hear good news from you!

04-20-2008, 10:58 PM
She got to ride today! Great start/bumpy finish... She rode her LF for a set and did great. Later we got her on a different board...See, if you have seen the Shaun Murray Pay it Forward thread on WakeWorld, you'd see where he sent out 3 of his new 08 Boards for people to try.. each person rides it and sends it on to the next on the list... We'll our crew had the 145 this weekend..
She took a set on it and was going great, until too many boats passed through and made it a bit bumpy...well.. face plant! Bloody nose and bruised/peeled the eyelids! Poor thing! She had fun all the way up to the face plant.. I'll try to load a pic..

Thanks for all the concern and prayers. this has been a challenging year, but I think we are making the turn!

04-20-2008, 11:12 PM
Glad to hear she's getting better, with the exception of the face plant. :)

11-26-2008, 03:40 PM
we recently learned that we are going back for another Surgery on Monday 12/1. She has continued to have seizures regularly after the surgery and they have worsened a bit.... We'll be in Memphis from 11/30- 12/4 for Surgery... I appreciate your prayers!

Happy Thanksgiving..


11-26-2008, 04:12 PM
At first i thought this was a spammer that had drug up old stuff.

we will add her/you to our thanksgiving prayer.

11-26-2008, 05:42 PM
Brad, very sorry to hear this, hope it all goes well

11-26-2008, 05:48 PM
Brad, Prayers from my family to yours. I hope all go well.

11-26-2008, 07:58 PM
We will keep you in our prayers.

11-26-2008, 09:12 PM
Wow, I remember you had mentioned on the marathon thread that your wife did not feel like running much since her surgery. I never asked what type of surgery. I wasn't on board earlier this year and didn't realize what she'd been through. Our prayers are with you guys that her surgery goes well and resolves the seizures.

11-27-2008, 07:25 AM
Same here brad, our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

Enjoy today.

Happy Thanksgiving

11-27-2008, 12:17 PM
We will keep you and your wife in our prayers. I hope that she has a speedy recovery and is able to hit the water in the warm weather again. She seems to be quite the trooper! Good luck to both of you.

11-28-2008, 09:27 AM
I hate to hear this. I hope all goes well for ya'll. Keep your spirts up and we'll keep her in our prayers.

11-28-2008, 12:18 PM
You will be in our families prayers also...God bless

11-28-2008, 09:10 PM
Thanks to all for the well wishes and prayer.
This has been a LONG year. We ended up in the ER Wednesday night due to Seizures and stayed in hospital until tonight. She is now home and resting.
We'll go to Memphis Sunday for Surgery on Monday am.

Thanks again.


11-30-2008, 11:25 PM
Brad, you and your wife are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope all goes well tomorrow. God Bless!

12-01-2008, 12:35 AM
Thanks Kane.
We got checked into the Hospital tongiht and surgery will be tomorrow.

We have a caringbridge site if you are interested in Updates..


12-01-2008, 08:01 AM
Our prayers are with you and your wife that she has a successful surgery today.


12-01-2008, 03:49 PM

Just viewed the caringbridge post and was glad to read that the surgery went well! Please let Jana know the Moomba clan is praying for a speedy recovery.


12-02-2008, 12:30 AM
I get around...well, actually I have a customer in Pittsburgh and he works for them. I was up there about 5 weeks ago....

Jana did well in surgery... we just left her from the late visit at ICU...
Dr. is optimistic about the surgery...she is having left side numbness right now and cant move her left arm/leg, but has feeling in them.. The Dr. said this would happen due to the work he did would cause some swelling but that would go away. she improved greatly from 2 to 4 to 6 to 8:30...
Tomorrow is a new day and we are thankful for today!

Thanks for ya'll support. We even discussed wakeboarding with her surgeon tonight...He said January 1 was too early..ha...That's ok... I can wait til Spring for her to ride...Just wanna make sure she can ride again soon!


12-02-2008, 07:40 AM
Great news, may a speedy recovery follow.

12-02-2008, 09:01 AM
I just say this thread. Sorry to hear about the tumor. As I read through the thread, it seems like the surgery went very well. Good to hear. Hey, just to let you know, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 times. She went through the Kimo and radiation treatments. She is still kicking strong.

12-02-2008, 12:05 PM
Thanks Tazz.. SHe is a fighter. I think recovery is gonna take a little longer than last time, but she'll push through. We got a head start this year so she should be ready to ride by April or May... We asked the Dr. Last night about Ski Freeze...which is a New Years Day ride up here....he said it was not a good idea...for anyone...HA HA...
She should move from ICU to a room later today after an MRI. We visited with her at 8:30 and she had breakfast... Back again at 12:30 and hopefully to a room later.

Thanks for the support guys..

12-03-2008, 02:13 PM
We're still following your updates and pulling for you guys. You really have a huge number of great friends lobbying on your behalf. Can't wait to see the new pics from this season. God bless!

12-06-2008, 08:51 PM
Hey Guys,
Just wanted to give ya'll an update. We moved from Memphis Hospital Friday to an Inpatient Physical Therapy/Rehab facility in Jackson..
It is only 20 mins from the house. She is improving already. I have come home for some rest and catching up and she called and said she had some additional movement tonight! He has had some left leg movement today already. She has been struggling with the paralysis on her left side. Her Dr. has repeatedly said that it was a matter of when, not if she would regain that mobility.. he also said, it would come back pretty fast once it started. Hopefully, she'll make lots of progress in the coming days. She will not have any PT tomorrow but will start at it pretty hard on Monday..
Dr. said she would be wakeboarding by Summer! YEAH!

02-13-2009, 01:28 PM
looking for a update-how is she doing?

02-13-2009, 01:30 PM
Just saw an update today. Sounds like slow steady progress. You guys are still in our prayers. It's going to start getting warm soon and I know Jana has been working hard to get back on that board. God bless!

02-13-2009, 05:33 PM
Thanks for Asking Stacy.
She is doing better! She has been working 3 days a week now for about 3 weeks.. going to PT 2x per week! Best news is she has not had any seizures since surgery! She is walking much better now and has been going to the gym several nights to walk on the treadmill.
Her left arm is still VERY weak but it is moving some. her shoulder is Sublux (basicly hanging out of socket) and until that strengthens and rebuilds that, it will be very difficult!
She has been feeling pretty good, just tired on work days.
She rode in the boat with us 2 weeks ago and enjoyed being out.. of course was jealous!
She hopefully will be able to ride some this summer, but that shoulder is gonna be an issue. From 3 weeks of paralysis, it just went completly limp!

Thanks much for asking...

02-13-2009, 05:50 PM
04, I am so glad to hear she is getting better. Is she able to use her arm at all?

Mike had an aneurism a while back so they went into his head too to fix it. I think it caused a little bit of brain scramble! He was quite "silly" for a while after that. I can make fun of him now about it but not back then, of course!

02-13-2009, 06:00 PM
sounds to me like you both need some R&R in the Florida sun. You got family here that can show you a good time!


yep, come on down

glad to hear shes getting better

02-14-2009, 10:53 AM
She is moving the arm some. They stepped it up yesterday in PT. It bends better at the elbow than shoulder. It is amazing how weak muscles can get if they are not used for a few weeks. Until her shoulder muscles strengthen to support her arm, it will be a challenge!
The arm remains a hassle, but No Seizures makes up for it!

Thanks for ya'lls concerns. I appreciate the support...

And yes, ED, R & R would be nice... Thanks for the offer.. maybe we should have a healing event!

02-14-2009, 10:57 AM
Glad to hear she is doing better.

11-28-2011, 01:04 PM
Its been quite awhile since I put any update in here..... 2011 has been a difficult year! We found out in Early April that her tumor had recurred and after a biopsy, found out it was now grade 3 cancerous.. we have been through 2 rounds of radiation, steriotactic radiation and chemo since May. We found out last week that the tumor is not responding to the chemo and is progressing...
She will start a new course of 2 different Chemo's in a week or two. We have come back to Mississippi to stay with Family and get treatment down here. I have to travel a bunch so it will be better for her to be at her parents while i am out.... I'll be in and out of Mississippi a lot between now and Christmas..
Could be a long and bumpy road ahead... updates below on here caringbridge site..


11-28-2011, 01:20 PM
Brad, prayers your way it goes good for her

New Guy
11-28-2011, 02:17 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to both of you. I am going through a similar situation with my uncle. Stay strong and keep fighting.

11-28-2011, 04:07 PM
Sorry to hear Brad, We'll be praying for her.

11-28-2011, 04:17 PM

Prayers of strength and a quick recovery heading your way from the ATL.

11-28-2011, 04:29 PM
Thoughts and prayers for sure... My mother went through this... it is not easy.

11-28-2011, 05:00 PM
sorry to hear what you are going through.

good luck and stay strong..

11-28-2011, 06:10 PM

As always prayers from the Finger Lakes. Keep the Faith !

11-28-2011, 10:15 PM
Prayers sent your way. May God Bless you and your family this holiday season and beyond.

11-28-2011, 10:20 PM
Ah damn! Hate to hear these things but part of life I guess.
I'll pray for you and family as well!!

11-29-2011, 01:11 AM
Prayers your way!

11-29-2011, 08:49 AM
More prayers from Georgia on their way

KG's Supra24
11-29-2011, 10:23 AM
Hope it gets better soon and hopefully the holidays can be relaxing and not more stressful.

11-29-2011, 12:32 PM
Man..STRENGTH in prayer man. We are with you. Jet

11-29-2011, 02:43 PM
Prayers for Jana, Brad and family from us in Tallahassee.